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Degree Programmes

The Division offers post-graduate training at several scientific levels and one clinical specialist level.

  • Honours Bachelor of Medical Science – BMedSc (Hons)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Master of Science in Medicine – MSc (Med)
  • Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Med)
  • Master of Medicine – MMed (Clin Pharm)

BMedSc (Hons)

The pharmacology honours programme is aimed at graduates with backgrounds in life science, chemistry or pharmacy who wish to pursue careers in technical areas or are considering higher degrees and careers in research. The degree builds on theoretical knowledge from undergraduate programmes and will introduce critical thinking skills and advanced training in many specialised scientific techniques

The course is undertaken over one year full-time and is comprised of several theory modules covering aspects of clinical pharmacology relevant to the division’s major research thrusts. Prior to commencement of the theory modules, an 8-week practical training component introduces students to the various techniques used routinely in the division. Each student will then undertake an individual research project for the remainder of the course (approximately 6 months) in one of our primary research areas. The research will be supervised by staff and senior postgraduate students and will be written up as a comprehensive thesis for examination at the end of the course. Further detailed information on the programme is available from Mrs Jennifer Norman.

MPhil

This degree offers postgraduate training in the drug development process, via coursework and a research project with a thesis. The primary objective of this course is to educate and train researchers in the clinical pharmacology of drug development, so that they may contribute to new knowledge in the field of drug discovery and development.
The curriculum is comprised of the following modules:
• drug development,
• bioanalysis,
• pharmacometrics,
• PK-PD principles and
• a minor dissertation.
The course is undertaken full-time over two years or part-time over a longer period.

Further information on the MPhil in Clinical Pharmacology programme and the course outline is available in the Faculty of Health Science postgraduate-programme handbook (p184), and prospective applicants can contact the course convenor Dr Lubbe Wiesner directly.

MSc (Med)

This dissertation-based degree is aimed at graduates with an Honours degree in life sciences or chemistry, or with a pharmacy or medical degree who wish to pursue a career based in research. Students will develop and execute research on a project focused in one of the Division’s major research areas (pharmacometrics, preclinical drug development clinical pharmacokinetics, antiretroviral pharmacotherapy, clinical malaria research). The project will be supervised by one or more senior academics.

The degree programme requires registration for a minimum of two years in the Faculty. Depending on progress and the nature of the project, students may be eligible to upgrade their registration to PhD in the 3rd year of study.

Enrolment in the MSc programme is dependent on availability of funding and supervision capacity. Prospective candidates should contact the research groups directly to enquire (Pharmacometrics – Dr Paolo Denti; Clinical and preclinical pharmacokinetics and drug discovery – Dr Lubbe Wiesnerclinical malaria research – Prof Karen Barnes; antiretroviral pharmacotherapy – A/Prof Karen Cohen or Prof Gary Maartens; clinical tuberculosis pharmacotherapy – Prof Helen McIlleron; pharmacogenomics – Dr Phumla Sinxadi).

PhD (Med)

This dissertation-based degree is aimed at graduates with an Master’s degree in life sciences, pharmacy or chemistry, or a degree in medicine, who wish to pursue a career based in research. Students will develop and execute novel research on a project focused in one of the Division’s major research areas (pharmacometrics, preclinical drug development, clinical pharmacokinetics, antiretroviral pharmacotherapy, clinical malaria research). The project will be supervised by one or more senior academics.

Prospective Doctoral candidates should contact the research groups directly to enquire about availability of funding and supervision capacity (see under MSc (Med) above).

MMed (Clin Pharm)

This specialist qualification is only offered to medical graduates (MBChB) wishing to specialise in Clinical Pharmacology. The registrar rotation is a 4 year programme. All candidates need to write the exams set by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and submit a mini-dissertation. Prospective candidates should contact Professor Marc Blockman to enquire about availability of a position in this programme.