UFS Department of Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology
UFS Department of Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology – Check below:
The Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology is responsible for undergraduate teaching and post-graduate training in three disciplines, namely Biochemistry, Microbiology and Food Science. Research conducted in the Department finds application in three main areas: (i) production of safe and novel food products, (ii) biocatalytic production of chemicals or bioremediation of chemical pollution, and (iii) improvement of human and animal health. Undergraduate teaching and particularly postgraduate training in the three research areas equip students for employment in the plant, animal or human health sectors or in the food, chemical or mining industries. More specifically, in diagnosing diseases, developing drugs/treatments or vaccines, monitoring food quality, bioremediation of polluted environments or production of products such as enzymes, vaccines, antibiotics or fermented foods and beverages. Depending on the level of their qualification, graduates will work as salespeople, research assistants, independent researchers or eventually managers of laboratories or companies.
Bachelor of Science majoring in:
- Biochemistry or Microbiology and one of the following:
- Food Science
- Biochemistry and Physiology
- Food Science and Chemistry
Bachelor of Science Honours majoring in:
Admission requirements for an Honours Degree:
- At least 64 credits in Biochemistry / Food Science / Microbiology at third year (NQF7) level. An average of 65% in undergraduate Biochemistry / Food Science / Microbiology modules.
Note that both a departmental application for selection (Honours studies) and a UFS online application are required.
Applications close: 30 September
Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy majoring in:
- Food Science
- Microbial Biotechnology
Note that both a departmental application for selection (postgraduate MSc or PhD) and a UFS online application are required.
Programme Director (Biochemistry)
Dr Frans O’Neill
T +27 51 401 7553
Programme Director (Microbiology)
Prof Koos Albertyn
T +27 51 401 2223
Prof Trudi O’Neill
T +27 51 401 2122
Academic Head of Department
Prof Martie Smit
T +27 51 401 2396