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Tuition Fees:$3,256 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Geology is the scientific study of the dynamic system of the earth and includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. The study of geology integrates the principles of physics and chemistry, as well as mathematics and biology, in studying the history and processes of the earth.

The ever-growing human population continuously exerts pressure on natural resources, such as water, energy, mineral deposits and building materials that are required to meet the basic needs of humankind.

This is a full-time, three-year programme that consists of both practical and theoretical components and leads to different fields of specialisation, such as mineralogy, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, sedimentology, engineering geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, economic geology, structural geology, as well as geophysics and geostatistics.

Studies are practical and require extensive work in field camps, in areas that are often difficult to access, and in both underground and surface mining operations. Students who have successfully completed their undergraduate programmes have the option to register for an honours degree in geology, engineering geology or hydrogeology.

The honours degree is a one-year, full-time programme and serves as the minimum requirement for employment and for practising as a professional geologist.

Admission Requirements

APS
34+

English Home Language
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C

Mathematics
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C

Physical Sciences
NSC/IEB – 5
AS Level – C

Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.

Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).

Grade 11 results are used for the provisional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on the Grade 12 results.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email isd@up.ac.za.

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at registration@up.ac.za.

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August

Career Opportunities

Large international mining companies are major employers of geologists and other geoscientists in research, exploration and mining projects. However, employment is increasingly to be found in smaller, entrepreneurial firms (‘juniors’). Interesting careers are also offered by the Council for Geosciences, the CSIR, and the Council for Mineral Technology (MINTEK), the Department of Water and Sanitation, and at museums, engineering firms and consulting companies. Graduates may even operate as self-employed consultants in their own firms. Laboratory specialists, for example mineralogists, identify and examine minerals using sophisticated instruments and analytical equipment. Environmental and engineering geologists study the interaction between human activities and the geological environment, such as the pollution of soil and groundwater. They investigate geological structures and soil, and rock properties at construction sites, for example dams, tunnels and mines, in order to provide valuable information prior to construction. They also locate and evaluate suitable construction materials. The task of the hydrogeologist is to look for groundwater and monitor the responsible exploitation of that water

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,256
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,513

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

 
Martha Tshoke
Undergraduate Student Administration
 
Johannah Mashaba
Undergraduate applications and enquiries