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Programme overview

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree runs as a full-time 4 year programme that aims to develop expertise in the dispensing, distribution and manufacture of drugs.

The degree focuses on developing in-depth knowledge of the chemistry, pharmacology, and therapeutics of various drugs and how they react in humans as well as with each other. The pharmacist advises the patient and other health care professionals on the optimal use of medications to achieve a desirable therapeutic outcome.

Pharmacy expanding in new directions, and moving away from the compounding and dispensing of medicine towards a more professional advisory and primary health care role. While pharmacists are experts in the field of manufacture, supply and use of medicines, they also provide information and advice to patients. The pharmacist is a key source of information for the public concerning:

  • the prevention of disease
  • the treatment of health problems that fall within their field of training
  • health and emergency care
  • education, promotion and maintenance of the general health of the public.

Pharmacotherapy - Clinical Component of Pharmacy

A pharmacist doesn’t only dispense medicine according to your doctor’s prescription. We also screen patients for chronic diseases like dyslipidaemia, diabetes and hypertension by undertaking a lipogram for a patient, calculating a cardiovascular risk score or an HBA1c for a patient and giving dietary advice. You will learn how to screen and monitor for chronic diseases. Through our Screening and Testing Programme for Pharmacy Students (STEPPS) and our Clinical Pharmacotherapy programme where you will learn using state of the art screening equipment. You will also learn how to give advice to patients on how to get the best out of their medicines and advice patients on treatments for minor illnesses such as colds, flu, constipation, diarrhoea, sore throats and skin conditions. You will also learn how to vaccinate adults and children as well as disease prevention and management.

Pharmaceutical Research

Pharmacists are also responsible for the research and development of new medicines. As a Wits Pharmacy graduate you will be exposed to cutting-edge global pharmaceutical research and distinctive research-led pharmacy education. The Department is home to a dynamic and innovative community of experts who are leaders of pharmaceutical research in South Africa. Our professionally directed outfits include the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit, Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Microbiology Research and our Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPAT) Group.

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Career Opportunities

Opportunities in pharmacy

The pharmacy degree provides training in a wide range of inter-related disciplines and therefore offers a variety of career opportunities to graduates. These may include community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industrial pharmacy, managed health care, a growing area of pharmacy and others such as  working for professional bodies - Medicines Control Council, publishing of pharmaceutical publications, Drug abuse counselling, pharmacoeconomics or Poison Information Centre.

  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Managed Healthcare
  • Academia and Research
  • Clinical research associate
  • Pharmacologist
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Community Pharmacy
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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
Biomedical Sciences (3 years)
Biokinetics) (3 years)

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. Several criteria are considered for selection (e.g. Academic performance and National Benchmark Tes (NBT) scores).
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, 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) or (Physiotherapy) must spend time observing and/or assisting an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist and complete a certificate of attendance.
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 2017
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy

30 September 2017
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
  • Complete an online application for financial aid or residential accommodation
  • Download an application
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Course Costs

The average course costs range from R38728 to R48550, 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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