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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Gr 12 Exam Support Workshops

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Teaching and Learning Office is proud to offer these online workshops (via Zoom) on Grade 12 Maths, Life Sciences, Chemistry and Physic Science. Take a look at the schedule.
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Fashion Designer Lands BSc Honours Amidst Expanding Business

Ms Nombuso Khanyile, the talent behind the Afrikan Passion Designs eco-friendly brand that was selected as Design Indaba’s Emerging Creative 2020 and exhibited at the Dubai World Expo 2020 and at Africa’s Travel Indaba, graduated this year with her Bachelor of Science honours in biochemistry after juggling her studies and business...
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UKZN Students and Alumnus Among M&G Top 200 Young South Africans

Four UKZN students and an alumnus of the University are included in the Mail&Guardian 2022 Top Young South Africans list, a prestigious initiative that recognises future leaders. Mail&Guardian editor-in-chief, Mr Ron Derby said that for this year’s instalment they looked for ‘innovators and creators of viable and non-conventional solutions through convergence with technology,...
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UKZN Helps Organise 17th SA Marine Science Symposium

.Click here for isiZulu version The University’s School of Life Sciences and the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, on behalf of the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research, organised the recent 17th SA Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS) in Durban. The symposium, attended by about 370 academics, students and marine science practitioners...
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New Version of Iconic Cape Parrot Design on Latest Woolworths Shopper Bag

Click here for isiZulu version A shopper bag launched in 2017 by Woolworths to support research and conservation of South Africa’s only endemic parrot, the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus), raised significant funds with its striking design for BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife SA) and the Cape Parrot Working Group (CPWG) based at UKZN. Now the...
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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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