University of Pretoria programmes

We know that you have worked really hard and have always wanted to #ChooseUP because it is one of the best universities in Africa. To be part of our family, you need more than suitable subject choices or good marks at school; you need to be committed and passionate about your chosen field.

If you can think of a study field or career that suits your personality, interests, goals and what you’re good at, you will enjoy what you do and being really great at your studies and future career.

You can use our Virtual Campus to help you decide on a course or discover a new field of interest, explore our campuses and access the information you need to apply.

If you already know what you want to study, explore the course options in each of our faculties to find out more.

If you already have an undergraduate degree and would like to browse our postgraduate offerings, we have many different advanced study programmes available.

Please pay attention to opening and closing dates for applying to study at UP.

  • Advanced diploma School Leadership and Management (Distance Education)
  • BA
  • BA Audiology
  • BA Fine Arts
  • BA Information Design
  • BA Languages
  • BA Law
  • BA Speech-Language Pathology
  • BA Visual Studies
  • BAdmin Public Management and International Relations
  • BAdminHons Public Administration and Management
  • BAgricHons Extension
  • BAgricHons Rural Development
  • BAHons African Languages
  • BAHons Afrikaans
  • BAHons Ancient Languages and Cultures Studies
  • BAHons Applied Language Studies
  • BAHons Archaeology
  • BAHons Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • BAHons Criminology
  • BAHons Drama and Film Studies
  • BAHons English
  • BAHons French
  • BAHons German
  • BAHons International Relations
  • BAHons Literary Theory
  • BAHons Music
  • BAHons Philosophy
  • BAHons Political Science
  • BAHons Spanish
  • BAHons Visual Studies
  • BArchHons
  • BChD
  • BCMP
  • BCom
  • BCom Accounting Sciences
  • BCom Agribusiness Management
  • BCom Business Management
  • BCom Econometrics
  • BCom Economics
  • BCom Extended programme
  • BCom Financial Sciences
  • BCom Human Resource Management
  • BCom Informatics Information Systems
  • BCom Investment Management
  • BCom Law
  • BCom Marketing Management
  • BCom Statistics and Data Science
  • BCom Supply Chain Management
  • BComHons Agricultural Economics
  • BComHons Business Management
  • BComHons Communication Management
  • BComHons Econometrics
  • BComHons Economics
  • BComHons Financial Management Sciences
  • BComHons Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
  • BComHons Industrial Psychology
  • BComHons Informatics
  • BComHons Internal Auditing
  • BComHons Investment Management
  • BComHons Marketing Management
  • BComHons Mathematical Statistics
  • BComHons Statistics and Data Science
  • BComHons Supply Chain Management
  • BComHons Taxation
  • BComHons Tourism Management
  • BConSci Clothing Retail Management
  • BConSci Food Retail Management
  • BConSci Hospitality Management
  • BDietetics
  • BDiv
  • BDram
  • BEd Foundation Phase Teaching
  • BEd Intermediate Phase Teaching
  • BEd Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching
  • BEdHons Assessment and Quality Assurance in Education and Training
  • BEdHons Computer-integrated Education
  • BEdHons Education Management, Law and Policy
  • BEdHons Education Management, Law and Policy (Distance Education)
  • BEdHons Educational Psychology
  • BEdHons Learning Support
  • BEdHons Learning Support (Distance Education)
  • BEdHons Life Sciences Education
  • BEdHons Mathematics Education
  • BEdHons Physical Sciences Education
  • BEdHons Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • BEdHons Technology Education
  • BEng Chemical Engineering
  • BEng Chemical Engineering ENGAGE
  • BEng Civil Engineering
  • BEng Civil Engineering ENGAGE
  • BEng Computer Engineering
  • BEng Computer Engineering ENGAGE
  • BEng Electrical Engineering
  • BEng Electrical Engineering ENGAGE
  • BEng Electronic Engineering
  • BEng Electronic Engineering ENGAGE
  • BEng Industrial Engineering
  • BEng Industrial Engineering ENGAGE
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.