Wits Faculty Of Science

Wits Faculty Of Science, One of the leading science faculties in South Africa, our mission is to create, disseminate and apply scientific knowledge towards advancement and development.

Study programmes in the Faculty of Science span the mathematical, physical, biological and earth sciences and range from the fundamental to the more applied, and from the theoretical to the experimental.

We want to be the science faculty of choice for students who value a comprehensive and life-enriching science education, for staff pursuing excellence and innovation in research and teaching, and for individuals and organisations seeking partnerships with leading scientists.

Come join our community of excellence and achievement and take your place in shaping the future.


The vision of the Faculty of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is to be the science faculty of choice on the African continent for

  • students and alumni who value a comprehensive and life-enriching science education,
  • faculty and staff members pursuing excellence and innovation in teaching, service and research in a diverse environment.
  • individuals and organizations seeking partnerships with the scientific and technological community.


It is our mission to create, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge.  We innovate and excel in teaching and research so as to advance the goals of the University and the development of society.

The Faculty of Science proudly offers cutting-edge undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to students across diverse subject areas.

Undergraduate programmes

Programmes are designed to give Wits students the tools to pursue careers at the highest levels in experimental, theoretical, computational and applied sciences.

The Faculty is known for providing exciting opportunities for innovative research, thanks to collaboration between schools and a variety of multi-disciplinary research centres including the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, the Rock Art Research Institute, the University’s Institute for the Study of the Environment and the Climatology Research Group.

Science graduates of the University of the Witwatersrand are able to enter a variety of industries and sectors in South Africa and overseas, including Mathematical Statistics, Actuarial Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Nuclear Sciences, Astrophysics and Astronomy and many others. 


For admissions information, entrance requirements and details on how to apply to Wits, please click here.

Postgraduate programmes

The Faculty of Science is committed to producing highly qualified graduate students and research of international standard reported in the leading peer-reviewed literature. The Faculty comprises some 240 full time academic staff, about 175 support staff and some 5 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in nine Schools clustered in four groupings; the Mathematical Sciences, the Physical Sciences, the Earth Sciences and the Biological Sciences. We host a number of SARChI chairs and A rated academics in the Faculty.

The Faculty is a research-active Faculty. Our acknowledged strengths in research include Materials Sciences and Solid State Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Mining Geology, Theoretical Physics, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Behavioural Ecology, Geophysics, and Palaeontology and Archaeology.

In several of these disciplines we rank amongst the top 1% of institutions world-wide based on the impact of our research as determined by a citation analysis. 

Contact us

Undergraduate Enquiries: science.ug@wits.ac.za 
Postgraduate Enquiries: science.pg@wits.ac.za 
MSc Enquiries: science.msc@wits.ac.za 
PhD Enquiries: science.phd@wits.ac.zaGeneral Enquiries: bsc1@science.wits.ac.za

Physical Address

The Faculty of Science is housed in the new Mathematical Sciences Building on West Campus. The Building also houses the School of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM), School of Computer Science, School of Statistics and Actuarial Science (SSAS), School of Mathematics, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CoE-MaSS) and Centre for Mathematical and Computational Sciences (CMACS).

Prof. Rob Veale                        (011)7176012              Acting Executive DeanRob.Veale@wits.ac.za
Prof. David Mycock(011) 7176427Deputy Dean and Assistant Dean: Postgraduate AffairsDavid.Mycock@wits.ac.za
Prof. Liz Brenner(011) 7176333Assistant Dean: Teaching and LearningLiz.Brenner@wits.ac.za 
Prof. Dave Billing(011) 717 6759Assistant Dean: Knowledge and Information Management; Infrastructure and OperationsDave.Billing@wits.ac.za  
Prof. Kevin Balkwill(011) 7176468Assistant Dean: Staff DevelopmentKevin.Balkwill@wits.ac.za
Prof. Charles De Koning(011) 7176724Assistant Dean: ResearchCharles.DeKoning@wits.ac.za
Ms. Anna Kaduma-Gumbie (011) 7172685Assistant Dean: Quality AssuranceAnna.Kadumagumbie@wits.ac.za
Dr. Ida Risenga(011) 7176436Assistant Dean: TransformationIda.Risenga@wits.ac.za
Mrs Rayline Karim(011) 7176012Dean’s Executive SecretaryRayline.Karim@wits.ac.za 
Ms Evelyn Tshazibana(011) 7176023Faculty MessengerEvelyn.Tshazibana@wits.ac.za
Manfred Molomo(011) 7176010Financial and Business ManagerManfred.Molomo@wits.ac.za
Niethia Naidoo(011) 7176022Faculty AccountantNiethia.Naidoo@wits.ac.za
Charmaine Sunker(011) 7176024Project AccountantCharmaine.Sunker@wits.ac.za
Belinda Harry(011) 7176020Procurement OfficerBelinda.Harry@wits.ac.za
Angel Kubheka(011) 7176018Financial Administrative AssistantAngel.Kubheka@wit.ac.za  
Human Resources
Yoosuf Hassim(011) 7171434Human Resources ManagerYoosuf.Hassim@wits.ac.za
Zandi Mbaleki(011) 7171432Senior Human Resources OfficerZandi.Mbaleki@wits.ac.za
Thato Tlhabanyane(011) 7171423Senior Human Resources OfficerThato.Tlhabanyane@wits.ac.za  
Refilwe Setuki(011) 7171437Human Resources OfficerRefilwe.Setuki@wits.ac.za  
Mannoi Ramabolu (011) 7171435 Human Resources Administrative OfficerRamabolu.Mannoi@wits.ac.za
Academic Administration
René Vosloo(011) 7176006Faculty RegistrarRene.Vosloo@wits.ac.za
Bridget Marvis(011) 7176013Administrative SecretaryBridget.Marvis@wits.ac.za
Nadia Smith(011) 7176007Senior Faculty Officer (UG)Nadia.Smith@wits.ac.za
Mpumi Mnqapu(011) 7176021Senior Faculty Officer (PG)Mpumi.Mnqapu1@wits.ac.za
Neliswa Sithole(011) 7176014Administrative Assistant (Reception)Neliswa.Sithole@wits.ac.za
Louise Du Plooy(011) 7176004Senior Faculty Officer (PG)Louise.DuPlooy@wits.ac.za  
Leeshia Roopnarain(011) 7176002Senior Faculty Officer (PG)Leeshia.Roopnarain@wits.ac.za
Mfundo Thela(011) 7176005Faculty Officer (UG)Mfundo.Thela@wits.ac.za  
Nokwazi Maseko(011) 7176003Faculty Officer (UG)Nokwazi.Maseko@wits.ac.za  
Heads of School
Prof. Frances Duncan(011) 7176422Animal, Plant and Environmental SciencesFrances.Duncan@wits.ac.za
Prof. Dean Brady(011) 7176745ChemistryDean.Brady@wits.ac.za
Prof. Joel Moitsheki(011) 717 6133School of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsRaseelo.Moitsheki@wits.ac.za
Prof. Roger Gibson(011) 7176553GeosciencesRoger.Gibson@wits.ac.za
Prof. Chris Curtis(011) 7176505Geography, Archaeology and Environmental StudiesChristopher.Curtis@wits.ac.za
Prof. Betsie Jonck(011) 7176210MathematicsBetsie.Jonck@wits.ac.za  
Prof. Yasien Sayed(011) 7176350Molecular and Cell BiologyYasien.Sayed@wits.ac.za
Prof. Joao Rodrigues(011) 7176837PhysicsJoao.Rodrigues@wits.ac.za
Prof. Stephen Jurisich(011) 7176270Statistics and Actuarial ScienceStephen.Jurisich@wits.ac.za  
Science Teaching and Learning Centre
Prof. Ann Cameron(011) 7176034STLC Ann.Cameron@wits.ac.za