School of Life Sciences

Cellular Biology

Cellular Biology is the study of cell structure and function, and it revolves around the concept that the cell is the fundamental unit of life. Focusing on the cell permits a detailed understanding of the tissues and organisms that cells compose.

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 (PMB & WVL)
  • Biology (PMB)
  • Cellular Biology (WVL)
  • Ecology (PMB)
  • Genetics (PMB & WVL)
  • Microbiology (PMB & WVL)
  • 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 (Biological Sciences)

The three-year undergraduate, focussed programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences is offered on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

  • 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 provides alternative access to students predominantly from disadvantaged educational backgrounds who do not meet the entry requirements to enrol for various science and engineering programmes. Though students are expected to study and pass augmented modules in the first two years, they eventually graduate with various qualifications in the school with mainstream students.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with English and Life Orientation at Level 4 (50%), Maths at Level 3 (40%) and Agricultural Science, Physical Science or Life Sciences at Level 3 (40%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    26 - 27

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. 

Honours programmes in Biological Sciences (PMB & WVL) and Marine Biology (WVL) are offered.

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 full-time 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.

Contact us

Ms Shireen Chetram

Ms Sibusiswe Dube