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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry


Please Note: The new advanced Diploma in Chemistry replaces the Bachelor of Technology in Chemistry from 2020 onwards. To apply download the following Adv Dip Application Form, complete and email with supporting documents to  


Chemistry holds a unique place amongst the sciences because all material things are composed of chemicals. By studying chemistry, one will be able to understand the fundamentals about the chemical composition of materials in our daily life. Chemical industries and educational institutions require personnel to conduct various analyses and control activities in their laboratories.

The Department of Chemistry offers a qualification that is primarily industry specific, but opportunities exist for successful candidates to pursue post graduate studies leading to a Masters and a Doctoral degree in chemistry. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation required for educating learners and boasts a complement of highly qualified and competent academic and support staff.


Advancing future chemists for industry and research



Making chemistry fun through science, technology and innovation



  1. Trust: We always speak the truth. We are people of integrity.
  1. Respect: We listen to the opinion of others. We treat others with dignity. Our individuality is valued. We subscribe to the spirit of Ubuntu.
  1. Communication: We seek to understand others better. We follow through and meet deadlines. We eliminate confusion and promote clarity.
  1. Passion: We love chemistry. Chemistry is fun. Our teaching and learning methods are exciting. We take pride in what we do.
  1. Teamwork: Our productivity and outputs reflect our team spirit. Our enthusiasm is infectious.
  1. Accountability: We do what we say. We are responsible and reliable. We take initiative. We give credit where credit is due. Our success is a result of what we do.
  1. Excellence: We lead, others follow. Whatever we do, we do it right first time. Quality matters. We pride ourselves in academic excellence and innovative research.


Entry Requirements

Diploma in Analytical Chemistry

“We Are Chemistry”

Contact Information

KarenSecretary: Mrs Karen Ferguson
Tel: 031 373 2300
Fax: 086 674 0608
Location: S10 Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus