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Tuition Fees:$3,311 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Physiologists study the mechanisms by which the body functions, from the molecular and cellular levels through progressive differentiation to tissue, organs, systems and eventually the integrated interactions and control of body functions. Knowledge is applied during research investigations of normal and abnormal life processes.

Basic and clinical research can be entered into at various levels, namely the molecular, cellular, structural and diagnostic levels. Human physiology is a major for two programmes in biological sciences: BSc (Human Physiology) and BSc (Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology).

Specialised physiology modules form part of student training in medicine, dentistry, nursing, dietetics, biokinetics, communication pathology, food science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography and some consumer science programmes.

During the first year of study towards a BSc (Human Physiology) degree, students are exposed to a generic, basic range of subjects in biological and agricultural sciences. In the second year, physiological systems (neurophysiology, haematology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, renal physiology, nutrition and digestive physiology, endocrinology and reproductive physiology) are studied with biochemistry as a compulsory subject.

The programme is concluded in the third year with a selection of integrated physiology modules, namely sports physiology, nutrition and development, psycho-neuroimmunology and cell physiology, as well as industrial physiology. At the third-year level, students can select some elective modules. Psychology and genetics are compulsory subjects in all three years of study.

Admission Requirements

APS
34+

English Home Language
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C

Mathematics
NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C

Physical Sciences
NSC/IEB – 5
AS Level – C

Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.

Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).

Grade 11 results are used for the provisional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on the Grade 12 results.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email isd@up.ac.za.

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at registration@up.ac.za.

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August

Career Opportunities

Research is performed in cooperation with medical teams in private and government research laboratories (such as the CSIR and the MRC), the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), pharmaceutical firms, universities, veterinary and industrial institutions and state departments (eg the Department of Health). Physiologists are also found in various other fields, including education (teachers, lecturers and instructors), sports physiology, biostatistics, bioengineering, industrial hygiene, journalism and medical technology, and in the industry as representatives of pharmaceutical firms. Graduates with Genetics and Psychology as subjects also have access to postgraduate programmes offered by the Department of Genetics and the Department of Psychology (in the Faculty of Humanities).

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,311
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,621

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

 
Rebeccah Khumalo
Undergraduate Student Administration
 
Johannah Mashaba
Undergraduate applications and enquiries