This three-year full-time programme is offered to students who are in possession of an NQF level 9 degree in a relevant biological field, which includes a MPharm or MSc degree in Pharmacology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology or other related scientific fields. Applicants who have not completed a prior qualification or module in pharmacology will be expected to do so if accepted into the programme. Additionally, applicants may be required to complete a training course in the laboratory depending on their research project.
During the research programme, students will conduct a research project in any of the Departmental research areas of interest (see Research Focus Areas) under the tutelage of a supervisor, with assistance by senior students and technical staff. Students will be expected to perform independent research, and design and execute a research protocol, which will ultimately lead to scientific report and publication. Given the three-year timeline of the programme, projects will start in January, with examination of the thesis in the third year during the month of August.
Information on the required modules for the programme can be found on the University of Pretoria’s yearbook page (programme code: 10260532). Although no coursework is needed for FAR 890 module, students may be required to take TNM 800, MBS 800 and/or FAR 381 and FAR 382 depending on their prior qualifications. Additionally, students will need to attend scholarly meetings and research breakaways scheduled by the Department.
To be eligible to apply for a position in MSc Pharmacology, students should possess the following:
Due to the intensive nature of the postgraduate studies, as well as supervisor and infrastructure availability, only a limited number of students can be accepted per year. Students need to apply using the online postgraduate application portal of the University of Pretoria. A three-part selection process is followed:
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE FOLLOWING:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31 JULY
After the application has been submitted, please send through your details to Ms Christa Swart ([email protected]) so that we may track your submission. Note that applications made through the postgraduate application portal may take between two to four weeks to process prior to being sent to the Department, and thus confirmation with Ms Swart is imperative. It is up to the applicant to ensure that their details have been received by the Department. Applications that are received after the deadline, or that are incomplete, will not be considered.
Candidates that are deemed eligible and that are shortlisted will be required to complete a set of instruments that will be used in conjunction to the interviews. These instruments will be completed at a specified time in the year under a time constraint, and thus are set to determine your immediate abilities. These include:
Candidates from the Department of Pharmacology’s postgraduate programmes will be admitted to an interview as a courtesy; however, this does not deem them eligible and/or guaranteed for acceptance.
Prof Werner Cordier
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