Durban University of Technology DUT

Durban University of Technology (DUT), established in 2002 as a merger between Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon, is a university located in Kwa-Zulu Natal. It has four campuses in Durban and two in Pietermaritzburg.

With approximately 23 000 students, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) is the first choice for higher education in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It is located in the beautiful cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg (PMB). As a University of Technology, it prioritises the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring its academic staff possess the highest possible qualification that they can get.

DUT, a member of the International Association of Universities, is a multi-campus university of technology at the cutting edge of higher education, technological training and research. The university aspires to be a “preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship”, and to “making knowledge useful”.

As a butterfly develops from a pupa, so have the students at our institution. From the moment they register as green freshers, to their capping at the hallowed graduation ceremony, our students undergo an intellectual evolution.

Courses Offered At DUT

The university of technology offers a wide variety of under- and post-graduate qualifications that fit into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Accounting and Informatics
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Design
  • Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Management Sciences

Application Form

The admissions and registration processes consist of three basic steps, viz. Application by the prospective student to study at the University. Selection and placement of a potential student by the University. Registration as a student of the University.

8.1 Application processing First time entry applications for admission to undergraduate studies are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO). International applicants may also apply directly to the University (Section 7 refers). Information on programme choices and application procedures is detailed in the CAO handbook.

This enables applicants to make applications to a number of institutions at one time, and reduces queries and approaches being made to numerous institutions. The University responds timeously to applicants by capturing appropriate selection decisions on the CAO website, thus indicating to applicants in advance whether they qualify for admission. The various selection decisions are explained in the CAO handbook.

Download DUT Application Form

Admission Requirement

The General Admission Rules stipulate inter alia:

(i) the overall minimum admission requirements of the University which must be met to enable a person to be considered for registration as a 5 student for study towards any certificate, diploma or degree, offered by the University or for non-certificate, diploma or degree purposes;

(ii) the minimum and maximum durations of study pertaining to certificate, diploma or degree study at the University;


(iii) the conditions under which the University will grant exemption from registration for a subject(s) which a student has already passed at any other equivalent educational institution and/or in terms of the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy;

(iv)the conditions under which the University will grant conditional or unconditional conferment of status of the equivalent pre-requisite qualification, for the purposes of registration for a higher qualification and/or advanced standing in terms of the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy;

(v) that the University may refuse the admission or readmission of any person as a student of the University. In so doing the University will stipulate the conditions which a person must meet in order to be considered for admission or readmission; and

(vi)that the medium of instruction is English.

(vii) University practice regarding credential evaluation will in the first instance take the form of conferment of status. That is, the academic department, as the discipline experts evaluate the applicant’s qualification/s for equivalence to the entrance requirement/s of the qualification applied for. The advice of the International Office and that of the Registrar’s Office may be sought in this evaluation. Only if an academic department is not able to obtain sufficient information to evaluate the applicant’s qualification for conferment of status, should a SAQA evaluation be sought.

Both of these processes ie conferment of status and the SAQA, assess the level of the Qualification and not the authenticity of the Qualification/ certificate. The authenticity of the qualification/certificate will have to be evaluated by the official of the University involved with academic registration

How to Apply

Step 1:  Apply Online

Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants use the same online application process through CAO. Please note, DUT only accepts online applications. Make sure you apply online.

Step 2:  Complete your online application form in full. 

*Remember you’ll need an email address.  

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Step 4: Complete a residence application form. Please note that this is part of the application process.

Step 5:  Find Funding.

Online Application

DUT Online Application

Registration Date

Application Date:

29 July 2019 (Clinical Technology and Medical Laboratory Sciences)
14 August 2019 (Child and Youth Care)
15 August 2019 (Chiropractic)
30 August 2019 (Radiography and Homeopathy)
31 August 2019 (Journalism, Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics and Emergency Medical Care)
20 September 2019 (Dental Technology)
30 September 2019 (all other programmes) 

DUT Contact Details

P O Box 1334, Durban 4000 031 373 2000 (DBN) / 033 845 8800 (PMB)