School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Geology

Geology is a multi-disciplinary science, which studies the physical and chemical aspects of  the Earth – its surface processes, composition, structure and origin. Central to this is the  study of the formation and distribution of minerals and rocks.

Programmes

BSc (Geological Science)

This focused, three-year programme leads to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree that specialises in Geological Sciences.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science or Life Sciences or Physical Science Level 4 (50%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    28 - 48

CASSE

CASSE is an Alternative Access and Academic Support Programme that caters for prospective students whose academic potential was not realised due to a disadvantaged educational background.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science or Physical Science or Life Sciences Level 3 (40%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    26 - 48

How to Apply

All first-time South African applicants to UKZN for entry into degree/ diploma study (Gr 12s and transfer students from other institutions) must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS)

A one-year specialist programme leading to an Honours degree. Applicants must have a relevant three-year or equivalent qualification to be considered for Honours. 

Master of Science

A Master of Science programme is offered, whereby students engage in research under the supervision of an academic staff member. All Masters programmes include rigorous research under the supervision of an academic staff member. Applicants must have a relevant Honours or equivalent qualification to be considered for a Masters. 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

A Doctor of Philosophy programme is offered where students engage in novel research supervised by academic members of staff. This is typically three years of fulltime study and normally follows on from a Master of Science degree.

Doctor of Science in Agriculture

A Doctoral programme is offered where students engage in novel research supervised by academic members of staff. This typically involves three years of study.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to our College office. Visit the College website to see the steps to follow, download the application pack/ forms and access the link to apply online.

Research

Research Areas

We are a research-led institution, producing knowledge for the rapidly-changing and information-rich world.

Research Groups

We have a number of research groups that specialise in areas of research in Geology. 

Student dissertations

UKZN Research Space was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of tour students’ research output.

Academic staff

Picture of Prof Molla Demlie

Prof Molla Demlie

Academic Leader: Geological Sciences
Demliem@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 7380

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Staff list

We have a number of professional academic, administrative and technical staff on hand to shape your learning experience at UKZN.

Facilities

Geology Education Museum

Geology of KZN

The Geology of KZN records 3 500 million years of geological history. To find out more about the Geology of a specific stratigraphic unit in KZN, visit the STEC@UKZN website.

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