School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School strives to provide a learning environment that prepares students to acquire skills necessary for meeting societal needs. We seek to produce wholesome graduates who are not only technically qualified, but also have the critical and creative thinking skills to give them the competitive edge in the workplace, particularly...
Read More


The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in identified careers in the agriculture, land reform and rural development sector for the 2025 academic year
Read More

Knowledge of Nutrition in Cameroon Expanded

Dr Faith Akob focused her PhD in Human Nutrition on filling a gap in nutrition knowledge in Cameroon by improving understanding of nutritional patterns, nutritional status and areas in need of intervention. Akob also hoped to provide insights into the dietary needs and challenges of adults and children in the...
Read More

Lecturer’s PhD Research Expands Knowledge of Durban Community’s Waste Management

An interest in climate change mitigation and engaging with communities motivated Dr Amanda Gumede, a Geography lecturer at UKZN, to conduct a comprehensive audit of household waste management practices within the Bluff area in Durban for her PhD, in order to assess sustainability considerations and inform future intervention strategies. Gumede,...
Read More

PhD Graduates Boost Africa’s Plant Breeding Expertise

UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) is celebrating the accomplishments of five PhD graduates representing three African countries and five different crops who have investigated how to enhance the traits of their chosen crops to resist disease, tolerate drought, respond to biocontrol agents, and provide better yield and nutritional...
Read More

Dean & Head of School (Acting)

Prof Julia Sibiya

Ms Phumelele Mshengu
033 260 6476

The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a three-part mission of teaching, research and community engagement. The School has had a significant influence on this continent for over sixty years – from pigs, poultry, papaws and pecans through to farm finance, food security and agricultural development.

The School offers is comprised of five clusters, each with its own disciplines.

Biophysical Sciences

  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Soil Science


  • Geography


  • Geology 

Production Sciences

  • Animal & Poultry Science
  • Crop Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Pathology


  • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Extension & Rural Resources Management
  • Dietetics & Human Nutrition
  • Food Security

Get in touch with us

If you don’t find the information you need, please drop up us a line and we’ll get back to you. 

Use the contact form to submit your query pertaining to the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Science.

We look forward to hearing from you!