WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,536 /year
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours (BHSc Honours)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme 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.


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 the theory of all major organ systems, specific modules and a practical research component.

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

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

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,536
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,536

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Miss Modie Maumela
Senior Faculty Officer
Prof. RL van Zyl
Associate Professor