Postgraduate research opportunities

Research at the University of Pretoria encompasses a broad range of disciplines across nine faculties and one business school, which house over 80 research institutes, centres and units. The University’s major research strengths are in the areas of agricultural and biological sciences, medicine, engineering, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, plant and animal sciences, environmental sciences, earth and planetary sciences, computer sciences and several disciplines and multidisciplinary areas in the humanities and social sciences. In recognition of these strengths, and in keeping with international research trends, the University has established research focus areas with some now having become established as research institutes. Research focus areas, institutes and centres seek to foster a multidisciplinary focus in addressing global research challenges, while capitalising on existing areas of excellence at the University. The prestigious South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) also provides excellent opportunities for students to work in their areas of interest and to be mentored by academics who are at the forefront of their fields of research. UP is also known for its excellent links with industry and hosts a number of industry-sponsored chairs.

Research Focus Areas

At the heart of UP’s research strategy is the commitment to pursue “research that matters”, i.e. research that addresses complex societal challenges and, in particular, the challenges that are faced by developing regions in the world

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We are one of the largest research universities in South Africa, with nine highly regarded faculties that span the knowledge spectrum from classic academic fields to rapidly evolving new fields of study.

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Institutes, Centres and Units

At the University of Pretoria, we know that the actions we take today have a lasting impact on our future.

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