University of KwaZulu-Natal UKZN

The University of Durban-Westville was established in the 1960s as the University College for Indians on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. Student numbers throughout the 1960s were low as a result of the Congress Alliances’ policy of shunning apartheid structures. This policy gave way in the 1980s to a strategy of “education under protest” which sought to transform apartheid institutions into sites of struggle. Student numbers grew rapidly and in 1971, the College was granted University status. The following year, the newly-named University of Durban-Westville moved into its modern campus in Westville and was a site of major anti-apartheid struggle. UDW became an autonomous institution in 1984, opening up to students of all races.

UKZN Application

Application Date:

30 June 2019 (medical programmes)
30 September 2019 (all other programmes)
30 April 2019 (second semester programmes)

Closing Dates For South African Citizens

• Semester 1 (January intake)
• Medicine: 30 June : No late applications are accepted. 
• All other programmes: 30 September.

Postgraduate Closing Dates

Postgrad Diploma/Certificate and Honours: Semester 1 30 September, Semester 2 30 April

Masters (Coursework): Semester 1 31 October, Semester 2 30 April

Online Applications

Masters(Research) and Doctoral Studies

  • No closing date

Please remember to upload the following documents (where applicable):

  1. Certified copy of your ID/passport.
  2. Certified copy of your National Senior/Matric Certificate or O/A Levels or relevant school leaving qualification/certificate.
  3. Proof from Universities South Africa (previously known as HESA), that you qualify for admission to degree studies at South Africa universities, if you are an international applicant. For more information, refer to the undergraduate prospectus
  4. Certified copies of your degree certificate(s), academic record and certificate of conduct, if you attended other universities.
  5. Proof of English proficiency for International applicants from non-English speaking countries.
  6. South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluations if the previous qualification(s) was/were obtained at foreign universities (outside South Africa).
  7. A research proposal/proposed title of the dissertation/thesis if you are applying for a Masters Degree or PhD.
  8. A valid study visa to study in SA if you are an International applicant.
  9. Please ensure to use reference APPN (followed by your student number) when making application fee payment.
  10. Before applying online please make sure that you have read the guidelines above.
  11. Please ensure that you have the HESA/SAQA documents to be uploaded in order to complete your application.
   Click here to apply online 

UKZN Application Form

Download Undergraduate Application form here (International)


Download Postgraduate Application form here

UKZN Prospectus

Download 2019 Undergraduate Prospectus here

Download 2019 Postgraduate Prospectus here

UKZN Registration

UKZN online registration usually takes place in January and February

How to Apply

How to Apply-First Time South African Applicants

Undergraduate Application Procedures for First Time South African Applicants

Semester 1: January 2020
  • If you are a South African citizen and currently in Grade 12 or have completed.
    your National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate and have never studied at UKZN before, 
    you have to make application to UKZN by completing a Central Application Office (CAO) 
    application form. Read more here

UKZN Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate

1.1 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.

1.2 Applicants to undergraduate diploma programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Diploma studies (NSC-Dip) or Senior Certificate. Read more here

UKZN Courses Offered

College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

B Sc Eng: Agricultural

B Sc Eng: Chemical

B Sc Eng: Civil

B Sc Eng: Computer

B Sc Eng: Electrical

B Sc Eng: Electronic

B Sc Eng: Mechanical

B Sc: Land Surveying

B Sc Eng: Extended Programme

B Sc: Property Development

B Agric (Agricultural Extensions and Rural Resource Management)

B Agricultural Management. Find full list of UKZN courses here

UKZN Contact Details


Edgewood: +27 31 260 1111

Howard College: +27 31 260 1111

Medical School: +27 31 260 1111

Pietermaritzburg: +27 33 260 5111

Westville: +27 31 260 1111

or Call +27 31 260 8596 and follow the voice prompts