Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management

Programme overview:

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management next start date Next start date: 2 October 2023
16 October 2023
6 November 2023
20 November 2023
4 December 2023
Next Orientation Date: 26 September 2023
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management study mode Campuses:

Remote and distant students join a campus where the programme is offered
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management duration Duration:
Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 5 years
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management support Support: Fully supported

Programme details:

NQF Level 7 | Applied Sciences | Degree | SAQA ID 62753

Our degree provides you with a solid theoretical and intensive practical foundation in microbiology, molecular biology, plant physiology and agricultural biotechnology with an emphasis on application-based research, managing projects and using technology.

You will cover a range of core modules such as Animal and Plant Biology, Agricultural Economics and Environmental Biotechnology, Protein Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry. You will also cover subject areas such as Computer Skills, Mathematics for Science Students, Quantitative Techniques, and Clinical Trials.

We offer you an environment that combines theory, research and practical application. We have excellent facilities such as computer and science labs and quality lecture rooms. Our curriculum is relevant, current and industry led. We ensure that you graduate with essential work skills such as analytical thinking, meeting deadlines, problem solving, collaborating in teams and communication.

More information:

Entry requirements
You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with bachelor's degree endorsement.


A National Certificate (Vocational) level 4 issued by the Council of General and Further Education and Training with a Bachelor’s degree endorsement.


A letter or certificate confirming an exemption from Universities South Africa (USAf) for any other school-leaving results.


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


Completion of a relevant Foundation Programme along with a letter or certificate of exemption from Universities South Africa (USAf)


Completion of a relevant Higher Certificate.


• A minimum of 50% for Grade 12 or equivalent English Language.
• A minimum of 50% for Grade 12 or equivalent Mathematics.
• A minimum of 50% for Grade 12 or equivalent Biology/Life Sciences. (Applicable in 2024: Biology/Life Sciences and Physical Science)
• 32 Eduvos points or more.

The points attained for the best two of the subjects of Biology/Life Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Science must be doubled. A student with less than 50% in Grade 12 or equivalent Mathematics, but greater than or equal to 40%, is required to enrol for and complete Mathematics for Degree Studies B (Science) before attempting Mathematics for Science Students.
From R95 400 per year (based on full settlement payment option) - excluding hardware/software requirements. Please consult the fee structure for additional information.
Programme accreditation
• Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
• Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Possible career options
Be part of the scientific discoveries ahead.

The careers for you, as a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management graduate, are varied and include:
• Academia
• Plant, agricultural and waste management
• Management
• Research
• Scientific Communications
• Clinical Research Associates
• Clinical Trial Management
• Technical positions in laboratories and Production
• Technical positions in the food industry
• Technical sales
• Entrepreneurship
This qualification is offered at the following campuses



International students

International students are welcome to apply for this programme.

For international student requirements please kindly check International Students Admissions

Calling all students from Angola, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Qualification structure
Year 1
Year 1
Students are introduced to the basic principles of biomedicine and science.
• Applied Chemistry
• Animal and Plant Biology
• Bioentrepreneurship
• Computer Skills
• Introduction to Chemistry
• Mathematics for Science Students
• Medical Bioethics and Communication
• Physics for Science Students
• Principles of Biology
• Laboratory Management
• Quantitative Techniques (Biology)
• Science Skill
Year 2
Students will develop an intermediate level of knowledge in the following fields:
• Agricultural Economics
• Ethnobotany
• Exploration of Industry
• Food and Water Microbiology
• Food Technology
• Introduction to Microbiology
• Introduction to Molecular Biology
• Medical Microbiology and Immunology
• Plant Physiology
• Plant Propagation
• Biopharmaceutical Sales and Marketing
Year 3
On completion of this level, the students will have acquired a rounded
knowledge in the following fields:
• Agricultural Biotechnology
• Clinical Trials and Good Manufacturing Practice
• Criminalistics
• Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
• Medical Biotechnology
• Analytical Chemistry
Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics
• Operations Management for Bioscience
• Work Integrated Learning (WIL