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University of KwaZulu-Natal

School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

University of KwaZulu-Natal
4041, Durban
South Africa

The School consists of four Departments, viz., Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice. The School’s core function is the training of pharmacists to competently practice in all spheres of Pharmacy, i.e., community/retail, hospital, industry, Pharmacy education and training/ academia and pharmaceutical research and development.
Pharmacy is a dynamic, information driven, product- and patient-orientated profession where the pharmacist, through inculcated competence and skills during the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and the Pharmacy internship, is committed to meeting the health care needs of all health seeking communities by being the:
  •     custodian of medicines;
  •     formulator, manufacturer, distributor and controller of safe, effective and quality medicine;
  •     advisor on the safe, rational and appropriate use of medicine;
  •     provider of essential clinical services including screening and referral services;
  •     provider of health care education and information;
  •     provider of pharmaceutical care by taking responsibility for the outcome of therapy and by being actively involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of pharmaceutical plans;
  •     provider of cost-effective and efficient pharmaceutical services. (South African Pharmacy Council)

UKZN offers:

  1.  Bachelor of Pharmacy
  2.  Master of Pharmacy by research
  3.  On-line/web-based Master of Pharmacy by coursework in Pharmacy Practice 
  4. On-line/web-based Master of Pharmacy by coursework in Pharmaco-economics
  5. On-line/web-based Masters in Health Sciences by course work
  6. Doctor of Philosophy by research

The full research Masters and PhD degrees are offered in the 4 Pharmacy majors, viz. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice.  

The latter enjoy generous scholarships consisting of full fee remission, a monthly stipend as well as funding to cover the operational costs of research 

The following are research focus areas:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance 
  • Catalysis & Peptide Research
  • Drug Delivery Systems and Nanotechnology
  • Health Systems Policy
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Molecular Pharmacology 
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pharmaco-economics & Drug Policy
  • Pharmacovigilence 
  • Pharmacy-related Public Health
  • Traditional Medicine