Masters in Life Sciences in Africa

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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

When studying biological & life sciences, students learn different characteristics of natural science. Depending on the area of focus, students may study the human body, plant biology, or animal science in order to help with real-world problems.

Even if you choose East Africa’s mythological, enchanting Tanzania; Senegal, land of teranga or South Africa, with its wide opportunities to soak in and serve, research in Africa will be overwhelming.

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Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

Strathmore Business School (SBS)
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The SIA program is results oriented, and is designed to build knowledge and equip participants with the practical skills required to support responsible and sustainable agricultural investments. It will also facilitate knowledge sharing as participants exchange ideas and be exposed to advanced agricultural working methods that can transform perceived challenges into opportunities for sustainable investment in our country. [+]

Masters in Life Sciences in Africa 2017. The SIA program is results oriented, and is designed to build knowledge and equip participants with the practical skills required to support responsible and sustainable agricultural investments. It will also facilitate knowledge sharing as participants exchange ideas and be exposed to advanced agricultural working methods that can transform perceived challenges into opportunities for sustainable investment in our country. Topics An introduction to agricultural investment and business models Agricultural investments opportunities and the implications for sustainable development in the country; Developing robust legal and fiscal frameworks the country’s agricultural sector; Managing conflicts: Focus on land rights and tenure security; Financial modeling and Financial management; Understanding, negotiating and renegotiating investment contracts; Managing resources and environmental impacts, including addressing climate change concerns; Strategic planning and Development of SMART Action Plans. Program Delivery Module I will be delivered through a series of highly interactive classroom sessions, facilitated by experts within the sector and highly qualified faculty. Module II will involve a 5 day intensive exploratory tour of Israel, a major exporter of fresh produce and a world leader in agricultural technologies. It will involve study tours to a variety of well-established farms in Israel and participation in key lectures in established agricultural universities. Who Should Attend This program is designed for visionary leaders in the Government and other public sector officials whose responsibilities relate to investments in agriculture and rural development, who desire to achieve sustainable growth towards increased food security and to provide opportunities for wealth... [-]

MTech in Food Technology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the MTech Food Technology is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organisational skills. [+]

The primary purpose of the MTech Food Technology is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organisational skills. A dissertation-based MTech Food Technology consists of a comprehensive study of a specialized area in the field of specialisation, reported on and submitted in the form of a dissertation at the end of the programme. The degree demands a high level of intellectual and theoretical knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of critical reasoning, formulation, analysis and evaluation of a specific problem in the field of study. Admission requirements A B Tech: Food Technology or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard. Programme structure Nature of programme:Year programme Minimum duration:1 year full-time or 2 years part-time Maximum duration:2 years full-time or 4 years part-time The curriculum consists of: A dissertation and such additional research work as may be prescribed by the Departmental Head. [-]

MTech in Biotechnology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 weeks February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the MTech Biotechnology is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organisational skills. [+]

Masters in Life Sciences in Africa 2017. The primary purpose of the MTech Biotechnology is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organisational skills. A dissertation-based MTech Biotechnology consists of a comprehensive study of a specialized area in the field of specialisation, reported on and submitted in the form of a dissertation at the end of the programme. The degree demands a high level of intellectual and theoretical knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of critical reasoning, formulation, analysis and evaluation of a specific problem in the field of study. Admission requirements A BTech: Biotechnology or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard. Programme structure Nature of programme:Year programme Minimum duration:1 year full-time or 2 years part-time Maximum duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time The curriculum consists of: A dissertation and such additional research work as may be prescribed by the Departmental Head. [-]

MPhil Aquaculture

University Of Cape Coast
Campus 1 year September 2017 Ghana Cape Coast

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme is of two years duration, comprising coursework in the first year and thesis research in the second year. [+]

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme is of two years duration, comprising coursework in the first year and thesis research in the second year. Admission Requirements : Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with a Second Class Lower Division or higher OR Bachelor's degree in Fisheries related course with a Second Class Lower Division or higher In addition, candidates must pass an oral interview Specific requirements for graduation: The course work assessment during the first year is based on assignments, reports from practical work as well as quizzes. These form 40% of the total exam mark. The End of Semester examinations constitute 60% of the total mark. A thesis research in the second year will starts after successfully completing the course work. Departmental seminar presentations are held to ascertain students’ progress and to allow faculty and other students make relevant inputs. The thesis is subjected to both external and internal review after submission by the student. If successful, an oral examination (viva) is held for the student. Upon successful defence, the department then recommends to the School of Graduate Studies to consider awarding the candidate for an award of MPhil degree in Aquaculture. Level 500 [-]

Faculty of Agriculture

Enugu State University of Science and Technology - ESUT
Campus Full time March 2018 Nigeria Enugu

The National Universities Commission (NUC), as a regulatory agency for University Education in Nigeria, has as parts of its mandate, the definition and maintenance of academic standards. [+]

Masters in Life Sciences in Africa 2017. Faculty of Agriculture Agricultural Economics and Extension Introduction The National Universities Commission (NUC), as a regulatory agency for University Education in Nigeria, has as parts of its mandate, the definition and maintenance of academic standards. The Commission has in the past organized the development of Minimum Academic Standards and subsequently, accreditation for all approved undergraduate programmes offered in Nigerian Universities. For postgraduate programmes, NUC has concluded the process of developing benchmarks and minimum academic standards as a follow up to the success recorded in the undergraduate programmes. These Benchmarks and Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for postgraduate programmes in Agricultural Sciences are to facilitate accreditation of the programmes in Nigerian Universities. The benchmarks describe the minimum requirements each University is to attain. Individual Universities may modify them provided they do not go below the minimum benchmarks. Programmes Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology Agricultural Economics Animal Science & Production Fisheries and Aquaculture Agronomy/ Crop Science/Crop Production/Plant Science Science and Technology Land and Water Management Soil Sciences, Land and water Management. Philosophy The philosophy of the postgraduate programmes in agricultural and related disciplines is to develop highly skilled manpower for the agricultural and other sectors of the economy. The programmes will equally produce competent scientists and researchers for Universities and Research Centers as well as make the public and private sectors able to compete globally and to act as change agents within the Nigerian economy. Aims and Objectives The postgraduate programmes in Agriculture are aimed at:... [-]

Specializing Master in Viticulture & Enology

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Milan Rome Piacenza Ghana Accra Cremona + 5 more

The Viticulture & Enology: innovation meets tradition program aims at addressing how vineyard and winery innovation is quickly becoming part of the Italian viticulture tradition. Italy is now the largest wine producer in the world and boasts the greatest variety in terms of cultivars. The peculiarities of Italian viticulture and opportunity to maintain a leading role in the field are today bound by the ability to introduce sustainable innovation without losing its well-known appeal... [+]

The Viticulture & Enology: innovation meets tradition program aims at addressing how vineyard and winery innovation is quickly becoming part of the Italian viticulture tradition. Italy is now the largest wine producer in the world and boasts the greatest variety in terms of cultivars. The peculiarities of Italian viticulture and opportunity to maintain a leading role in the field are today bound by the ability to introduce sustainable innovation without losing its well-known appeal. Learning objectives The main goals of the program are: - To acquire solid methodology and knowledge suitable to address innovation issues in the vineyard and winery - To achieve specific skills for new canopy management technique suitable to mitigate undesired climate-related effects, new sustainable approaches for pest and disease control, precision viticulture and enology - Develop the ability to diagnose limiting factors occurring in vineyard and winery and to produce suitable solutions - Learn to pro-actively take part in discussions dealing with viticulture and enology topics. Career opportunities & professional recognition The Master’s qualification in ‘Viticulture & Enology: innovation meets tradition’ will open up professional opportunities in the fields of viticulture and enology chain; wine marketing and distribution; restaurants; large scale retail trade and freelancing. A class that makes a difference The Master in Viticulture & Enology will be comprised of international students and Cattolica’s domestic students. Faculty & teaching staff Dr. Matteo Gatti - Research Assistant Prof. Gabriele Canali - Associate Professor Dr. Fabrizio Torchio - Research Assistant Prof. Stefano Poni - Full Professor Dr.... [-]

Master in Biotechnology and the Management of Animal & Zoonotic Diseases

University of Pretoria
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Pretoria

The Institutional Research Theme (IRT) “Biotechnology and the Management of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases” was established at the University of Pretoria to build and expand [+]

Master in Biotechnology and the Management of Animal & Zoonotic Diseases

The Institutional Research Theme (IRT) “Biotechnology and the Management of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases” was established at the University of Pretoria to build and expand on our current strength and research capacity in animal and zoonotic diseases in the Faculties of Health Sciences, Veterinary Science and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. As the only University with a Faculty of Veterinary Science this presents a unique opportunity for further research growth in this field. Animal health has undergone an almost unprecedented increase in importance in the last century and is today inextricably linked to our local and global economy as well as societal issues such as public health, food and food security. Animal pathogens also affect humans and of the more than 1400 pathogens that affect humans as many as 60% are zoonotic, indicating that the disease can be transmitted from wild and domestic animal to humans. ... [-]


Master in Genomics

University of Pretoria
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Pretoria

Based on established capacity and the tremendous potential for expanding genomics research at the University of Pretoria, the University has identified Genomics as one of its new Institutional Research Themes (IRTs) [+]

Master in Genomics

Based on established capacity and the tremendous potential for expanding genomics research at the University of Pretoria, the University has identified Genomics as one of its new Institutional Research Themes (IRTs). The field of Genomics and with it, all associated fields of the Life Sciences have over the past decade been revolutionized by the high-throughput analysis of microbial, plant and animal genomes, powered in large part by the integration of engineering, biology and computer science. Questions that were previously considered intractable to scientific investigation can now be addressed at unprecedented levels of detail and scope. Importantly, "post-genomics" fields such as transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and population genomics have unlocked the biological functions encoded in genomes and are now forming the basis for innovation and application of genomics information in Agriculture and Health Sciences.... [-]


Master in Food, Nutrition and Well-being

University of Pretoria
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Pretoria

The Institutional Research Theme (IRT) “Food, Nutrition and Well-being” seeks to address the emerging societal challenges related to food insecurity, nutrition deficiencies and hunger, [+]

Master in Food, Nutrition and Well-being

The Institutional Research Theme (IRT) “Food, Nutrition and Well-being” seeks to address the emerging societal challenges related to food insecurity, nutrition deficiencies and hunger, especially in Africa. It is seen as a vehicle to create, in the medium term, an Institute of Food, Nutrition and Well-being to bring together all the University’s postgraduate teaching and research expertise and activities in this field in order to ultimately create a Centre of Excellence.

In addressing the aforementioned challenges, the vision of this Institute will be to become the leading international Centre of Excellence in the area of transdisciplinary research and postgraduate training aimed at finding innovative and comprehensive ways of addressing current constraints to attaining the Millennium Development Goals with regard to food, nutrition and well-being in sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2020. The mission of the new institute is to strategically position UP as an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence with a critical mass of researchers focusing on transdisciplinary research and postgraduate training that responds to the needs of stakeholders to promote the long-term health and wellness of people, support sound policy making with regard to food, nutrition and well-being and, together with strategic national, regional and international partners, significantly scale up capacity in this area through the development of leading professionals and researchers.... [-]