The department offers three different streams to study for a BSc in Chemistry. The main characteristics and entry requirements for the study are outlined below. Also, feel free to contact us in case you have additional questions!

Chemistry and Polymer Science

This stream trains graduates in all fundamental aspects of chemistry relevant to all sectors of industry where chemistry or polymer science play a role, whether in manufacturing, sales or research.

Typical modules

1st year: Introductory Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics 

2nd year: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

3rd year: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Science


Materials Technology

This stream trains graduates in all fundamental aspects of chemistry and polymer science, and is specifically relevant for careers that focus on the industrial production of materials relevant to the SA industry; or careers in research, focused on technological innovation and materials engineering.

Typical modules

1st year: Introductory Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics 

2nd year: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Economics, Business Management

3rd year: Polymer Science, Materials Technology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry


Chemical Biology

This stream trains graduates in all fundamental aspects of chemistry, and is specifically relevant for careers in biotech (including food production and medicinal chemistry) or research with a biological focus, but from a chemical perspective. 

Typical modules

1st year: Introductory Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology 

2nd year: Biochemistry, Micro-biology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

3rd year: Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry


Admission requirements

  • Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL and MAT
  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%
  • Mathematics 70%
  • Physical Sciences 50%
  • Overall average 65% (excluding Life Orientation)