BSc Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as bacteria, fungi, algae and viruses. Essentially, the microbiology study programme, with its focus on the structure, function and classification of microbial species, is the gateway to the fascinating microbial world.

Students enrolled for this degree will be exposed to a wealth of tools and theoretical information, which can be applied to exploit and control microbial activities for improving industrial and agricultural processes, as well as for improving the lives of animals, humans and plants in the ecosystem.

In microbiology, students learn about the different types of microbes which, even though invisible to the naked eye, represent the most abundant life forms on earth. It is believed that many microbes have not yet been discovered, and others are well adapted to survive in extreme conditions (eg in hydrothermal vents)
that resemble conditions believed to have been prevalent when life began on earth billions of years ago. Microbiology is also one of only a few degree programmes that unites a diverse group of individuals (eg immunologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, computational biologists, environmental scientists, etc) under one umbrella.

Aspiring microbiologists should have a solid background in science and are expected to demonstrate curiosity about how biological systems function in their environments. Microbiology overlaps with areas such as botany, chemistry, zoology, physiology, genetics, medicine, nutrition and environmental sciences.

Candidates recognise that the field of microbiology has evolved, and continues to evolve, to cut across scientific disciplines, and understand that microbes impact every aspect of life on earth.

Since the field of microbiology has many branches, graduates can follow various careers in industry or in academia, where they can contribute to increasing scientific knowledge, or they can establish their own businesses.

  For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage. 


Career Opportunities

Microbiologists can pursue a variety of careers involving activities ranging from practical application to basic research. Career opportunities are available in the food, dairy, beer, wine, baker’s yeast and fermentation industries, and at mines where they will be involved in corrosion control. Graduates can also follow careers in medical or veterinary microbiology, microbial genomics and ecology or as researchers at organisations such as the CSIR, MRC or ARC, or lecturers and researchers at academic institutions.


Programme Code

02133404


Closing Dates

Applications for this plan have closed.


Admission Requirements

Important information for all prospective students for 2023

The admission requirements below apply to all who apply for admission to the University of Pretoria with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Independent Examination Board (IEB) qualifications. Click here for this Faculty Brochure.

  • Minimum requirements

    Achievement level

    English Home Language or English First Additional Language

    Mathematics

    Physical Sciences

    APS

    NSC/IEB

    NSC/IEB

    NSC/IEB

    5

    5

    5

    32

Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 

You will be considered for final admission to degree studies if space allows, and if you have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification with admission to bachelor’s degree studies, and comply with the minimum subject requirements as well as the APS requirements of your chosen programme.

Applicants with qualifications other than the abovementioned should refer to the Brochure: Undergraduate Programme Information 2023: Qualifications other than the NSC and IEB, available at click here.

International students: Click here.

Transferring students

A transferring student is a student who, at the time of applying at the University of Pretoria (UP) is/was a registered student at another tertiary institution. A transferring student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance. Students who have been dismissed from other institutions due to poor academic performance will not be considered for admission to UP.

Closing dates: Same as above.

Returning students

A returning student is a student who, at the time of application for a degree programme is/was a registered student at UP, and wants to transfer to another degree at UP. A returning student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance.

Note:

  • Students who have been excluded/dismissed from a faculty due to poor academic performance may be considered for admission to another programme at UP, as per faculty-specific requirements.
  • Only ONE transfer between UP faculties and TWO transfers within a faculty will be allowed.
  • Admission of returning students will always depend on the faculty concerned and the availability of space in the programmes for which they apply.

Closing date for applications from returning students

Unless capacity allows for an extension of the closing date, applications from returning students must be submitted before the end of August via your UP Student Centre.


Candidates who do not comply with the minimum admission requirements for BSc (Microbiology), may be considered for admission to the BSc – Extended programme – Biological and Agricultural Sciences, which requires an additional year of study.

BSc – Extended Programme – Biological and Agricultural Sciences

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language

Mathematics

Physical Sciences

APS

NSC/IEB

NSC/IEB

NSC/IEB

4

4

4

26

Note:

*The BSc – Extended programmes are not available for students who meet all the requirements for the corresponding mainstream programme.

*Please note that only students who apply in their final NSC or equivalent qualification year will be considered for admission into any of the BSc – Extended programmes. Students who are upgrading or taking a gap year will not be considered.

 


Minimum duration of study

3 years, full-time


Faculty Notes

All modules will only be presented in English, as English is the language of tuition, communication and correspondence at the University of Pretoria.

Faculty Yearbooks: click here

The University of Pretoria has decided not to set a specific closing date for applications to non-selection programmes for 2023. Applications will close when the available study spaces are filled (close on availability of space). Once the available number of study places for a specific programme are filled, no further applications for that particular programme will be considered. All applicants are therefore strongly advised and encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after 1 April 2022 and to check the application site (UP Student Portal) regularly. 

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is home to more than 6 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Faculty presents degrees in fields ranging from the proverbial A to Z – from actuaries to zoologists, and consists of 13 departments.

All degree programmes are designed to develop problem-solving individuals who can easily adapt to changing circumstances and take the lead in their chosen fields of specialisation. The qualifications awarded are of world-class and provide access to a multitude of career opportunities for dynamic and creative people. According to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings the University has achieved new world rankings in Physical Sciences, a discipline which features strongly in NAS and also maintains excellent positions on the ISI Web of Science (WOS) field rankings in Plant and Animal Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Environment and Ecology Sciences.

In the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, we strive to continuously improve our high impact research and significantly address the national shortage of PhD graduates that respond to global and local challenges.

  • Disclaimer: This publication contains information about regulations and programmes of the University of Pretoria. Amendments to or updating of the information may be effected from time to time without prior notification. The accuracy, correctness or validity of the information contained here is therefore not guaranteed by the University at any given time and is always subject to verification. The user is kindly requested to verify the correctness of the information with the University at all times. Failure to do so will not give rise to any claim or action of any nature against the University by any party whatsoever.

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