Honours in Physiology is a unique course in modern physiology aimed at introducing students to the niche of physiologists among medical and biological scientists and preparing students for future careers in biomedical research. The course also teaches many other generic skills, for example, computing, written and oral communication and data analysis techniques. As a student in the course you will be encouraged to employ critical thinking, to challenge scientific dogma and to ask and solve problems on your own. On completion of the course you will find that you are well prepared to tackle an MSc or PhD, enter a medical programme, the business environment or the health industry.
When does the course start and end?
Honours in Physiology is offered full-time over one stretched academic year, usually starting at the beginning of February and ending in mid-November.
Am I eligible to apply for the course?
You may apply for admission if you have:
- Passed a full 3rd year course in Physiology at a recognised University.
- Passed a full 3rd year course in a cognate discipline e.g. Zoology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Psychology, at a recognised University.
- Completed two years of Physiology, and the 3rd year of study, in courses offered by a health sciences, medical or veterinary faculty, at a recognised University.
If you are uncertain that you meet the criteria, you should contact the School for further information. The class is restricted to a maximum of 16 students, selected on academic merit.
How do I apply for admission to the course?
You need to obtain and complete an application form for postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. This form can be obtained from any faculty office, or from the School of Physiology. Once you have filled in the form, you should hand it in to the Honours officer at the Faculty of Science, Senate House. We also advise you to inform the School of your intention to apply for a place in the course.
When is the deadline for applications?
You are advised to apply by the end of October, for admission the following year. However, late applications after this date will also be considered, so long as they are submitted before the course starts and places are available in the class. Applicants are usually informed about the outcome of their application in December.
Who do I contact for further information?
If you would like additional information about higher degree studies, please contact the School of Physiology: The Secretary School of Physiology University of the Witwatersrand Medical School 7 York Road Parktown 2193 Tel: ( 27) (011) 717 2363/2560 Fax: ( 27) (011) 643-2765 E-mail: Lynne.Pritchard@wits.ac.za or Refilwe.Mashinini@wits.ac.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1000
1 Jan Smuts Avenue
Johannesburg, South Africa