Faculty of Science

In 2018 the Faculty of Science made a substantial contribution to UJ’s global scientific, research and reputational impact.


THE Top 500 in Physical Sciences, with Chemistry ranking first in Africa; Geography and Physics were both ranked third in South Africa by the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject and by US News Best Global Universities rankings respectively; Ranked in the 301-400 band (top 400) in the world for Physics in the 2018 edition of Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS); The QS Maple Rankings positioned UJ within the 451-500 bracket globally and fourth nationally, for Physics and Astronomy, and within the 501-550 bracket globally and sixth nationally, for Chemistry.


Of permanent academic staff, 98.31% have master’s or doctoral qualifications, and 46% of our whole staff complement come from designated groups; Highly cited research with 98% of articles in international journals, 14 publications in the Science and Nature group of journals and one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


First-year students introduced to UJ through FYS and other support initiatives; Structured interventions for at-risk modules, enhancement of learning skills and student discipline, implementation of new teaching methodologies, blended learning, and special attention to top students, all received attention.


Prestigious international awards bestowed on Faculty members from: Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE), Applied Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Technology and Botany and Plant Biotechnology ; National awards and recognition bestowed on academic staff from: Applied Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany and Plant Technology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies and Zoology.


Lectures by practising attorneys, advocates and auditors; Faculty lecturers coordinated and presentied Legal Education and Development (LEAD) projects of the Law Society of South Africa; Securing of vacation work, job shadowing, bursaries and articles for top achievers; Prominent law firms gave talks in FYE, and attended, the annual UJ Law Career Fair; Academic staff presented talks to attorneys, magistrates, auditors, public private enterprises, and cultural and religious organisations; Faculty members provide leadership and technical assistance in UJ, local and international arenas.


The Faculty maintains four active research centres and hosts the NRF’s Research Chair in International Law; Nine Law Library assistants were appointed, and training sessions were conducted for first-year students; The new Research Methodology course was introduced for final-year LLB students in four modules; Law librarians conducted 13 training sessions for 279 students, the Law Library Research Guide for Undergraduates published, with all the guides regularly updated, and 1 459 titles added to the collection; Electronic databases purchased; Fourteen postgraduate subject-specific training sessions attended by 74 students, and Law Library collaboration with Faculty on a workshop, lecture and conference.