University of Kwazulu Natal

3.9 out of 5 (146 ratings / 124 reviews) Durban, South Africa
A truly South African University of Choice that is academically excellent, innovative in research, entrepreneurial, and critically engaged with society.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (5)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)

About

History

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.

Education

The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. Confirmed by a Cabinet decision in December 2002, the mergers are the culmination of a wide-ranging consultative process on the restructuring of the Higher Education Sector that began in the early 1990s.

Research

Welcome to the Research Office website. We are aware that you depend on this website to access UKZN Research Policies, Grant Application Forms and Guidelines, Research-related news, and innovative research ideas. We have thus rebuilt our site to make it much easier to find and share resources with you.

Career

The Alumni Relations Office is delighted to provide a career 'Super-Highway' for our alumni, between yourselves and the top companies in South Africa - including consulting and auditing firms, through to the banks, and the blue chip corporations. This portal will provide current high profile jobs and career opportunities for you to consider, and apply directly to. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
351
2021
351 50
2020
401
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
601 -100
2020
501 -100
2019
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
801
2021
801
2020
801
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
332 6
2020
338
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

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.

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

Been amazing
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It has been good ,but not the best ,many of the things at my campus are disorganized

Loved it!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Excessively large classes making it very hard to study but the lecturers were great and helpful in every way.

The sad state of the Architecture department
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

For one, the studio and class areas where you learn and work most of the time are dirty and unkept. there is a lack of resources for materials and such for our models and our work in general.

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