ND: Biotechnology

ND: Biotechnology

BIOTECHNOLOGY (No new intake for 2024. Returning students only)

Course Information and Fees

ND: (National Diploma)

Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly expanding sciences internationally. Learners achieving this qualification will be competent in the theoretical, applied and general skills across a variety of scientific and technology disciplines. During the first and second semester students acquire broad insights into the microbiological and biochemical underpinnings of biotechnology. During the third and fourth semester teaching and training focuses on in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in microbial biochemistry, molecular biology, fermentation technology and bioprocessing fields. Graduates may apply for registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as Certificated Natural Scientists. Training takes place in modern, well-equipped, on-campus laboratories with motivated and well-qualified staff having a wealth of industrial and teaching experience. This facilitates the training of research-orientated graduates for a role in the development, production and analysis of biotechnology-important products in the bioprocessing/biomanufacturing industries.


Career Opportunities
An increased demand for a highly-skilled workforce is foreseen to be the driving force behind the availability of excellent job opportunities, for both men and women in the field of Biotechnology. Biotechnologists are employed across a number of sectors, including: research, research support services, business, communication and education, government and regulatory bodies. Some of the examples of employment opportunities for graduates are: bioprocessing/biomanufacturing industry, food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical industry, pulp and paper industry, wastewater treatment plants, agriculture and forestry, research institutions, academic institutions, research councils and government departments.


Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

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General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including 10 months of experiential learning
Course is offered on District Six Campus.


For any queries get in touch with:
Contact: Dr Richard Mundembe
Telephone: +27 21 460 3175
Fax: +27 21 460 3193
Email: mundember@cput.ac.za
Contact: Virginia Jackson
Telephone: +27 21 460 3176
Fax: +27 21 460 3217
Email: jacksonv@cput.ac.za

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