Doctorate In Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology offers postgraduate opportunities for the completion of a PhD or Doctorate in Biotechnology. The degree is ranked as the highest academic qualification in this field. The PhD in Biotechnology offers advanced training appropriate for careers in academia, government or industry in the field of biotechnology. Postgraduate students who wish to complete this degree must show the utmost dedication and commitment to a specific field in Biotechnology. The curriculum consists of a research project by thesis providing students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge through independent research in a selected branch in Biotechnology.   This will enable graduates to be competent in handling basic and applied research in their chosen specialities. This is a 3-year degree.

Build Your Future In Biotechnology

  • International Focus -VUT Research’s degrees and academic programmes are internationally recognised
  • Focus On Biological Processes -the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products
  • Facilities -At VUT Research we have world-class research facilities and resource access.

Biotechnology Course Requirements

For consideration for admission for a Doctoral/PhD, a candidate must possess a Masters Degree in Biotechnology (by research) or a related field or other equivalent qualifications recognized by the University. In some disciplines, further research training or the completion of a preliminary coursework program in research preparation may be required.

Our Doctorate in Biotechnology offers students a unique opportunity to follow a specific interest in biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, and to focus on this for several years, allowing the students to make an important contribution to the development of new knowledge in society.

A Doctorate in Biotechnology is the highest possible level of qualification in the Biotechnology field and is a powerful acknowledgement of the student’s hard work, discipline, and knowledge of the subject. Achieving this degree is a great achievement and sets a biotechnologist in good stead in their future endevours.

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Career Opportunities

A career as a biotechnologist holds many challenging and exciting opportunities for graduates, and there is a demand for trained professionals in this field. The functions of a biotechnologist or microbiologist include quality control in areas such as water purifications plants, food processing factories, dairies and pharmaceutical factories. Students who have completed a Doctorate in Biotechnology stand themselves in good stead to advance to high-level positions such as Senior Researchers, Scientist, Senior Scientist, Research Director and in Academics. There are also research opportunities available at both industry and research institutions.

Doctorate In Biotechnology