WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,536 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Student Intake:18 Students
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

Honours in Physiology is a unique course in modern physiology aimed at introducing students to the niche of physiologists among medical and biological scientists, and preparing students for future careers in biomedical research.

The course also teaches many other generic skills, for example, computing, written and oral communication, and data analysis techniques. As a student in the course, you will be encouraged to employ critical thinking, to challenge scientific dogma and to ask and solve problems on your own. On completion of the course, you will find that you are well prepared to tackle an MSc or PhD, enter a medical programme, the business environment or the health industry.


Each student will undertake a research project in a field of expertise of staff in the School, under close supervision by members of staff. You may choose to do a research project with humans or animals, working in the laboratory setting or out in the field. The School also offers research opportunities in biochemistry and molecular biology. The research activities of the School are broad, covering many different aspects of physiology and biochemistry. Principal areas of current research include cardiovascular disease, exercise physiology, fever and thermal physiology, pain, sleep, nutrition, and comparative animal physiology.

Students undertake short formal courses in research methodology, microcomputing, biostatistics and data handling. Lectures or tutorials on aspects of modern physiology are presented by lecturers in the School and also by experts from other institutions. You also will be expected to keep abreast of new biomedical developments by reading selected articles, journals or books and attending School seminars

Admission Requirements

You may apply for admission if you have:
– passed a full 3rd-year course in Physiology at a recognised University
– passed a full 3rd-year course in a cognate discipline e.g. Zoology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Psychology, at a recognised University
– completed two years of physiology, and the 3rd year of study, in courses offered by a health sciences, medical or veterinary faculty, at a recognised University

Additional Entry Requirements
The class is confined to a maximum of 18 students, selected on academic merit. As far as eligibility criteria are concerned, the minimum would be 60% in major (3rd year) of Physiology or a cognate discipline.

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

How to apply
– 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

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– dietetics and nutrition science
– sports science and training
– research, marketing and management in the pharmaceutical industry
– medical writing and advertising
– research at private laboratories
– computer and IT industry
– environmental management and conservation
– academic careers at universities and technikons
– medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and other health sciences careers

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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

School of Physiology