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Honours Application Guidelines

BSc (Hons) Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology - Application Procedure

1. Prepare a letter of application in which you state your reasons for applying for enrolment in the BSc (Hons) course in Molecular and Cell Biology. Prepare your Curriculum Vitae and obtain a current academic transcript.

2. Mail (or hand deliver) your application letter, CV and copy of academic transcript to:
The MCB Admin. Suite,  
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology,
University of Cape Town,
Private Bag,
Rondebosch, 7701.  

Mark the envelope clearly with "2019 Honours application". If you are sending your application via email, please send to: and include the Subject line: 2019 Honours application.

The deadline for applications is 30 September.  We accept applications once you have received your 3rd year, first semester results.

3. If your application meets the entrance requirements of the department (including a course average of 65% on Biochemistry, Genetics or Microbiology courses), you will be sent a letter informing you of your provisional acceptance into the honours course. We will assess all the applicants again once we have received your final 3rd year results. Once you have been offered a place, you will then be required to either accept the offer of a position or turn the offer down in writing (to the department).

4. If you accept the place offered to you, you must download and complete the UCT Application forms from the university website:

5. Submit your completed application forms and academic transcripts to the Admissions Office: 
By email:
Snail mail: The Admissions Office, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 
In person: Admissions Office, Third floor, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, UCT.

6. Bursaries and scholarships:
Postgraduate Funding Office - 
The National Research Foundation -

7. Final decisions will be made regarding acceptance of applicants by early January.

Please direct enquiries concerning the honours course to:

Assoc/Prof. Vernon Coyne
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, 
University of Cape Town, 
Private Bag, 
Rondebosch, 7701 
Fax: 021 650 1861; Tel: 021 650 5070