The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences strives to be the leading science faculty on the African continent through our postgraduate research. We endeavour to achieve this by contributing significantly to some of the significant challenges the continent faces in relation to poverty and food, energy and water security, climate change and its impact on agriculture, animal and human health, and economic sustainability. In addition, our broad range of disciplines allows us to tackle interdisciplinary societal problems by finding cures for poverty-related and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/ AIDS and Malaria.
The Faculty is the largest of its kind in Africa. This diverse Faculty is renowned for its expertise in forestry and agriculture, food systems, biotechnology as well as life sciences and mathematical and statistical sciences and our international rankings underline this.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021:
• Agriculture and Forestry – 101-150
• Biological Sciences – 301-350
• Environmental Sciences – 301-350
• Mathematics - 401-450 (Domestic leader in Mathematics)
Essential Science Indicators (ESI) - Top 1% globally in:
- Agricultural Sciences
- Biology and Biochemistry
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Plant and Animal Science
Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Leiden Rankings: Number 1 in mathematics and computer science in South Africa
University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) ranking in the field of Zoology (including Entomology) is currently 45th globally in the universities assessed (up from 50 in 2020 and 54 in 2019) and continue to be number 1 in Africa.
Niche research focus areas in NAS:
TRADITIONAL MEDICINES AND NATURAL PRODUCTS:
Bioprospecting, medicinal plant science
Radio astronomy, biophysics, green chemistry, drug discovery, separation science, renewable energy
BIG DATA AND DATA SCIENCE:
Bioinformatics and computational biology, mathematical modelling in bioengineering and biosciences