Departments Applied Sciences
Professor Suren Singh
Position: Executive Dean:
Professor Suren Singh joined the academic realm of Durban University of Technology in September 1997 when he assumed the position of lecturer at the former M.L. Sultan Technikon. His arrival ignited the spark of curiosity and discovery which resulted in a much-awaited impetus to research at the then Technikon. Within five years, he established a core research group in Industrial Biotechnology and achieved a Y2- NRF rating in 2002; a C1- NRF rating in 2007 and 2012; and a B3- NRF rating in 2018.Read More
Deputy Dean: Prof Tukayi Kudanga
Secretary to Executive Dean: Ms Nirvana Kemlall Naidoo
Faculty Officer: Ms Gill Shackleford
Welcome to the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Durban University of Technology.
In pursuit of teaching and research excellence, the Faculty of Applied Sciences spans the knowledge spectrum from conventional academic fields to rapidly evolving fields of study. The faculty comprises 10 academic departments with locally and globally relevant programmes. We are home to over 3000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and endeavour to create a safe environment grounded in the values of transparency, honesty, respect, integrity and accountability.
The Faculty offers a wide range of specialised degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and prides itself on being a multi-racial and culturally diverse environment for learning. With an employment of 81 dedicated full-time academic staff, of which, 56% are in possession of a doctoral degree, the faculty is without a doubt, equipped to prepare our student community for various science-related career opportunities. The faculty is continually improving the curriculum in conjunction with students, industry, and other stakeholders. This is undertaken to ensure that students receive an education that is relevant, career focused and achieves a balance between theory and practice. The Faculty has on offer 30 new qualifications ranging from Higher Certificates; Diplomas; Bachelor’s Degrees; Honours Degrees, Master’s and PhDs. Our qualifications are rigorously vetted and strengthened by our partnerships with Council on Higher Education, Department of Higher Education and Training, South African Qualifications Authority, as well as, other committees of DUT.
Our faculty places students in the front line of science with exposure to state-of-the-art facilities which includes lecture theatres, research and computer laboratories, library facilities and recreational facilities to promote individual and group work. The theoretical and practical components of our qualifications yield the necessary proficiency and efficiency for industry. We also embrace innovation and encourage entrepreneurial thinking. We undertake quality, collaborative, inter-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary research which results in internationally recognised degrees.
Over the years, the faculty cultivated a distinctive and highly impressive research component with continuous exponential growth and quality research outputs of international standard. This research shows potential to expand beyond the university and is propelled towards social and economic development of the country. The faculty strives to ensure that postgraduate students understand the role of global education and assists students in maximising their intellectual potential.
We are committed to promoting student achievement through maintaining and enhancing the quality of their total learning experience within a well-supported environment that promotes the principle of students, as adult learners, taking responsibility for their own learning. Managing quality and safeguarding academic standards is firmly set within the context of the vision and mission of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and is underpinned by student centeredness, engagement and evaluation of the quality of the students’ learning experience.
The faculty boasts a total of 17 NRF-Rated Scientists and 5 of 18 established Research Focus Areas at the university. The research sector is dominated by nine full professors and 13 associate professors within the faculty. Diligence and perseverance have seen the delivery of a record number of 43 PhD and 104 Master’s degrees between 2015 and 2020.
As South Arica prepares for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the Faculty of Applied Sciences will continue to focus its research, teaching and learning activities on bringing competitive knowledge to the academic realm, industry and society.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences goes far beyond just student and staff. It represents an idea… The idea that there is always more out there and now is the time to discover.
Faculty Mission Statement: Educate, Innovate, Engage.
Educate students, generate new scientific knowledge and engage communities.