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University of Kwazulu Natal

4.2 out of 5 (26 ratings / 15 reviews) Durban, South Africa
The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

Bachelor's programmes



The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.


We promote excellence in teaching and learning through creative and innovative curriculum design and development, pedagogical strategies, and assessmentpractices in accordance with the highest quality management principles.


UKZN’s Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) programme recently hosted a number of research seminars. DRILL held its first ever mental health symposium Voices from the Head: Brain Science and Changing Futures, which took place recently at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. 


Career Opportunities:

  • Environmental management
  • Waste disposal and evironmental pollution
  • Agricultural production and extension
  • Scientific research
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Atmospheric monitoring and planning
  • Development and planning
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching

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Student services

Operational staff, known as Financial Aid Advisors, are located in the College administrative offices on each campus. Students and prospective students requiring assistance with their funding needs should make contact with these staff members who are fully conversant with all the types of funding administered by this unit.

Housing services

Residence accommodation is available on Edgewood campus. Both catering and self-catering options are available. A total of 631 students are housed in 11 residences on campus. Men and women are housed separately and 55% of the residents are female. Double as well as single rooms are available. Some residences offer self-catering facilities. All residences have access control doors. An additional five flats housing five students each are available for post-graduate students.

Library services

The University of KwaZulu Natal Libraries encompasses five campus libraries and a number of branch libraries:

  • Edminson Library, Edgewood
  • EG Malherbe Library, Barrie Biermann Architecture Library, Eleanor Bonnar Music Library and GMJ Sweeney Law Library, Howard College
  • Medical Library, Victor Daitz Library HIV/AIDS Information Gateway, Medical School

Student Life

Campus life

From the mountain vistas of the Drakensberg to the wild reaches of Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal is a province of contrasts. The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers prospective students the choice of five campuses, each with its own distinctive character.

Sports facilities

The Edgewood, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, and Westville campuses all have an impressive range of indoor and outdoor facilities. Each of the campuses has its own tennis and squash courts, swimming pool, jogging areas and gymnasium for those who want to enjoy recreational sport in their own time. Those interested in a more structured sporting and competitive experience can join one or more of the available sports clubs, which provide excellent facilities, coaching and equipment for students who wish to compete at any level, from beginner through to international level.

Student clubs

The Students Representative Council (SRC) is comprised of a university-wide committee known as the Central SRC (CSRC) and five campus-based SRCs known as Local SRC (LSRCs). The term SRC refers collectively to both CSRC and LSRC. The CSRC comprises 10 elected members occupying portfolios and five LSRC Presidents; each LSRC comprises 10 elected members occupying portfolios.

Student Reviews

Review 1
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was awesome and very educative and worthwhile for me.

Not the best, but survivable
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The lecturers are really bad so you have to self study, there are some lecturers that do care and do make the effort and provide support to students

The "Honor-able" Pros and Cons at UKZN
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

After completing my BA Health Sciences and Social Sciences while at Varsity college and through UNISA, the adaptation process to teaching styles and academic expectations for my honors has been a challenge but highly invigorating. At times the workload was overwhelming but rewarding and my lecturers are always available for advice and feedback. It is an intensive course...

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