VUT Biotechnology



VUT Biotechnology, the Department of Biotechnology has decisively outlined its vision for becoming a strong and dynamic department, where studies are based on sturdy scientific research at an international level. The department aims to be a partner to industry, business, NGOs and the society.



Our vision is as follows: A department that leads in teaching, innovative applied research and technology application.



Our mission is as follows: The Department is committed to the enhancement of its vision through:

Teaching, Research and Development, and Community Engagement.



The following programmes are offered:

National Diploma, BTech, MTech and PhD.

Biotechnology

Department: Biotechnology

Diploma: Biotechnology

3 Year course

B Tech: Biotechnology

M Tech: Biotechnology

PhD Biotechnology

1. Admission Requirements:

SubjectsDip: Biotechnology
NSC endorsementEligibility for Diploma
Compulsory subjects
English
Mathematics
Physical Science
Life Science
4
4
4
4
Notes 

3=40-49%
4=50-59%
5=60-69%
6=70-79%
7=80-89%
8=90-99%
Life OrientationMax 3
Any other 2 subjects7
Total26

2. Curriculum

Semester 1: Microbiology I, Chemistry I, Biodiversity and Ecology, Calculations & Statistics I, English Development, Communication Skills 1 (Model 1)
Semester 2: Microbiology II, Biochemistry II, Analytical Chemistry:  Biological II, Disease & Immune Response III, Basic Computer Skills, English Development (Module 1), Communication Skills 1 (Module 2).
Semester 3: Microbiology:  Biological III, Introductory Genetics II, Microbial Biochemistry III, Fermentation Technology II, Communication Skills (Module 1)
 Semester 4: Food Microbiology III, Analytical Biochemistry III, Quality Assurance 1 (Biological), Bioprocessing III, Entrepreneurship, Communication Skills 2 (Module 2)
Semester 5: Biotechnology Laboratory Practice I
Semester 6: Biotechnology Laboratory Practice II

BTech: 60% average for core Diploma subjects



Masters: 60% for BTech/Hons

PhD: Masters in any Biotechnology-related field

3. What are the functions of a Microbiologist/Biotechnologist?

Quality control in enterprises such as the following:  water purification plants, food processing factories, dairies, pharmaceutical factories, sewerage plants, etc.  Liaise with chemical engineers and technicians in the fermentation and biotechnology industries.

4. Career opportunities

A career as a microbiologist/biotechnologist offers challenging and exciting opportunities in a variety of institutions.  There is a demand for trained microbiologists/biotechnologists.  Job designations may vary from laboratory assistant at the entry level to laboratory technician at the middle level and eventually laboratory manager at the top level.

5. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Head: Department of BiotechnologyTel: (016) 950-9648;  Fax: (016) 950-9794
Faculty of Applied and Computer SciencesE-mail: madeleine@vut.ac.za
Vaal University of Technologywebsite: www.vut.ac.za
Private Bag X021
VANDERBIJLPARK 1900