Faculty of Applied Sciences
Explore a world of science and computers.
Biomedicine and Bioscience represent the perfect interface between science, applied biology and technology. Information Technology (IT) and computing underpin every aspect of modern life including the sciences, commerce, and communications.
PI has been at the forefront of developing relevant and career-focused higher education qualifications for over 30 years. Aligned to this objective, our unique degrees in the biosciences and in computer science prepare you for varied careers in a rapidly advancing and exciting world grounded in technology, research, exploration and invention.
We offer two undergraduate degrees in the biosciences, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine and a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Management, and three undergraduate degrees in computing and IT: a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a BSc in Informatics and a BSc in Internet Communication. In addition, we have a postgraduate BScHons in Information Technology.
The BSc in Biomedicine and the BSc in Biotechnology Management are broad and intensive. Both degrees cover the core areas of biotechnology such as molecular biology, microbiology, animal and plant biology and applied chemistry. In addition, the BSc (Biomedicine) focuses on areas such as medical microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and physiology. The BSc (Biotechnology Management) concentrates on subject areas such as agricultural biotechnology, food and water microbiology and food technology. Both degrees place a strong emphasis on research, project management and manufacturing and laboratory practises.
The BSc in Computer Science, the BSc in Informatics and the BSc in Internet Communication provide you with broad and intensive knowledge of the theory, design, development and application of computer, information and communication systems. The Computer Science degree covers core subject areas such as Computer Science, Databases, Information Systems and Software Development. The Internet Communication degree concentrates on Communication Science, Media Theory, Information Systems and Software Development. In the BSc (Informatics), we combine the disciplines of computer science and management with core modules such as Information Systems and Software Development, as well as a choice of one elective group from Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing or Business Management. The BScHons (Information Technology) is an advanced and intensive programme that extends your knowledge of communication and information systems.
With our focus on technology-enhanced, interactive lecture-led and Work Integrated Learning (WIL), as well as project-based assessments, we offer you an environment that combines theory, research and practical application. In addition, we have excellent facilities such as state-of-the-art science labs, campus resource centres, computer labs, programming labs and quality lecture rooms. Our strong associations with industry translate into qualifications that are relevant, and our curriculum review system allows us to update our programmes very quickly, to keep ahead of technological innovation. We help you develop skills essential to the modern workplace, such as critical thinking, analysing and solving real problems, innovation, working in teams and effective communication. At PI, we ensure that you are ready to navigate the world of science and computer technology with real world skills.
Dean of faculty:
Dr. Piet Bothma
Industry associations and accreditations
- Quality assured by an Academic Advisory Board of academics, industry representatives and subject specialists.
- Associate of AfricanBio and various other pharmaceutical companies, and representation on these industry associations.
- School has a working relationships with SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency)
- The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA).
- The Information Technology Association (ITA).
- We are one of the few private higher institutions offering these highly sought-after programmes.
- Our computer science students regularly enter the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.
- A quarter of the staff in the IT departments is alumni.