• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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This  Biodiversity  course offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, offered by the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, provides you with the appropriate skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for a range of zoological, botanical, and ecological careers and specialisations.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • Biodiversity Planner
  • Biology Education
  • Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWA)
  • Education Officer
  • Herbaria (e.g. at Kirstenbosch)
  • Medical Research (Linked to Herbal Medicines)
  • Nature Conversation
  • Research for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Scientific Journalism
  • Private Consulting Firms
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course include: 

  • Introductory Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Auxiliary Mathematics
  • Any other Level I course
  • Recommended: Complementary Life I Sciences
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Biotic Diversity 
  • Evolution 
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Entry Requirements
APS 40+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
  • Mathematics
Level 5
  • Wait-listing
Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5102 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2551 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2551 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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