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South Africa

top General Information


Street:PO Box 392



Post Code:0003

Tel.:+27(12) 429-4111

Fax:+27(12) 429-3273


Institution Funding



Founded 1873 as University of Cape of Good Hope. Renamed University of South Africa, 1916. Became distance education university, 1946. Acquired present status 2004 following merger with Technikon Southern Africa and Vista University, Distance Education Centre (VUDEC).

Academic Year

January to December

Admission Requirements

For undergraduate certificates: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree, diploma or higher certificate; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree, diploma or higher certificate; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). For undergraduate diplomas: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree or diploma; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree or diploma; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). For undergraduate degrees: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). Please note that the admission requirements for entry level qualifications are the minimum statutory requirements and that admission requirements differ between the various Colleges.

Tuition Fees

National:For programmes in Education; Law; Psychology; Public Administration; Social Services: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 735; Full Module, 2,860; Course/Paper ; 1,470 (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 1,050; Full Module, 2,100; Course/Paper, 4,120. For programmes in Business, Commerce and Management Sciences; Computer Science and Data Processing; Language, Linguistics and Literature; Religion and Theology; Social Science Systems: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 720; Full Module, 2,800; Course/Paper, 1,440; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module,995; Full Module, 1,990; Course/Paper, 3,900. For programmes in Engineering and Engineering Technology; Home Economics; Mathematical Sciences: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 715; Full Module, 2,780; Course/Paper 1,430; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 970; Full Module, 1,940; Course/Paper, 3,800. For programmes in Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources; Arts, Visual and Performing Arts; Health Care and Health Sciences; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 680; Full Module, 2,640; Course/Paper 1,360; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 930; Full Module, 1,860; Course/Paper, 3,660. (A module is 12 SAQA credits or 120 notional hours, a course/paper is 24 SAQA credits or 240 notional hours but in the 4th year/Honours there is also a 36 SAQA credit paper which represent 360 notional hours). (ZAR)



Accrediting Agency

Council on Higher Education

Student Body


top Officers

Head : Mandla S. Makhanya

Job title:Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Senior Administrative Officer : Divya Singh

Job title:Vice-Principal: Advisory and Assurance Services

Senior Administrative Officer : G Zide

Job title:Registrar: Academic, Enrolments and Administration

Senior Administrative Officer : GM Letsoalo

Job title:Vice-Principal: ICT

Senior Administrative Officer : IOG Moche

Job title:Vice-Principle: Teaching, Learning, Community Engagement and Student Support

Senior Administrative Officer : L Griesel

Job title:Acting Vice-Principal: Institutional Development and Transformation

Senior Administrative Officer : L Labuschagne

Job title:Acting Vice-Principal: Research, Postgraduate Studies, Innovation and Commercialisation

Senior Administrative Officer : Marcia Socikwa

Job title:Vice-Principal: Operations and Facilities

Senior Administrative Officer : PZR Zwane

Job title:Vice-Principal: Finance & Business Enterprises

Senior Administrative Officer : S Magubane

Job title:Director: International Relations

top Divisions

College : Accounting Sciences

Fields of study:Accountancy, Taxation

College : Agriculture and Environmental Science

Fields of study:Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Biological and Life Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Geography, Horticulture, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Soil Science, Veterinary Science, Water Science, Welfare and Protective Services

College : Economics and Management Sciences

Fields of study:Accountancy, Administration, Banking, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Insurance, Labour and Industrial Relations, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Operations Research, Psychology, Public Administration, Real Estate, Retailing and Wholesaling, Secretarial Studies, Service Trades, Social Sciences, Taxation, Tourism, Transport and Communications, Transport Economics, Transport Management, Vocational Counselling, Welfare and Protective Services

College : Education

Fields of study:Adult Education, Art Education, Business Education, Computer Education, Continuing Education, Curriculum, Distance Education, Education, Education of the Gifted, Education of the Handicapped, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Research, Educational Sciences, Educational Technology, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Health Education, Higher Education, Home Economics Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, International and Comparative Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy of Education, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teacher Trainers Education, Teacher Training, Technology Education

College : Graduate School of Business Leadership

Fields of study:Business Administration, Leadership

College : Graduate Studies

Fields of study:African Studies, Development Studies, Distance Education, Education, Educational Research, Educational Sciences, Leadership, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Policy, Teacher Training, Technology Education

College : Human Sciences

Fields of study:African American Studies, African Languages, Afrikaans, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Art Management, Arts and Humanities, Bible, Christian Religious Studies, Classical Languages, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religion, Contemporary History, Cultural Studies, Demography and Population, Design, Development Studies, English, English Studies, Fine Arts, French, Gender Studies, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Heritage Preservation, History, History of Religion, Information Management, Information Sciences, Information Technology, International Studies, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communication, Medieval Studies, Midwifery, Missionary Studies, Modern History, Modern Languages, Music, Musicology, New Testament, Nursing, Pastoral Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Portuguese, Psychology, Public Health, Regional Studies, Religion, Religious Practice, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Theology, Translation and Interpretation, Visual Arts, Welfare and Protective Services, Writing

College : Law

Fields of study:Administrative Law, Civil Law, Civil Security, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminology, History of Law, Human Rights, International Law, Justice Administration, Labour Law, Law, Maritime Law, Notary Studies, Police Studies, Private Law, Protective Services, Public Law, Welfare and Protective Services

College : Science, Engineering and Technology

Fields of study:Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Astronomy and Space Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Drawing and Design, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Natural Sciences, Physics, Software Engineering, Statistics, Systems Analysis, Technology

top Degrees

Master of Technology

Fields of study:Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology

Master's Degree

Fields of study:Accountancy, African Languages, Afrikaans, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Bible, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical Psychology, Development Studies, English, French, Geography, History, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Information Sciences, Islamic Studies, Italian, Law, Linguistics, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Social Work, Sociology, Theology, Transport Economics, Visual Arts


Fields of study:Accountancy, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Astronomy and Space Science, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Computer Science, Development Studies, Education, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Technology, Theology, Translation and Interpretation

top Academic Periodicals


Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery

African Education Review

African Historical Review

African Review of Economics and Finance

Africanus: Journal of Development Studies

Commonwealth Youth and Development


Critical Arts

Education as Change

English Academy Review (EAR)


Gender Questions


International Jounal of African Renaissance Studies

International Journal of Education Development in Africa

Journal for Semitics

Journal of Law, Society and Development

Journal of Literary Studies

Language Matters

Latin American Report





Myth & Symbol

New South African Outlook

New Voices in Psychology

Oral History Journal of South Africa



Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice

Religion and Theology

South African Historical Journal

South African Journal of African Languages

South African Journal of Higher Education

Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher


Main Press

Unisa Press

top Student & Staff Numbers


Statistics Year:2015-2016

Full Time Male:1058

Full Time Female:1101

Full Time Total:2159

Staff with Doctorate

Full Time Male:255

Full Time Female:189

Full Time Total:444


Statistics Year:2015-2016




Foreign Male:12223

Foreign Female:12153

Foreign Total:24376

Part Time:254562


Students with Disabilities:2535

Updated on 22-02-2017