Studying Consumer Science at Kovsies prepares young people for living in today’s world, as well as tomorrow’s!
  • B Consumer Science
    • Food, General, or Education stream

What are the admission requirements?
Where do I apply?
Faculty Rule Book 2020

Postgraduate studies

  • Honours
  • Master's
  • PhD

What are the admission requirements?
Where do I apply?
Faculty Rule Book 2020

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)

Dr I van der Merwe
T: +27 51 401 2598

General enquiries

W van der Walt
T: +27 51 401 2572

Acting Head of Department

Prof J van Niekerk
T: +27 51 401 3765

Consumer Science at Kovsies

Consumer science is a diverse discipline concerned with basic human needs. It explores consumers or individuals 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 motivations behind individual and family decision-making regarding these basic needs.

In the diverse environment of South Africa’s culturally rich population, understanding consumers have become of utmost importance. The composition of South Africa’s consumers have changed greatly and globalisation has caused the needs of the consumer to continually evolve, increasing the role of the consumer scientist in addressing these needs. Consumer scientists can use their knowledge and skills to assist consumers to improve their life skills as well as their socio-economic situation. 

  • Undergraduate studies


Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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