University of Zambia

The University of Zambia (UNZA) was established by Act of Parliament No. 66 of 1965.  The first intake of students took place on 17th March 1966.  The motto of the University, SERVICE AND EXCELLENCE has guided the development of the University since its inception.

UNZA is situated in Lusaka on two campuses.  The main campus is the Great East Road Campus and it is situated on the Great East Road, 6km from the town centre.  The other campus is the Ridgeway Campus catering for the Medical School.  It is situated on John Mbita Road, 4km South East of Lusaka, opposite the University Teaching Hospital.

UNZA is run on a two-semester system per academic year.  The School of Medicine has, however, a dual system of term and semester.

Admission to Undergraduate Programmes

For any person to be eligible for admission to any programme leading to a first degree at UNZA, he/she must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements of the University and compete favourably with other applicants.

General Entrance Requirements

Passes at Credit level or better in at least five relevant subjects which should include English Language in the Zambian School Certificate, General Certificate of Education ‘O’ level or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate.

Alternative Qualifications

Qualifications equivalent to Zambian School Certificate or General Certificate of Education or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate may be accepted.

Passes in the General Certificate of Education Advanced level Examination (a total of five subjects should be passed and this may include credits obtained at ‘O’ level).

A person holding at least a two year

Diploma of the University or equivalent at Credit level or better may be regarded as having the General Entrance requirements     provided they possess a full School certificate

Subject Combinations for Admitting Schools

School of Natural Sciences

O Levels English Language (6 or Better)

Mathematics (4 or Better)

Biology (6 or Better)

Chemistry (6 or Better)

Physics(6 or Better)

English Language (6 or Better)

Mathematics (4 or Better)

Biology/Agricultural Sciences (6 or better)

Science (6 or better)

Any one other subject from

Commerce, Principles of Accounts any Zambian Language, History, Geography, R.E, Literature and Languages, Computer Studies, civic education

 2. A  Levels

Option A of A Level subjects




Plus ‘O’ Level Physics or Science with grade of 6 or better

Option B of A Level subjects




Plus ‘O’ Level Biology with a grade of 6 or Better

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

 ‘O’ Levels

Group 1 English Language (Credit or better)

GROUP 2: ANY THREE subjects chosen from the following:




Economics or Commerce or principles of Accounts or Business Studies

English literature or Zambian Language or French or Religious Education or Bible Knowledge or Computer Studies.

Food and Nutrition OR Home Management or Home Economics

Arts or Music or Design and Communication or Art and Design

Development Studies or Civic Education

Additional Mathematics


ANY ONE subject from the following (Credit or better)

Human and Social Biology, Biology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Combined Science, Physical Science, Agricultural Science, Agriculture Science, Zoology, Geology, Geometrical and Building Drawing, Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing, Surveying, Metal Work, Wood Work, Design and Technology

School of Education

Degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Studies, Bachelor of Arts with Education and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

English Language

Any four subjects from the following:

History, Geography, French, English Literature, Mathematics,

Zambian Language, Commerce, Religious Education

Economics, Additional Mathematics, Science or Physical Science, Biology or Agricultural Science

Bachelor of Education (Special Education)

Biology or Combined Science or Agricultural Science

Any three subjects from:

Mathematics, English Literature, French

Zambian Language, History, Geography

Commerce, Accounts, Religious Education

Bachelor of Education (Environmental Education)

Any four subjects from:

Mathematics, Biology, Science, Agriculture Science Literature, French, Zambian Language, History, Geography, Commerce, Accounts, R E, Human and Social Biology

Physical Sciences, Physics, Chemistry

Additional Mathematics, Computer Studies, Food and Nutrition,

Home Economics,

Physical Education, Metal Work

Geometrical and Building Drawing

Civic Education

NB: All the subjects must be at ‘O’ Level or Grade 6 or better.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Science Based Degrees

                       Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences  (BScAgric)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary-Mathematics and Science)

Bachelor of Food Science and Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng) 

Bachelor of Mineral Sciences (B MinSc)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)</em

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM)

Bachelor of Science with Education (BSc Ed)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc NRS)

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (BSc BioMed)

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (BScPT)

Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm)

Bachelor of Science in   Environmental Health

Bachelor Arts Based Degrees

Bachelor of Arts with Education (BAEd)

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Bed Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (BEdMAS)

Bachelor of Education (Special Education) BEd Special)

Bachelor of Arts with Library and Information Studies (BALIS)

Bachelor of Adult Education (BAE)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) 

Bachelor of Mass Communication (BMC)

Diploma in Teaching (For Non-Education Graduates with relevant Degree in Mathematics, Science or Technology Field)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary-Social Sciences)

Bachelor of Education (Environmental Education)

Bachelor of Teacher Education (B TED) (A distance learning programme for Lecturers in Primary colleges of Education and those holding other degrees)


Most of the undergraduate degrees take 4 years.  However, most of the science based degrees take 5 years with the BVM and MBChB in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine taking 6 and 7 years, respectively.

Programmes Offered Through Distance Education

All Arts based programmes with the exception of Bachelor of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Social Work may be taken by Distance Learning up to the end of second year.

Evening Time Study

The schools of education, Medicine and Natural Sciences have programmes offered in the evening.

Post Graduate Degrees and Diplomas Offered

UNZA offers post-graduate degrees in the following schools:

School of Agricultural Sciences

School of Education

School of Engineering

School of Law

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Medicine

School of Mines

School of Natural Sciences

School of Veterinary Medicine

Entrance Requirements

Admission requirements for postgraduate degrees are a good first degree in a relevant field while those for a doctoral degree are a Masters degree.


Diplomas 1 year; Masters 2 years; Doctoral 3 years.

Duration of Academic Year

UNZA academic year at the Great East Road Campus runs from mid-June to mid-December.  While the academic year at the Ridgeway Campus runs from the beginning of April to mid-January.

Fees and Sponsorship

Tuition fees vary from programme to programme and from year to year.  For Zambian undergraduate students the Government is the main sponsor through the Bursaries Committee.


Accommodation at UNZA is limited.  Students wishing to be accommodated in the hostels should apply to the Dean of Students.  Students who are unable to be accommodated must make their own arrangements.

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction at the University is English.


Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities, Association of Eastern and Southern African Universities and International Association of Universities.

How to Apply

Between April and September application forms for admission are available at the Academic Office and can also be accessed online from our website.’, ‘University of Zambia’, ‘The University of Zambia (UNZA) was established by Act of Parliament No. 66 of 1965.  The first intake of students took place on 17th March 1966.  The motto of the University, SERVICE AND EXCELLENCE has guided the development of the University since its inception

University of Zambia

P.O. Box 32379


Tel:   +260-211-295220 

Fax: +260-211-253952