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Course Information and Fees

ND: OCEANOGRAPHY (No new intake for 2018. Returning students only) national diploma

OCEANOGRAPHY (No new intake for 2018. Returning students only)

ND: (national diploma)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This course has been discontinued for 2015 and will subsequently be replaced by the Diploma in Marine Sciences

Oceanographic technicians form an integral part of any oceanographic research team. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to provide the technical and logistical support that is vital for the efficient running of research programmes, including the collection and processing of a wide variety of data both at sea and on land. Tasks can vary from basic collection of fish samples to complex processing of data from satellites. Duties include the operation of sophisticated electronic equipment and computers, the basic tools of modern oceanography.

Career Opportunities
Oceanographic technicians are employed in all sub-disciplines of oceanographic research, such as fisheries biology, biological oceanography and physical or chemical oceanography. They spend substantial periods at sea collecting data. The oceanographic technician�s scientific and technical skills also opens up employment opportunities in the private sector.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
28580 ZAR

Second Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
24850 ZAR

Third Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
4340 ZAR
Total number of subjects to obtain the National Diploma: 20

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including one year of experiential learning.

Course is offered on District Six Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Faculty Office
Telephone: +27 21 460 3153
Fax: +27 21 460 3217

Contact: Mr Conrad Sparks
Telephone: +27 21 460 3766
Fax: +27 21 460 3193

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2019 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.