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

Genetics deals with the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behaviour in the context of a cell or organism, patterns of inheritance from parent to offspring, and gene distribution, variation and change in populations.

Given that genes are universal to living organisms, genetics can be applied to the study of all living systems, from viruses and bacteria, through plants and domestic animals, to humans.

Understanding the nature of genetic variation permits one to combat disease in humans, plants and animals, and improve existing strains and breeds of plants and animals.


Year 1:
– BIOL101(16),
– BIOL102(16),
– CHEM110(16),
– MATH150(16),
– PHYS131(16),
– STAT130(16)

Year 2:
– GENE240(16),
– RDNA202(16),
– STAT222(16) or
– BIOL200(16)

Year 3
– GENE310(16),
– 320(16),
– 330(16),
– 16C from (AGPS306(16),
– BIOL304(16),
– GENE350(16))

– GENE310(16),
– 320(16),
– 330(16),
– 16C from (BIOL304(16),
– GENE340(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 took 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:
– Clinical research associate
– Healthcare scientist
– Genomics
– Healthcare scientist
– Immunology
– Pharmacologist
– Plant breeder/geneticist
– Research scientist (life sciences)
– Research scientist (medical)

Tuition Fees Details
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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. Carola Niesler
Academic Leader (Pietermaritzburg)
Prof. Justin Lin
Academic Leader (Westville)