The postgraduate career in physiology kicks off with an honours degree in human physiology. This one year full-time course has a broad structure, which includes a major research component along with many theoretical subjects that helps a student to decide which of the two career paths to pursue: (1) Cardiovascular physiology or (2) Occupational Hygiene (please see detail elsewhere).
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Magister Scientiae (MSc)
Physiology: 203171 G855P
The aim of this qualification is the training of postgraduate students to empower them to function on a highly specialised level as researchers in the health sciences and focus on the relevant research question within the field of health sciences or cardiovascular physiology. It is a research-based degree and comprises a research project and the submission of a dissertation and is only presented full-time in Afrikaans and English. It should preferably be completed within one year, but the Faculty permits a maximum period of two years.
Philosophiae Doctor (PhD)
Physiology: 805107 G915P
The aim of the qualification is to enable a student who has a master’s degree in the field of Cardiovascular Physiology, or equivalent qualification, to prove by means of a doctoral thesis that he/she has made a contribution to the development of new knowledge and/or applicable skills. Another aim of the qualification is to provide South Africa with scientific researchers that have a broad theoretical expertise and practical skills in the Health Sciences, with specialisation and mastery in Cardiovascular Physiology. The thesis is submitted in the format of research articles. Proof must be given that at least one article was submitted to an accredited academic journal for publication. The minimum duration of the study is two years and the maximum three years. The Faculty permits a fourth academic year.