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Tuition Fees:$3,703 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Upper Campus
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021
Programme Overview

This major is aimed at training biologists with quantitative skills, preparing them for the emerging fields of ‘data science’ and ‘biological modelling’, which are used to address big scientific questions.

The Quantitative Biology major is packaged as an interdisciplinary stream, to allow students among three major disciplinary fields (Biology, Statistics and Mathematics) into the major, and for graduates taking this major to be prepared to enter into the data science and quantitative ecology fields.

Curriculum

First Year Core Courses

BIO1000F Cell Biology
BIO1004F/S Biological Diversity
STA100xF/S Any 1000-level Science STA course
Either
MAM1004F Mathematics 1004
and
MAM1008S Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
or
MAM1000W Mathematics 1000

Second Year Core Courses

BIO2014F Principles of Ecology & Evolution
One of:
BIO2015F Vertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
BIO2016S Invertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
BIO2017S Plant Diversity & Functional Biology
Either
*MAM2046W Applied Mathematics 2046
or
*STA20xxF/S/H Any 2000-level Science STA course

Third Year Core Courses

BIO3019S Quantitative Biology
Either
*MAM3040W Applied Mathematics 3040
or
*STA30xxF/S Any 3000-level Science STA course

Admission Requirements

NSC Examinations

FPS of 660 or above

Mathematics 70% or above and Physical Sciences 60% or above

(see Notes 2 & 3)

NBTs in Mathematics, AL & QL to be written

A-Level

English: C at IGCSE

Mathematics: B

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): C

AS-Level

English: C at IGCSE

Mathematics: B

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): C

Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC)

English: C at IGCSE

Mathematics: 70% (or level 1 HIGCSE)

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): 60%

(or level 1 HIGCSE)

International Baccalaureate

English: Grade 5 at SL

Mathematics: Grade 5 at HL or Grade 6 at SL (

Maths Studies is not accepted)

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics):

Grade 5 at HL or Grade 6 SL

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Apply online

You will need a working email address and your South African identity number. If you are an international applicant, you need your passport number.

Applications close

31 July of the year prior to study for South African and international applicants.

Application status

Check your application status online or follow the directions on your letter from the admissions office in order to log in and determine your application status. Should you not have received your login and password, you may also use your names and birth date.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Scientist
– Quantitative Cell Biologist
– Metabolic Engineering
– Associate or Senior Associate Scientist
– R&D Manager (PCR Assay Development)
– Molecular Technologist / General Supervisor
– Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
– Bioinformatics Engineer

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,703
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,729

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

South African citizens and South African permanent residents

An initial payment of fees (for tuition and residence) is due by January. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. You will be allowed to register if the initial payment has not been received by the due date.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment),

plus if applicable;

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due 30 June 2020.

International students from the SADC region

An initial payment of fees (tuition and residence and the administrative service fee) is due before registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment), plus

Non-refundable administrative service fee R4,000

plus if applicable

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

International Students

International students must make a minimum initial payment towards the tuition fees, international term fees and residence fees (where applicable), prior to registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

Payment due prior to registration for:

UCT full-time international fee-paying students (except Master’s & PhD students): R95,000

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

plus if applicable:

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full residence cost. Final payment is due in June.

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Muthama Muasya
Head of Department
 
Mrs Claire Khai
Departmental Manager