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...
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2023 Honours Applications Open

The College is currently open for applications from students to study in the 2023 academic year on either the Westville or Pietermaritzburg campus.
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Gr 12 Exam Support Workshops

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Teaching and Learning Office is proud to offer these online workshops (via Zoom) on Grade 12 Maths, Life Sciences, Chemistry and Physic Science. Take a look at the schedule.
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Ukulinga Symposium | 12 – 14 Oct

The symposium showcases theoretical and applied research carried out at UKZN’s Ukulinga Research Farm. For inclusion in the programme with an oral presentation, poster display or creative presentation, please submit a 300-word abstract or presentation description to by no later than 31 AUGUST 2022.
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Fountainhill Estate’s Sixth Research Symposium | 19 – 20 Oct

An annual Symposium showcasing the environmental and agricultural research underway at Fountainhill Estate and in the wider uMngeni Catchment of which it forms a part.
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BIO Africa Convention

The fifth annual BIO Africa Convention themed Africa Resilient: Life Sciences Innovation for Achieving Health and Food Security, held from 27 to 31 August brought together scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy-makers. The convention, which is Africa’s biggest biotechnology event is hosted by Africa Bio in partnership with the Department...
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UKZN and Partners Host WEF NEXUS Winter School

The origins of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Winter School can be traced back to a workshop in March 2020, says Professor Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi of UKZN’s Centre for Transformative Agricultural and Food Systems (CTAFS). It was during a lunch break at the workshop that the idea evolved from discussions between colleagues...
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Dean & Head of School

Prof Fhatuwani Mudau

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

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