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Programme overview

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree runs as a full-time 4 year programme. 

Pharmacists are central to inventing the breakthrough science behind medicines that can change the world. The profession is continually expanding in new directions to help people get the best results from medication that improves their health and well-being. The paradigm has shifted from traditional compounding and dispensing of medicines towards a more patient-orientated, research-led professional advisory and primary health care role. Pharmacists screen people for early signs of disease and prevent illness before it begins by using advanced methods to provide sound pharmaceutical care to patients.

Through innovative pharmaceutical research as well as the application of the knowledge and skills learnt, Pharmacists are also specialists in the formulation, manufacture, storage, dispensing, counselling and controlling of medicines in a wide range of healthcare settings. They are poised to provide advice on medications used to treat illnesses as well as to educate, promote and maintain the health of people and ensure optimal drug therapy.

Apply to study pharmacy at Wits University and you’ll be learning alongside some of the brightest pharmaceutical minds in the world, exposed to the best cutting edge pharmaceutical research ever undertaken. Pharmacy is a diverse and rewarding career, with opportunities for patient care, scientific research and innovation.

Our curriculum is continually updated to meet the changes in the pharmacy profession.

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Career Opportunities

The Pharmacy degree provides training in a wide range of interrelated disciplines and therefore offers a variety of career opportunities to graduates that include:

  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Managed Healthcare
  • Academia and Research

Other Areas in which Pharmacists are involved:

  • Professional Regulatory Bodies
  • Medicines Control Council (MCC)
  • Publishing of Pharmaceutical Research
  • Intellectual Property of Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug Abuse Counselling
  • Drug Information Centers
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Drug Stewardship
  • Drug Utilisation Reviews
  • Clinical Trials
  • Poison Information Centers
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring
  • Contract Research
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Entry Requirements

Health Sciences - View the  Wits University Revised Health Sciences Admissions Policy

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc 
(3 years)
  • Biomedical Sciences      
  • Biokinetics 
  • Health Systems Sciences 
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBBCh (6 years)

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy 
BSc (Physiotherapy)
(4 years) 

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) 
(4 years)
The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score. Academic performance and National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores are used for consideration.
There are two points of entry into the MBBCh degree:
  • 1st year MBBCh for applicants currently completing Matric 
  • 3rd year MBBCh (i.e. the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) for applicants who have completed a prerequisite degree. Click here for more info.
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science - 5
If you are applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will not be selected solely on your school leaving results, although they are very important. A composite index is calculated, taking into consideration 
(1) your academic results for FIVE subjects and (2) National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores.
Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentages obtained, NOT symbols. These are English Language, Mathematics, Physical Science/ Life Sciences and the best two other subjects. (Dentistry requires Physical Science and Life Sciences and the best other subject).
  • ALL applicants (excluding applicants who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme - GEMP only) are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).
  • GEMP applicants may be invited to the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT) and all applicants are advised to prepare in the event that they are invited. For more information on the WAPT please refer to: 
  • ALL GEMP applicants who are invited to the WAPT will be expected to complete a Biographical Questionnaire on the day of the test.
  • ALL applicants to BSc (Occupational Therapy) and/or BSc (Physiotherapy) must spend time (16 hrs) observing and/or assisting an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist and complete a certificate of attendance. Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2018 will be accepted as valid.
Bachelor of Dental Science 
BDS (5 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Life Sciences and 
Physical Science - 5
Bachelor of Nursing BNurs 
(4 years) 

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy- BSc (OT) (4 years) 
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science - 4
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) (3 years)

Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHS) (3 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4 or
Mathematical Literacy - 7
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science - 4


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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Audiology
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology

30 September 2018
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
Apply now
Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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