Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

NMMU is ideally located and offers a vast variety of programmes in a multi-cultural and caring environment.

  • Our location: Five of NMMU’s campuses are in Nelson Mandela Bay and one George. Both are ideal places to spend your student years, offering all the advantages of city living in a friendly and safe environment in spectacular natural surroundings – from beaches and mountains to game reserves and indigenous forest.
  • Our learning experience: NMMU has more than 500 study programmes, including several fields in which we excel. We are well-known for art and design, building, chartered accounting, engineering, health and environmental sciences and information technology. We hold the SA Research Chairs in nanophotonics, automotive engineering, mechatronics and HIV/Aids in Education. Many programmes include workplace experience as part of the curriculum, giving you the advantage of being able to walk straight into the real world of work.
  • Our multiculturalism: We are the most diverse university in South Africa, with African students coming from 34 countries on the continent. We network with leading institutions around the globe to ensure that our students are prized players wherever they find themselves in the job market.
  • We care: NMMU offers a variety of social and cultural activities, which means you can have fun while you study. There is an extensive range of associations, cultural societies, sport clubs and facilities, allowing you to make new friends, interact with fellow students and explore subjects of mutual interest.

A wide range of student services and support facilities are offered to assist you in every aspect of student life.

Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, lecture halls, libraries, counselling and health services, cafeterias, food courts and coffee shops. NMMU also accommodates people with disabilities.

NMMU offers a variety of social and cultural activities, which means you can have fun while you study. There are associations, societies, clubs and facilities, allowing you to make new friends while exploring subjects of mutual interest.

NMMU’s mascot is Diba the dolphin. Our sporting teams and those who also work and study at NMMU proudly refer themselves as Madibaz.

Inspired by the leadership qualities of Nelson Mandela in the transformation to democracy in South Africa, NMMU has six core values which give us direction as to how we should behave. They are:

  • Respect for diversity
  • Excellence
  • Ubuntu
  • Integrity
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Taking responsibility

The university employs a reputable security company that offers staff, students and visitors 24-hour security on all the university’s campuses. In order to ensure the safety of everyone on campus the following measures have been implemented:

  • Staff and student cards are used to gain access to campuses andall residences;
  • Visitors sign in and out when entering the university;
  • Signage warns you not to feed any of the animals on campus;
  • Entry to all NMMU’s campus is controlled;
  • Security guards are posted all around all NMMU campuses and at residences;
  • Security guards are available to chaperone students within the campus perimeter;
  • A scheduled transport shuttle service links all campuses during office hours;

Students must also play their part in staying safe by doing the following:

  • Do not walk alone at night – walk with a friend;
  • When you leave your room, please lock the door;

Students are encouraged to take care of their own possessions.

A wide range of student services and support facilities are offered on NMMU campuses to assist both prospective and current students in every aspect of student life. Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, computer laboratories (some open 24 hours), lecture halls, cafeterias, food courts and coffee shops.

These services include, among others:

  • Library and Information Services
  • Campus Health Services
  • Student Counselling, Career & Development Centre (SCCDC)
  • Arts & Culture
  • Student Development & Governance
  • Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • Societies
  • Sport Bureau
  • Student Affairs

Yes, NMMU accommodates people with disabilities through the provision of support and special services. This will ensure that you will not experience any unfair discrimination as a result of your particular disability while you are a student at NMMU. As each case needs to be individually assessed, prospective students need to register their needs with the university’s disability office, as early as possible, preferably the year prior to registration, so that you can be assisted.

The university strives to make as much information and as many services available to students in order to better equip them after they have graduated. One such initiative is the Graduate and Student Placement division which assists graduates in finding suitable employment after graduation by hosting a number of events on-campus including: the graduate recruitment programme and careers fair, law recruitment programme and internal and external ad hoc placements.

First you have to make sure that you meet the admission requirements of the programme of your choice. Obtain a copy of the undergraduate programme guide as well as an application form from the admissions office or download it from our website (www.nmmu.ac.za/application).

Once completed, you must submit your application together with the relevant documentation and application fee to the admissions office by hand or by post. The fee changes annually so please consult the admissions office to determine the correct amount. Applicants whose parents studied at NMMU do not pay the application fee, provided that they apply before the initial closing date at the beginning of August of each year.

All prospective applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

Yes, applications for undergraduate courses close on the first working day of August each year. Applications will still be accepted after this date but at a higher application fee. There is no guarantee that you will be accepted after this date as preference is given to applicants who submit their applications before the official closing date.

Only applicants who apply for certain programmes will be required to attend an interview. During this interview you may be asked to present a portfolio of your work and to answer questions about your interests and inspirations. Details of the requirements for the interview and portfolio will be sent to you after your application form has been processed. Portfolios are currently only a requirement for students who wish to pursue studies in the creative and visual arts.

Yes, applicants are first considered for their first choice, and if they do not meet the direct entry requirements but their APS falls within the testing band, they are referred to write the access assessment test. If they do not meet the direct entry requirements for their first choice or their APS score falls below the APS testing band, their second choice will be considered provided that there is still space available in that particular programme.

Applicants can use their grade 11 final exam results to apply to the university before the final closing date in August. They will however need to submit their grade 12 June/July or September results in order to gain provisional admission to NMMU. The final decision is based on the final grade 12 exam results.

While NMMU is committed to multilingualism, the language of learning and teaching at NMMU is English. We also strive to develop and promote the isiXhosa language and culture and to ensure the maintenance and strengthening of Afrikaans.

Yes, programmes offered at NMMU are internationally recognised and accredited by the relevant professional bodies.

Yes, applicants who have studied at other higher education institutions but would like to complete their studies at NMMU can apply for admission. Applicants must ensure that they include their certificate of conduct and academic record from their current institution together with the relevant application form when applying.

The university strives to make as much information and services available to students in order to better equip them after they have graduated. The Graduate and Student Placement division assists students in finding suitable employment through a number of initiatives, including an annual Careers Fair.

Study choices are entirely yours. There is really no right or wrong choice but it is essential to make an informed decision. Look at your interests, your personality traits, speak to a guidance teacher or better, speak to someone in the career you wish to work in. Then seek out courses in this field before you submit your application.

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NMMU offers students the best of both theory and practice from entry certificate level through to doctoral research. NMMU is a leader in fields such as automotive engineering, ecology, marine studies, community health, the built environment, art and design, accounting, education and IT, but there are dozens of other programmes opening up a variety of career opportunities.

With a diploma qualification the academic emphasis is placed on a more practical approach to learning. Diploma studies are offered on a full-time and/or part-time basis but are generally offered over a three-year period. Industry training varies from programme to programme, but can be anything from six months to a year.

With a degree qualification the emphasis is placed on an academic approach to a specified field of study or profession, such as law, pharmacy, architecture. Degree programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and are offered over three to four years, depending on the type of degree programme. Certain programmes require industry training of about six to eight weeks.

No, not all qualifications at NMMU include experiential training. Experiential Learning (EL) integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience in participating employer organisations. It is a compulsory component for some diploma and professional degree qualifications and constitutes essentially a third of the qualification.

Extended curricula have been designed to equip students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements with the necessary competencies to be successful in their studies at NMMU. Academic support and skills development are integrated with regular academic work. In the first two years of the extended programme students are equipped with the necessary skills and competencies needed to complete their studies successfully.

Van Schaik’s Bookstore is situated at the Student Village centre near South and North Campuses and stocks university textbooks and stationery. Rehab Books also supplies textbooks (both new and second hand) and is situated in the main food court area on the South Campus. Senior students also advertise the sale of their old text books on the university’s notice boards and intranet.

Orientation is a series of eventsand activities designed to help first-year students adjust to university life. You will meet people, find out about resources on campus, learn how to find your way around the campus and have some fun too. However, orientation is more than just a week of activities. It's about our commitment to helping you explore opportunities for involvement on campus and to ensure that you achieve success in all spheres of university life. It is our hope that you will leave NMMU as a well-rounded individual.

Yes, because it will help you to settle in quickly. Research has shown that students who attend orientation have a much better chance of succeeding at university.

Application forms can be obtained from any of the university’s admissions offices on any campus or by requesting one in writing from the admissions office. Prospective applicants can also download the undergraduate guide and application form from the university’s website (www.nmmu.ac.za/application).

The fee changes on an annual basis so it would be in your best interest to consult the admissions office by phone or e-mail to determine the correct amount. You can also visit our website (www.nmmu.ac.za) to find the application fee.

Yes, you can track your application form via NMMU’s website (www.nmmu.ac.za). Select the admission tab from the menu bar and then select “check your status” to view the outcome of your application. Unfortunately NMMU does not use any social networking sites to inform applicants of the outcome of their application.

All prospective applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application as soon as it has been processed by the admissions office or a decision has been taken by the department concerned regarding a specific qualification.

Yes, applicants who are in possession of a National Curriculum (Vocational) level 4 certificate can apply for admission to NMMU. Applicants must bear in mind that they can only apply for a related qualification and meet the set admission requirements for NC (V) applicants.

NCV applicants can apply for a limited number of related programmes. This means that NCV applicants can only apply for a qualification which is similar to their current NCV study field.

Application fees

All prospective students are required to pay a non-refundable application fee which covers administrative costs.

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fees are debited to a student’s account and are payable annually.

Down-payments

The down-payment is the first advance payment towards tuition fees. The amount will be credited towards your student fees account.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are calculated according to the number of modules elected or the study programme the applicant has applied for. These fees vary. A detailed account can only be provided once an applicant has registered at NMMU for a particular programme.

Residence fees

Students who have been accepted into one of NMMU’s residences will be required to pay a down-payment payable before registration, a residence breakage deposit as well as payment towards meals provided by the university. More information on fees, and the Student Accounts Guide, can be found under Financial Information.

NMMU Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships
The Vice-Chancellor recently introduced a premier scholarship to top achievers in the country. The scholarship, valued at R60 000 a year, is renewable annually for the first undergraduate degree or diploma, provided academic performance remains of the highest standard. Up to 25 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are granted each year. For more information phone: Marketing & Corporate Relations on (041) 504 3084.
 
Sport Bursaries
The NMMU Sport Bureau offers sport bursaries of varying amounts to those who have demonstrated the ability to play sport at a high level of competition. Application forms are available from their office. E-mail: Charmaine.button@nmmu.ac.za or phone (041) 504 2496. Closing date: Before the end of October each year.
 
National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
NSFAS is a government loan scheme, with the added incentive of a maximum of 40% being converted into a non-repayable bursary depending on academic performance. The purpose of these loans is to assist financially-needy students who have the academic potential to succeed. As loans do not necessarily cover all costs, students are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources. Only students whose GROSS combined family income (mother and father) does not exceed R140 000 per annum need apply. Application must be made on the prescribed application form BEFORE 30 October each year. Application forms are available from all financial aid offices from May each year. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
 
Bursaries administered by NMMU
Bursaries are also available to full-time students using funds provided by private donors or trustees. Applications for financial assistance from funds administered by NMMU must be made on a financial aid application form. Application forms can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office on South Campus.

Before registering as a student, you need to determine whether or not you will have sufficient funds to finance your studies. In addition to the actual study programme/module fees, you should also budget for books, equipment, transport, accommodation and general living expenses which are excluded from your tuition fees.

Estimated fees/costs can be obtained on these pages.

Loans

Loans are awarded to applicants based on their need and family income. Loans are also always linked to interest rates. If you receive a loan you would be required to repay the loan in full as well as the accumulated interest.

Bursaries

Bursaries vary in amounts and professions and are given to students in order to further their studies. In return for funding your studies, the company may require you to repay them by signing a work contract with them. Another type of bursary is a donor bursary (a bursary awarded to a deserving candidate in a specific field of study or in recognition for his/her work in a specific field of study).

Scholarship

A scholarship is a financial award usually given to students based on their outstanding academic achievements. Recipients are not always expected to repay or work back the money they receive.

NMMU is a residential university that provides a vibrant, multi-cultural student life experience that develops students holistically. NMMU provides different types of residences for students at different stages of the student life cycle.

Unfortunately not. As space is limited, students who live within a 60km radius of the university campuses in either Port Elizabeth or George cannot apply for residence accommodation. Only in exceptional circumstance are allowances made for students who require on-campus accommodation. Such requests must be made to the Student Housing Department for consideration.

Units mainly comprise of double bedrooms with shared or communal bathrooms. There is a very limited number of single rooms available. Those are allocated to senior students based on merit. On-campus residence facilities varies from campus to campus.

Yes, as all non-residential NMMU students are automatically members of the Oppidani House and are known as Oppies. Participation in non-academic life is encouraged with regular sporting, cultural and other events.

Residence fees vary depending on the type of room (single or double) you have been allocated. In addition to your standard residence fee students living in res are also required to pay an initial upfront down-payment, breakage deposit as well as registration fees. For more information, consult the NMMU Student Accounts Guide found on this page...

NMMU has both self-catering as well as fully-catered residences. The self-catering residences are traditionally for senior students while the catered residences are for first and second year students. The dining rooms in the catering residences offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus plus a range of a la carte items. A student can pre book a meal from the range of available a la carte items on the booking and billing system (Meal Management System).

As space is limited not all prospective students will be able to be accommodated on campus. Early application is essential and no student will be allocated a place in one of NMMU’s residence before he/she has been accepted academically.

All first-year students will be sharing a room with fellow first-year students. Some students prefer sharing a room during their time at NMMU. Single rooms are limited and are allocated to senior students on merit.

The Meal Management System (MMS) is a meal booking and billing system that manages student meal accounts for purchases of meals at food outlets on the different campuses and manages the pre-bookings of meals at residences. Resident students, including international students, in catered residences can pre-book meals served in their residence dining room and can also pay for any food items purchased at any of the cafeterias or coffee shops, by swiping their student ID card.

Living and Learning Community

Living and learning communities are designed to create communities of students within the residences whose motives will contribute tothe learning experience of residence students and life skills required for successful employment. Students could be linked in terms of academic programmes, hobbies or personal interests.

Students would be expected to partake in experiential activities and development programmes togrow their interests and knowledge while compiling evidence of what has been achieved i.e. smallprojects, debates, reports and portfolios.

Study centre

The major reason for being at university is to develop and prepare for a career. There is a huge study centre and a computer lab situated for students' convenience within the residence complexon South Campus. The lab has 20 computers and students have access to the Internet and email. Thereare lab demonstrators who are readily available to assist students who have little or no knowledge of computers.

Life skills

Various life skill programmes are presented to students at residences who want to empower their own knowledge andunderstanding. Programmesareoffered by qualified facilitators and include learning skills, wellness programmes, goal setting, study strategies, time management, leadershipetc.

Student leaders

Each year House Committee Members (student leaders) are elected through a fully-fledged election process.A house committee member plays a key role in creating an environment that is conducive to academic, personal and social growth for students.Theyare given extensive training to assist students in res. A house committee member is also a friend, resource, mentor, role model and community leader in their hall.

Mentorship programme

The mentoring programme is a way of assisting students to integrate themselves academically and socially as well as coping with the transition and demands of university life. Mentors are suitably qualified studentswho make themselves available through a selection process for the programme.

The role of a mentor is to guide and facilitate a less experienced person to achieve growth and reach their potential. It is about helping the new students to learn from their experiences. It is a supportive, friendly, caring and structured relationship that focuses on the needs of the mentored student and is based on encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.

Prospective students can obtain more information about NMMU’s wide variety of study options by contacting any of the following:

Port Elizabeth campuses:

Tel: 041 504 1111

E-mail:

Post:

PO Box 77000
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
PORT ELIZABETH
6031

George Campus

Tel: 044 801 5111

E-mail:

georgeinfo@nmmu.ac.za

Post:

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
George Campus
Private Bag X 6531
George
6530

The minimum admission requirements are those requirements which a prospective applicant must meet in order to be considered for a specific programme at NMMU. The table below explains what you need to achieve. Please note that the table refers to minimum entry requirements and the university may set additional requirements for specific programmes.

Qualification Minimum Entry Requirement
Higher Certificate Pass NSC, with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, together with any other university requirements.
Diploma Pass NSC with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (40–49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects, together with any other university requirements.
Bachelor’s degree Pass NSC with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (50–59%) or better in four NSC 20-credit subjects from the designated list, together with any other university requirements.

Compulsory subjects are specific subject combinations which are required in order for an applicant to be admitted to a specific course. These subjects form the basis for further studies and are a requirement for specific fields of study.

Recommended subjects are subjects which are not required for admission to a specific course, but are useful as they will build on your current knowledge base and enable you to understand certain terms and formulas better.

Yes. Certain programmes require maths as opposed to mathematical literacy in order to be accepted. Refer to the undergraduate guide for the subject specific requirements.

APS stands for Admission Point Score. Each NMMU undergraduate programme requires a specific APS as a basis for admission to the programme. Applicants will need to meet the APS directly or fall within the testing band in order to be considered for a specific programme.

  • The APS system allocates point values to seven NSC subjects.
  • Write down your relevant Grade 12 subjects and the levels you have obtained.
  • Allocate points according to the table below.
  • Add up the number of points you have scored for all seven subjects. If you have eight or more subjects, use Life Orientation plus your six best subjects to calculate your APS. Refer to the one on the website which calculates it for you.
  • Compare your APS against the minimum APS required for the qualification for which you wish to apply.
  • If your APS is lower than the direct admission requirement set for a specific qualification, refer to the testing band range to determine if your score falls within the range to be referred for an access assessment test.
NSC NSC % APS APS %
    8 90 – 100 %
7 80 – 100 % 7 80 – 89 %
6 70 – 79 % 6 70 – 79 %
5 60 – 69 % 5 60 – 69 %
4 50 – 59 % 4 50 – 59 %
3 40 – 49 % 3 40 – 49 %
2 30 – 39 % 2 30 – 39 %
1 0 – 29 % 0 0 – 29 %

Applicants who do not meet the APS directly for a specific certificate, diploma or degree programme but whose APS falls within the testing band will be referred to write an access assessment test before a final decision is made. If your APS falls outside of the APS testing band you need to consider applying for an alternative programme.

In order to apply for an undergraduate programme, your Admission Point Score (APS) must either meet the direct entry requirement or fall within the testing band indicated. If your APS score falls within the testing band you will be referred to write the Access Assessment Test before a decision is made whether to admit you to that programme. However, if your APS falls below the testing band you need to consider applying for an alternative programme.

Only applicants who have been referred by the admissions office, and who fall within the testing band, need to write the access assessment test. Your test scores together with your school results will be used to determine if you are successful for admission to a specific programme.

You cannot fail the access assessment test for it measures your current abilities in the areas of English, numeracy and mathematics on a rating scale. Both your test results and school results will be used in making an admission decision.

Only applicants who apply for certain programmes will be required to attend an interview. During this interview you may be asked to present your portfolio of work and to answer questions about your portfolio, your interests and aspirations. Information detailing the requirements for the interview and portfolio will be sent to you after your application form has been received and processed.

Certain programmes require applicants to present a portfolio of work in order to obtain a better insight with regards to an applicant’s abilities and talent. Portfolios are currently only a requirement for students who wish to pursue studies in the creative and visual arts.

Yes, applicants are first considered for their first choice, and if they do not meet the direct entry requirements but their APS falls within the testing band, they are referred to write the access assessment test. If they do not meet the direct entry requirements for their first choice or their APS score falls below the APS testing band, their second choice will be considered provided that there is still space available in that particular programme.

Applicants can use their Grade 11 final exam results to apply to the university before the final closing date in August of each year. They will however need to submit their Grade 12 June/July or September results in order to gain provisional admission to NMMU. The final decision will be based on his/her final Grade 12 exam results.

The admissions office looks at a number of variables when making an admission decision and work experience may be taken into account. However, the basis for an admission decision would be an applicant’s school results, academic courses taken at other higher education institutions as well as their access assessment results. Applicants need to provide the admissions office with as much detail as possible in order for NMMU to make an informed decision.

No, all applicants are treated equally and no preferential treatment is given to any prospective applicant. However, applicants whose parents studied at NMMU do not pay the application fee provided that they apply before the initial closing date at the beginning of August each year. For more information please see the first page of the application form.

As a benefit to NMMU, alumni and alumni with children, will not be required to pay the academic admission application fee for formal diploma or degree programmes as well as postgraduate studies providing the application is received before the initial closing date at the beginning of August annually.

  • Who is an NMMU alumnus? – Any person who has graduated with a degree or diploma from NMMU, including those from the former PE Technikon and UPE.
  • Who qualifies for the free application fee? NMMU alumni wanting to apply for postgraduate studies or formal diploma and degree programmes, and children of NMMU alumni wanting to apply for formal diploma or degree programmes.
  • Where to apply – Please contact the Alumni Relations Office on 041 504 3935 or e-mail: alumni@nmmu.ac.za. The physical address is: North Campus – Summerstrand, Ground Floor, ABSA Alumni Centre. Our staff will guide you through the process since you will require an authorisation form from the Alumni Relations Office to accompany your NMMU academic application form.

NB: Please note the free application fee benefit does not apply to the registration fee.