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Genetics and Developmental Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
This is the era of the gene. You can sequence it, research how it functions, study how it makes an animal, plant, bacterium or virus, how it evolves and how it can make cells cancerous. What’s more, with the help of modern tools, you can now quickly and precisely edit a plant or animal genome.Genetics and Developmental Biology course is offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
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See how genes are transforming biology, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, and medicine on Genetics and Developmental Biology offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Due to recent discoveries in genetics, the biotech field is about to undergo an explosion similar to that of the IT field in the 1980s, and you can be part of this by joining MCB Genetics.

Our courses include: Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes, Molecular Genetics of Prokaryotes, Chromosomes and Gene Maps, and Advanced Animal Developmental Biology.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Genetic Counselling
  • Healthcare Scientist (Immunology)
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Plant and Animal Breeding
  • Research Scientist (Life Sciences and Medical)
  • Scientific and Medical Research

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology : Scientific Practice
  • Molecular and Cell Biology : Concepts
  • Basic Statistics for the Natural Sciences 
  • AND/OR
  • Molecular and Cell Biology IIC: Applications for double-MCB major students
  • AND/OR
  • Any other Level II major depending on other course set

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

  • 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

    2548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2548 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3490 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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