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University of the Witwatersrand

Master's Programmes

Journalism & Media (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Law (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)



The origins of Wits lie in the South African School of Mines, which was established in Kimberley in 1896 and transferred to Johannesburg as the Transvaal Technical Institute in 1904, becoming the Transvaal University College in 1906 and renamed the South African School of Mines and Technology four years later.


Wits offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and degrees which are internationally recognised.


With more than 85% of our research published in accredited international journals, we encourage cross-disciplinary research and collaborate with the best researchers and institutions across the globe. From telling the story of life, to finding solutions to deep level mining problems; from searching for the Higgs boson at CERN, to understanding the complexities of human interaction, Wits is at the forefront.


Career Services - career development through career counselling/education, psychometric career assessments and personal development workshops.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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251 -69
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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
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364 -5
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
197 19
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.


Student services

Some services include:

  • The Counselling, Careers and Development Unit - provides psychometric career assessments and personal development workshops.
  • Campus Health and Wellness - attends to your medical queries and problems.
  • Campus housing - offers the ultimate residence experience on campus.
  • The Disability Rights Unit – provides support to students with disabilities.

Housing services

At Wits, our residences are LIVING and LEARNING centres. We offer a wide variety of residence accommodation, ranging from single gender, catering residence, to mixed gender.

Campus Housing and Residence Life, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the University's residence programme, including accommodation and meals, and the provision of recreational facilities and programmes for the improved academic performance and the holistic development of students within a residential environment.

Our range of residence accommodation, and find the right one for you:

  • East Campus
  • West Campus
  • Parktown
  • Highfield
  • Braamfontein
  • Wits Junction

Library services

  • Architecture Library
  • Biophy Library
  • Commerce Library
  • Education Library
  • Engineering Library
  • GeoMaths Library
  • Historical Papers (William Cullen Library)
  • Law Library
  • Witwatersrand Health Science Library (WHSL)
  • William Cullen Library
  • Wits Library of Management

ICT services

Wits-Wifi is a wireless network for use with laptops/notebooks.

Medical services

The Campus Health & Wellness Centre (CHWC) offers a wide variety of health services to Wits students and staff members. The services are convenient, accessible, caring and cost-effective.

The CHWC is a registered professional medical practice. All its patients' records are therefore confidential.

Student Life

Campus life

Wits is taking the lead in reimagining trendy Braamfontein to further our contribution towards delivering high level scarce skills for the global knowledge economy.

Our location in Johannesburg, the economic and industrial heartland of the continent, places us in good stead to interact with the public and private sectors, civil society and other social agents to effect meaning­ful change in society.

Sports facilities

Wits Sport works closely with the student-elected Wits Sport Council (WSC) to design and offer our services and programmes to students, staff and alumni, and generally to offer sport lovers at Wits a vibrant sporting culture.

We provide the university community with opportunities to participate in a range of sports codes at the level they choose, while contributing to enhancing Wits' sporting prowess. We work to encourage the entire Wits community to see health, fitness and being physically active as a way of life.

The menu on the left will take you through the many aspects of our work. For a sense of the Witsie sporting gees (spirit) check out the video below of the fun 2016 freshers' Welcome Day.

Student clubs

With over 100 clubs and societies, various art events, exhibitions, and student-run productions, you'll always find something new to experience at Wits. Take advantage of a variety of student resources on offer.


Wits’ academic programmes continue to enjoy national and international accreditation. The curriculum is cutting-edge and is continuously enhanced to ensure that our students and staff keep up to date with the newest knowledge from around the globe.

Student Reviews

Wits University ❤
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The academic staff are very helpful, they engage with the students in a professional manner and always have their best interests at heart. I love the environment, the atmosphere and the many many cubs and societies one can join.

Wits MBA
Zayd Abrahams rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great global study visit, for which I selected New York and London, and visited global companies such as Uber, Google, while also South African businesses who had expanded internationally e.g. Investec, and exposed to entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs. I studied part time Saturday stream, as my job at the time demanded international travel - and I completed my core...

Wits gives you the edge
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My studies at wits allowed me to grow as an individual as staying away from home made me understand that i am capable of much more that i thought i could do. I really like the willingness of the lecturers to help students reach their full potential but sometimes i do think that the work load is excessive, however it gives me a sense of accomplishment to know that i am able...