University of Pretoria

University of Pretoria

UP has grown to become one of the top universities on the continent, and we are proud that our reputation precedes our graduates around the world. Our story at UP is as much about where we have come from as where we are heading. It is a story of ongoing positive development, dedication to excellence, and striving to reach our goals with zeal, passion and perseverance.

Top reasons to study here

  • UP has been resilient in its commitment to academic quality. This has allowed us to establish a presence among the top 1,9% of universities worldwide.
  • Many are on the path to success, while others have already become leaders in their fields both locally and internationally.
  • UP has grown to become one of the top universities on the continent, and we are proud that our reputation precedes our graduates around the world.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (175)
Social Sciences (72)
Business & Management (70)
Humanities (60)
Engineering & Technology (53)
Agriculture & Forestry (52)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (45)
Law (37)

About

History

The University of Pretoria (UP) was established in 1908 with just four professors and 32 students, in a little house called Kya Rosa. Today, it is one of the largest research universities in South Africa. UP has transformed into a dynamic university community of staff and students who come from a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures showcasing South African and global societies. 

Education

The degrees are locally accredited and internationally recognised. We have agreements in place with the relevant legal accreditation bodies around the world, which means that, with UP behind your name, your qualification will always be recognised. 

The educational approach has a strong focus on inclusivity and equitable access to education, but ultimately on equity of outcomes. We effectively use contact sessions in traditional lectures, seminars, laboratories and practical sites, together with the experience gained by more than 20 years of using online learning platforms. This has enabled access and success for an increasing number of students. 

Research

We present here UP’s research achievements, including the increase in research publications, a trend that has continued over the past five years, and since the start of the implementation of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025. Notable also with respect to strengthening our research identity, there has been a year-on-year increase in doctoral enrolments and graduates, and in the overall number of graduates with postgraduate qualifications. By December 2018, 66% of our academic staff held doctoral degrees, which underscores the research and postgraduate training capacity at UP.

Career

UP has seven beautiful campuses, each with its own unique character and purpose. The faculties of Veterinary Science, Health Science, and Education are customised to their purposes, self-contained on campuses at Onderstepoort, Prinshof and Groenkloof respectively. Our Hillcrest campus is home to all our sporting codes, professional and recreational sport teams, and sports science research facilities. Our business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, is in Illovo, Johannesburg. All other faculties are located centrally at the Hatfield Campus. For students who have lectures across multiple campuses, a regular bus service connects all the campuses to and from Hatfield and official residences.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
401
2020
401
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.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
601
2021
601
2020
601
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
601 -40
2021
561 -10
2020
551
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
444 -3
2020
441
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

Are you looking for that special place you can call your home away from home? Then a residence at the University of Pretoria is just the place for you. Whilst living in a residence, you will be able to take part in a variety of different events, join every committee you can think of, take part in a variety of sports, do community outreach projects and make a lot of new friends. All of this will be available in our residences, where academic progress is on the forefront.

Library services

The Department of Library Services (DLS) focuses on supporting the learning needs of scholars and academics in the Learning Centre and provides customised research support through its faculty libraries and two research commons, Merensky 2 Library Research Commons and Groenkloof Research Commons, to facilitate information and knowledge management in the context of the University's core business.

ICT services

Each campus of the University presented unique challenges for the implementation of the WiFi access points and technology. The project team had to assess each installation based on the best WiFi coverage maps and physical placement of the WiFi infrastructure. The Google campus maps are continously updated with new WiFi access points - please see the short URLs below for each campus.

Medical services

Student life can sometimes be a bit stressful when you have to juggle a high-volume workload and a host of other responsibilities. UP Student Counselling will assist you by providing guidance and counselling when you need it. We have Student Health Services facilities on all campuses if you are not feeling well and our Disability Unit helps to accommodate students with disabilities.

Student Life

Campus life

UP has seven beautiful campuses, each with its own unique character and purpose. The faculties of Veterinary Science, Health Science, and Education are customised to their purposes, self-contained on campuses at Onderstepoort, Prinshof and Groenkloof respectively. Our Hillcrest campus is home to all our sporting codes, professional and recreational sport teams, and sports science research facilities. Our business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, is in Illovo, Johannesburg. All other faculties are located centrally at the Hatfield Campus. For students who have lectures across multiple campuses, a regular bus service connects all the campuses to and from Hatfield and official residences.

Student Reviews

My life & time at the University of Pretoria
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My study experience was off to a great start to what looked to be a promising opportunity. This changed when I ran into financial problems as now I can barely even concentrate as I look for funding options/opportunities that cater for international students.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is a good university, personally I don't enjoy living in Pretoria but the university is very well organised and there are no faults.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university’s research really good and has a great teaching method. They strive to help students to get their degree in the minimum time possible

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

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