The members of the translational neuroscience and neurotherapeutics sub-programme have expertise in chemical synthesis of organic compounds, chemical-physical characteristics, structure-activity relationship and drug design, metabolism, inborn metabolic errors and analytical method development.

Research topics

  • Drug design for membrane permeability and neuroprotection.
  • Metabolism and toxicity in neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Behavioural and neurochemical effects of acute and chronic antidepressant administration and withdrawal.
  • Pharmacological and neurochemical studies in an animal model of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Behavioural and neurochemical studies in an animal model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


Magister Scientiae (MSc) Pharmacology

Programme code:   8DF N01
Curriculum code:    G801P
Module code:          FKLG 871 [Pharmacology]

The minimum duration for the study is one year and the maximum duration two years, calculated from the date of the first registration for the particular programme. The faculty’s decision is based on the current subsidy model for universities and may differ from other faculties or regulations.

Although a maximum study period of two years is granted by the faculty, students who apply for an additional third study year according to the Academic rules of the University, must note that it will have financial implications for them.
The MSc degree in Pharmacology is a research-based degree and consists of a research project and the writing of a dissertation in Pharmacology. The aim of the curriculum is to provide in South Africa’s need of high-level manpower in the pharmacy profession.  The student will distinguish himself/herself as a specialist in the specific chosen field (programme) and will be capable of applying Research Methodology at this level and in the specific field of study.
The curriculum is presented fulltime in Afrikaans and English.

Admission requirements:

  • A four year BPharm degree, a BSc (Pharm) degree and a suitable honours degree or a qualification which the Senate deems to be equivalent.  In all the aforementioned cases additional course work will be required as determined by the sub-programme leader.
  • Students who do not have a BPharm degree will be assessed according to prior learning.
  • A 60% pass mark will be required for first semester modules in the final year of the BPharm degree
  • Selection involves the submission of a formal application form, an internal selection form and curriculum vitae by the applicant as well as a possible interview by the sub-programme leader and researchers.
  • The research director may refuse a prospective student admission to a curriculum if the standard of proficiency that the student has reached previously in the specific subject(s) wherein he/she wants to study does not comply with the specific curriculum requirements.
 

Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) Pharmacology

Programme code:   8CC R03
Curriculum code:    G901P
Module code:          FKLG 971 [Pharmacology]
The PhD degree is a research-based degree and consists of a study (research project) and a thesis in Pharmacology.
The curriculum is presented on a fulltime basis in Afrikaans and English.
This curriculum has a dual aim, namely:
  • for the student who has reached the level of a master’s degree in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Practice, to show with a doctoral thesis that he/she has made a significant contribution to the development of (1) new scientific knowledge, and/or (2) new skills in a specific research field, thus making an addition of value to the community in the fields of knowledge and skills in his/her specific field, and
  • To provide South Africa with advanced pharmaceutical scientists and practising manpower with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in different pharmaceutical-scientific and practice disciplines.  With this qualification the student can contribute to a broadening of the leadership base for innovative and knowledge-based economic and scholastic activities in the country.


Admission requirements:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification as approved by Senate is required in the particular field of specialization.
  • Selection involves the submission of a formal application form, an internal selection form and curriculum vitae by the applicant as well as a possible interview by the sub-programme leader and researchers.
  • Admission may be refused if the standard of proficiency that the student has acquired previously in the specific subject(s) in which the student wants to study further does not meet the requirements of the specific program/curriculum.
  • In the case where a student wish to present a thesis in the form of research articles, the stipulations of the General Rules hold.