What does the IWBT offer to postgraduate students?
The IWBT's postgraduate programmes in Grapevine and Wine biotechnology are unique to Stellenbosch University in South Africa and can be followed to obtain the following degrees HonsBSc; MSc; PhD.778 HonsBSc in Wine biotechnology
Allocation of marks. A system of continuous evaluation is used to evaluate the students’ knowledge and level of proficiency. An examination will be written on completion of each module. Students must obtain a minimum of 50% for each examination, failing which a supplementary exam must be written. All modules must be passed, as well as a final mark of 50% achieved to pass the honours course. A final mark of 75% or higher serves for a distinction (cum laude)
878 MSc (Grapevine and Wine Biotechnology)
978 PhD (Grapevine and Wine biotechnology)
The IWBT has a well-established research programme that focuses on cellular and molecular biology and biotechnology of grapevine, wine yeasts and bacteria. The multidisciplinary nature of this research programme results in close co-operation with several departments at Stellenbosch University, as well as with other role players within and beyond the country's borders. All research projects of postgraduate students fall within this programme. More information on the research programme and different focus areas is available on the IWBT's webpage (www.sun.ac.za/research).
The IWBT promotes the development of our students, and therefore continually creates training and development opportunities for them. The focus of these actions is to enhance the development of our students to encourage personal growth, as well as academic excellence.
The following short courses may be offered to the IWBT's postgraduate students on an ad hoc basis with the aim to equip them with core competencies to prepare them for the research field:
Financial support from the IWBT
The IWBT may, at its discretion and subject to sufficient funding being available, award the following financial support to full-time registered students, if they have not been awarded any other external bursaries (The amounts indicated below were awarded in 2012 and should only be regarded as guidelines).
Bursaries are awarded in terms of the regulations of Stellenbosch University. In exceptional cases the IWBT retains the right to make adjustments to bursary supplementations depending on the total value of the bursaries awarded, as well as the performance of the student.
Other postgraduate bursaries (from Stellenbosch University)
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for competitive bursaries (e.g. NRF Free-standing Innovation, scarce skills Bursary; NRF Equity Bursary, US Postgraduate Merit Bursary, etc.) through the Office for Postgraduate Bursaries at:
Enquiries to the Institute for Wine Biotechnology
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