Admission Requirements of Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)

Admission Requirements of Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)


The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is a Government of Botswana supported institution established through the BIUST Act (CAP 57:05) as a research-intensive University that specialises in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

It aims to increase competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development; address the shortage of skilled scientists and technologists; increase movement of skilled people across national boundaries; stimulate research, innovation, and technology transfer; improve society’s aspirations to improve health, wealth and well-being; address increased demand for access to tertiary education; and enable a more competitive and innovative tertiary education sector.


To be:  a premier research-based university of science, engineering & technology internationally recognised for the quality and excellence of its teaching and learning by 2023.


Botswana International University of Science and Technology’s mission is to:

  • Produce world class research and innovation in science, engineering and technology contributing to industry growth and development and advancement of a diversified knowledge-based economy.

BIUST Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Prospective students aspiring to be admitted into a particular programme at BIUST must meet the minimum entry requirements.The Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) grade system is calculated as follows:

Entry Into First Year

The University considers and assesses every application on its own merits, taking into account the relevance of qualifications and experience each student has.

For students with a Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or equivalent, the following minimum requirements will apply for undergraduate degree programmes:

  •  A credit in at least six subjects in BGCSE or equivalent. These subjects must include a minimum of Pass (D) in English and at least a Credit (C) in Mathematics plus two science subjects.
  • BGCSE holders or equivalent should possess a minimum of 20 points from any of Mathematics, and Physics and/or Chemistry and/or Biology or Science double award.
  • A minimum combined points score for admission from the six subjects (including Mathematics, English, two science subjects or Science Double Award, must be above 38 points based on the points scores in the following table:

Direct Entry Into Second Year

  • The University will consider A-level holders and those who have already completed year one (1) BSc General at any recognised University for direct entry into second year.
  •  Furthermore, applicants in possession of year one (1) BSc General or equivalent, are required to have attained at least 40 BGCSE points or equivalent and must have obtained an average of at least 65% without resits or retakes in their BSc transcript.
  •  A-level holders are required to possess, in addition to the general  minimum entry requirements, 2 A-level grades with a C or better in Maths, and in one of Physics or Chemistry or Biology.
  • Diploma holders will also be considered on the relevance of their prior programmes of study to their programmes of interest

The University reserves the right to ask prospective students to sit a pre-admission exam if required. Please note that these are the only minimum entry requirements, and certain programmes may have additional entry requirements. Information on additional requirements is available from the Admissions Office

The BGCSE grade system is calculated as follows:


An example of calculating best 6 subjects:

 Key subjectsMinimum GradeBest 6 subjects Overall Points
FIRST YEAR ENTRYMathematicsC  38
Double SciencesBB

For second year entry:

MathematicsC    40
NB: Points for Double Award Sciences are doubled Eg. Grade BB=14 Points

BIUST Postgraduate Entry Requirements

For Masters (MEng & MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) programmes, we require the following:

1. Letter of Motivation
A letter of motivation should indicate the following:
a) Description of your background. (This should briefly highlight your grades, what classes you took and
where you studied)
b) Description of your research interests, experiences and motivation
c) Indicate the degree of creativity and intellectual integrity
           NB: For PhD applicants, a Research Proposal is required.

2. Certified Copy of Degree Certificate and Official Transcripts

3. Certified Copy of ID or Passport

4. Completed Application Form

5. Application Fee

a) P200 for SADC Residents
b) P400 for Non SADC Residents

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