Mpumalanga University

Welcome to the University of Mpumalanga institution page! UMP is the first university in the Mpumalanga province. UMP is invested in improving South Africa’s society as well as creating a sustainable environment.

In 1996 the University Education Committee and the University Technikon Education Collaboration Committee merged and were tasked to pursue the establishment of a University in the Province by the former MEC for Education, Mr D D Mabuza. The National Institute for Higher Education (Mpumalanga), established in 2006, under the leadership of the late Prof C C Mokadi coordinated the provision of Higher Education in the province. An important milestone was the decision taken at the African National Congress’s National General Council meeting held in eThekwini (Durban) in 2010 which resolved to establish two new universities. This decision was instrumental in facilitating for the establishment of a university in the Mpumalanga Province.

In 2010, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr B E Nzimande, appointed two task teams to investigate the feasibility of establishing new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape. The Mpumalanga task team which submitted a favourable report in September 2011, recommending the establishment of a new University in Mpumalanga was led by Prof T Z Mthembu.

In July 2013, the State President, Honourable Mr J G Zuma, announced the name of the new university as the “University of Mpumalanga” as well as the names of the members of the Interim Council to oversee its formal establishment. The University of Mpumalanga, a comprehensive university, was formally and legally promulgated through the publication of Government Notice (No. 36772) on 22 August 2013 and launched on the 31st of October 2013. The Interim Council appointed the Strategic Management Team which managed the day to day operations of the university.

Courses Offered

UMP offers various degrees and diplomas. Below you will find the different study options as well as more information on these courses.

  • Diploma ICT in Application Development 
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Diploma in Agriculture in Plant Production 
  • Diploma in Nature Conservation 
  • Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management 
  • Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching
  • Diploma in Hospitality Management 
  • Bachelor of Development Studies 
  • Advanced Diploma in Agriculture in Agricultural Extension 
  • Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management 

Application Form

Application must be made on the prescribed forms and must reach the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) before the closing date. Forms are obtainable electronically from www.ump.ac.za or from the following UMP Campuses and sites of delivery.

Admission Requirement

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 
Applicants with the National Senior Certificate: 
The minimum requirements for admission to a Diploma must be met. In addition, students will have the following:

Admission Point Score (APS) of 26
• English (Home or First Additional Language): Level 4
• Mathematics: Level 4

Applicants the NCV level 4: 
NCV level 4 with at least 50% for English (Home Language or First Additional Language), 50% for Mathematics and 70% in four IT and computer Science subjects.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER (CAT): 
Applicants wishing to be considered for admission in terms of RPL or to have credits transferred to this programme must indicate this on their application. The University policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) will be applied.

PROGRESSION:
Students who successfully complete this Diploma will be able to apply for admission to an Advanced Diploma in ICT at UMP or another Higher Education Institution. 

ENQUIRIES 
Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences
Mr Norwell Zhakata (Programme Leader)
Tel: +27 13 002 0213
Fax: +27 13 755 1110
E-mail: norwell.zhakata@ump.ac.za

DIPLOMA IN AGRICULTURE IN PLANT PRODUCTION

The Diploma in Agriculture in Plant Production focuses on plant production; Agronomy (mainly maize, potatoes and sugarcane), Vegetable production (such as carrots, cabbage, spinach, lettuce), and Fruit production (citrus and subtropical fruits). The areas of study covered by the programme include; crop production, water management and farm management. The candidates looking for a career in this field need to be hard working and have a passion for agriculture and entrepreneurship.

PROGRAMME CURRICULUM DURATION: 
DURATION: 
The Diploma in Agriculture in Plant Production is a three-year, 360 credit, exit level 6 qualification.

CURRICULUM: 
Year 1 & 2 
In the first two years, students are exposed to theoretical and practical aspects of Plant Production including Soil Science, Plant Protection and Propagation, Farm Management, Botany, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Fruit Production, Vegetable Production and Water Management.

Year 3 
In the third year, students spend the full year on a commercial farm to learn the relevant skills required by the industry and during which there is the opportunity to apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in a real world setting.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 
Applicants with the National Senior Certificate: 
The minimum requirements for admission to a Diploma must be met. In addition, students will have the following:
Minimum Admission Point Score (APS):
– 25 With Mathematics
– 26 With Mathematical Literacy
• English (Home or First Additional Language): Level 4
• Mathematics: Level 3
• Mathematical Literacy: Level 4
• Agriculture: Level 4

Applicants the NCV level 4: 

NCV level 4, in Primary Agriculture with at least 50% for English (Home language or First Additional Language), 40% for Mathematics or 50% for Mathematical Literacy.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER (CAT): 
Applicants wishing to be considered for admission in terms of RPL or to have credits transferred to this programme must indicate this on their application. The University policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) will be applied.

PROGRESSION:
Students who successfully complete this Diploma will be able to apply for admission to an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture at UMP or another Higher Education Institution.

How to Apply

Step 1:  Get your application form.

You will be able to get application forms electronically from their website or from certain UMP campuses.  These campuses can be found here.

  • Hardcopy Application:

Once you have completed your application form, you may send it to UMP via email, post or hand delivery.

Email your application to studentapplications@ump.ac.za

or

You can post your application to:

The Registrar
UMP Mbombela Campus
C/r R40 and D725 Roads
Mbombela 1200

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full. 

*Remember you’ll need an email address.  

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Along with your application form, you will need to submit your documentation. This includes certified copies of:

  • Final Grade 12 results (if available).
  • Grade 11 results (if currently doing grade 12).
  • A copy of your South African ID document OR passport for International students.
  • Academic Record and Certificate of Conduct if previously enrolled at another university.

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form.

Online Application

Application must be made on the prescribed forms and must reach the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) before the closing date. Forms are obtainable electronically from www.ump.ac.za or from the following UMP Campuses and sites of delivery.

Prospective Students

If you are a prospective student, not registered at this institution, please select one of the following options. 

New Application

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Application Status

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Registration Date

Registered users should login here

Access the student login portal here.