Postgrad Degree in Zoology – Discover how animals influence our lives

Imagine the world without animals. In our day-to-day lives they surround us. From being a food source, a pet companion, to assisting as part of our labour force. Animals form an integral part of our ecosystem, and it is of importance that we learn and understand the animals (and plants) that share the planet with us.

Our postgraduate degrees in Zoology, within the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, explore animal variety, their interaction with each other and the environment, as well as their structure and function.
Offering diverse qualifications in the fields of Environmental Management, Aquatic Ecosystem Health, Biodiversity & Conservation Ecology, and Geography among others; the NWU strives to equip students with knowledge and life skills that will enhance their careers.

Information on Hons degrees
Students have to take elective modules that complement the compulsory modules and research project so that the total value of modules is 128 credits for the programme.

  • Bachelor of Science Honours in Environmental Sciences:
    • Aquatic Ecosystem Health
    • Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Resilience
  • Bachelor of Science:
    • Bachelors of Science Honours Botany
    • Bachelors of Science Honours Microbiology
  • Specific requirements / selection criteria / admission requirements
    Students may be admitted to the Honours qualification in Environmental Sciences given that they are in possession of a BSc degree with subjects appropriate to the chosen programme, passed at NQF level 7 with at least 60%. Selection is furthermore based on a student’s academic record and other proven appropriate prior learning, taking into account the student’s background and potential.


Information on Masters & PhD degrees
In this programme research can be conducted on any subject in Zoology, although the Unit retains the right not to accept a candidate in instances where there is not sufficient capacity.

  • Available degrees, with programme / curriculum codes
    • Master Of Science In Zoology (2DD N01 N601P)
    • Doctor Of Philosophy In Science With Zoology (2CC R18 N901P)

So, why become a postgraduate student? Well, because postgraduate studies strengthens your competitiveness in a specialised job market and it extends and deepens your knowledge and skills in an ever changing international market. You’ll have access to experts in various fields and a post graduate qualification builds confidence and credibility as a highly skilled graduate. Our excellent research facilities offers you the ability to access, make sense of, and deploy new knowledge in a complex society.

Want to know more? Fill out our simple enquiry card and get ready to start your postgraduate journey with the NWU!

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