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University of Kwazulu Natal

4.2 out of 5 (35 ratings / 23 reviews) Durban, South Africa
The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.


We promote excellence in teaching and learning through creative and innovative curriculum design and development, pedagogical strategies, and assessmentpractices in accordance with the highest quality management principles.


UKZN’s Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) programme recently hosted a number of research seminars. DRILL held its first ever mental health symposium Voices from the Head: Brain Science and Changing Futures, which took place recently at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. 


Career Opportunities:

  • Environmental management
  • Waste disposal and evironmental pollution
  • Agricultural production and extension
  • Scientific research
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Atmospheric monitoring and planning
  • Development and planning
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching

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Student services

Operational staff, known as Financial Aid Advisors, are located in the College administrative offices on each campus. Students and prospective students requiring assistance with their funding needs should make contact with these staff members who are fully conversant with all the types of funding administered by this unit.

Housing services

Residence accommodation is available on Edgewood campus. Both catering and self-catering options are available. A total of 631 students are housed in 11 residences on campus. Men and women are housed separately and 55% of the residents are female. Double as well as single rooms are available. Some residences offer self-catering facilities. All residences have access control doors. An additional five flats housing five students each are available for post-graduate students.

Library services

The University of KwaZulu Natal Libraries encompasses five campus libraries and a number of branch libraries:

  • Edminson Library, Edgewood
  • EG Malherbe Library, Barrie Biermann Architecture Library, Eleanor Bonnar Music Library and GMJ Sweeney Law Library, Howard College
  • Medical Library, Victor Daitz Library HIV/AIDS Information Gateway, Medical School

Student Life

Campus life

From the mountain vistas of the Drakensberg to the wild reaches of Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal is a province of contrasts. The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers prospective students the choice of five campuses, each with its own distinctive character.

Sports facilities

The Edgewood, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, and Westville campuses all have an impressive range of indoor and outdoor facilities. Each of the campuses has its own tennis and squash courts, swimming pool, jogging areas and gymnasium for those who want to enjoy recreational sport in their own time. Those interested in a more structured sporting and competitive experience can join one or more of the available sports clubs, which provide excellent facilities, coaching and equipment for students who wish to compete at any level, from beginner through to international level.

Student clubs

The Students Representative Council (SRC) is comprised of a university-wide committee known as the Central SRC (CSRC) and five campus-based SRCs known as Local SRC (LSRCs). The term SRC refers collectively to both CSRC and LSRC. The CSRC comprises 10 elected members occupying portfolios and five LSRC Presidents; each LSRC comprises 10 elected members occupying portfolios.

Student Reviews

Studying at University of KwaZulu Natal
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying at this University has been very interesting, I have gained knowledge about many things in Genetics and Biochemistry. It has given a very good experience through Laboratory work and Manual work.

i am a committed young man,i have a burning desire to pursue my education in the social work field in one of the world western institution that i will gain knowledge and exposure in my social work field ,in which will come back to my country of origin to
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience at the university was amazing and the structure of my degree was very good since it have a practical part in which i did with an NGO ,In which i applied my theoretical knowledge to the social work practice

Study until the system say there is no more further study is required
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Even though the degree study is hard at this university but the information is recent and lectures make it possible for us to grasp the information. UKZN even provide safe and conducive residents for its students to utilise in their degree program. Even grants for students who are financial unstable is permitted at this university.