• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Entomologists collaborate closely with agriculturalists, economists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, plant scientists and veterinarians, among others, to document, understand, conserve and manage animal life.An honours degree is the minimum requirement for accreditation as a practising natural scientist and for working as an environmental consultant in South Africa. The Department offers honours, master’s and PhD degree programmes in Zoology and Entomology.

The Ecology programme is offered at University of Pretoria .

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to a range of exciting career prospects. They could be employed at nature conservancies, environmental consultancies and conservation planning agencies, medical and veterinary research institutions, in the biochemical and biotechnology industries, at educational institutions, in IT-related fields and in the corporate sector. 

Career opportunities include all the activities potentially involved in modern research, development and training, and natural resources policy formulation. These usually include a stimulating combination of analytical work, laboratory or fieldwork, and human resources management. Graduates find work in environmentally-based statutory and private conservation organisations, organisations involved in the direct or indirect use of natural resources, environmental consultancies, environmental education initiatives and academic and training institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Application period starts on the 1st of May and ends on 31st of August

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    428 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biometry 
  • Plant biology 
  • General chemistry
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Physics for biology students 
  • Mathematics 
  • Animal diversity 

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 from countries other than South Africa must meet various admission requirements of which the most important ones are: the academic admission requirements and the equivalent certificate called the Exemption Certificate issued by the organisation: Universities South Africa (USAf).  
  •  School Qualification Certificate from the country of origin
  • Subjects passed on an exit-level

  • Certificate of Complete Exemption or Foreign Conditional Exemption obtainable from Universities South Africa (USAf)
  •  National Benchmark Test (NBT), if requested by the relevant faculty and/or South African Scholastic Aptitude Test
  •   (SAT) results, if requested by the relevant faculty

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3340 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3340 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1670 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • SADC countries: $1 670-3 179
  • Non-SADC countries:$ 3 340-6 358

Living costs for Pretoria

  • 8592 - 10310 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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