The University of Limpopo is the result of a merger between the former Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North, which merger occurred on 01 January 2005.
The Medical University of Southern Africa
The Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) was established in 1976 to provide tertiary education and training facilities to the educationally disadvantaged in the fields of Medicine, Allied Health and Nursing Sciences, and Dentistry intended to meet the health needs of the country.
The Campus is situated to the north-west of Pretoria . Its grounds extend over some 350 ha adjoining the Ga-Rankuwa Township and are easily accessible by roads and rail. Regular bus and taxi services operate between Pretoria and Dr George Mukhari Hospital as well as between Mabopane and Medunsa.
University of the North
The extension of University Education Act of 1959 made provision for the establishment of racially exclusive universities for black South Africans. Under the provisions of the Act, the University College of the North was established about thirty kilometres from the Limpopo Province town of Polokwane on 01 August 1959. The College was placed under the academic trusteeship of the University of South Africa . This formative relationship was maintained until the South African Parliament promulgated the University of the North Act (Act No. 47 of 1969) thus bringing to an end the College status as of 01 January 1970.
The University nestles in the foothills of the Hwiti (Wolkberg range) in Mankweng, midway between Polokwane and the spectacular splendour of Magoebaskloof.
To be al leading African university epitomising excellence and global competitiveness, addressing the needs of rural communities through innovative ideas.
A world-class African university, which responds to education, research and community needs of our society through partnerships and knowledge generation, continuing the tradition of empowerment.
The University of Limpopo for human and environmental wellness in a rural context; finding solutions for Africa !
Please Note : Students who have been refused re-registration at another University, will not be admitted to the University of Limpopo
• Applicants who satisfy the minimum requirements will nonetheless be subject to a selection procedure. An academic record above the minimum requirements is usually necessary for successive admission. An admission rating system is used for admission to all courses.
• Administrative Matters
Naturally there will be more applicants who qualify for certain degree programmes than can be accommodated. Failure to comply with the minimum requirements will result in applications not being considered.
• Closing date for applications for admission 31 October of each year
Application forms must be accompanied by a non-refundable handling fee of R130.00 . ( NO CASH please, all monies should be deposited in to the University account and a proof of payment be faxed to +27(0)15 268 2135. Reference: YOUR STUDENT NUMBER OR INITIALS AND SURNAME )
Branch Number: 05-25-48-40
Account Number: 330040006
Swift Number: SBZAZAJJ (International Deposits)
Make use of M65 deposit slips, and reflect a student number as reference .
Only certified copies of matriculation exemption, diploma or degree certificates and transcripts of University Academic Records should be submitted with applications. However, students who are about to write matriculation or degree examinations should not wait for results before applying. Original certificates are to be submitted on the day of registration.
• As provisional selections will be done on Grade 11 results, prospective students are expected to submit the final Grade 11 report issued by the school attended, with the Application for Admission form. Applicants must submit their original matriculation examination results on registering with the University.
• A certificate of conduct is required from applicants who have previously studied at another university. If more than one university has been attended; academic records and certificates of conduct should be submitted also from these universities.
• Registration with Professional Boards and Councils
Candidates that are admitted to certain health degree programmes for the first time are required to complete the necessary documentation for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), South Africa Nursing Council (SANC),South African Pharmacy Council, etc. on the same day on which they register for those programmes.
Please Note : International students should obtain a confirmation letter of foreign conditional exemption with the Matriculation Board, situated at:
UNISA Sunnyside Campus Building 3, Level 1
cnr. Rissik & Mears Street
Tel +27 12 481 2842
Fax +27 86 677 7744 or +27 1 2 481 2922
THE FOLLOWING ARE REQUIRED BEFORE REGISTRATION CAN BE FINALISED
• Identity Document or original Birth Certificate
• A registration fee as determined by the Health Professions Council of South Africa
Please Note: Only original documents are accepted. Certified copies of documents are not accepted for academic registration.
Candidates are advised to approach possible sponsors in good time for bursaries or other financial assistance, as they will not be allowed to register before the prescribed registration fees are paid.
lease Note : Prospective students should note that having obtained a sponsor for a particular degree programme does not place any obligation on the University to admit him/her to that programme. Only written confirmation by the sponsor concerned will be accepted on the day of registration.
Estimated Tuition Fees for 2009
Accommodation is provided for students in various residences on campus in well-designed, comfortable rooms that ensure an optimum atmosphere where students can study. Meals are prepared in an ultra-modem kitchen and served in a central cafeteria.
• Sports and Culture
The Campus offers ample opportunity for the practice of sports and participation in cultural activities. All popular sporting activities are catered for and various churches, clubs and societies exist, enabling students to exercise both body and mind.
• Campus health services
• In the Medunsa Campus the Student Health Service Centre is at present housed in the Basement of the Natural Medical Sciences Building next to the SRC offices
• In the Turfloop Campus the Student Health Service Centre is located next to the Pedestrian Gate 2.
• Students are able to have most of their problems dealt with by the Health Service but are referred to the Hospital if more specialised attention is needed.
• Two trained senior nursing sisters are available daily from 08:00 to 15:30 to assist students with problems and to make appointments for them to see a doctor.
• A doctor is available and could be consulted by appointment.
• The Student Health Centres also provides services for voluntary counselling and testing for HIV.
• A trained counsellor is available to have one-on-one sessions with clients.
• Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE)
CAE is a cross–faculty academic structure that promotes excellence in teaching and learning on both campuses of the University of Limpopo (UL). The mission of CAE is to contribute directly to improving the throughput rate and, the quality of teaching and learning at UL through creative and collaborative partnerships with academic staff and students to promote quality and innovation in teaching and learning across all programmes in the University.
CAE focuses on Teaching and Learning, Academic Development, Research and Testing. It coordinates extended degree programmes (EDPs) across the various faculties of the University and teaches a credit-bearing academic skills course to students in four year extended degree programmes (EDPs) in B.Sc.; B.A. (Soc.Sc.), B.A. (Media Studies); LLB and B. Com. (Acct.). It also teaches a generic credit-bearing academic skills course to all students in the first year of all mainstream undergraduate programmes at the Medunsa campus and offers professional and personal development courses, life skills courses and other academic literacy courses in many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. A student mentorship programme is organized by CAE in conjunction with mentor coordinators in programmes. First year students are assigned a senior student as a peer mentor to support the student academically and socially in the first year of study.
The merger of the directorates of CAE is progress and its structure and functions are in the process of finalization.
The Library and Information Service consists of two campus libraries and two branch libraries. The Turfloop Campus Library is a comprehensive academic library covering the humanities, sciences, agriculture, management and law. The Medunsa Campus Library and the branch libraries at Polokwane and Mankweng specialize in the health sciences. The libraries provide information services and facilities in support of study, teaching, research and community outreach activities at the university. In addition to books, periodicals and audiovisual material, access is available to a wide range of electronic information via the library webpage.
Medunsa Campus Turfloop Campus
Term Monday - Thursday 08:00 - 22:00 07:30 – 22:00
Friday 08:00 - 15:00 07:30 – 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 08:00 – 18:00
Monday - Thursday 08:00 - 15:45 07:30 – 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 15:00 07:30 – 16:30
Saturday Closed 08:00 – 18:00
The library rules and policies, as well as pamphlets explaining the various library services, are obtainable from the library. For more information visit the Library webpage at http://www.ul.ac.za (click on required campus and library).
In July 2001 the former University of the North transformed from eight faculties to accommodate a more leaner-centred, interdisciplinary four faculty system. Each of the four faculties is headed by an Executive Dean. Each faculty is further divided into a number of schools headed by a Director.
The Academic Structure of MEDUNSA has also change as a result of the merger between the two universities at the beginning of 2005.
The new faculty system has enabled the University to strategically realign itself to meet the challenges and the requirements of the higher education environment.
The four faculties of the University of Limpopo are:
• Faculty of Humanities
• Faculty of Health Sciences
• Faculty of Management and Law
• Faculty of Sciences and Agriculture
DEGREES AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
School of Physical and Mineral Sciences
Minimum Admission Requirement into Bachelor of Science (Physics/Chemistry)
In addition to the general admission requirements into the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, the applicant who wishes to be admitted into the Bachelor of Science (Physics/Chemistry) must have a minimum APS of 27 calculated as follows:
• Any applicant who meets minimum requirements of the Faculty of Sciences and Agriculture but do not meet the requirements above has to enrol in the B.Sc. (Extended Programme).
• Any applicant with a minimum score of 27 but with a rating of 3 in English has to enrol in the B.Sc. (Extended Programme). See B.Sc. (EDP).
School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
For prospective students to be admitted into the Bachelor of Science Degree programme of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, they should have a final minimum score of 27 points based on subjects listed and rated in the National Senior Certificate [NSC]. In accordance with the rating (Tables 2 and 3), the final score will be calculated using the following criteria:
1) Rating of at least four (4) in Mathematics and Physical Science to join the Department of Agricultural Economics, Animal Production or Soil Science Or Mathematics and Geography to join the Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences The points earned by the two subjects will be weighted by I 5 consider a minimum of 12 or a maximum of 21 points [i.e. 2x1x5x7 (7)].
2) Rating of at least four (4) in the two (2) selected subjects viz, Agricultural Sciences, Geography, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Economics, Accounting or Business Studies The points earned by the two (2) chosen subjects will be calculated to provide a minimum of 8 of 14 points [i.e. 2x4(7)].
3) Rating of at least two (2) in any other two (2) subjects described in point 2 above. The points earned by the two (2) will make a minimum of 4 or a maximum of 14 points [i.e. 2x2(7)].
4) Rating of at least three (3) in one subject of Life Orientation. The points earned by the subjects will make a minimum of 3 or a maximum of 7 points [i.e. 1 x3(7)].
Minimum Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Agriculture Administration Degree
For students to be admitted into the Bachelor of Agriculture Administration Degree Program of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, students should have a final minimum score of 27 based on subjects listed and rated in the National Senior Certificate [NSC]. In accordance with the rating (Table 2 and 3), the final score will be calculated using the following criteria;
1) Rating of at least four (4) in English and any other subject of highest mark. The points earned by the two subjects will be weighted by 1.5 to provide a minimum of 12 or a maximum of 21 points [2x1.5x4 (7)].
2) Rating of at least four (4) in two (2) selected subjects viz, Agricultural Sciences, Geography, Life Sciences, Information technology, Economics, Accounting, or Business Studies The points earned by the two (2) chosen subjects will be calculated to provide a minimum of 8 or a maximum of 14 points [i.e. 2x4(7)].
3) Rating of least two in any other two subjects described in point 2 above. The points earned by the two subjects will make a minimum of 4 or a maximum of 14 points [i.e. 2x2(7)]; and
4) Rating of at least three in one subject of life orientation. The points earned by the subject will be calculated and provide a minimum of 3 or a maximum of 7 points [i.e. 1x3(7)].
School of Computational and Mathematical Sciences
In addition to the General Faculty Admission Requirements, students shall be admitted to a degree study in the School of Computational and Mathematical Sciences only if he or she has a minimum APS of 27 calculated as follows:
School of Molecular and Life Sciences
The two subjects from Category A as stipulated by the School with a rating of at least four:
FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
The following subjects from the designated list are compulsory, with different points attached based on the stream:
• Life Sciences
• Physical Sciences
• Language of Learning and Teaching (which is English).
Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Human Nutrition and Dietetics
FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT AND LAW
School of Law
School of Economics and Management
B.Com (Business Management)
B.Com (Human Resource Management)
B.Com (Transport Management)
B. Admin. (Public Admin istration)
B. Admin. (Local Government)
B. Dev. (Planning and Management)
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
• National Senior Certificate or Equivalent is required for admission.
• Students may be admitted through the Alternative Access Programme into the Extended
• Degree Programme
• Students could be admitted through recognition of prior learning
• Certificate of conditional Exemption on grounds of mature age, i.e. 23 years and older
School of Languages and Communication Studies
School of Social Sciences
School of Education
NB: Please read through prospectus carefully before completing the application form.
• The application form is completed by applicant using a black pen, using capital letters.
• The applicant should make sure that names appearing on the matriculation certificate as well as the ID/Birth Certificate are the same, and the correct sequence is filled on the application form.
• Shaded areas are not to be completed as they are for office use only.
• All fields must be completed by the applicant.
• The applicant must indicate the campus they wish to study at, and please note that the courses offered by the respective campus as indicated in the prospectus.
• All the information provided by the applicant should be true and correct as the opposite will result in the application not being considered.
• All the required documents should be attached to the application form.
• A non-refundable application fee of hundred and thirty rand (R130.00) - not cash - must accompany the application form. The fee should either be in a postal order, cheque or deposited in the University Bank Account as provided in the prospectus.
• The applicant must submit the application form to the Commissioner of Oaths for the signature and stamp before sending to the University.
The following Documentation should accompany the application form – NO FAX COPIES ARE ACCEPtable :
• Two identical passport photos.
• Certified copy of ID/Birth certificate.
• Certified copy of Matriculation certificate (if applicable).
• Grade 12 midyear results.
• Certified copy of academic transcript (if applicable).
• Certified copy of degrees/diploma certificate (if applicable).
The South African Constitution and the Act on Higher Learning allows students from other countries, especially in the SADC Region to be feeder areas to African universities. International students are given same treatment as South African students though with some variations on admissions requirements.
Prospective international students should submit the following documentation:
• Valid study permit.
• Copy of passport/Visa.
• Police clearance.
• NB: Copy of evaluation certificate from South African Qualification Authority or Matriculation Board .
THE APPLICATION FORM
A. PERSONAL DETAILS
2. SURNAME: the surname that appears on ID/Birth certificate as well as matriculation statement/certificate.
3-4. INITIALS AND FULL NAMES: as they appear on the abovementioned documents.
6. MAIDEN SURNAME: for married women only (this is the surname before marriage).
11. RELIGION , the religion you follow (e.g. Christianity, Islam).
12. OCCUPATION , what you are doing currently (e.g. Grade 12 pupil, student).
13. PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT , (e.g. Blindness, deafness, paraplegic, etc) this is in order for the University to assist with your needs.
B. CONTACT DETAILS (APPLICANT)
14. POSTAL ADDRESS: this is the address where you get post from.
15. RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: this is the home address or street address.
C. PARTICULARS OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN
This is the information of the applicant's parents and how w where they can be contacted should the need arise.
D. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
This information is needed from all non-South African applicants for their admission and statistics. If you do not provide this information as a non-South African it can hold up the processing of your application.
E. HEMIS/VALPAC DETAILS
30. CITIZENSHIP: (e.g. South Africa , Namibian, etc).
31. ETHNIC GROUP: this information is mainly required for government reporting (i.e. Black, White, Coloured, and Indian).
32. PROVINCE: this is the province in which you come from (e.g. North West , Mpumalanga , etc).
33. RURAL/URBAN/PERI-URBAN: please indicate the nature of the area you come from.
F. MATRICULATION DETAILS
34. EXAMINATION DATE: this is the anticipated date for your examination if you are a current matriculant or the date that you sat for matriculation examination if you wrote previously (e.g. November 2008 or November 2007).
34. HIGHEST GRADE: the highest grade or standard you have passed (e.g. Grade 11 for current matriculants, Grade 12).
36. EXAMINATION NUMBER: please provide if it has already been issued.
37. MATRICULATION CERTIFICATE TYPE: how the matric was obtained (for those who have already passed matric) e.g. matriculation certificate with endorsement or matriculation certificate without endorsement.
39. EXAMINATION DEPARTMENT: indicate the province your school is in.
G. ACADEMIC DETAILS
44. QUALIFICATION YOU INTEND FOLLOWING: this is the degree/diploma that you want to study. Please indicate your first, second and third choices, and consult the brochure for courses offered at the campus you wish to study at.
H. POST SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
This information is important for applicants that studied at this or another institution of higher learning before. Please note that false information on this part will result in your application not to be considered.
I. ACCOMMODATION DETAILS
Please provide this information in order for the University to plan issues of accommodation on time.
J. DECLARATION BY PROSPECTIVE STUDENT
This is to declare that the information provided by the applicant on the application form is true and correct.
The information in this section is to be completed by the Parent or guardian of the applicant, this is the person who takes responsibility regarding the payment of fees for the applicant should they be admitted.
This information should be filled by applicant in front of the Commissioner of Oaths.