Molecular Biology Human Genetics
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Division of Molecular Biology and Huma​​n Gene​​tics​



Our MSc programme offered within our Division is a thesis-based programme with no study modules. The programme consists of a research project, thesis and project presentation. The program affords applicants the opportunity to develop their research skills as a scientist and master a variety of molecular techniques or analysis methods such as those related to bioinformatics.


Programme Details

Duration: Two calendar years on a full-time basis

Programme content:   Molecular Biology 872(180) OR Human Genetics Thesis 872(180)

Programme Structure: This is a research-based degree programme with no study modules. The programme consists of a research project, thesis and project presentation.

Assessment and examination:

  • Progress is monitored continuously by the supervisor.
  • You must complete a research project, present the results in a thesis and deliver a project presentation.
  • The thesis is assessed according to University guidelines by an internal and external examiner.
  • The final mark is calculated from the marks obtained for the research project (supervisor's mark), thesis (internal and external examiners) and project presentation.
  • You must obtain 50% to pass and 75% to pass with distinction.


Programme outcomes

Upon degree completion, graduates of our program will be able to:

  • Develop broad core knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology or bioinformatics.
  • Develop a feasible research hypothesis with appropriate research aims based upon a literature review.
  • Design and implement a study to answer a specific research question(s)
  • Recognize problems in scientific experiments and troubleshoot.
  • Conduct appropriate statistical analyses of a complex dataset.
  • Present research results in a written format consistent with professional standards.
  • Describe and demonstrate principles of ethical conduct of human subjects research.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for scientific communication with different audiences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact and work effectively with others in work settings involving cultural and demographic diversity.


Admission and Selection requirements

Prospective PhD candidates are required to complete the MBHG pre-application process​ and receive provisional acceptance from the project supervisor. 

The specific admission requirements for an MSc include an average final mark of more than 60% in one of the following qualifications from a recognized tertiary training institution:

  • a BSc Honours degree with Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Engineering, Bioinformatics or Mathematical Science for acceptance for MSc postgraduate studies
  • A BTech or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution for tertiary education, provided that you have passed a preliminary examination that:
    1. Was conducted according to clearly defined criteria stipulated by the Faculty Board in order to ensure an adequate scientific standard;
    2. Was designed to assess your theoretical background and scientific maturity; and
    3. Was conducted by the head of the department/division as convenor in which the intended postgraduate studies are envisaged, or by his/her delegate, together with at least one other expert in the relevant field of study who has been nominated by the Dean.

​​You will be considered on merit by the Committee for Postgraduate Education on the basis of a curriculum vitae and a written recommendation by the Preliminary Examination Committee.

  • a BVSc degree​

Important Notice: Submitting your completed application form and meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

MSc Programme Coordinator