National Science Week
Science helps us understand the world and solve its problems. Encouraging your child to pursue a career in science will lead him onto a career path that is fulfilling and that will contribute to society by:
- increasing our fundamental knowledge of the world,
- creating new technology, and
- creating new applications.
View: Find out how science influences our world
A career in science
Mzansi for Science lists 4 core Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, each field helps determine the career path one might follow after university. These specialised fields include:
- Life and medical science
A student of life sciences will study micro-organisms, plants, animals, human beings and other living things. While medical sciences focus on the same areas but concentrates mainly on the health of human beings.
- Physical science
Physical sciences focuses on non-living things - like space, time, quantum mechanics, climatology, geology, and oceanography.
- Engineering science
Engineering sciences focuses on development and creation of man-made objects.
- Mathematical science
Mathematical sciences focus on equations, and, as the name suggests, all things related to mathematics.
Parents and educators should encourage our young adults to further their studies in STEM, as this will help them find lucrative careers and gain an upper hand in a rapidly changing modern economy.
It's important to remember that in order to pursue a career in science, engineering and technology you'll need to have good results in mathematics and science at a high school level. You'll also need to look at the different requirements at universities of your choice, as these usually vary between institutions.
You'll need to pass your National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to bachelor's degree studies (which requires a performance level of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of 4 designated university admission subjects), or an exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications.
To find out more about each university’s admission requirements, use the contact details below:
Tel: 021 808 9111
|University of the Western Cape||
Tel: 021 959 3900/ 01/ 02/ 03
|University of Cape Town||
Tel: 021 650 2712
Fax: 021 650 2710
|Cape Peninsula University of Technology||
Tel: +27 21 959 6767
|University of South Africa (UNISA)||
Tel: 012 429 3111
Cape Town Office
Many companies and universities offer bursaries to students wanting to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree. Click here to see what is available.
|The Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SA WISE) Scholarship||This bursary is for women who want to study at Honours level in any field of science and engineering.
|SAPPI Bursary Programme||
Eligible applicants for this bursary scheme should be:
Applications can be done online, or hand in your application at your nearest Sappi HR Department.
Visit the SAPPI website for more information.
|Clicks Pharmacy Bursary||
This bursary is for those wanting to study a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree at a registered South African university.
In order to be eligible for the bursary, applicants must meet the following requirements:
|Applications have to be done online.
|SAICE Patrons’ Engineering Bursary Scheme||
South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) bursaries are available to undergraduate students studying civil engineering.
National Diploma students: SAICE Patrons Engineering Busary Scheme (SPEBS) bursaries are therefore intended for S2, S3 and S4 civil engineering students only.
Degree students: SPEBS bursaries are therefore intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year civil engineering students only.
Bursaries are granted per semester.
|Applications can be downloaded here, and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hatch Bursary Program||
Hatch bursaries are available to matriculants with a 65% average wanting to study:
Bursaries are also available to second year students.
|Applications can be completed online.|
|Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursary||This bursary is available to postgraduate students studying science.||
And can be emailed to email@example.com.
Bursaries offered by the Western Cape Government
|Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme||Lee Maggott
021 483 9545
021 483 2615
|Bursaries in Health||
The Western Cape Department of Health offers a for full-time study each year in the following fields:
To apply you need to download this document, and register on
To apply please contact:
To learn more about science and National Science Week visit Mzansi for Science.
To find out what's happening and download in the Western Cape visit the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement.
For more information feel free to contact to the following organisations:
|South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)||
Tel: +27 12 349 6600
|The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)||
Tel: + 27 12 841 2911
|Department of Science and Technology||
Tel: +27 12 843 6300
|Mzansi for Science||
Tel: 012 493 5049/ 59
|The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)||
Tel: +27 12 841 3987
National Science Week
Did you know every year, from 1 to 8 August to our country celebrates National Science Week? This awareness week helps shed light on the advances in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI), led by the Department of Science and Technology.
During the week various stakeholders, role players and interest groups host events across the country to promote awareness and the value of pursuing a career in science, maths, technology and engineering.