The Department of Life Sciences welcomes all new and returning students and staff for the 2020/2021 academic year. We are happy that you have decided to join us.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes have been made to the delivery of courses in the Department. All lectures will be held online, as well as some labs and tutorials. However, there are instances where it has been determined that face to face contact is required and in these cases students will need to be on campus. Respective Course Coordinators/Lecturers will provide updates on these on OurVLE or during the first class.

To facilitate any physical visits, the department has implemented several protocols to protect the health of visitors, staff and students. Requirements for entry to any Block include the wearing of face masks/coverings, temperature checks and the sanitizing of hands. Automatic hand sanitizers have been installed in all Blocks.

As we begin this new academic year, please continue to keep safe and well.

DLS Honour Society
The Life Sciences Honours Society (LSHS) seeks to recognize outstanding performance in the discipline and was created as a way of encouraging students of the Life Sciences to aim higher and achieve more. Read more.

Programme Updates for 2020/2021
The following courses will not be offered for the academic year 2020/2021: BOTN3402 Plant Breeding; ZOOL3407 Human Biology and ZOOL3409 Aquaculture.

Revised Requirements
Revisions have been made to the requirements for the BSc Environmental Biology, Horticulture Major and Marine Biology Major to offer more electives to allow students greater flexibility in satisfying degree requirements.

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Postgraduate Offerings

Our Mission

The Department of Life Sciences seeks to realize the University's mission by making available, through excellence in teaching, research and outreach, high quality education and training for students of biology such that they are prepared to function as biologists in the regional and global arena.


The department aims to:

  • provide a range of advanced courses in the disciplines it embraces to students with a good general education.
  • provide coherent and rigorous programmes of study which extend over three or four years depending upon qualifications at entry.
  • expose students to recent developments in both theoretical and practical aspects of the disciplines.
  • train students in the use of scientific thinking and methodology as an effective approach to interacting with, understanding and affecting the biosphere.
  • use a variety of teaching and learning methodologies in the process of delivering its programmes of study.
  • employ a range of assessment methods and techniques, to enable students to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and their capacity for independent thought.
  • give guidance to students during and on the learning process as well as on the approach to the various disciplines themselves.