University of South Africa: Statistics



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#894 of 14,131 In the World
#10 of 1,104 In Africa
#7 of 26 In South Africa
#2 of 4 In Pretoria
#82 of 1,010 For Human Rights Law
Top50% For 159 other topics
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Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The University of South Africa is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsFor undergraduate certificates: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree, diploma or higher certificate; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree, diploma or higher certificate; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). For undergraduate diplomas: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree or diploma; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree or diploma; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). For undergraduate degrees: National Senior Certificate with entry level degree; National Senior Certificate (vocational) at level 4 with entry level degree; Senior Certificate of full or conditional exemption issued by the Matriculation Board of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); Senior Certificate with matriculation or university admission endorsement (exemption). Please note that the admission requirements for entry level qualifications are the minimum statutory requirements and that admission requirements differ between the various Colleges.
Academic CalendarJanuary to December
Full time employee2,159
Student:staff ratio195:1

Research profile

University of South Africa is a world-class research university with 27,734 scientific papers published and 197,634 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Political Science, Law, Environmental Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics.


University of South Africa majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
20,697 / 113,327
Political Science
14,983 / 77,563
13,852 / 72,233
Environmental Science
12,930 / 90,412
12,677 / 74,473
11,776 / 49,246
10,927 / 101,935
Computer Science
9,568 / 68,831
9,404 / 101,257
9,261 / 98,785
Geography and Cartography
8,708 / 47,595
8,433 / 51,028
8,352 / 52,130
8,278 / 35,616
8,164 / 58,300
7,503 / 61,485
6,699 / 29,378
6,549 / 79,975
Quantum and Particle physics
6,477 / 71,484
6,243 / 49,148
5,419 / 21,148
5,399 / 43,422
Development Studies
5,214 / 36,124
Art & Design
5,106 / 19,599
5,073 / 41,633
4,051 / 32,095
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
3,960 / 9,000
3,853 / 33,824
Materials Science
3,754 / 54,306
Organic Chemistry
3,704 / 53,854
Social Psychology
3,620 / 26,510
3,422 / 24,421
Education Majors
3,299 / 18,317
3,211 / 18,094
3,177 / 15,316
3,168 / 42,638
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
3,113 / 18,290
2,765 / 6,674
2,534 / 28,494
2,417 / 27,641

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 155 270
1991 181 302
1992 140 376
1993 172 308
1994 191 445
1995 178 348
1996 192 449
1997 205 448
1998 175 507
1999 193 508
2000 162 600
2001 203 655
2002 216 718
2003 232 793
2004 255 937
2005 302 1102
2006 268 1248
2007 261 1352
2008 375 1602
2009 427 2257
2010 614 2398
2011 880 2961
2012 1179 3705
2013 1367 5024
2014 1493 6793
2015 1514 7291
2016 1642 7852
2017 1783 9824
2018 1604 11963
2019 1975 17425
2020 2128 23151
2021 2549 32904
2022 2424 34064
Academic rankings


Local studetns For programmes in Education; Law; Psychology; Public Administration; Social Services: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 735; Full Module, 2,860; Course/Paper ; 1,470 (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 1,050; Full Module, 2,100; Course/Paper, 4,120. For programmes in Business, Commerce and Management Sciences; Computer Science and Data Processing; Language, Linguistics and Literature; Religion and Theology; Social Science Systems: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 720; Full Module, 2,800; Course/Paper, 1,440; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module,995; Full Module, 1,990; Course/Paper, 3,900. For programmes in Engineering and Engineering Technology; Home Economics; Mathematical Sciences: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 715; Full Module, 2,780; Course/Paper 1,430; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 970; Full Module, 1,940; Course/Paper, 3,800. For programmes in Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources; Arts, Visual and Performing Arts; Health Care and Health Sciences; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences: (Year 1-3) Half-module, 680; Full Module, 2,640; Course/Paper 1,360; (Year 4 / Honours): Half-module, 930; Full Module, 1,860; Course/Paper, 3,660. (A module is 12 SAQA credits or 120 notional hours, a course/paper is 24 SAQA credits or 240 notional hours but in the 4th year/Honours there is also a 36 SAQA credit paper which represent 360 notional hours). (ZAR)

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 South Africa.

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 No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Master of Technology Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology
Master's Degree Accountancy, African Languages, Afrikaans, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Bible, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical Psychology, Development Studies, English, French, Geography, History, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Information Sciences, Islamic Studies, Italian, Law, Linguistics, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Social Work, Sociology, Theology, Transport Economics, Visual Arts
Doctorate Accountancy, Afrikaans, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Astronomy and Space Science, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Computer Science, Development Studies, Education, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Technology, Theology, Translation and Interpretation

University of South Africa alumni

  1. Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1918-2013 (aged 95)
    Enrolled in the University of South Africa
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    political prisonerautobiographerpolitical activistpoliticianlawyer

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

  2. Robert Mugabe

    Robert Mugabe
    Born in
    Zimbabwe Flag Zimbabwe
    1924-2019 (aged 95)
    Enrolled in the University of South Africa
    Graduated with bachelor's degree in education and administration

    Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He served as Leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist–Leninist, and as a socialist after the 1990s.

  3. Desmond Tutu

    Desmond Tutu
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    1931-2021 (aged 90)
    Enrolled in the University of South Africa
    Studied in 1954
    Anglican priesthuman rights activistevangelical theologianpolitical activistnon-fiction writer

    Desmond Mpilo Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.

  4. Fernando Pessoa

    Fernando Pessoa
    Born in
    Portugal Flag Portugal
    1888-1935 (aged 47)
    philosopheressayistpoetliterary critictranslator

    Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher, and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French.

All 56 notable alumni

University of South Africa faculties and divisions

College : Accounting Sciences Accountancy, Taxation
College : Agriculture and Environmental Science Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Biological and Life Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Geography, Horticulture, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Soil Science, Veterinary Science, Water Science, Welfare and Protective Services
College : Economics and Management Sciences Accountancy, Administration, Banking, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Insurance, Labour and Industrial Relations, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Operations Research, Psychology, Public Administration, Real Estate, Retailing and Wholesaling, Secretarial Studies, Service Trades, Social Sciences, Taxation, Tourism, Transport and Communications, Transport Economics, Transport Management, Vocational Counselling, Welfare and Protective Services
College : Education Adult Education, Art Education, Business Education, Computer Education, Continuing Education, Curriculum, Distance Education, Education, Education of the Gifted, Education of the Handicapped, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Research, Educational Sciences, Educational Technology, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Health Education, Higher Education, Home Economics Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, International and Comparative Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy of Education, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teacher Trainers Education, Teacher Training, Technology Education
College : Graduate School of Business Leadership Business Administration, Leadership
College : Graduate Studies African Studies, Development Studies, Distance Education, Education, Educational Research, Educational Sciences, Leadership, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Policy, Teacher Training, Technology Education
College : Human Sciences African American Studies, African Languages, Afrikaans, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Art Management, Arts and Humanities, Bible, Christian Religious Studies, Classical Languages, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religion, Contemporary History, Cultural Studies, Demography and Population, Design, Development Studies, English, English Studies, Fine Arts, French, Gender Studies, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Heritage Preservation, History, History of Religion, Information Management, Information Sciences, Information Technology, International Studies, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communication, Medieval Studies, Midwifery, Missionary Studies, Modern History, Modern Languages, Music, Musicology, New Testament, Nursing, Pastoral Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Portuguese, Psychology, Public Health, Regional Studies, Religion, Religious Practice, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Theology, Translation and Interpretation, Visual Arts, Welfare and Protective Services, Writing
College : Law Administrative Law, Civil Law, Civil Security, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminology, History of Law, Human Rights, International Law, Justice Administration, Labour Law, Law, Maritime Law, Notary Studies, Police Studies, Private Law, Protective Services, Public Law, Welfare and Protective Services
College : Science, Engineering and Technology Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Astronomy and Space Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Drawing and Design, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Natural Sciences, Physics, Software Engineering, Statistics, Systems Analysis, Technology

General information

Alternative names UNISA
Founded 1873
Accreditation Council on Higher Education
Motto Pro Gentibus Sapientia
Learning in Service to Humanity

Location and contacts

Address PO Box 392
Pretoria, Gauteng, 0003
South Africa
City population 742,000

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