University of Pretoria: Statistics

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#420 of 14,131 In the World
#4 of 1,104 In Africa
#4 of 26 In South Africa
#1 of 4 In Pretoria
#19 of 1,734 For Veterinary
Top100 For 11 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate13%
Admissions RequirementsMatriculation Certificate or certificate of exemption issued by the Matriculation Board. Specific admission requirements set per programme.
Academic CalendarJanuary to November (2 semesters: January - June; July-November)
Full time employee1,539
Student:staff ratio37:1

We've calculated the 13% acceptance rate for University of Pretoria 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

University of Pretoria is a world-class research university with 58,410 scientific papers published and 784,536 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Geography and Cartography, and Ecology.


University of Pretoria majors

by publication & citation count

33,733 / 573,268
Environmental Science
32,005 / 503,968
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
31,507 / 323,045
24,116 / 363,784
21,701 / 392,329
21,049 / 294,371
19,026 / 252,189
Computer Science
17,964 / 223,138
Geography and Cartography
17,478 / 224,074
17,190 / 340,179
Political Science
17,170 / 133,581
16,195 / 273,340
16,048 / 128,290
16,038 / 173,640
14,810 / 103,011
14,432 / 294,244
12,563 / 216,954
12,545 / 118,184
12,464 / 263,501
11,763 / 115,937
11,485 / 124,302
Quantum and Particle physics
11,214 / 145,267
11,009 / 107,418
10,820 / 111,610
10,612 / 123,138
10,223 / 163,470
Organic Chemistry
8,765 / 151,684
8,667 / 178,326
Materials Science
8,196 / 119,037
7,925 / 98,327
6,823 / 51,033
Art & Design
6,533 / 40,208
Public Health
6,295 / 114,750
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
6,245 / 68,319
5,790 / 107,393
5,568 / 104,065
Development Studies
5,443 / 49,803
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
5,160 / 13,937
4,975 / 53,667
4,762 / 107,072

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 440 1085
1991 439 1321
1992 482 1473
1993 457 1546
1994 434 1599
1995 483 1877
1996 494 1936
1997 480 2140
1998 578 2582
1999 649 2929
2000 673 3391
2001 658 4018
2002 821 4874
2003 820 5298
2004 974 7042
2005 985 7385
2006 1115 9335
2007 1171 10834
2008 1392 13003
2009 1514 15628
2010 1638 18478
2011 2042 21144
2012 2429 25299
2013 2602 29062
2014 2743 33340
2015 2891 35944
2016 3073 39698
2017 3234 45437
2018 3142 49292
2019 3222 61089
2020 3647 74542
2021 4508 98346
2022 3776 98756
Academic rankings

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 University of Pretoria.

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's Degree Accountancy, African Languages, Afrikaans, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Anaesthesiology, Animal Husbandry, Applied Mathematics, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Security, Classical Languages, Clinical Psychology, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Criminal Law, Curriculum, Dermatology, Dietetics, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering Management, English, Entomology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, Food Science, Forestry, French, Geography, Geology, German, Gerontology, Haematology, Horticulture, Human Resources, Hydraulic Engineering, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial Engineering, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Meteorology, Microelectronics, Mineralogy, Mining Engineering, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Oral Pathology, Orthodontics, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Periodontics, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Software Engineering, Soil Science, Spanish, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Sports, Sports Management, Statistics, Surgery, Taxation, Theatre, Theology, Translation and Interpretation, Urology, Veterinary Science, Visual Arts, Water Science, Writing, Zoology
Doctorate Accountancy, African Languages, Afrikaans, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Anaesthesiology, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Community Health, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Law, Curriculum, Dentistry, Dermatology, Development Studies, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering Management, English, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Film, Finance, Fine Arts, Food Science, Forestry, French, Geography, Geology, German, Gerontology, Greek, Haematology, Hebrew, Heritage Preservation, History, Horticulture, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Interior Design, International Relations and Diplomacy, Labour and Industrial Relations, Landscape Architecture, Latin, Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgical Engineering, Meteorology, Microbiology, Mining Engineering, Music, Neurology, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Therapy, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Plant Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Political Sciences, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Radiology, Real Estate, Regional Planning, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Soil Science, Sports, Statistics, Surgery, Surveying and Mapping, Taxation, Theatre, Theology, Town Planning, Urology, Veterinary Science, Visual Arts, Water Science, Writing, Zoology

University of Pretoria alumni

  1. Elon Musk

    Elon Musk
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1971-.. (age 52)
    international forum participantengineerinvestorprogrammerangel investor

    Elon Reeve Musk is a business magnate and investor. He is the founder, CEO and chief engineer of SpaceX; angel investor, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; owner and CEO of Twitter; founder of the Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI; and president of the philanthropic Musk Foundation. With an estimated net worth of around $192 billion as of March 27, 2023, primarily from his ownership stakes in Tesla and SpaceX, Musk is the second-wealthiest person in the world, according to both the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes's real-time billionaires list.

  2. Caster Semenya

    Caster Semenya
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1991-.. (age 32)
    association football playermiddle-distance runner

    Mokgadi Caster Semenya OIB is a South African middle-distance runner and winner of two Olympic gold medals and three World Championships in the women's 800 metres. She first won gold at the World Championships in 2009 and went on to win at the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Championships, where she also won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres. After the doping disqualification of Mariya Savinova, she was also awarded gold medals for the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.

  3. Maye Musk

    Maye Musk
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1948-.. (age 75)

    Maye Musk is a model and dietitian. She has been a model for 50 years, appearing on the covers of magazines, including a Time magazine health edition, Women's Day, international editions of Vogue, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk, and Tosca Musk, she holds Canadian, South African, and American citizenship. She is a registered dietician.

  4. Motsi Mabuse

    Motsi Mabuse
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1981-.. (age 42)
    television presenterdancerchoreographer

    Motshegetsi "Motsi" Mabuse is a South African dancer. She has appeared on Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing, originally appearing as a professional dancer but later became a judge on the show. On 22 July 2019, it was announced that Mabuse would replace Dame Darcey Bussell as a judge on the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

All 84 notable alumni

University of Pretoria faculties and divisions

Centre : Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law Commercial Law, Human Rights, International Law
Centre : Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership Leadership
Centre : Augmentative and Alternative Communication Oral Pathology
Centre : Child Law Private Law
Centre : Collaborating Centre for Malaria Research Anthropology, Education, Parasitology, Public Health
Centre : Comprehensive Physical Rehabilitation Physical Therapy
Centre : Contextual Ministry Religious Practice, Theology
Centre : Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Water Management
Centre : Excellence for Food Security Agriculture
Centre : Excellence for Tree Health Biotechnology Forestry, Genetics, Plant Pathology
Centre : Geo-Information Sciences Geography, Information Technology
Centre : Human Rights Human Rights, International Law
Centre : Intellectual Property Law Commercial Law
Centre : Japanese Studies Japanese
Centre : Mediation in Africa Political Sciences
Centre : Microbial Ecology and Genomics Genetics, Microbiology
Centre : Sexuality, AIDS and Gender Human Rights
Centre : Sports Law Centre in Africa Law
Centre : Study of Governance Innovation Political Sciences
Centre : Transport Development Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Regional Planning, Town Planning
Centre : UP Natural Hazard Centre, Africa Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Meteorology, Statistics
Centre : Veterinary Wildlife Studies Anatomy, Physiology, Veterinary Science
Centre : Wildlife Management Ecology, Statistics, Wildlife
Faculty : Economic and Management Sciences Accountancy, Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Commercial Law, Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Public Administration, Small Business, Statistics, Taxation, Tourism
Faculty : Education African Languages, Afrikaans, Biological and Life Sciences, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, English, Foreign Languages Education, Geography, History, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Physics, Religious Studies, Science Education, Technology Education
Faculty : Engineering, Built Environment and IT Architecture, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Microelectronics, Mining Engineering, Real Estate, Surveying and Mapping, Telecommunications Engineering, Town Planning, Transport Engineering
Faculty : Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Cardiology, Cell Biology, Community Health, Dental Hygiene, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Dietetics, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Gastroenterology, Haematology, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Health, Occupational Therapy, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Oral Pathology, Orthodontics, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Periodontics, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Health, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Surgery, Tropical Medicine, Urology, Virology
Faculty : Humanities African Languages, Afrikaans, Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, English, European Languages, Gender Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Sports, Women's Studies, Writing
Faculty : Law Afrikaans, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Criminal Law, English, History, Human Rights, International Law, Labour Law, Law, Philosophy, Private Law, Public Law
Faculty : Natural and Agricultural Sciences Actuarial Science, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agrobiology, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy, Animal Husbandry, Applied Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Clothing and Sewing, Computer Science, Consumer Studies, Cooking and Catering, Crystallography, Development Studies, Ecology, Economics, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Genetics, Geochemistry, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Hotel and Restaurant, Immunology, Industrial Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Microbiology, Mineralogy, Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Paleontology, Parasitology, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Plant Pathology, Retailing and Wholesaling, Rural Studies, Seismology, Soil Science, Statistics, Toxicology, Wildlife, Zoology
Faculty : Theology Afrikaans, Ancient Languages, Bible, Christian Religious Studies, English, Ethics, History of Religion, Missionary Studies, New Testament, Religion, Religious Studies, Theology
Faculty : Veterinary Science Anatomy, Ecology, Genetics, Immunology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Radiology, Surgery, Toxicology, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Science, Welfare and Protective Services
Institute : African Tax Taxation
Institute : Business Science Business Administration
Institute : Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Mico-Electronics (CEFIM) Microelectronics
Institute : Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) Engineering
Institute : Food, Nutrition and Well Being Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Anatomy, Applied Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Forestry, Horticulture, Human Rights, Law, Medicine, Nutrition, Physiology, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Private Law, Psychology, Public Health, Social Sciences, Sociology, Soil Science, Sports, Veterinary Science
Institute : Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute Agriculture, Forestry
Institute : Genomics Research Health Sciences, Natural Sciences
Institute : Industrial Metals and Minerals Research Metallurgical Engineering
Institute : Institute of Applied Materials Chemical Engineering, Polymer and Plastics Technology
Institute : International and Comparative Law in Africa International Law, Public Law
Institute : Mammal Research Institute Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Veterinary Science, Zoology
Institute : Mining Resilience Research Mining Engineering
Institute : Molecular and Cellular Biology Cell Biology, Genetics, Neurosciences, Physiology, Sports Medicine
Institute : Technological Innovation Engineering, Technology
Institute : Water Engineering, Geography, Water Science

General information

Alternative names UP
Founded 1908
Accreditation Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education as well as a range of Professional Bodies managed by the Council.
Motto Ad Destinatum Persequor
Pursuing towards destiny

Location and contacts

Address Private Bag X20
Pretoria, Gauteng, 0028
South Africa
City population 742,000

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