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Consumer science is a diverse discipline addressing various aspects of basic human needs. It explores an individual’s behaviour in relation to food, clothing, textiles, housing, nutrition and food security.

Students in this dynamic curriculum become part of a growing research community, built on the understanding of consumer behaviour and the motivation behind individual and family decision-making regarding their basic needs.



In the diverse environment of South Africa’s cultural rich population and the inherent changed consumer market, understanding consumers and their behaviours are of utmost importance.

Together with the impact of globalisation, the needs and desires of consumers are continuously evolving. This places additional emphasis on the unique role of the consumer scientist to develop in addressing these changing consumer needs.

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BACHELOR IN CONSUMER SCIENCE

The modules in this qualification explores all aspects related to consumer behaviour, with emphasis on sustainability and consumer education.

The undergraduate Bachelor degree in Consumer Science is not a selection programme; therefore, online applications are subject to UFS prescribed dates and guidelines.

The following admission requirements apply as stated in the NAS 2021 Rule Book:

  • NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows access to degree studies or an equivalent qualification.
  • A minimum AP of 30.
  • A performance level 4 (50%) in an official tuition language.
  • A performance level 2 (30%) for Mathematics or 5 (60%) for Mathematics Literacy.
  • Participation in the National Benchmark (NBT) tests for language.

HONOURS DEGREE IN CONSUMER SCIENCE

The one-year Bachelor of Science Honours majoring in Consumer Science is a full-time course. However, students can complete this qualification part-time over two years. The composition of the student’s curriculum and optional courses will be determined at the beginning of each year in consultation with the Academic Department Head.  

The following admission requirements apply as stated in the NAS 2021 Rule Book:

  • Consumer Science degree or relevant NQF exit level 7 qualification.
  • A minimum average of 60% must be obtained in the final year of study.
  • The student must prove to the Academic Department Head that he/she has adequate knowledge to justify admission to the programme.
Prospective students can apply online for admission to the BSc Honours majoring in Consumer Science.

MASTER'S DEGREE IN CONSUMER SCIENCE

The Master of Science majoring in Consumer Science is a research-based qualification. The student, with the assistance of study leaders will work on a dissertation. The programme requires a minimum of one year (full time) and a maximum of three years (part-time) for completion. 

The following admission requirements apply as stated in the NAS 2021 Rule Book:

  • All Master’s Degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval of the Academic Department Head.
  • A student who wishes to enrol for the degree must have an applicable NQF-level 8 qualification and applicable studies, and/or practical experience.

Prospective students can apply online for admission to the Master of Science majoring in Consumer Science. 

PhD IN CONSUMER SCIENCE

The Doctorate in Consumer Science aims to increase the capacity of the students to develop their own vies on consumer science, in addition to creating intervention programmes directed at consumer education.

The following admission requirements apply as stated in the NAS 2021 Rule Book:

  • All PhD degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to approval by the Academic Department Head.
  • The PhD applicant must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent NQF Exit Level 9 qualification.

Prospective students can apply online for admission to the PhD programme.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION

If you would like to apply online for our Bachelor, Honour’s, Master's, or PhD programmes, the following links will be helpful:

Admission requirements
Undergraduate prospectus for 2022
Postgraduate Prospectus 2021
Quotation for your studies
Funding and bursaries
• International students: Office for International Affairs

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR (ACADEMIC ADVICE)

Dr Ismari van der Merwe
E: ivdmerwe@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2598

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Prof Johan van Niekerk
E: vniekerkja@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 3765



BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:vdberge@ufs.ac.za

QWAQWA CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284
E:naturalscienceqq@ufs.ac.za

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