Welcome to the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. The department has two programme streams, namely Biotechnology and Food Science. We welcome you to apply for undergraduate degrees, honours, masters and PhD qualifications in both streams. Biotechnology is the application of living organisms or the individual cellular components of these organisms for commercial purposes or environmental control. A person working in the field of biotechnology will have to have a working knowledge of such disciplines as microbiology, biochemistry, bioprocess engineering, genetics, molecular biology and mathematics. Food Science is driven by the development of theoretical knowledge base as well as the business needs of the food industry.  Programmes involve a flexible model where the course content would continuously evolve with the rapid changes occurring within the field of Food Science without compromising on the basis tools in the area. Food Technologists work predominantly in a laboratory or industrial environment and may be employed as quality inspectors, laboratory analysts, researchers, product development technologists, packaging technologists, auditors of food factories and suppliers. Both fields have much to offer to students and you will have opportunities to further your studies by conducting research in our vibrant and active research areas. Applications for undergraduate degrees may be done via the CAO. To apply for all other qualifications, please contact the department.

About Us

VISION

Li√e Science

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Transforming everyday lives through academic excellence, research and innovation in Biotechnology and Food Science.

 

VALUES

Integrity: Our behaviour is guided by sound moral and ethical principles.

Accountability: We take full responsibility for what we do, and what we don’t do.

Respect: We treat all people with dignity.

Excellence: we are constantly seeking ways to improve service delivery

Staff
Courses

Programmes offered by the department

 

  • BAppSc (Biotechnology)

The degree prepares students with focused knowledge, practical skills, attitudes and values necessary for the technological application of biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use in the biotechnology workplace whilst contributing to environmental sustainability. Graduates may seek employment in industrial and research laboratories such as drug and pharmaceutical research, public funded laboratories, chemicals, environmental control, water and waste management, energy, food processing and bioprocessing industries.

 

Employment Opportunities

Biotechnologists or microbiologists work in the following industries or research labs: food and beverage, agriculture, medical and veterinary, forensic, pharmaceutical and water and waste management. Opportunities exist for graduates to pursue further educational qualifications.

 

Entry requirements (Link to attached career leaflet)

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  • BAppSc (Food Science and Technology)

The purpose of the programme is to focus on generation of knowledge and expertise in the emerging areas of science and technology by developing state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to produce quality manpower needed within the field of food science for societal and industrial benefit. The Food Science and Technology program is driven by the development of theoretical knowledge base as well as the business needs of the biotechnology sector. It involves a flexible model where the course content would continuously evolve with the rapid changes occurring within the field of Food Science without compromising on the basic tools in the area.

 

Employment Opportunities

Food Technologists/Scientists work predominantly in a laboratory or industrial environment and may be employed as quality inspectors, laboratory analysts, researchers, product development technologists, packaging technologists, auditors of food factories and suppliers. Food Technologists/Scientists may eventually specialize in one of the following areas: quality assurance or control; product re-search and development, production management and quality management.

 

Entry requirements (Link to attached career leaflet)

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  • Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology

The Advanced Diploma is suitable for continuing specialist development through the inculcation of a deep and systematic understanding of current thinking, practice, theory and methodology in an area of Biotechnology. This course prepares students with in depth knowledge, practical skills, attitudes and values necessary for the technological application of biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use in the biotechnology workplace whilst contributing to environmental sustainability.  This qualification is designed to prepare students for postgraduate study through the deepening of their knowledge and understanding of theories, methodologies and practices in the Biotechnology field, as well as the development of their ability to formulate, undertake and resolve more complex theoretical and practice-related problems and tasks through the selection and use of appropriate methods and techniques.

 

Entry requirements (Link to attached career leaflet)

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  • Advanced Diploma in Food Science

The Advanced Diploma in Food Science offers an intensive, focused and applied specialisation which meets the requirements of the Food Science Industry. The qualification will ensure specialist development through the inculcation of a deep and systematic understanding of current thinking, practice, theory and methodology in Food Science. The qualification will also prepare students for postgraduate study through the deepening of their knowledge and understanding of theories, methodologies and practices in Food Science. Students will develop their ability to formulate, undertake and resolve complex theoretical and practice-related problems and tasks through the selection and use of appropriate methods and techniques. All of which will provide the student with the requisite knowledge base and skills to engage with the Food Science Industry.

 

Entry requirements (Link to attached career leaflet)

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  • BAppSc (Hons) Biotechnology

The proposed Honour’s program in Biotechnology is aimed at highly motivated undergraduates. It is designed to build upon the students existing theoretical knowledge base, deepen the understanding of the field of biotechnology, enhance the application of advanced theoretical principles towards contextualised situations, furthermore it will allow for the student to engage in research-based postgraduate study. The Honour’s Degree in Biotechnology involves specialization in Biotechnology courses, and a research project. The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Applied Science Honours in Biotechnology is to enable an applied specialisation within the Biotechnology field of study. The qualification serves to consolidate and deepen the student’s engagement and application of theoretical knowledge. Intellectual independence will be developed and supported. This will be achieved through advanced reflection and systematic survey of current thinking, practice and research. This higher degree path is especially attractive to students who plan to pursue a career as an industrial or academic leader.

 

Entry requirements (Link to attached career leaflet)

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  • BAppSc(Hons) Food Science

The proposed Honours degree in Food Science is focused on developing graduates with a strong level of conceptual knowledge, practical skills, attitudes and values necessary for the scientific application of food and water contamination, food safety and quality control – issues that significantly affect society and the economy as well as product development.  The degree is designed primarily for students who wish to undertake a strong research-intensive programme of postgraduate study in food science. This higher degree path is especially attractive to students who plan to pursue an industrial or academic career.

 

Entry requirements (Link to attached career leaflet)

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  •  Masters of Applied Science in Biotechnology

Students achieving this qualification will be able to conduct scientific research under minimal guidance in a chosen field, and to contribute to knowledge production in that field. The research problem, its justification, process and outcome are reported in a dissertation that complies with the generally accepted norms for research at this level.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to Rule G7 and G24 (refer to Departmental Handbook), an applicant must have a BAppScHons (Biotechnology) (or equivalent) qualification at an NQF 8 level.

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  • Masters of Applied Science in Food Science and Technology

Students achieving this qualification will be able to conduct scientific research under minimal guidance in a chosen field, and to contribute to knowledge production in that field. The research problem, its justification, process and outcome are reported in a dissertation which complies with the generally-accepted norms for research at this level. BT: Biotechnology (or equivalent).

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to Rule G7 and G24 (refer to Departmental Handbook), an applicant must have a BAppScHons (Food Science) (or equivalent) qualification at an NQF 8 level.

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  • PhD in Biotechnology

Persons achieving this qualification will be competent scientific researchers who can work independently in developing and applying knowledge and skills to make an original contribution to the global knowledge or technology in the particular field chosen for study.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to Rule G7 and G24 (refer to Departmental Handbook), an applicant must have a MAppSc (Biotechnology) (or equivalent) qualification at an NQF 9 level.

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  • Doctor of Food Science and Technology

Persons achieving this qualification will be competent scientific researchers who can work independently in developing and applying knowledge and skills to make an original contribution to the global knowledge or technology in the particular field chosen for study.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to Rule G7 and G24 (refer to Departmental Handbook), an applicant must have a MAppSc (Food Science and Technology) (or equivalent) qualification at an NQF 9 level.

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Handbook Bio and Food Science

 

Handbook Bio and Food Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research

 


Contact Information

SwalahaHead of Department: Prof Feroz Mahomed Swalaha
Tel: 031 373 2689
Email: fswalaha@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

 

 

PhillipsSecretary: Mrs P Phillips
Tel: 031 373 5321
Email: phillipp@dut.ac.za
Location: S9 Level 1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus