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Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Science takes great pleasure in welcoming you to our Faculty Webpage

Our Faculty consists of 9 academic Schools and several research units. The Schools are clustered in the Mathematical, Physical, Biological and Earth Sciences.

We are a successful research-driven Faculty consisting of some 270 academic staff, providing a discovery-based learning environment, and a diverse and collegial community close to the industrial heartland of South Africa.

Our vision is to be the science faculty of choice on the African continent for students and alumni who value a comprehensive and life-enriching science education; faculty and staff members pursuing excellence and innovation in teaching, service and research in a diverse environment; and individuals and organizations seeking partnerships with the scientific and technological community.  

Our mission is to create, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge and produce graduates that will enhance the competitiveness of the South African economy. We innovate and excel in teaching and research so as to advance the goals of the University and the development of society.

The core values of the Faculty are excellence in research; excellence in teaching; the integration of research with teaching and learning; a commitment to student success and the highest academic standards; a commitment to diversity; respect and integrity; and a system of shared governance and collegiality.

We offer exceptional research programmes in many diverse areas of scientific enquiry. Citations to our research work places us in the top 1% of all institutions world-wide in areas as diverse as the geosciences, environmental studies and ecology, chemistry, plant and animal sciences and physics. Closely allied with this Faculty are research institutes in Global Change and Sustainability, in the Evolutionary Sciences and Palaeoanthropology and in the Molecular Biosciences. We are the hosts of a national Centre of Excellence in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and joint partners in others Centres of Excellence in Economic Geology, and in Strong Materials; we also host the northern node of the National Institute of Theoretical Physics. These Centres and Institutes see cutting-edge research take place, reported in the top international journals in their fields.

We collaborate with leading universities and laboratories on all six continents. Many of our postgraduate students spend time overseas as part of their postgraduate degree. Our researchers are active participants in some of the Big Science experiments being conducted around the globe, from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland to the Square Kilometre Array Telescope being built in the Northern Cape, and the H.E.S.S. telescope in Namibia. This University is repositioning itself to becoming a predominately postgraduate-focussed, research-intensive university producing work that is visible to the entire globe.

We hope you will join us in the laying of the foundations of your career in science.