Knowledge leaders are essential in the rapidly-changing and information-rich world of today. UKZN prides itself as being a research-led institution and for the past three years has been rated Number 1 in South Africa in terms of research output. Research underpins the College, which boasts the highest research output of the entire university. Our research division is overseen by our Dean of Research and five Academic Leaders.
Academic Leaders of Research
NRF A-Rated Researchers
A-rated researchers are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their respective fields, for the high quality and impact of recent research outputs. Acquiring an NRF rating generates considerable acknowledgement and respect for the individual researchers as well as their institutions.
The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).
It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years. There are the SARChI research chairs in our College.
Directory of Experts
Knowledge leaders are essential in the rapidly-changing and information-rich world of today. Research underpins the College, which boasts the highest research output of the entire university.
We have a number of world-class researchers who are experts in their field and are among UKZN’s top published researchers.
NRF proposal workshop 2023
NRF proposal workshop 2022
Tips for completing your NRF rating application
Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Chemistry and Physics
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
We celebrated our PhD graduates in a series of virtual ceremonies. The College boasts a total of 92 doctoral candidates, 44 at the Pietermaritzburg campus and 48 at our Howard College and Westville campuses, with 29 coming from Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Science; 22 from Life Sciences; 15 from Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; 12 from Chemistry and Physics; and 14 from Engineering.
Postgraduate Research & Innovation Symposium (PRIS)
The College hosts the annual Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS), to provide a challenging and competitive environment for postgraduate students to present their scholarly work, via posters and presentations, to an academic audience, while at the same time disseminating knowledge. The event is seen as a highlight of the academic calendar and draws more than 800 attendees.
Research Space is an institutional repository of the University’s publications. It was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output. Take a look at publications from our five schools.