School of Agriculture

University of Venda

Our School


The vision of the School is to become a “Centre of Excellence” in Agriculture, rural Development and natural resources management in the region”


The main role of the School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry is to provide professional training to under and post graduate students, providing appropriate knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of government, private sector and farming community .The school aims at excellence in teaching, research and active participation in community outreach programmes in order to promote sustainable livelihoods in rural areas.

Office of the Dean

Professor JJO Odhiambo

Dean School of Agriculture

Qualifications: BSc (Agric) (Hon), MSc (Agric) (Nairobi), PhD (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Tel: +27 15 962 8310 / 8110

Mr Maboho

School Administrator


Tel: +27 15 962 8880
Location: Student Administration Building

Mrs LH Kone

Executive Secretary


Tel: +27 15 962 8310

Undergraduate Programmes

The following degrees / diplomas and certificates are offered in the school.




Bachelor of Science
in Agriculture
– Agricultural Economics
– Agribusiness Management – Animal Science
– Horticultural Sciences
– Plant Production
– Soil Science
– Forestry

NSC 26 + Achievement level 4 in Mathematics and Physical Sciences and in either Life Sciences or Agricultural Sciences

4 years

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology

NSC 32 + achievement level 5 in Mathematics and Physical Sciences as well as achievement level 4 in English and in either Life Sciences or Agricultural Sciences

4 years

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

NSC 32 + achievement level 6 in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences or Agriculture as well as achievement level 4 in English

4 years

Postgraduate Programmes
Postgraduate Programmes Code Duration
Master of Science in Agriculture MSCAGR
Master of Science in Food Science and Technology MSCFST
Masters in Rural Development MRDV
Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture PhD(Agric)
Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development PhDRD



Career opportunities

Self employment, Officers in nongovernmental organisations, Land Bank, private & public sector, Land Use Planner, Farmer, Manager of Estates, Research Officer, Consultant, Extension Officer, Development Officer, Agricultural Economist, Marketing Officer, Soil Scientist, Quality Control Manager, Lab Technician, Lecturer, Derivatives Trader/Specialist.


Thirty two graduates receive prestigious awards during 2020 UNIVEN virtual graduation

4 days ago
The University of Venda held an unprecedented virtual graduation on Friday, 18 September 2020 in which thirty two graduates were conferred...
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UNIVEN Chancellor Adv. Mojankunyane Gumbi confers 3068 degrees during virtual graduation ceremony

6 days ago
On Friday, 18 September 2020, the University of Venda graduates celebrated the major milestone achievement through the first ever online...
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Doctoral Candidate, Ms Francina Bopape discovers unusual Bio-Inoculant

7 months ago
A final year doctoral candidate in the School of Agriculture, Ms Francina Bopape recently discovered a novel type of soil...
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CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF MICRO-PROJECT PROPOSALS – French South Africa Agricultural Institute

8 months ago
How to apply?  Please carefully read the Terms of reference to get familiar with the eligibility criteria and the application...
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