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University of Witwatersrand

Location

Campus, Johannesburg South Africa

Ranking

# =267QS World University Rankings

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275Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

4,700 USDTuition Fee/year

International

1659International students

About University of Witwatersrand

COVID-19 Information: https://www.wits.ac.za/covid19/

Based in Johannesburg in South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers over 3,600 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English within:

  • Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Commerce, Law and Management


Wits’ commitment to social justice has meant it’s played a key role during historical moments in South Africa, with many Witwatersrand alumni becoming icons, both historically and today.

Wits academics regularly publish world-leading research in the fields of natural science, medical and health science, social science, humanities and engineering. In fact, Wits is home to 381 NRF-rated researchers and 400 award-winning researchers, who regularly contribute new research in their fields and have a direct impact on policy and industry.

Wits has partnerships with institutions around the world including research funding opportunities for staff and students. Wits prides itself on being very cosmopolitan , with 10 percent of its students coming from overseas and 85 nationalities represented on campus from Africa and the rest of the world. The Wits Language School offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills, while Wits’ International Office supports international students throughout all stages of the study cycle - from study visas to finding a medical aid service provider.

For the latest news and information, follow the University of Witwatersrand on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn ,  YouTube and Instagram .

About University of Witwatersrand

COVID-19 Information: https://www.wits.ac.za/covid19/

Based in Johannesburg in South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers over 3,600 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English within:

  • Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Commerce, Law and Management


Wits’ commitment to social justice has meant it’s played a key role during historical moments in South Africa, with many Witwatersrand alumni becoming icons, both historically and today.

Wits academics regularly publish world-leading research in the fields of natural science, medical and health science, social science, humanities and engineering. In fact, Wits is home to 381 NRF-rated researchers and 400 award-winning researchers, who regularly contribute new research in their fields and have a direct impact on policy and industry.

Wits has partnerships with institutions around the world including research funding opportunities for staff and students. Wits prides itself on being very cosmopolitan , with 10 percent of its students coming from overseas and 85 nationalities represented on campus from Africa and the rest of the world. The Wits Language School offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills, while Wits’ International Office supports international students throughout all stages of the study cycle - from study visas to finding a medical aid service provider.

For the latest news and information, follow the University of Witwatersrand on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn ,  YouTube and Instagram .

Available programs

The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers a wide range of postgraduate courses in English, from bachelor’s degrees through to PhDs.

Tuition fees vary by degree program and nationality. 

Postgraduate funding is available and awarded on the basis of academic merit, including the postgraduate merit award, a scholarship given to deserving postgraduate students by the university in exchange for up to nine hours spent working for your department each week, and the National Research Foundation (NRF), which is awarded by the South African government to exceptional projects in the natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities.

Entry requirements at postgraduate level include an upper second class bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject. At PhD level, you will need a good master’s degree and to have approached a supervisor from the relevant faculty.  

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University information

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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

2,350 USD
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International Students

4,700 USD
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Rankings & ratings

University of Witwatersrand is one of the top universities in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is ranked #=267 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #363
  • 2014
    #=313
  • 2015
    #=318
  • 2016
    #=331
  • 2017
    #=359
  • 2018
    #=364
  • 2019
    #=381
  • 2020
    #400
  • 2021
    #403
  • 2022
    #=424
  • 2023
    #=428
  • 2024
    #=264
  • 2025
    #=267

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