The Faculty of Science enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality, impact and visibility of its teaching, research and outreach programmes. It is well placed to contribute substantially to our goal of being a research-led university. More than 75% of our 170 full-time permanent academic staff in the Faculty have current NRF ratings, half of these being in the A or B category, and 90% of our academic staff hold PhD degrees. The average annual rate of publication in scientific peer-reviewed literature exceeds three per staff member.
The Faculty of Science comprises twelve Departments: Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oceanography, Physics, Statistical Sciences.
We offer a full range of science subjects leading to our BSc degree. Typical combinations of major subjects are characterised by their coherence, a good balance between breadth and depth, the development of professional and other skills that are relevant in the labour market, and an interdisciplinary flavour. Our graduates develop a range of skills that can be transferred and translated into a wide variety of different fields.
Large numbers of students from the Faculty of Commerce, and Engineering and the Built Environment are enrolled for courses in the Science Faculty since mathematics, physics, chemistry and statistics courses are integral to degrees in those faculties. Postgraduate study is offered at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels. The Masters programme may involve a thesis only, or it could be awarded for coursework and a dissertation, while the PhD degree can only be awarded for a thesis.
The Science Faculty has approximately 2 700 students, with about one quarter of these being enrolled in Masters and Doctoral programmes. With current numbers of over 300 PhD students, the Faculty has planned for slow growth of its enrolments overall and for an increase in the proportion of postgraduate enrolments in the medium term.
The student body is cosmopolitan, and is drawn from all regions in South Africa, from elsewhere in Africa, and from other parts of the world. We supoprt our students in achieving their aspirations through a strong cohort of academic staff who serve the Faculty as Student Advisers. We encourage inter-disciplinary study while housing individual academic disciplines within our department