Consumer science offers students the opportunity to specialise in various fields of interest, namely clothing retail management, food retail management or hospitality studies.
The undergraduate programmes in Consumer Science are structured over four years of full-time study. UP is presently the only South African university that offers consumer science degrees with a focus on the economic and management science aspects of the specific specialisation fields. Students are therefore sought-after, especially in the retail sector.
The programmes deal with the properties of the product categories, consumers’ purchasing and consumption behaviour, product management and the development of new products and services. Consumer science aims to encourage strategies to enhance informed, responsible buying and consumption behaviour and consumer satisfaction, and to address the needs of people in small businesses and the retail sector.
For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.
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Graduates can be employed as brand managers, sales managers or store managers, food and beverage buyers and planners, food stylists, food journalists, food product marketers, visual merchandisers, consumer consultants and entrepreneurs.
- SA – 17/09/2019
- Non-SA – 31/08/2019
- 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 conditional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on the Grade 12 results.
English Home Language or English First Additional Language
* 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 obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.
Duration of study
4 years, full-time.
The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is a diverse faculty with 13 departments that is supported by more than 20 centres and institutes. More than 5 000 students register in this faculty annually of which 70% are undergraduate and 30% postgraduate students.
All degree programmes are designed to develop problem-solving individuals who can easily adapt to changing circumstances and take the lead in their chosen fields of specialisation. The qualifications awarded are of world-class and provide access to a multitude of career opportunities for dynamic and creative people.
In the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, we strive to continuously improve our high impact research and significantly address the national shortage of PhD graduates that respond to global and local challenges.
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