WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,032 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Westville; Pietermaritzburg
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Modern biochemistry evolved from the need to apply chemical techniques to solve biological questions. Biochemistry combines biology and chemistry, but now covers such a wide range of subjects that it is difficult to draw a neat border around biochemistry.

Ours is a modern department, with emphases in cellular regulation, molecular genetics, protein structure, hormone action, virology, and developmental biology.


Year 1
– BIOL101(16), CHEM110(16), 120(16), MATH150(16), PHYS131(16), STAT130(16)

Year 2
– BIOC201(16), 212(16), CHEM220(16), RDNA202(16)
– BIOC201(16), 202(16), CHEM220(16), RDNA202(16)

Year 3
– BIOC300(16), 311(16), 315(16), 316(16)
– BIOC307(16), 308(16), 315(16), 316(16)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science/Physical Science/Life Science at level 4.
– Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students taken first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
– The closing date for applications is 30 September.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

Closing dates for Undergraduate Programmes:

Medicine: 30 June
All other programmes: 30 September
– Applications to study must be made in the prescribed manner via the Central Applications
Office (, and must include the presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.
– An applicant who has studied at any other tertiary education institution must, in addition, present an academic record and a certificate of conduct from that institution.

For new admissions:
– APS (Accumulated points score)
– Selections are processed on a sliding scale, on academic merit, with the minimum as per subject requirements.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Analytical chemist
– Biomedical scientist
– Biotechnologist
– Healthcare scientist
– Clinical biochemistry
– Clinical research associate
– Forensic scientist
– Nanotechnologist
– Physician associate
– Research scientist
– Scientific laboratory technician
– Toxicologist

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,032
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R50275 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)
Application fee:
– All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
– All students from outside of Africa: U$146
– Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US $ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Caola Niesler
Academic Leader (Pietermaritzburg)
Prof. Shahidul Islam
Academic Leader (Westville)