12 months
988 EUR/year
988 EUR/year
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Research and training at the Department of Plant Pathology at the Stellenbosch University deal with some of the most important plant diseases of agricultural crops in South Africa and internationally.


Key facts

Research projects of the Plant Pathology programme at the Stellenbosch University can be selected from one of the following themes:

  • fungal taxonomy (description and reclassification of known and new fungi by the application of various methods, such as molecular technology);
  • applied molecular plant pathology, including the use of molecular-based techniques for the detection, diagnosis and characterisation of plant pathogenic populations of vines, deciduous fruit, citrus and agronomic crops;
  • pre- and postharvest pathology in deciduous fruit, vines and citrus (status and behaviour of inocula on fruit surfaces, infection processes and plant resistance reactions);
  • stem diseases in vines (etiology, diagnosis, epidemiology and integrated management);
  • use of fungicides (spray technology) and fungal resistance (sensitivity in wild populations and disruption after fungicide exposure, management of fungicide resistance in fruit orchards, vineyards and agronomic crops); or
  • integrated management (chemical, biological and alternative compounds) of diseases in deciduous fruit, vines, citrus and agronomic crops.

Our Department studies diseases that occur in farmer fields before crops are harvested, as well those that cause damage to crops after their harvest, such as decay of export fruits and contamination of grain crops with mycotoxins. We focus our research on the accurate identification and detection of fungal pathogens, and on the use of environmentally sound and sustainable ways to control them. These methods include targeted fungicide application, management of microbial and plant habitats, and the exploitation of plant defence responses for improved disease resistance.

Use is made of the latest technologies available in molecular biology, genetics and genomics, microscopic and computer analysis, and epidemiological modelling. By reducing plant diseases, the Department aims to increase the production of healthy and safe food to feed the South African population and to provide agricultural products for trade at local and international markets.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Plant Pathology
  • Master's thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified. This implies that your original qualification documents (academic transcript and accompanying degree certificate) which you recieved upon graduation must be stamped and signed by the awarding institution. Qualifications shorter than 12 months in duration will not be considered
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • The BScAgric degree or a BScHons in a suitable subject field
  • An average final mark of 60% for the major subject

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    988 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 988 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    988 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 988 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • R17 133

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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