21 Best universities for Development Studies in South Africa

Below is the list of best universities in South Africa ranked based on their research performance in Development Studies. A graph of 186K citations received by 10.3K academic papers made by 21 universities in South Africa was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. University of Cape Town

For Development Studies

#1 in Africa
#16 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1874

2. University of the Witwatersrand

For Development Studies

#2 in Africa
#23 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
37,500
Founded
1922

3. University of KwaZulu-Natal

For Development Studies

#3 in Africa
#57 in the World
Enrollment
42,500
Founded
2004

4. University of Stellenbosch

For Development Studies

#4 in Africa
#69 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1918

5. University of Pretoria

For Development Studies

#5 in Africa
#72 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
56,483
Male:Female
42:58
Founded
1908

6. University of South Africa

For Development Studies

#6 in Africa
#79 in the World
Enrollment
420,000
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1873

7. University of Johannesburg

For Development Studies

#7 in Africa
#97 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Enrollment
49,910
Founded
2005

8. University of the Western Cape

For Development Studies

#9 in Africa
#134 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1959

9. North-West University

For Development Studies

#10 in Africa
#147 in the World
Acceptance Rate
93%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
2004

10. University of the Free State

For Development Studies

#13 in Africa
#192 in the World
Enrollment
37,000
Founded
1904

11. Rhodes University

For Development Studies

#16 in Africa
#228 in the World
Acceptance Rate
52%
Enrollment
8,200
Founded
1904

12. University of Fort Hare

For Development Studies

#24 in Africa
#358 in the World
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1916

13. University of Limpopo

For Development Studies

#27 in Africa
#412 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1959

14. Nelson Mandela University

For Development Studies

#30 in Africa
#488 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
2005

15. Cape Peninsula University of Technology

For Development Studies

#32 in Africa
#584 in the World
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
2005

16. Tshwane University of Technology

For Development Studies

#38 in Africa
#647 in the World
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
2003

17. University of Venda

For Development Studies

#39 in Africa
#652 in the World
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1982

18. University of Zululand

For Development Studies

#46 in Africa
#742 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1960

19. Durban University of Technology

For Development Studies

#56 in Africa
#927 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
2002

20. Central University of Technology

For Development Studies

#75 in Africa
#1169 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1981

21. Walter Sisulu University

For Development Studies

#83 in Africa
#1223 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
2005

The best cities to study Development Studies in South Africa based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, and Stellenbosch.