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Choosing your degree

Wits has five faculties, made up of of 33 schools, offering 3610 courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

See the information below for an overview of each faculty and undergraduate degrees. Use the side navigation or in this section tab to access a comprehensive list of our degrees and major subject options.

Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management

The Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management (CLM) offers study programmes that equip future leaders with competencies and quality skills in the business, management and legal fields. 

Careers in:

Information systems, advertising, accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, project management, insurance, management, computer science, business finance, psychology, law.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Commerce: BCom. Visit the BCom website
    • options include the double major flexible general BCom, or
    • fixed curriculum specialisations in Accounting, Law, Information Systems, and the PPE, or
    • popular fixed combinations are Economics and Finance or Management; Finance and Management or Insurance Risk Management; Human Resource Management and Management or Marketing; Management and Marketing or Insurance Risk Managment. 
  • Bachelor of Accounting Science: BAccSc
  • Bachelor of Economic Science: BEconSc
  • Bachelor of Laws: LLB
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

Look around you. No matter where you are, what you will see is the evidence of the activity of Engineering and the Built Environment professionals. We often take for granted our roads, bridges, buildings, cities, cars, aeroplanes, fuels, energy, nancial systems, television, telephones, medical devices - but none of these would be possible without these professionals.

The production of Engineering and the Built Environment graduates in South Africa needs to increase dramatically in the next few years in order to allow us to respond to the challenge posed by the National Development Plan. This continent, and the world, faces challenges in all sectors of the economy where these young professionals will assist in solving the problems that plague development, sustainability and progress.

A common first year programme was introduced from 2019 across all professional engineering disciplines.

The academic curriculum is regularly modernised in order to ensure that it meets the highest professional and academic standards and that it simultaneously remains locally relevant and applicable.

Many engineering students entering the engineering programmes have a limited knowledge of the different branches of engineering and only gain the knowledge to make an informed choice of programme during their first year. A first year curriculum that is identical for all programmes allows students to amend their choice at the end of the first year.

Careers in the fields of:

Aeronautics, chemistry, civil, electrical, industrial, game design, mechanical, metallurgy and materials, mining, architecture, quantity surveying, construction management, property studies, information engineering, environmental, biomedical engineering.

  • Bachelor of Science (Engineering) - BSc Eng
  • Bachelor of Engineering Science in Digital Arts - BEngSC (Digital Arts)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering - BEngSC(BME)
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies - BAS
  • Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning - BSc (URP)
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies- BSc (CS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Property Studies - BSc (PS) 
Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty has an outstanding international reputation and many of our graduates are leaders in their fields, both in South Africa and worldwide. 

The Faculty offers students superb training with practical clinical experience in no less than five major hospitals. The study of health sciences emphasises the importance of physical and mental wellbeing. Empathy, patience, initiative, integrity and technical aptitude are the essential attributes of the health-care giver. A profession in healthcare can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, and healthcare practitioners are frequently exposed to life-threatening diseases.

In South Africa, there is an urgent need for healthcare professionals who can dedicate themselves to preventative and curative healthcare among needy communities. It is important that students are exposed to the needs of the various communities which make up South Africa and that they can cope both with sophisticated equipment in urban hospitals and basic equipment in rural areas.

Careers in:

Medicine, dentistry, oral hygiene, nursing, hospital management, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, biokentics.

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences - BHSc (Biomedical Sciences, Biokinetics or Health Systems Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice - BCMP 
  • Bachelor of Dental Science - BDS 
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences - BOHSc 
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - MBBCh
  • Bachelor of Nursing - BNurs 
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy - BSc(OT) 
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy - BPharm 
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy - BSc(Physiotherapy)
Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities includes 5 schools – Human and Community Development, Literature and Language Studies, Social Sciences, Wits School of Arts and Wits School of Education.

The Faculty offers an extensive range of programmes, some of which are vocationally oriented and lead to careers in specific professions, while others are theory and research oriented and impart critical analytical skills that open up to a range of careers in academia and research.

Careers in:

Anthropology, culture, history, development, education, journalism, languages, law, literature, media, music, psychology, sociology.

  • Bachelor of Arts - BA (3 years)
    • A BA programme is made up of two major subjects and a number of additional courses. A major is a subject that you take from first year through to third year. This means you study the same subject in first, second and third year.

Professional and Specialist Programmes (all 4 years)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts - BA Digital Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance - BA (Theatre and Performance)
  • Bachelor of Education - BEd
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television - BAFT
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - BA Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music - BMus
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Audiology
  • Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology
Faculty of Science

If you enjoy mathematics, want to learn more about the world, care about conservation and the use of our natural resources, and enjoy problem-solving, then the Faculty of Science at Wits is for you. The study of science and scientific research is an exciting journey into tradition, experimental observation and deduction and a science degree opens doors to diverse fields including Medical Research, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology etc.

Research strength ensures that staff members keep in touch with the latest developments in their fields. In addition to basic research in various fields, including Mathematical Modelling, High Energy Physics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, increasing effort is being devoted to applied research linked to a variety of activitiesin southern Africa.

Careers in:

Geology, paelaeontology, mathematics, finance, physics, biotechnology, molecular biology, environmental sciences, geography, astronomy, nuclear sciences, statistics, chemistry, applied computing, materials science with metallurgy.

BSc degree:

Many fields of study are offered within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Programme. The broad areas are:

Biological and Life Sciences

Biology covers all aspects of the study of living organisms, ranging from understanding the gene to managing ecosystems. This includes the molecular basis of life, including the biochemistry of molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins; the physiological functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems; the influence of evolutionary relationships on a wide range of biological problems; and aquatic and terrestrial ecology.

Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences study the processes that shape the earth, atmosphere and the organisms that have evolved on earth. Fields of specialisation include the exploration for and the mining of minerals, the prediction of weather and earthquakes, the evolution of species through time, the state of our natural environment and how we can best manage the system.

Mathematical Sciences

Wits has three large schools in the area of study known as the ‘Mathematical Sciences’ and these are the School of Mathematics, the School of Computer Science & Applied Mathematics and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Pure Mathematics is a developing science. Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science are important in business and governmental planning, insurance, finance, banking and investments.

Applied Mathematics has applications in banking, finance and industry. Computer Science offers the understanding of computer hardware and software, in all their applications.

Physical Sciences

From nuclear, particle, solid and liquid state physics, electricity, electronics, magnetism, optics, acoustics, heat and thermodynamics to the composition of matter (gas, liquid or solid) and of the changes that take place in it under certain conditions.