In an unprecedented study starting in December 2018 and running until February 2020, a fleet of robotic ocean gliders will attempt to occupy and collect vital measurements from the least studied place on the planet - the frigid ice covered Antarctic waters. The gliders will set out to measure how the icy Antarctic ocean absorbs heat, and other climate essential properties, from the atmosphere. Postdoctoral researcher Marcel du Plessis and PhD candidate Isabelle Giddy are involved in this project.
Husband and wife duo Marwaan and Laa-iqa Rylands will both graduate with postgraduate Chemistry degrees from the Science Faculty on 14 December - Marwaan with a PhD and Laa-iqa with a MSc. They met while studying Chemistry at UCT and have their sights set on making a career for themselves in this field.
Friends often tell environmental and geographical scientist Witness Kozanayi that he left his PhD late. He is undeterred. While his academic journey began later than many and followed a road less travelled, Kozanayi’s resolve never wavered. Now, with graduation imminent, he’s proven “it is never too late to catch up”.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science