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
Biochemistry PhD Candidate Presents Research at International Gath...
Biochemistry PhD Candidate Presents Research at International Gath...
Biochemistry PhD candidate at UKZN, Mr Ochuko Erukainure, recently travelled to two meetings of young scientists to present his research.
Ancient Bacteria Act as Time Capsules Providing Insight into the P...
Ancient Bacteria Act as Time Capsules Providing Insight into the P...
Investigations into the genetic and physiological diversity of bacteria from the ancient Mfabeni Peatland in southern Africa resulted in Ms Selisha Naidoo receiving her MSc in Microbiology from UKZN.
MSc Dissertation Examines the Delicious Smell of Death
MSc Dissertation Examines the Delicious Smell of Death
Flowers which mimic the smell of carrion and faeces were under the spotlight in research work done by Mr Marc du Plessis for his MSc in Ecological Sciences degree!
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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
Scottsville

Westville Campus
Westville Campus
University Road
Westville

Postal Address
Pietermaritzburg Campus
Private Bag X 01
Scottsville
3209

Westville Campus
Private Bag X 54001
Durban
4000

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