Read UCT's annual publication Research & Innovation Highlights 2020-21, which spotlights noteworthy research achievements and projects over the past year.

World subject rankings:
Infectious Diseases: =9th
Development Studies: 10th

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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