Welcome to the School of Life Sciences
School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences, which is located on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses, is one of five schools in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. The School has a staff complement of 117 academic and support staff; houses approximately 1609 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate component of 606, engaged in Honours, Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral research. The School’s cutting edge laboratories and research equipment compare favourably with the best in the world. Caring and enthusiastic lecturers ensure that students emerge highly employable, with a rich university experience and a first class degree in the Life Sciences to their name. 

Areas of Specialisation

This field of study encompasses all human, plant and animal life – ranging from microscopic germs to elephants and everything in between. Areas of specialisation within UKZN’s School of Life Sciences include: 
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cellular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology 
Latest News
Budding Environmental Scientist Wins Award
Budding Environmental Scientist Wins Award
Ms Kaveera Singh, won the award for the Best Novice Presentation at the annual Conference of the Marine and Coastal Educators Network (MCEN) in Durban.
MACE Scientist at Sea for a Month on Research Vessel
MACE Scientist at Sea for a Month on Research Vessel
Masters candidate is one of 50 international postgraduate scholars spending a month at sea aboard a research vessel.
Marine Biologists Focus on Global Change
Marine Biologists Focus on Global Change
Work by several researchers from UKZN’s Marine Biology Department involving the understanding of key challenges facing the earth was featured at the 3rd National Conference on Global Change hosted by the University.
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Contact Details
Pietermaritzburg & Westville campuses

Mrs Devashnee Chinniah
Telephone: 031 260 8317
Email: chinniahd@ukzn.ac.za
Physical Address
Pietermaritzburg Campus
Life Sciences Campus
Carbis Road

Westville Campus
Westville Campus
University Road

Postal Address
Pietermaritzburg Campus
Private Bag X 01

Westville Campus
Private Bag X 54001

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