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 
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Latest News
UKZN Professor Appointed Chairperson of NMO of the IIASA
UKZN Professor Appointed Chairperson of NMO of the IIASA
Professor Ursula Scharler of the School of Life Sciences has been appointed Chairperson of South Africa’s new National Member Organisation of the Austria-based International Institute of Applied Systems.
UKZN s Bews Herbarium Curator at a Conference in Nairobi
UKZN s Bews Herbarium Curator at a Conference in Nairobi
Dr Benny Bytebier, attended the Association for the Taxonomic Study of the Flora of Tropical Africa Conference in Nairobi.
Top UKZN Researcher and Academic Shortlisted for Three Science Osc...
Top UKZN Researcher and Academic Shortlisted for Three Science Osc...
Professor Colleen Downs, has been named as a finalist for three of the 13 highly acclaimed National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards.
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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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