• Academic fee structure: How does it work
Postgraduate applicants pay a non-refundable application fee of R160 directly to the UKZN.
If your application is successful, you will receive a letter from the University offering you a place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. If you decide to accept the offer you must make a payment of R500 (for 2012) to the University in order to secure your place. This Acceptance of Offer fee is nonrefundable and the amount may change for 2013.
Provisional fees are payable before or at registration. At registration, you will make your final decisions about the courses/ subjects for which you will register. Tuition fees are charged per subject per semester. The Acceptance of Offer fee forms part of the R3 000 payable before registration.
After registration the actual costs for tuition fees for the first semester will be calculated. The R3 000 (R500+R2 500 for 2012) paid will be subtracted from the total and an account for the balance will be mailed to you. The balance of the first semester fees must be paid before the end of May.
Second semester fees are payable in full at the start of the second semester in August. Students who are registering for subjects for non-degree purposes, or for a reduced load, must contact the Student Fees Office or Faculty Office to determine the correct amount payable.
Students who have any form of bursary or loan must ensure that the funding is available at the time of registration. Proof of award must be submitted at the Student Funding Centre before registration. Students who have received financial assistance from the University must complete their load documentation at the Student Funding Centre before registration
Qualifying students will receive letters advising them of their awards from the Scholarships Office before registration. Faculties will be notified of awards made for financial clearance purposes.
If offered accommodation in a University residence you will be required to make an initial payment of R2500 (In 2012) before registration to secure your room.
1. Payment may be made by means of cheque or postal orders, direct deposit into the relevant University Banking Accounts, or by credit card.
2. The University offers a payment by installment facility, by means of a debit order against a bank account, for students who are self-funded. Application may be made at the respective Student Fees Offices on each campus as soon as possible after selection and no later than at least a week before registration
Name: University of KwaZulu-Natal
Bank: Standard Bank
Acc. No: 053081072
Branch Code: 045426
Reference: F001 11402 with applicant's full name
The fees for postgraduate courses fluctuate depending on the qualification, the academic year, and whether the qualification is taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The full fee structure for South African and SADC students can be found on 2012 Fees for SA and International Students
but a few examples are given below to explain the structure. E.g.:
1 year full-time – R11310 700 p.a.
2 years part-time – R 5 390 p.a.
No tuition fee is charged for full-time masters and doctoral studies by research. Full-time international students will be required to pay an international levy of R900 per semester (2012) only.
Students are eligible for this remission of tuition fees if studies are completed in the minimum prescribed period of study PhD-3 years and masters 1-year.
Students unable to complete within the minimum period will be charged as per the schedule below.
Continuing Fees Schedule (Research Students)
Human Sciences, Law, Management Studies, Nursing, Social Science
Accountancy, Art, Commerce, education, Fine Arts, information Studies, Law, Music, Nursing, Social Science, Theology, Psychology and Social Work
R5 400 per year or
R2 700 per semester
Agriculture, Architecture, Geography, Engineering, Medicine, Science, Dev Studies, Health Sciences.
Agriculture, Architecture, Construction Mngt, Dev Studies, Engineering, Geography, Land Surveying, Science, Urban and regional Planning, Health Sciences.
R6 300 per year or
R3 150 per semester
Please note that the above fees cover tuition fees only. Provision must be made for all other necessary expenses such as accommodation, food, transport and subsistence (see below). From the fees listed above students should take into account only those costs which are relevant to their studies at the University.
Accommodation fees R 16 000
Cost of meals R 15 000
Total cost R 31 000 per annum
Accommodation fees do not include residence fees during vacations. Accommodation during vacation is R51 - 61 per day.
Accommodation without meals R20 000
Cost of Meals R15 000
Total cost R35 000
International students pay the same accommodation fees as South African students but international students have to pay all tuition and residence fees due to the University in advance prior to registration at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Students must take into account a range of expenses which they may have to meet, depending on their particular course of study. These may include:
• Orientation Week
• Text materials (issued by the University)
• Field trips
• Books, stationery and equipment
• Transport (off-campus)
• Sports clubs and societies (optional)
• Pocket money
As a guideline a total amount of R24 000 (South African Rand) should be allowed for a full year’s study to cover the above. Fees quoted are in South African Rands per annum. The cost to the student in the currency of origin shall vary from time to time, based on the prevailing exchange rate of the South African Rand
Banking Details for tuition fees:
Tuition fees can be paid into the following bank accounts and proof of payment must be faxed to: +27 (0)31 260 3099.
|Standard Bank |
Branch: 045426 Westville
Reference: Please provide your UKZN student number as reference
Information on 2013 Fees for local and SADC students is now available.