B Pharmacy

B Pharmacy

Pharmacy is dynamic, information driven, product-and patient-orientated profession. In accordance with the requirements laid down by the South African Pharmacy Council, the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is designed to produce healthcare professionals who are committed to meeting the pharmaceutical needs of all health seeking communities.
Pharmacists are responsible for distributing prescription drugs to patients and teaching them how to use their medication properly. They keep a careful watch on patients to make sure they are using their prescriptions properly.
They also advise doctors on the side effects, dosages, selection, and interactions of certain medication. Pharmacists have a good understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of each drug as well as the clinical effects and proper uses.

B Pharmacy

For people wishing to undertake a course work masters our school offers a choice of part time online course work masters in both Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Please view the courses and application process below and visit out list of Graduates and their research topics.

Masters of Pharmacy (online)

The two streams within this qualification provide the competencies required for the preparation of pharmacoeconomists, clinical pharmacists and drug utilization pharmacists. The purpose of the M.Pharm is to produce competent professionals who can practice in the area of pharmacoeconomic evaluations, clinical pharmacy services and drug utilization reviews. Graduates from this programme will have economic, statistical, rational drug use and research methodology as well as scientific literature evaluation perspective on the application of the science of pharmacoeconomics and pharmacy practice.

Pharmacoeconomics:- Focuses on economic evaluations of new pharmaceutical products are of increasing importance to countries. Pharmacists who need to involve themselves in pharmacoeconomic evaluations need to consider whether traditional randomized clinical trials provide the most appropriate setting for an economic evaluation, to the more technical question of how to handle cost-effectiveness ratio data, including the issue of the most appropriate inferential apparatus – hypothesis testing, confidence intervals or Bayesian methods.

For more information about academic issues contact Ms Varsha Bangalee
 Pharmacy Practice:-  In this stream students will realise that before relying on a published study, pharmacists should ensure that it meets criteria related to a valid study. They will explore ways of critically assessing the literature and how to conduct a sound study that can be used to support decisions in such diverse areas as individual patient treatment, formulary management, drug-use guideline development, disease management initiatives, and pharmaceutical service evaluation.

For more information about academic issues contact Professor Fatima Suleman or Mr Andy Gray


Masters in Health Sciences

The online Master of Health Sciences programme is aimed at current health professionals and those with a relevant undergraduate degree wishing to pursue postgraduate study in health sciences majors. This degree is for students who want to advance a career in the field of health care, particularly as researchers, academics or even senior health policy executives. This programme will allow students to learn more about health sciences and organization of a research enquiry. This Masters program is a structured programme that can be individually tailored to ensure that all students gain maximum benefit from their study by aligning career aspirations with study options. Students will be able to undertake a major stream of study within the Masters program, giving them opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills, while also developing more generic research, project and management skills.
Students wishing to study in this area can choose from the following three combination of specializations:-

  • Pharmacovigilance & Bioethics
  • Antibiotic Stewardship and Conservation & Infection Prevention and Control
  • Chronic Disease Rehabilitation & Bioethics
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Pharmacovigilance: The pharmacological science relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products.  As such, pharmacovigilance heavily focuses on adverse drug reactions, which are defined as any response to a drug which is noxious and unintended, including lack of efficacy. This course will look at Drug Safety, Post marketing surveillance, Adverse Drug Reactions, Event Reporting; Pharmacoepidemiology, Health Legislation, and Special groups and products for ADR reporting including current reporting systems in South Africa and internationally.For more information about academic issues contact:- Dr Frasia Oosthuizen
Bioethics:- This module will enable those taking it to deepen their understanding of ethical and medico-legal issues in healthcare. While the module is particularly well-suited to those health care professionals who face complex ethical issues in their working lives, it will also be valuable for those involved in the development of public policy and law regarding these issues, as well as for anyone who simply wishes to explore issues of public concern in greater depth. The overall aim of this module is to enable students to develop understanding in ethics by engaging in ethics analysis on topics that relate to health and health care Content: The module topics focus on ethics in the routine context of health care. The topics covered are: professional skill and the ethics of care, the health care system and resources, information disclosure, privacy and confidentiality, decision making and consent, health care policy and public health, religion and social context in health care, the beginning and end of life, research ethics, employment issues, and quality and risk management in healthcareFor more information about academic issues contact Professor Fatima Suleman
Antibiotic Stewardship and Conservation :- The Antibiotic Stewardship and Conservation course provides students with advanced knowledge of this field, specifically the mechanisms of action and resistance of antibiotics used in clinical, veterinary and agricultural practice, strategies for resistance prevention and containment, the significance of resistance development and national and international stewardship and conservation initiatives. This module will also provide students with a critical understanding of complex biomedical, clinical, environmental and socio-political dynamics surrounding antibiotic resistance and stewardship and an appreciation for the need to adopt a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to these issues.For more information about academic issues contact:- Professor Sabiha Essack

Infection Prevention and Control:- Infection Prevention and Control provides health professionals/scientists with advanced knowledge of the biomedical, clinical, socio-behavioral and environmental principles and practice of infection prevention and control thereby enabling them to apply and transfer the knowledge as well as professional and cognitive skills obtained during the module into the work place and wider environment. The course covers General Principles of Medical Microbiology; Transmission of Nosocomial Infection; The Hospital Environment; Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilisation; Principles of Infection Prevention and Control and related topics; Aspects of Safe Clinical Practice; Quality Assurance; Specific Pathogens;; Occupational Health for Health Care Workers; Indicator Organisms; Healthcare facility infrastructure; Outbreak Response; Socio-behavioural and environmental influences on attitudes.

For more information about academic issues contact:- Dr. Saajida Mahomed
Chronic Disease Rehabilitation Chronic Disease Rehabilitation will provide students (registered health professionals) with comprehensive information regarding the epidemiology and impact of chronic disease and disability in Southern Africa and introduce students to the principles of trans-disciplinary assessment and rehabilitation of people living with chronic disease. The course covers the epidemiology of chronic disease globally and in Southern Africa, general rehabilitation principles, trans-disciplinary rehabilitation, disability and the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF), community-based rehabilitation (CBR), the assessment and rehabilitation of people living with chronic disease, communication with patients, chronic pain management, the impact of chronic disease on care-givers and return to work interventions.

For more information about academic issues contact:- Mr Saul Cobbing


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Course Structure

These courses are only offered as part time courses and as such they are taken over two years (with a four year completion requirement).
Year One
In year one the core courses for all of the courses above are:-

Semester One

  • HLSC8H1W1 Basic Epidemiology
  • HLSC8H2W1 Introduction to Biostatistical Concepts
Semester Two

  • HLSC8H3W2 Research Methods and Design
  • HLSC8H4W2 Evidence Based Practice

Year Two
In the second year of study students are required to conduct their research throughout the year and make their selection in their area of specialization for the courses run in the first semester.

Semester One

Master of Pharmacy (Pharmacy Practice)

  • PHRM8PTW1 Rational Drug Use, and
  • PHRM8PRW1 Clinical Service Development & Evaluation
  • PHRM811W1 Research Project

Master of Pharmacy (Pharmacoeconomics)

  • PHRM8PPW1 Intro to Pharmacoeconomic Principles, and
  • PHRM8PCW1 Application of Pharmacoeconomic Concepts
  • PHRM811W1 Research Project

Master of Health Science

  • HLSC801W1 Pharmacovigilance, and
  • HLSC8H5W1 Bioethics
  • HLSC8H6W1 Research Project


  • HLSC803W1 Infection Prevention and Control
  • HLSC804W1 Antibiotic Stewardship & Conservation, and
  • HLSC8H6W1 Research Project


  • HLSC802W1 Chronic Disease Rehabilitation, and
  • HLSC8H5W1 Bioethics
  • HLSC8H6W1 Research Project

Semester Two

  Master of Pharmacy – both Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacoeconomics

  • PHRM811W2 Research Project

Master of Health Science – all combinations

  • PHRM811W2 Research Project


For all courses prospective students will have to have completed a four year degree as well as at least two years of practise in their field.  Prior qualifications earned outside of South Africa will need to be submitted for equivalence assessment during the application process.  (Ms Nene will be able to assist or advise you in this regard).
Candidates are also advised that they should have ubiquitous and reliable access to the internet as all courses are fully online and intensive.

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Application Process

The University has introduced an online application system. To take advantage of this please make a note of essential ‌information and prepare the following documents:-

  1. Make a note of the Qualification code that is applicable to you … you will need this later.
    • Masters in Health Sciences – MMSHSC
    • Masters in Pharmacoeconomics – M-PHPE
    • Masters in Pharmacy Practice – M-PHPP
  2. An up to date copy of your CV (in PDF format if possible)
  3. A one page motivation in which you must indicate the ONE stream of study that you wish to undertake and give a rough outline or draft of your research question for your proposed dissertation, indicating where you would source the data and proposed method of data collection. Save the document to PDF format for uploading.
  4. A digital copy of your Academic transcript.
  5. Certified copy of South African ID or Passport if you are not a South African citizen

Once you have the documents collated go to http://applications.ukzn.ac.za/ApplicationProcedures/Postgraduate-Applicants/Online-Application.aspx and follow the prompts from that screen as applicable to you.
If you have any queries or encounter any problems with this process please contact Ms Phindile Nene (nenep1@ukzn.ac.za)
Please note the application fees for the 2017 admissions are as follows,

  • R200.00 for local South African students (should a late application be negotiated this fee would double).
  • R470.00 for students from SADC and countries in Africa,
  • USD146.00 for applicants from countries outside of Africa.

Applications for students wishing to commence their masters course in 2017 close on 30 August at 16h00, South African Time. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.
Should there be any problems, including legibility, of the submitted online documents you may be requested to courier hard copies the following address, however please note that this will be done on an individual basis and you should not do so unless specifically requested:-
Attention to Ms Phindile Nene
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Westville Campus
School of Health Sciences, 5th Floor, E-Block, Room E5 05-001
Private Bag X54001

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