Information for Undergraduate Prospective Students


UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) is one of five Schools housed within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. The bulk of the School is located on the lush and leafy Carbis Road campus in Pietermaritzburg.

The Westville campus hosts the disciplines of Geography and GeologicalSciences, and Geography is also represented on the Howard College campus. This diverse School employs 80 full-time academic staff – many of whom are productive and internationally recognised researchers and gifted teachers – and 66 support staff . There are currently 1 313 undergraduate students registered, whilst 435 postgraduate students are engaged in Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral research.

The School’s world-class teaching and research facilities include laboratories on all three campuses, multi-million rand, cutting-edge research equipment, as well as a research farm located within 11 kms of the Pietermaritzburg campus. The School has a rich academic tradition in Agricultural Education, Environmental Sciences, Geography and Geology. Learning is delivered by a motivated team of dedicated academic staff, who ensure that students are inspired and emerge highly employable in their respective specialisations.



The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a three part mission of teaching, research and community engagement. The School strives to provide a learning environment that prepares students to acquire skills necessary for meeting societal needs. We seek to produce wholesome graduates who are not only technically qualified, but also have the critical and creative thinking skills to give them the competitive edge in the workplace. The School has had a significant influence on this continent for over sixty years – from pigs, poultry, pawpaws and pecans through to farm finance, fuel and food security.

Areas of specialisation within UKZN’s School of AEES include:

The School has two world class research centres in the African Centre for Crop Improvement and the African Centre for Food Security. The Farmer Support Group is also part of the School.




  • Bachelor of Science

UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a three-year degree leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSc), based on majors and on focused programmes.

SAEES offers majors in:

  • Geography
  • Hydrology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science

SAEES offers programmes in:

  • Crop and Horticultural Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geological Science

SAEES also offers a four year degree leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, in:

  • Agribusiness (Animal Science Stream)
  • Agribusiness (Crop Science Stream)
  • Agribusiness (Horticultural Science Stream)
  • Agribusiness (Wildlife Management Science Stream)
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Plant Sciences (Crop Science Stream)
  • Agricultural Plant Sciences (Horticultural Science Stream)
  • Agricultural Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding Stream)
  • Animal and Poultry Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science

SAEES offers the following additional Bachelors’ degrees:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Management
  • Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

Minimum entrance requirements:

  • NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science/Physical Science/Life Sciences at level 4 or above;
  • Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students taken first)
  • Closing date for applications is 30 September

 National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate

  • Applicants to undergraduate degree programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Degree Studies (NSC-Deg) or a Senior Certificate with endorsement.
  • Applicants to undergraduate diploma programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Diploma studies (NSC-Dip) or Senior Certificate.        

 Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction at UKZN is English,  and UKZN requires a pass in English (Home Language or First Additional Language (FAL)) at Level 4 (50% or above) but note that the College of Law requires a pass in English Home language at Level 5 or English as FAL on Level 6.  For admission to Diplomas or Alternative Access programmes a lower performance in English may be acceptable. In the Senior Certificate a pass for English at First or Second Language HG E is required. 

 Life Orientation

UKZN degree programmes require a pass in Life orientation at Level 4.  Access Programmes may consider a pass at Level 3. 

 Minimum Composite Academic Performance Score
(NSC-Deg and Senior Certificate)
Each programme has determined a minimum composite Academic Performance Score required for admission to the programme. This is however the minimum score required for consideration and learners just meeting this minimum cannot be assured of admission.  Applicants to programmes are ranked according to APS and selection is done from the top down until the number of places available in the specific programme is filled. Competition for places is high and it is unlikely that applicants not meeting the APS for a specific programme will be considered.

Subject requirements and Levels of Performance

In addition subject requirements and minimum Levels of performance in specific subjects are set for admission to UKZN programmes.  Applicants who did not include the correct subjects in their NSC-Deg or who did not obtain the required level of performance in specific subjects required for admission to a programme,  will not be considered.


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