School of Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences, which is located on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses. The School has a staff complement of 144 academic and support staff; houses approximately 1600 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate component of 514, engaged in Honours, Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral research.
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ADAPT OR DIE! – The Persistence of African Wildlife In Urban KZN

WHAT DO SCIENTISTS DO? A Look Inside the Ivory Tower. Join us for an entertaining and informative look at the interesting research being undertaken by CAES academics. A look at the why and how of vertebrate species adaptation to urban environments with Professor Colleen Downs.
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Invitation to an Alumni Talk Series – Anne Chisa & Zakithi Mkhize

Join us for a monthly zoom talk given by UKZN’s high-flying graduates of the College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science
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Applications close 30 Sept

First-year applications for 2022 admission close at the end of the month. Take a look at our programmes and apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).
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PRIS 2021 Call for abstracts

Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the annual Postgraduate Research & Innovation Symposium (PRIS), to deliver an oral or flash presentation.
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Umgenipoort Research Facility Provides Unique Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Research

Thanks to the generosity of the Oppenheimer family, UKZN has enjoyed access to an exciting research site facility near the source of the Umgeni River since 2015. A visit to the site - at Umgenipoort in the upper reaches of the Dargle Valley - was recently organised to explore avenues...
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UKZN Hosts Public Lecture Series for National Science Week

UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) hosted a three-part online public lecture series during National Science Week to contribute to the national objective of promoting awareness of the value that the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields add to everyday life. Themed ‘What Do Scientists Do? A Look Inside...
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Dean & Head of School

Prof Ademola Olaniran

Ms Xoli Shandu
031 260 1545

The School of Life Sciences is comprised of 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.

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:

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