Biochemistry

Microbiology

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The Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry is responsible for undergraduate teaching and post-graduate training in two disciplines, namely Biochemistry and Microbiology. Research conducted in the Department finds application in four main areas: (i) production of safe and novel food products, (ii) biocatalytic production of chemicals or bioremediation of chemical pollution, (iii) improvement of human and animal health, and (iv) Pathogenic yeasts (SARChI Chair).
Undergraduate teaching and particularly postgraduate training in the four research areas equip students for employment in the plant, animal or human health sectors or in the food, chemical or mining industries. Depending on the level of their qualification, graduates will work as salespeople, analysts, technicians, researchers, academics, and entrepreneurs in research and development for the production and analysis of vaccines and drugs, as well as diagnostic tests for use in human, animal, and plant health, whether in industry, academia, or research institutes. Laboratory and production assistants and managers working in quality and pollution control in the food, medical, and chemical sectors (e.g. breweries, meat, dairy, and grain industries, vaccine, drug, chemicals and paper manufacturing, as well as water purification).

Undergraduate studies

Bachelor of Science majoring in:
  • Biochemistry or Microbiology and one of the following:
    • Biochemistry
    • Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Entomology
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics
    • Zoology
  • Biochemistry and Physiology

Postgraduate Studies

Bachelor of Science Honours majoring in:
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
Admission requirements for a 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: 31 August

Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy majoring in:
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Microbiology

Note that both a departmental application for selection (postgraduate MSc or PhD) and a UFS online application are required.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Please contact the relevant Research group of interest to enquire about possible positions.


Academic Head of Department

Prof Martie Smit
+27 51 401 2396
SmitMS@ufs.ac.za 

Programme Director (Biochemistry)

Dr Frans O'Neill
+27 51 401 7553
OneillFH@ufs.ac.za

Programme Director (Microbiology)

Prof Koos Albertyn
+27 51 401 2223
AlbertynJ@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate Enquiries

Prof Trudi O'Neill
+27 51 401 2122
OneillHG@ufs.ac.za



BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:vdberge@ufs.ac.za

QWAQWA CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284
E:naturalscienceqq@ufs.ac.za

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