• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The profession is dynamic; continually expanding in new directions and offering interdisciplinary professional education and work-based learning opportunities. Over time, the paradigm has shifted from traditional compounding and dispensing of medicines to a more patient-orientated, research-led professional advisory and primary healthcare role.

Pharmacists screen people for early signs of disease, using advanced methods to provide sound pharmaceutical care. They are also specialists in the formulation, manufacture,storage, dispensing, counselling, and controlling of medicines. They provide advice on medications used to treat illnesses and ensure optimal drug therapy.

Clinical pharmacy involves screening patients for chronic diseases and implementing appropriate care and advice to improve patient outcomes. You will learn how to screen for chronic diseases through our Screening and Testing Programme for Pharmacy Students (STEPPS) and in our Clinical Pharmacy programme, which uses state-of-the-art screening equipment.

Pharmaceutical research pharmacists research and develop new, safer, more effective medicines. As a Wits Pharmacy graduate, you will be exposed to cutting-edge global research and distinctive research-led pharmacy education from our Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) unit, as well as aseptic concepts in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Natural Products development.

Career Opportunities

The Pharmacy degree offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg   provides training in a wide range of interrelated disciplines and therefore offers a variety of career opportunities to graduates that include:

  • Academia and Research
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Managed Healthcare

Other areas in which Pharmacists are involved:

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring
  • Clinical Trials
  • Contract Research
  • Drug Abuse Counselling
  • Drug Information Centres
  • Drug Stewardship
  • Drug Utilisation Reviews
  • Intellectual Property of Pharmaceuticals
  • Medicines Control Council
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Pharmaco-Economics
  • Professional Regulatory Bodies
  • Poison Information Centres
  • Publishing of Pharmaceutical Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Medical Sciences 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Pharmaceutical Practice
  • Health Systems Sciences 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • English Home OR First Additional Language 
  • Level 5
  • Life Sciences AND/OR Physical Science
  • Level 5
  • Mathematics 
  • Level 5
The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:
  • Your matric academic results for five subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
  • National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4986 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4986 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2493 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2493 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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