Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences

 Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences


The science of preparing and dispensing drugs.

Career description

Pharmacists carry out the following tasks:

  • Check prescriptions to make sure there are no errors and that they’re appropriate and safe for the individual patient;
  • Provide advice on the dosage of medicines and the most appropriate form of medication, for example, tablet, injection, ointment or inhaler;
  • Participate in ward rounds to take patient drug histories;
  • Liaise with other medical staff on problems patients may experience when taking their medicines;
  • Discuss treatments with patients’ relatives, community pharmacists and GPs.

Jobs directly related to the degree include:






South African Pharmacy Students’ Federation

National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM)

Pharmaceutical Industry Association of South Africa



Pharmacotherapy by Joseph T. Dipiro

Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology by Richard A. Harvey


Bursary opportunities

City of Cape Town Bursaries, Department of Correctional Services, Department of Health EC/KZN/LP/GP/WC, Dischem Bursaries, IDB Education Trust, Netcare, Clicks Pharmacy Bursaries, Shoprite, PSSA Bursaries, PPSA Bursaries, Medirite Bursaries


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