Nelson Mandela University NMU

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) opened on 1 January 2005, the result of the merging of the PE Technikon the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) and the Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University (Vista PE). This union of three very different institutions came about as a result of government’s countrywide restructuring of higher education – intended to deliver a more equitable and efficient system to meet the needs of South Africa in the 21stcentury.

Nelson Mandela University NMU dropped “Metropolitan” from its name in 2017, it was no longer named after a city, but the person, Nelson Mandela, the global icon for social justice. And there was a huge responsibility that went with that, a point emphasised by then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the official ceremony marking the name change, who said: “The decision to become Nelson Mandela University is not simply an exercise in corporate rebranding. It is a statement of intent. It is a statement of values … It makes a statement about justice, rehabilitation and reconciliation.”

Nelson Mandela University Application 2020

Prospective undergraduate students who wish to join Nelson Mandela University in 2020 are invited to apply for a certificate, diploma or degree qualification by using our online application system which is now OPEN.  

In order to ensure adequate time for application, processing and planning by the university and yourself, applications for early admission in 2020 should be submitted by 01 August 2019.

Applications may be considered after this date, provided that there is still space available in the course you wish to apply for, and on academic merit until 30 September 2019. In addition, places in some qualifications are limited, and it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application form and ALL supporting documentation by 01 August 2019.

Before completing an application form, please take note of the minimum admission requirements for the qualification that you are applying for or refer to the relevant faculty guide.

NMU Advanced Diploma applications 2020

Nelson Mandela University students who are currently completing a three-year Diploma (Dip) qualification and would like to apply to pursue their  Advanced Diploma (AdvDip) in the same field of study here next year, are only required to complete the Advanced Diploma application form (see list below to download a form). Your completed application form must please be submitted to the admissions office on or before 1 August 2019 (no supporting documentation required). Please also review the faculty prospectus for the admission requirements related to your field of study prior to applying.

Prospective new students who have already completed their Diploma (Dip) studies at Nelson Mandela University or at another tertiary institution and opted to enter the work force, or take a gap year before commencing their Advanced Diploma (AdvDip) studies, are required to complete a new online application, and submit a certified copy of their ID, academic record and certificate of conduct, along with any other documentation required in order for their application to be considered. Applications close 1 August 2019 and no application fee is required. Please also review the faculty prospectus for the admission requirements related to your field of study prior to applying.

Postgraduate Studies At NMU

Postgraduate Master’s and doctoral degrees by research candidates can apply at any time of the year – application is free. Postgraduate M & D applicants must also complete the relevant Postgraduate form (U24) in addition to the manual Postgraduate application form. Space is limited and you should view the list of full programmes before applying. Postgraduate (U24) applications must be submitted to:

NMU Courses Offered

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

  • Arts
  • Business and Economic Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering, Built Environment and IT
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Science

Nelson Mandela University Application Dates

2020 Closing Dates

1) Academic Applications

Applications for 2020 open: 1 April 2019

Early closing date: 02 August 2019

Late closing date: 30 September 2019

2) On-Campus accommodation

Applications for on-campus accomodation open: 1 April 2019

Closing date: 30 September 2019

3) International Applicants 

International students First Semester 2020 (February): Deadline – 31 October 2019 (Application fee of R500)

NMU Application Procedure

You may apply by following one of these routes:

  1. Apply online for either an Undergraduate, Advanced Diploma or Postgraduate studies (PG Diploma, PG Certificate, Honours, Master’s or Doctoral Degrees). 
  2. Postgraduate applicants must also complete the relevant Postgraduate form (U24) For information on postgraduate programmes, please consult the General Information and Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes.
  • Make sure you have paid the Application fee (international students only), before submitting your application form.
  • Your application form must be accompanied by:
    1. a certified copy of your final Grade 11 exam results or; 
    2. a most recent Grade 12  (June/Sept) exam report (No March results), or if you have already passed Grade 12, a certified copy of your matriculation certificate, or results as well as certified copies of diploma/degree certificates and academic records for postgraduate applications,
    3. a certified copy of your ID/Passport,
    4. a certified copy of the identity document of your parent/legal guardian/surety,
    5. declaration by your parent / legal guardian / surety if you are a dependent, or currently at school, or studying at a tertiary institution, or have recently left school and do/will not have permanent employment when applying or studying at the university.
  • Either an acknowledgement letter or outcome of your admission will be sent to you within 10 working days during April to June. During the period leading up to the closing dates stipulated above the turnaround time will be 14 – 20 working days.
  • If your Applicant Score (AS) and subject specific marks do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme, you will need to consider another qualification as we no longer test applicants for admission, unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Some programmes have additional selection requirements; please consult the Undergraduate Guide for your specific faculty which can be downloaded from the links on the right of this page (available from May).

Application Status

  • The outcome of your application will be conveyed to you via our website and sms. Please ensure that we have your correct cell phone number.
  • If you are provisionally admitted you will receive an Orientation Booklet together with registration information in November/December.
  • Final acceptance is subject to your final NSC/IEB results meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen programme.

NMU Applicants Score

How to calculate your Applicant Score (AS)


  • Your Applicant Score (AS) is calculated using six NSC 20-credit subjects. Please note that Life Orientation (LO) is excluded as it is only a 10-credit NSC subject.
  • Write down your Grade 12 subjects and your most recent exam results obtained in each subject (NO Gr 12 March results). 
  • You MUST include the results for the following three subjects: 1) Home language; 2) 1st Add. Language; and 3) Maths; or Maths Lit; or Technical Maths. Your Applicant Score must also include any subjects required by the qualification for admission.
  • For applicants with seven Grade 12 NSC subjects, their AS is calculated by adding the percentages for six 20-credit subjects. This gives a score out of 600.
  • For those applicants taking eight or more subjects their AS is calculated as follows: add the percentages obtained for your three main subjects (two languages and Maths, or Maths Literacy, or Technical Maths), plus the percentage(s) for any subject(s) required by the programme, together with the percentage(s) for the next best / highest subject(s), to a maximum of six subjects.
  • In addition, for those applicants from quintile 1, 2 or 3 school* who attain 50% or higher for Life Orientation, 7 points may be added to their score out of 600 to arrive at their final AS.

All South African public ordinary schools are categorised into five groups, called  quintiles. Quintile 1 to 3 are non-fee paying schools, while Quintile 4 & 5 are fee paying schools.

Nelson Mandela University Admission Requirements

  • Below explains how well you will need to do in your school subjects to meet the minimum statutory requirements for each qualification level (Higher Certificate, Diploma or Degree)
  • The university has also set its own additional minimum entry requirements. 
  • Please note that the achievement of the minimum statutory entry requirements does not necessarily guarantee you admission to any programme or field of study at this University. 

Higher Certificate Pass NSC with: A minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, together with any other university requirements.

Diploma Pass NSC with: A minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (40–49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects (this excludes LO which is 10-credits), together with any other university requirements.

Bachelors Degree Pass NSC with: A minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (50–59%) or better in four recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (this excludes LO which is 10-credits), together with any other university requirements.

Designated subjects

As per the Government Gazette Notice No.165 No. 41473 dated March 2018, the list of designated subjects has been revoked with immediate effect. Subsequent to this announcement, the revised admission requirements for degree entry as they pertain to Nelson Mandela University, are further explained below:

  • Applicants must meet the minimum statutory entry requirements for each type of qualification they wish to apply for as stated above.
  • The University may add additional subject specific requirements for certain qualifications.
  • Applicants will also need to comply with the Applicant Score (AS)subject(s) and percentage % pass required for specific subjects which may be required for certain qualifications, before a final decision will be made of the outcome of his/her application.
  • Any recognised 20-credit NSC subject combinations (dependant on school capacity) can be used towards applying for degree studies (this excludes LO which is 10-credits), provided that each of these four subjects are also passed on a level 4 (50-59%) or higher.

NMU Forms And Documents

Declaration by parent form (335 kB)
Postgraduate Application Form for M_D (201 kB)
Postgrad admission to studies U24 (70 kB)
UADS student reasonable accommodations application form (320 kB)
Nelson Mandela University study fields 2020 (19.3 MB)
Change of Qualification Application Form for Current Students (233 kB)
Request for module credits (226 kB)
GR-Mall-OCC-IMG_1069F (217 kB)
GR-Mall-OCC-IMG_1379F (41 kB)
GR-Mall-OCC-IMG_1379F_1 (90 kB)
Postgraduate Guide (6.4 MB)

Contact Nelson Mandela University

Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111

Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731


PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela University

Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa