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A proud tradition of excellence in natural sciences

Natural science is the study of anything involving subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology – disciplines in studying the physical and natural world or the events that happen in nature. Natural science can be divided into two main branches:

  • Life science (or biological science) and
  • physical science

Physical science is subdivided into branches, including:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • astronomy and
  • Earth science

The Faculty of Natural Sciences at MUT comprises eight departments offering a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical work place experience to provide career oriented qualifications in agriculture (animal and crop production respectively), biomedical technology, analytical chemistry, community extension, environmental health, information technology and nature conservation.

A pioneer in the fields of nature conservation and environmental health, the Faculty was the first, amongst other universities of technology, to offer the Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health.

Since 2017, the faculty has offered a Master’s programme in Nature Conservation, a first for any university of technology in South Africa.The Faculty is home to a growing number of academics who are engaged in research and innovations. Our science laboratories are fitted with the latest versions of laboratory equipment that are key in the delivery of relevant teaching and learning programmes.

With a steadily growing number of PhD-qualified lecturing staff, the Faculty is at the forefront of research in the University, as borne out by its research output.The development of interventions and partnerships have helped grow the number of students enrolled in various diploma programmes and improve student quality and competitiveness.

Why Choose Natural Sciences?Natural science is a branch of science concerned with the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation. We study natural science to learn how the world works so that we can then predict how things around us will behave under certain circumstances. This is all fascinating science and profoundly important areas of study.Natural sciences majors don’t learn in the classroom alone. Many spend time in labs and in the field. The department also requires majors to take on a research project as a way to bring together everything they’ve learned and apply it to a particular problem or area of study. You should also know that as one of South Africa's leading centres of excellence for teaching and research in the natural sciences, MUT has a proven track record in producing exceptional, highly motivated graduates. And at MUT, you will enjoy access to our outstanding faculty facilities and learning resources.Natural sciences graduates use their degree as a doorway into different fields. Some go on to do research in a particular area of science, while others may choose a healthcare path.