Institute for Plant Biotechnology
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Make sure you are interested in what we do and willing to work hard! The details of the honours programme are described on our website. Please refer to the rest of our website for more general information on our research and academic programmes.

The BScHons (Plant Biotechnology) programme is presented by the staff of the Institute for Plant Biotechnology (IPB). Its academic home is the Genetics Department and the degree is awarded by the Faculty of Natural Sciences.


Admission requirements

BSc Hons (Plant Biotechnology)

 A BSc degree approved by the departmental Postgraduate and Academic Committee, with an average final mark of at least 60% for the relevant modules at third-year level, is required. Suitable modules include but are not limited to Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology. Additional work may be prescribed, depending on the student's background.


A BScHons or MSc degree in Plant Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology or any other related discipline is required.



You have to apply officially through the university channels.  You will find more detail on the application process at the Postgraduate Programme Office.​  

You can also contact the Natural Sciences Faculty Officer, Mr Bevin Abels, for more information regarding the administrative requirements for applying: Administrative Building A, Room A2027, e-mail:; tel: +27 (0)21 808 4832.

The application forms and details are also available from the Faculty of Science website​

For futher assistance you can also contact the IPB internally by e-mailling Mrs Pauliane Davidse ( 


General Matters

The honours programme usually starts around the last week of January and ends in November.

MSc or PhD studies can start at any time of the year.

The IPB is not responsible for organising any personal matters such as accommodation, but Ms Pauliane Davidse will assist you where possible.

In addition to any bursaries that you might obtain yourself, the IPB have a limited number of bursaries available to selected students. More information about bursaries is available at

You can also consult the NRF Scholarships and Fellowships Programme for financial support.

Please contact Mrs Pauliane Davidse ( or any of the academic staff if you need more details about a specific project or if you have any other questions.