UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Entrance Requirements

1. Entry into B. Pharm.

Pharmacy is an extremely popular choice of career and as such there are limited places for students. Acceptance into the Pharmacy Degree requires a minimum of English and Mathematics (NOT mathematics literacy), and Physical Science (all NQF level 5). Life Sciences at NQF level 5 or recognised equivalent and Computer literacy at NQF level 4 are strongly recommended.

2. Entry into Pharmacology Honours

All students who are in their final year of B.Sc or have obtained a B.Sc or equivalent degree with at least a C aggregate may apply. Applicants should have a B.Sc credit in at least one of the following biological science courses at a third year level:

Advanced Biology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Human Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Cell Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology.

Please note that even if you do meet all the requirements for entry into the postgraduate programmes, there is still no guarentee that you will be accepted. It all depends on the number of places available and the calibre of all the other applicants

3. Entry into M.Pharm and MSc. (med)

Students who have a B. Pharm. or an honours equivalent degree (for Pharmaceutical Affairs only) with at least a 65% aggregate for their last two years of study may apply. For entrance into the Masters by coursework and research report you must have at least thee years of working experience. This may include the internship and community service years. Unfortunately, if you have a B. Technology, you will not be elligable to apply as it is not classified as an honours equivalent. Students who have failed subjects during their bachelors degree may not be suitable for the Masters degree. We will however, consider your application if there has been a dramatic improvement during your last two years of study. Please note that even if you do meet all the requirements for entry into the postgraduate programmes, there is still no guarentee that you will be accepted. It all depends on the number of places available and the calibre of all the other applicants.

The Maters degrees via coursework and research report is a part time (AND NOT A CORRESPONDANCE COURSE) degree, and as such you need to be able to attend evening lectures at the Medical School. The attendance of theses lectures are compulsory, so if you are going to battle to get to the Medical School then you need to consider entering the degree very seriously. We do have the right to call for an explanation of how you intend to get to lectures before we accept you.

If you intend to study a Masters via research work, then you need to insure that you have been accepted by an available promoter before you register.

Full academic transcripts are required to be submitted together with your application. If you do not include a full academic transcript with your application you will not be considered for further studies. Therefore, the onus is on you to get a certified full academic trascript from your institution.

All students applying for higher degrees must submit a full CV and motivation letter as to why they believe they should be accepted into any of the postgraduate degrees offered by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

4. Entry into PhD (med)

All applicants must have a Masters degree or equivalent. Before you register you have to have a promoter who is willing to supervise you during your studies. Research work for a PhD needs to be new and novel. You may register for a PhD on a par time basis, but this means you have to be a highly motivated researcher, and you need provide evidence that you are able and that you have the resources to conduct your studies on a par time basis. History has show that very few candidates have successfully completed their PhD s on a par time basis. Most of the government subsidy we receive for postgraduate students are only paid out on successfull completion of the degree, so we are only looking for students we believe will be able to complete their degrees in an acceptable time.

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