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 ProgrammesCodeDuration
Master of Science in AgricultureMSCAGR
Master of Science in Food Science and TechnologyMSCFST
Masters in Rural DevelopmentMRDV
Doctor of Philosophy in AgriculturePhD(Agric)
Doctor of Philosophy in Rural DevelopmentPhDRD



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.


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