The University of Pretoria has an established reputation for research quality and excellence, with its research strategy focused on societal challenges, in particular the challenges faced by Africa and developing regions in the global south. We are a research-intensive university where quality, relevance and impact are central to our goals, and to the nature of the research that we pursue. Our research strategy spans a broad spectrum of knowledge fields, with a deliberate emphasis on inter- and transdisciplinary, and collaborative work across knowledge and geographic boundaries. A further emphasis is the theme-based focus of research at UP, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and South Africa’s National Development Plan. Whether the frameworks are global, regional or national in scope, the message is clear: UP investigates, discovers and innovates through research that matters. On the pages that follow, we provide a broad continuum of achievements and activity related to research and postgraduate education at the University.


We present here UP’s research achievements, including the increase in research publications, a trend that has continued over the past five years, and since the start of the implementation of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025. Notable also with respect to strengthening our research identity...Read more

UP Leaders in Research

The University of Pretoria recognises that it is through the sustained individual and collective actions of our researchers that we are in a position to fulfil our role and strengthen our identity as one of the leading research-intensive university in Africa...Read more

Research Reports and News

The University of Pretoria is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of its research and the extent of its research outputs. The University’s long-term strategy, UP 2025, is built on more than 100 years of scholarship, research and public engagement in complex contexts that...Read more

Focus Areas

UP’s research strength is closely tied to a theme-based approach that leverages knowledge fields and research platforms for the greatest impact. In this way, we aim to ensure that resources are concentrated on relevant research, and research capacity are consolidated and strengthened...Read more

Research Support

The University of Pretoria (UP) strives to create a vibrant and enabling environment for researchers to push the boundaries of curiosity-driven and innovative research. The research capacity development unit is committed to supporting, encouraging and inspiring...Read more

Research Innovation

Contract research constitutes an important source of research revenue for the University. It is essentially research that is funded by external sources of funding, including government, foreign funders, and industry or commerce...Read more

Postgraduate Study and Research

At the University of Pretoria (UP) we believe in developing our students to the highest standards to enable them to successfully complete their studies in the minimum possible time and prepare them for the world beyond UP. As a leading research intensive university...Read more

International Cooperation

In line with the recognised trend towards globalisation, the University of Pretoria continues to enhance its international presence by cultivating, sustaining and expanding strategic international partnerships...Read more

Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral Research Fellows are candidates who have completed their doctoral degree studies and are developing their careers as academic researchers in particular fields of research under the supervision of seasoned academic researchers....Read more

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