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|Tuition Fees:||$3,136 /year|
|Applications Begin:||March 2021|
|Final Award:||Bachelor of Science (BSc)|
|Start Date:||January 2022|
|Academic Unit:||Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences|
|Application Deadline:||30 September 2021|
Molecular biotechnology involves the use of in vitro genetic manipulation and recombinant DNA methods to genetically alter plants, animals and microbes for commercial gain.
Molecular biotechnologists aim to correct, modify, enhance or exploit specific genetic traits in their target organisms for a wide range of practical purposes. This includes improving food production, managing diseases, conservation and bioremediation. Biotechnology will play a pivotal role in the future of the medical, agricultural, veterinary and ecological sciences.
The Biotechnology programme is an interdepartmental programme with a particular emphasis on molecular biology, which is aimed at empowering students to pursue their interest in biotechnology.
Undergraduate training includes exposure to aspects of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology, in addition to the other subjects chosen by the student. Students are encouraged to decide on their postgraduate research direction during the course of their undergraduate studies and to choose their electives accordingly.
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NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C
NSC/IEB – 5
AS Level – C
Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.
Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
Grade 11 results are used for the provisional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on the Grade 12 results.
UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.
Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.
Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).
Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.
It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.
International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email email@example.com.
The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.
**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August
Biotechnologists function in both the science and business spheres, which gives graduates a competitive advantage in the biological industries. An increasing number of opportunities are available in privately owned biotechnology laboratories that specialise in contract work.
However, graduates are encouraged to advance their studies by continuing with honours, master’s and doctoral degrees in genetics or biotechnology, since such degrees are usually essential in scientific careers.
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An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.
Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.
International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)
Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.
Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.
International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July