M.Sc. On Campus

Pharmaceutical Science

University of the Western Cape

24 months
2867 USD/year
1088 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Pharmaceutical Science graduates from University of the Western Cape play meaningful roles in the healthcare of people. They do this through emphasis on correct and rational use of medicines and related products. Pharmacists remain in high demand in the public and private sectors. 


The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of the Western Cape is the only provider of pharmacy education in the Western Cape and works closely with local health care providers to effectivley train pharmacists for all sectors of the profession. 

The undergraduate programme is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to become pharmacists that contribute significantly to the health care needs of the communities they serve. This is highlighted by a number of our graduates that serve in high level positions within the profession.


Community Pharmacy – Pharmacists play key roles in communities. They dispense medicines, counsel patients on correct and rational use of medication, healthcare products and cosmetics, provide advise on health matters, perform diagnostic screening procedures and refer to other health care workers when there are indications for that. Often they assume positions of leadership in communities they serve.
  • Hospital Pharmacy – Pharmacists in this setting dispense medicines and counsel patients. They may also be involved in small-scale manufacture of specialized medicines such as radio-active pharmaceuticals, total parenteral nutrition preparations and injectables. The management of drug supplies is an important facet in this setting.
  • Industrial Pharmacy – An industrial pharmacist is involved in the manufacture, quality control, packaging, storage, registration and marketing of all types of medicines whether in liquid, semisolid and solid forms including tablets, suppositories, injections and syrups. They usually assume supervisory or other leadership positions in this arena.
  • Academic Pharmacy – This is for pharmacists interested in pursuing careers in academia. This involves teaching and training of university students, pursuing research interests of the individual, the institution and the profession, publications of completed research projects in accredited journals and presentations at conferences of such work. All this for the development and progress of the knowledge base and in this way contribute to the advancement of the pharmacy profession.
  • Other career options are  – The detailing of medicines to prescribers and dispensers thereof on behalf of pharmaceutical companies by pharmaceutical representatives; The assistance in drug clinical trails as clinical research associates; Consultants to medical aids and other pharmaceutical institutions and businesses. Opportunities also exist in the field of regulatory and professional organizations associated with pharmacy such as the Medicines Control Council and The Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. Pharmacists may also be usefully employed in the fields of cosmetics, food and beverages companies in manufacturing and marketing.​

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research Methods  and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Basic Principles: Pharmacy
  • Basic Principles: Capita Selecta 
  • Advanced Topics: Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Masters Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You need to submit your final school results to Higher Education South Africa (HESA)  for an evaluation.
  • We unfortunately will not be able to respond to your application until you submit a confirmation letter issued by HESA stating that you qualify to study at a South African University.
  • Certified copy of your passport

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2867 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5734 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    1088 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2177 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National Students - R36,460 
  • International Students - R96,020

Living costs for Cape Town

9088 - 15529 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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