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Pharmacology Pharmacology is the science concerned with the effects of drugs on living organisms (pharmacodynamics) and the effect living organisms have on the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs (pharmacokinetics).
Pharmacology Pharmacology is the science concerned with the effects of drugs on living organisms (pharmacodynamics) and the effect living organisms have on the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs (pharmacokinetics).

Qualification: BHSc(Honours)

School: Therapeutic Sciences

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 1 or 2 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

Pharmacology investigates the chemical, physiological and therapeutic effects and the mechanisms of action of drugs. The science of pharmacology is at the forefront of modern medicine. It leads to designing, developing and testing new drugs that have the potential to alleviate and in some cases cure diseases that afflict humans and animals.

The course may be done over 1 or 2 years, i.e. full-time or part-time.

Many career opportunities are available to a pharmacology graduate which may include:

  • research and development
  • quality control
  • environmental testing
  • chemical regulatory affairs
  • monitoring of drug safety and compliance to drug laws with employment in the pharmaceutical-, food- and chemical industry
  • employment in hospitals, research institutes and government agencies.
  • A background in pharmacology could also serve as a stepping stone for careers in law, writing and clinical sciences. (see the section on Journalism)

The BHSc Honours degree consist of 2 tracks, the Biosciences track and the Health Sciences track.

All BSc students with no undergraduate Pharmacology must apply for the Biosciences track, while the BHSc students with undergraduate Pharmacology will be considered for both depending on the level of undergraduate pharmacology obtained.

In a given year, the Health Sciences track will only be offered when a minimum of 5 BHSc students with undergraduate Pharmacology are accepted for Pharmacology Honours.

The Honours course in Pharmacology consists of theory of all major organ systems, specific modules and a practical research component. 

All students who have obtained a BSc/BHSc or equivalent degree with an average of 65% or higher in their third year may apply. Applicants should have a credit in at least one of the following biological science courses at a third year level: Advanced Biology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Human Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Cell Biology, Microbiology, Physiology or Zoology.

Additional Entry Requirements

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Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
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