Nelson Mandela University: Statistics



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#1764 of 14,131 In the World
#31 of 1,104 In Africa
#12 of 26 In South Africa
#105 of 1,053 For Firefighting and Fire Science
Top50% For 89 other topics
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Acceptance rate

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate57%
Admissions RequirementsMatriculation Certificate or certificate of exemption issued by the Joint Matriculation Board
Academic CalendarFebruary to November (February - June; July-November)

We've calculated the 57% acceptance rate for Nelson Mandela University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Nelson Mandela University has published 10,150 scientific papers with 126,914 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biology, Engineering, Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Political Science, Geology, Chemistry, and Physics.


Nelson Mandela University majors

by publication & citation count

Environmental Science
6,322 / 96,740
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
6,214 / 78,839
6,083 / 94,822
4,276 / 59,198
4,084 / 71,522
Geography and Cartography
4,031 / 66,943
Political Science
3,845 / 37,370
3,792 / 67,418
3,779 / 49,511
3,736 / 54,712
3,675 / 36,348
3,542 / 43,731
3,246 / 37,966
Computer Science
2,984 / 38,833
2,749 / 39,440
2,690 / 50,229
2,529 / 38,630
2,413 / 21,016
Quantum and Particle physics
2,326 / 25,015
2,303 / 21,382
2,227 / 20,369
2,181 / 17,266
Organic Chemistry
2,166 / 26,445
Materials Science
2,011 / 27,319
1,681 / 15,735
1,595 / 23,455
1,541 / 21,775
Development Studies
1,409 / 10,651
1,405 / 24,979
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation
1,302 / 24,778
1,296 / 19,238
Public Health
1,295 / 22,431
1,229 / 12,392
1,210 / 21,973
1,153 / 12,792
1,132 / 9,166
Art & Design
1,088 / 6,445
1,046 / 11,127
Metallurgical Engineering
1,041 / 11,081
Environmental Management
1,034 / 29,514

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 1 1
1992 0 3
1993 1 2
1994 1 1
1995 0 0
1996 0 1
1997 0 2
1998 1 0
1999 1 1
2000 1 7
2001 4 6
2002 11 7
2003 20 105
2004 15 81
2005 104 145
2006 169 280
2007 153 559
2008 215 853
2009 214 1205
2010 268 1745
2011 484 2320
2012 456 2907
2013 508 3786
2014 548 4382
2015 584 5074
2016 611 5636
2017 573 6479
2018 680 7977
2019 796 11264
2020 920 14817
2021 910 16601
2022 978 18172
2023 858 20309
Academic rankings


Local studetns Undergraduate, 10,000-13,500 per annum; Honours and postgraduate, 1,300-7,500 per module (ZAR)

Nelson Mandela University has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Nelson Mandela University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Master of Technology Accountancy, Agriculture, Architecture, Biomedicine, Ceramic Art, Chemistry, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Forestry, Graphic Design, Marketing, Public Relations, Radiology, Textile Design
Master's Degree Accountancy, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Biochemistry, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Clinical Psychology, Commercial Law, Computer Science, Development Studies, Dietetics, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Labour and Industrial Relations, Labour Law, Law, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Private Law, Psychology, Public Law, Social Work, Sports, Statistics, Taxation, Tourism, Zoology
Doctor of Technology Agriculture, Biomedicine, Chemistry, Human Resources
Doctorate Accountancy, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Architecture, Business Administration, Development Studies, Dutch, Education, Engineering, Finance, Geography, Health Sciences, History, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Information Technology, Law, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Nursing, Peace and Disarmament, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Private Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Law, Religious Studies, Sociology, Tourism, Translation and Interpretation, Zoology

Notable alumni

  1. Wayne Parnell

    Wayne Parnell
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1989-.. (age 35)

    Wayne Dillon Parnell is a South African professional cricketer who most recently played for Northamptonshire in English county cricket.

  2. Amanda Black

    Amanda Black
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1993-.. (age 31)
    recording artistsinger-songwriter

    Amanda Benedicta Antony, known professionally as Amanda Black, is a South African singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Gcuwa her career began in 1999 at the age of 6 singing in church choirs. Amanda was a contestant on Idols South Africa season 11. Black relocated to Johannesburg in 2016 to pursue her career in music. She signed a record deal with Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2016 and achieved recognition in same year following the release of her hit single "Amazulu", which was nominated for several music awards.

  3. Cassie Kozyrkov

    Cassie Kozyrkov
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    20th Century
    computer scientistdata scientiststatistician

    Cassie Kozyrkov is a South African data scientist and statistician. She worked at Google in Developer Relations team and with Decision Intelligence.

  4. Kevin Paul

    Kevin Paul
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1991-.. (age 33)
    para swimmerswimmer

    Kevin Paul is a South African Paralympic swimmer. Competing in the SB9-class 100 m breaststroke he won gold medals at the 2008 and 2016 Paralympics and a silver medal at the 2012 London Game.

  5. Cedric Frolick

    Cedric Frolick
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1967-.. (age 57)

    Cedric Thomas Frolick, is the current House Chairperson: Committees, Oversight and ICT in the National Assembly of Parliament for the Republic of South Africa. A teacher, politician, anti-apartheid activist. He retired from teaching in 1999 and subsequently became a politician in the National Assembly. On 18 November 2010, the ANC appointed him as the House Chairperson responsible for Committees, ICT and Oversight.

  6. Brian Skosana

    Brian Skosana
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1991-.. (age 33)
    rugby union playerrugby league player

    Mthangala Brian Skosana is a South African professional rugby union player, currently playing with the SWD Eagles. His regular position is centre or wing.

Nelson Mandela University faculties and divisions

Campus : Bird Street Design, Fine Arts, Music
Campus : George Accountancy, Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Economics, Environmental Management, Forestry, Management, Marketing, Natural Resources, Tourism, Wood Technology
Campus : Missionvale Accountancy, Biological and Life Sciences, Business Administration, Development Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Finance, Health Sciences, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Management, Marketing, Mathematics Education, Nursing, Science Education, Special Education, Tourism, Transport Management
Campus : Second Avenue Business Administration, Fashion Design, Textile Design
Faculty : Arts Afrikaans, Anthropology, Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Bible, Ceramic Art, Christian Religious Studies, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Design, Dutch, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, French, Graphic Design, History, Interior Design, Jazz and Popular Music, Journalism, Management, Media Studies, Music, Music Education, Musicology, Peace and Disarmament, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Public Relations, Singing, Sociology, Textile Design, Textile Technology
Faculty : Business and Economic Sciences Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Computing, Curriculum, Development Studies, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Information Sciences, Law, Management, Marketing, Statistics, Taxation, Tourism, Transport Management
Faculty : Education Business Education, Curriculum, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Foreign Languages Education, Higher Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Special Education
Faculty : Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology Building Technologies, Civil Engineering, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Safety Engineering, Software Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Transport Engineering
Faculty : Health Sciences Biomedicine, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Environmental Studies, Health Administration, Health Education, Health Sciences, Midwifery, Nephrology, Nursing, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Sports, Sports Management
Faculty : Law Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Labour Law, Law, Private Law, Public Law, Taxation, Tourism
Faculty : Science Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Botany, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Finance, Geography, Geography (Human), Geology, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Leather Techniques, Mathematics, Microbiology, Nanotechnology, Physics, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Sports, Statistics, Textile Technology, Zoology

General information

Alternative names NMU
Founded 2005
Accreditation Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC); Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training
Motto Change the World
Colors navy blue, yellow

Location and contacts

Address PO Box 77000
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6031
South Africa
City population 312,000

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