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Tuition Fees:$3,075 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

In medicinal plant science, students learn about the discovery and use of plant medicines and phytotherapeutically important molecules obtained from plants. In plant biotechnology, molecular tools and the use of model plants are discussed to study whole-plant physiology.

Gene and promoter identification, transfer techniques for plant improvement and the analysis of plant transcriptomes for plant improvement using micro-arrays are investigated. In the study of plant diversity and ecology, students learn about South Africa’s rich and diverse vegetation and how to facilitate conservation and management strategies for future generations.

During the first two years of study, students are exposed to a range of subjects in the biological sciences. They can specialise during their third year. The Department specialises in plant diversity and ecology, plant biotechnology and medicinal plant science. In the third year, students do several practical sessions and experience plants in their natural habitat during a field excursion.

Postgraduate degrees are also offered. The one-year full-time or two-year part-time honours degree includes a research project and some theoretical modules. At the master’s and doctoral degree levels, students are required to complete research projects in one of the Department’s research fields.

Admission Requirements

APS
34+

English Home Language
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C

Mathematics
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C

Physical Sciences
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.

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

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 isd@up.ac.za.

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 registration@up.ac.za.

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

Career Opportunities

Careers range from working in a laboratory to studying plants in their natural environments. Graduates could be employed at biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, South African National Parks, private ecological companies and research institutions such as the CSIR, ARC and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,075
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,151

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

Relevant Contact

 
Dinah Bokaba
Undergraduate Student Administration
 
Johannah Mashaba
Undergraduate applications and enquiries