School of Life Sciences

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the branch of applied science that uses living organisms and their derivatives to produce products and processes. The Biotechnology cluster is comprised of three disciplines: Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology.

Disciplines

Biochemistry

Biochemistry combines biology and chemistry, but now covers such a wide range of subjects. It studies the proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and DNA that make living cells and organisims work.

Genetics

Genetics explores the pathways that lead from the determinants of heredity to the final expressed trait. It seeks to understand the way in which the basic instructions for this process are encoded and expressed. 

Microbiology

Microbiology students learn how to apply new/advanced technologies to explore the make-up, diversity and functioning of micro-organisms, and their relationship with other organisms and the environment.

Programmes

Bachelor of Science (LES Stream)

The three-year undergraduate programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) is achieved through a general and BSc Life and Earth Sciences (LES Stream) with possible major subject combinations of any two of the following: Biochemistry, Biology, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English and Life Orientation Level 4 (50%) and Agricultural Science or Life Sciences or Physical Science Level 4 (50%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    28 - 48

Bachelor of Science (Industrial and Applied Biotechnology)

This three-year undergraduate programme is achieved through a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology. It offers students the opportunity to acquire basic scientific grounding through a specified set of core and elective module combinations from Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry and Chemical Technology. 

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English and Life Orientation Level 4 (50%) and Agricultural Science or Life Sciences or Physical Science Level 4 (50%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    28 - 48

CASSE

CASSE is an Alternative Access and Academic Support Programme that caters for prospective students whose academic potential was not realised due to a disadvantaged educational background.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation, Agricultural Science, Physical Science and Life Sciences Level 3 (40%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    26 - 48

How to Apply

All first-time South African applicants to UKZN for entry into degree/ diploma study (Grade 12s and undergraduate transfer students from other institutions) must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

A one-year specialist programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours). A minimum of 50% must be achieved at BSc level to gain admittance to Honours. 

Master of Science

A Master of Science programme is offered, whereby students engage in research under the supervision of an academic staff member. A minimum of a BSc Honours degree or equivalent must be achieved to be considered for this programme. This degree takes a minimum of one year.

Doctor of Philosophy

A Doctor of Philosophy programme is offered where students engage in novel research supervised by academic members of staff. This is typically three years of fulltime study and normally follows on from a Master of Science Degree

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to our College office. Visit the College website to see the steps to follow, download the application pack/ forms and access the link to apply online

Research

Research Areas

We are a research-led institution, producing knowledge for the rapidly-changing and information-rich world.

Student dissertations

UKZN Research Space was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of tour students’ research output.

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