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Careers Information

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

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

Community Pharmacy
Community Pharmacy involves you in the dispensing of medicines, provision of essential clinical services including screening for cholesterol and glucose levels. As a community Pharmacist you will advise patients on general and specific health matters. This patient-pharmacist relationship can be a rewarding one.

Community Pharmacy also has to be run as a business, and pharmacists require management and marketing skills. Community Pharmacy thus requires both business skills, and the capacity to serve the local community in health related matters.

Hospital Pharmacy
In hospital pharmacy you are not only involved in dispensing of medicines, bandages and surgical instruments to outpatients and patients in hospital, but also in administrative management. There is the opportunity of working as part of a healthcare team advising doctors and nurses on optimal drug therapy for patients.

Industrial Pharmacy
In Industrial Pharmacy you will be responsible for the research, development and the manufacturing of drugs. Pharmaceutical companies require pharmacists to supervise drug manufacture and to perform analytical tests on drugs to ensure quality, safety and therapeutic efficiency.

Pharmacists in industry are involved in research for new drugs, clinical trials and the registration of regulatory authorities throughout the world.

Managed Healthcare
Due to the escalating costs of health care, managed health care in both the public and private sector is becoming an option that is increasingly being considered. Managed Health Care is a management system that links patients to providers (i.e. doctors, pharmacists, nurses etc) in a way to provide good quality health care in the most cost effective way. Pharmacists and other health care professionals are involved in Managed Health Care. It is one of the fastest growing areas and offers numerous employment opportunities for Pharmacists.

Academia and Research
Alternatively, if you are keen on teaching or research, you could enter the academic field and share your acquired knowledge with others. Graduates contribute considerably to the advancement of research in a variety of fields.

Other Areas in which Pharmacists are involved:

  • Professional bodies
  • Medicines Control Council
  • Publishing of Pharmaceutical Publications
  • Drug Abuse Counselling
  • Drug Information Centre
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Poison Information Centre

Our curriculum is continually being reviewed to meet the changes in the pharmacy profession