University Of Cape Town Biological Sciences

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University Of Cape Town Biological Sciences

University Of Cape Town Biological Sciences

UCT’s Department of Biological Sciences was formed in 2013 by merging the longstanding Departments of Botany and Zoology. The department has a large academic staff, a large group of research fellows, and a vibrant group of postdoctoral and doctoral students. This division includes the Food Collection, the Fitzpatrick African Institute for Ornithology (DST-NRF’s Center of Excellence), and two formal URC research units, the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) and the African Community and Wildlife Research. (wild) is home to?  the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine Antarctic Research and the Center for Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS). The main research areas span marine biology, conservation biology, biodiversity, ecology, evolutionary biology, ornithology, paleontology, physiology, and systematics.

Bachelor of Biological Sciences Programmes at UCT

The following degrees are available in Biological Sciences. Please consult the webpage and the faculty handbooks available on the website for more detailed descriptions, admission requirements, and fee information.

Three Year Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology
Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution
Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

Postgraduate Degrees
Biological Sciences Honours
Marine Biology Honours

Research groups
  • Animal Demography Unit (ADU)
  • Animal Evolution & Systematics Group (AES)
  • Biogeography/ ecology and economics of marine and freshwater algae
  • Bolus Herbarium (BOL)
  • Bryophyte Evolution and Ecology
  • Ecophysiology of plant responses to pollution and global change and plant nutrition
  • Entomology Research Group
  • Invertebrate Bioactive Compounds Research Group
  • Marine Biology Researchers are closely associated with the Ma-Re Institute, an inter-departmental/inter-faculty unit whose principal focus is marine research that underpins teaching, training, capacity development, and consultancy activities
  • Palaeobiology Research Group
  • FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (PFIAO) – a DST/NRF Centre of Excellence
  • Plant Conservation Unit (PCU)
  • Plant molecular systematics, angiosperm biosystematics
  • Plant Population, community, and reproductive ecology
  • Systematics, floristics, biogeography, and evolutionary biology of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and its response to different land use practices
  • Weed Biological Control Group
  • Wood Physiology and Hydraulics

For more information visit the department’s website at


Phone +27 (0)21 650 2497
Hoerikwaggo Building (Level 1)
North Lane, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town


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