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Chemistry Department

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.


BisettyHead of Department:
Professor K Bisetty (Vincent)
Telephone: 031 373 2311
Fax: 086 674 0243
Email: bisettyk@dut.ac.za
Location: Steve Biko Campus,
S10 Level 3



Mrs Karen Ferguson
Tel: 031 373 2300
Fax: 031 202 2671
Email: karenf@dut.ac.za
Location: Steve Biko Campus,
S10 Level 3



The broader vision is to provide holistic education and to advance the frontiers of knowledge for the chemical and allied industries.

The mission statement of the Department is aligned with that of the Durban University of Technology by:

  • empowering students with advanced knowledge and skills in chemistry.
  • providing value-based education and opportunities to students to help them face the challenges of life.
  • nurturing a scientific attitude, temperament, and culture among the students.
  • promoting and conducting research and development with particular relevance to the regional community.

Entry Requirements

National Diploma Analytical Chemistry Entrance Requirements
Bachelor of Technology Chemistry Entrance Requirements
Master of Technology Chemistry Entrance Requirements
Doctor of Technology Chemistry Entrance Requirements