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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EWS and WASH R&D Centre webinar | 23 March

eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), UKZN WASH R&D Centre and MILE invite you to a webinar on the research collaboration between EWS and UKZN WASH R&D Centre.
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CAES Honours Long-Serving Staff

Employee recognition is a fundamental need. Nothing beats being recognised at one’s workplace because of one’s effort and behaviour. It shows that one’s work is valued, and can encourage other employees to deliver. The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) long service awards events on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses celebrated the...
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UKZN Marine Biologist Participates in Bilateral South Africa-Norway Conference and Sea Cucumber Symposium

Mr Gan Moodley of the Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Conservation Education and Ecophysiology Laboratory (MACE Lab) at UKZN was one of two Principal Investigators (PIs) invited to participate in a conference on board the Norwegian tallship ‘Staatsraad Lehmkuhl’ during its docking in Cape Town as part of the South Africa/Norway Joint Research...
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A Successful First-Year Orientation 2023

UKZN’s first-year students for 2023 were recently welcomed with a comprehensive action-packed virtual orientation week from the University’s four Colleges. Successfully held from Monday, 6 February 2023, to Friday, 10 February 2023, the event aimed to empower first-years with the necessary skills for the best university experience - academically and...
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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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