The central purpose of the National Diploma in Biochemistry is to develop graduates who can demonstrate focused knowledge and skills in Biochemistry. The programme therefore focuses centrally on equipping students with an in-depth and specialised knowledge of the general principles and practical skills applicable to the Biochemistry industry. As part of the diploma study, and in collaboration with the relevant workplace institutions/bodies/organisations, students are also exposed to the relevant world of work in order to gain experience in applying the acquired knowledge and practical skills in the workplace context. The tuition and workplace experience enable successful students to access a number of career and employment opportunities relating to analytical their specialization.

Exit level outcomes

Students should be able to:

  • Identify, evaluate and solve both routine and unfamiliar problems using correct procedures/methods/techniques.
  • Work effectively with others in a team.
  • Manage well-defined and new learning activities within a structured learning environment.
  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate information, theories and ideas associated with analytical chemistry/biotechnology/food technology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and main areas of analytical chemistry/biotechnology/food technology and how the respective discipline/field relates to other areas or systems.
  • Monitor their own performance and assess it against given criteria.
  • Present and communicate information effectively and meaningfully using scientific and academic/professional discourse conventions and formats.
  • Show responsibility towards the environment and health of others by using science and technology in accordance with recognised professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

Assessment criteria

A student requires a semester mark of 40% to gain entrance to the final assessment opportunity. The semester and final assessment mark weight is 50:50. A student needs a final mark of 50% to pass a module. The semester mark also contributes towards the result of a supplementary assessment. The final result of a supplementary assessment is capped on 50%.

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated August 7, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
4 years
5,000 USD
Tuition estimate per year | Accommodation estimate: USD 2500 per year
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