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Application Guidelines

Honours applications

Submit a formal online application

The deadline for applications is 30 September.  

Please note that offers may only be confirmed in early January. Please direct enquiries concerning the honours course to:
Dr Thomas Oelgeschläger, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 
Fax: 021 650 1861; Tel: 021 650 4115; Email: thomas.oelgeschlager@uct.ac.za

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. We will assess all the applicants again when 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).


Masters and doctoral applications

Students interested in pursuing Postgraduate studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology should do the following:

Identify whom you would like to have as a supervisor of your postgraduate studies by looking up the individual research profiles of each of our academic staff members or visiting the MCB research page.. Staff members will often advertise potential graduate research projects on their web sites.

Email the academic concerned with a copy of your CV and academic record, and names of three referees. Express an interest in their research area, and ask the academic if they would be prepared to offer you a graduate research project.

Once supported by the host department, submit a formal online application.

In addition to meeting the minimum entrance requirements, the following information will need to be provided:

  • a curriculum vitae which includes personal details, academic history and work experience; 
  • an official transcript of university results (non-UCT students only); 
  • in the case of an application for the PhD, a summary of the Master’s research undertaken with and any publications which have arisen from this; 
  • names and contact details (including e-mail addresses) of two referees who are familiar the candidate’s recent academic studies; 
  • a brief outline of the area of interest for research; 
  • the names of UCT staff members who may have agreed to serve as supervisor/s for the research; 
  • proof of English language proficiency, where English is not the applicant’s home language. 

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