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. 

Science Education

Studying science

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:


Institution  Contact details
Stellenbosch University

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

George Office
Tel: 044 884 1300
Fax: 044 884 1303


Bursary information

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.

Available Bursaries:

Bursary Programme Information Applications
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.


Applications are done online at For enquiries

SAPPI Bursary Programme

Eligible applicants for this bursary scheme should be:

  • School leaver or university student between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Studying (or intending to study) full time at any South African accredited university.
  • A South African citizen.
  • Have an average of 70-80% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy), 70-80% in Physical Science, and 60% in English.
  • And qualifying points for entrance at the university, or acceptance confirmation.

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: 

  • Confirmed South African citizenship
  • Registered 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year BPharm student
  • A full-time undergraduate student at a South African tertiary institution
  • Aged between 19 – 35 years
  • Not be in possession of another bursary


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
Hatch Bursary Program

Hatch bursaries are available to matriculants with a 65% average wanting to study:

  • Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Metallurgy Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

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. 


Applications are availbale online.

And can be emailed to


Bursaries offered by the Western Cape Government

Bursary Programme Information Applications
Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme

The Department of Transport and Public Works established the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme in 2006. The bursaries is awarded to those looking to study the following disciplines:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Town/City and regional planning
  • Architecture, etc.

The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme:

  • Prioritises financially disadvantaged learners when awarding bursaries, especially women, students with disabilities and learners from rural communities.
  • Provides support services programmes.
  • Secures learning opportunities for Masakh’iSizwe bursars (i.e. interns).
  • Secures employment opportunities for graduates.
Lee Maggott
Project Administrator
Tel: 021 483 9545
Fax: 021 483 2615
Twitter: @WCGovTPW
Bursaries in Health

The Western Cape Department of Health offers a limited number of bursaries for full-time study each year in the following fields:

  • Nursing
  • Radiology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy 
  • Emergency Medical

To apply for one of these bursaries you must be:

  • A South African citizen residing in the Western Cape
  • Be accepted at the relevant accredited Higher Education Institution (HEI)

To apply you need to download this document, and register on

To apply please contact: 

For more information contact:
Monray Strydom
Tel: 021 483 6610

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:

Organisation Contact Details
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

Science Education

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.



The content on this page was last updated on 6 August 2018