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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Registration 2022 | 10 Jan – 25 Feb

The University has put in place measures to ensure that the 2021 registration processes continue in a manner that mitigates the health and safety risks for our staff, students, and members of our local communities.
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From a UKZN Cleaner to a BSS Degree Graduate Through Hard Work

Click here for isiZulu version A full-time member of the cleaning staff at UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Ms Sthembile Mngwengwe - affectionately known as Sthe - has graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree and now plans to register for an honours course. Commenting on Mngwengwe’s...
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UKZN Features in Times Higher Education Annual Rankings by Subject for 2022

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has been placed into the 601+ band of the Times Higher Education (THE) annual ranking of the top universities for 2022 by subject, which feature 10 South African universities in four key disciplines of study. THE is the leading provider of Higher Education data for the...
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Research on Edible Insects and Related Indigenous Knowledge Earns a PhD

Dr Zabentungwa Hlongwane was awarded a PhD in Ecological Sciences for her study on the diversity of edible insects and their related indigenous knowledge, focusing on KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces. Her study was supervised by Dr Caswell Munyai and Professor Rob Slotow. ‘My interest in UKZN started when I was...
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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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