• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
Studying science opens doors to exciting careers in fields like medical research, chemistry, computer science, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and environmental sciences. The Bachelor of Science is offered at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
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The broad areas of study in Science:Biological SciencesBiology involves the study of living organisms, from understanding genes to managing ecosystems. This includes the biochemistry of molecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins; the physiological functions of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; the influ- ence of evolutionary relationships on biological problems; and aquatic and terrestrial ecology.Biological Sciences fall into two main streams: the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Molecular and Cell Biology.Earth SciencesEarth Sciences study the earth’s processes, atmosphere, and organisms. Specialist fields include the exploration for, and mining of, minerals; weather and earthquake prediction; the evolution of species; and the state of our natural environment and how to best manage it.Earth Sciences courses are taught through the Schools of Geosciences and Geography, Archaeology, and Environmental Studies.Mathematical Sciences

Wits has three ‘Mathematical Sciences’ schools, including the School of Mathematics, the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Career Opportunities

The BSc degree offered at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is primarily a stepping stone to further study. An additional year of study could lead to a teaching qualification or a more specialised Honours qualification. Because the Faculty actively encourages research, many students go on to study for Master of Science and Doctoral degrees. Career opportunities for Science graduates are many and varied.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

 course structure

The BSc programme is based on a credit system. Each course carries a number of credits, defined by Level and duration. You need to complete a minimum number of science courses to have two major courses at third year Level, one of which must be in the Faculty of Science.

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

Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5116 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5116 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2558 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2558 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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