Department of Biochemistry Microbiology and Biotechnology






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Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Biotechnology

The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Biotechnology at the University of Limpopo is delighted to welcome you to our exciting programme, which will provide you with access to the national and international life sciences communities and industries. Graduates of our Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Biotechnology programmes work in nearly every possible life sciences industry, with a wide range of employment opportunities. It includes human health care, diagnostics, agriculture sectors, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and medicinal product manufacturing, industrial microbiology and biotechnology, public health, forensic sciences, and environmental sectors such as water treatment and purification, as well as government. We look forward to providing you with a very strong foundation and all the tools required to prepare you for the Life Sciences degree expectations in response to the university vision and the national framework of our country, whether you are just starting, thinking about starting, or are already continuing your educational journey with us.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have faced a variety of public health challenges and devised strategies to adapt our curriculum offerings to an ever-changing situation, as well as to find opportunities for growth amid the many changes without compromising on the quality of our offerings. Although the upcoming academic year still holds some uncertainty for us in light of the ongoing pandemic, we collaborate with industries, stakeholders, and universities across the country and have established collaborations with international communities to ensure that the academic offering provided to you is of high quality and will prepare you to face future challenges with confidence.



To be a leading Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology in pursuit of academic excellence, innovation and competitiveness in advancing Indigenous Knowledge and relevant niche areas.


  • Provide and generate comprehensive and relevant competency and research in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology.
  • Produce market-relevant and competent graduates who can contribute socially and economically to the development of Africa.
  • Strive to respond to the needs of our communities through innovative research.

Core Values

The values underpinning BMBT within the broad and overarching framework provided by the African life ethos of Ubuntu are:

  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Integrity and ethics
  • Academic freedom
  • Excellence and professionalism
  • Responsive to our Communities

Contact Details

Prof. TM Matsebatlela
Head of Department
B.Sc, M.Sc (Univ. Limpopo); PhD (Clemson University, USA)
Tel: +27 15 268 2337
Fax: +27 15 268 2337

Ms Sinah Rakoto
Tel: +2715 268 2429