Research & innovation


“The world is wobbling on its axis, and the old certainties – good and bad – are unravelling. To cope with the uncertain future we face, we are going to need three things: an unrelenting commitment to excellence, an exceptional focus on transformation and the courage to do things differently. Among all these uncertainties, I am sure of this: that the research community at UCT is up to the challenge.”  Rankings  Download our latest publications  Find out how UCT is addressing the SDGs Snapshot: UCT Research UCT Research in Africa in Africa st  Started at UCT Featured researchers Postgrads at UCT  Leading researchers 1/3 of South Africa’s A-rated* researchers *international leaders in their field  Research news Top performing subjects worldwide  Research groupings 81Accredited research groups  3 Centres of Excellence 7 Faculties university 8 research institutes  National research chairs 1/5  of South Africa’s National Research Chairs  Global UCT  Interdisciplinary research strengths  3rd Ornithology (CWUR) 4th Area Studies 10 (CWUR) th Development  Studies (QS) Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation


1st in Africa. Top performing subjects wordwide: 3rd Ornithology (CWUR); 10th Development Studeis (QS); 4th Area Studies (CWUR).

Research strengths

  • Astronomy, cosmology and gravity
  • Biodiversity
  • Catalysis: accelerating chemical change
  • Climate and development
  • Data-intensive research
  • Democracy, public policy and citizenship in Africa
  • Drug discovery
  • Future water
  • High-energy physics
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Infectious diseases and molecular medicine
  • Marine research
  • Mineral beneficiation
  • Neurosciences  
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Preserving our African heritage
  • Safety and violence
  • Schools
  • Urban Africa

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Uct is addressing SDGs

Find out how UCT is addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Snapshot: UCT Research

Snapshot: UCT Research

UCT Research in Africa

UCT Research in Africa