The field of microbiology is an exciting area of science as microorganisms are metabolically most versatile and they are everywhere.  Students will learn how to detect and quantify microorganisms in foods, beverages and diverse environmental materials. Students will isolate and characterize microorganisms and learn how to use microorganisms in industrial and biotechnological processes as a means to transfer waste to value.

Students can use various analytical techniques, spanning from light and electron microscopy to DNA fingerprinting and mass spectrometry to explore the ecophysiology, cellular structure and diversity of microorganisms.

In addition, students will analyze the interaction of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms with other organisms and their environment.

We offer both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in the broad field of microbiology. Students graduating at UKZN will have had exposure to Food Microbiology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, as well as Medical and Veterinary Microbiology. Our graduates typically find employment in the food and beverage or the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, educational and research institutions, diagnostic and quality control laboratories, governmental departments and agencies, sales, marketing and product development, consultancies, and NGOs.


Pietermaritzburg Campus

Hunter, Charles (Mr)

Jamal-Ally, Sumaiya (Mrs)

Kana, Gueguim (Dr)

Schmidt, Stefan (Prof)


Westville Campus

Chenia, Hafizah  (Dr)

Chiliza, Thami (Dr)

Govinden, Roshini (Dr)

Lin, Johnson (Prof)

Mokoena Paul (Dr)

Mutanda, Taurai (Dr)

Olaniran, Ademola (Prof)

Pillay, Bala (Prof)

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