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WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,691 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BScAgric)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Pietermaritzburg
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Plant pathology (also phytopathology) is the scientific study of diseases in plants caused by pathogens (infectious organisms) and environmental conditions (physiological factors).

Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Not included are ectoparasites like insects, mites, vertebrate, or other pests that affect plant health by consumption of plant tissues.

Plant pathology also involves the study of pathogen identification, disease aetiology, disease cycles, economic impact, plant disease epidemiology, plant disease resistance, how plant diseases affect humans and animals, pathosystem genetics, and management of plant diseases.

Curriculum

Year 1

Semester 1 BIOL101(16), CHEM110(16), MATH150(16), PHYS131(16)

Semester 2 CHEM120(16), STAT130(16), Electives(32)

Year 2

Semester 1 GENE240(16), SSCI217(16), STAT221 (16), Elective(16)

Semester 2 AGPS200(16), PPTH214(16), STAT222(16), (ZULN101 or Elective(16))

Year 3

Semester 1 PPTH305(16), 330(16), (AGPS305(16) or 307(16)), Level-3 Elective(16)

Semester 2 AGPS306(16), 320(16), PPTH370(16), (AGPS308(16) or PPTH360(16))

Year 4

Semester 1 PPTH723(16), 730(16), 745(16), 715(16)

Semester 2 PPTH713(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: $29
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 (www.cao.ac.za), 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

Some career opportunities are found in areas like;
– Colleges and universities (research, teaching, and extension)
– Agricultural consulting companies.
– Agrichemical companies.
– Seed and plant production companies.
– Tissue culture laboratories.
– Diagnostic laboratories.
– International agricultural research centers.
– Botanical gardens and arboreta.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,691
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R44626 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. Muthulisi Siwela
Academic Leader
 
Mrs Anusha Maikoo
Undergraduate Administrator