Course Aim:
The main aim of the course is to advance knowledge through original research in the field of health and/or biomedical sciences. The goal of biomedical research is to provide comprehensive and detailed understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the development and normal function of humans and other living organisms and thereby gain insights into the pathological and pathophysiological mechanisms that cause diseases. A detailed understanding of these mechanisms and pathways is essential for identifying potential targets for rational therapeutic interventions, and for disease prevention. Although biomedical research is an important component of clinical success, the scope of biomedical research is, broad, ranging from the study of single molecules to the complex functions and behaviours of the whole organism. Therefore, the aim of this qualification is to develop outstanding researchers who have a deep understanding of biomedical scientific, practical and policy issues, and who can meaningfully contribute to the knowledge economy of South Africa.

Graduates with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences can apply for positions in:
Academic and tertiary Universities both locally and internationally.
Research laboratories
Diagnostic laboratories
Pharmaceutical industry

PhD graduates are often not limited to academia and research as many organisations in the private sector value the independent, critical thinking that PhD graduates bring to organisations.

Admission requirements:
A recognised Masters degree

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.
Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.
General admission requirements

For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.
General admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

Please note:

The fees reflected here are for the 2024 academic year, and are subject to change for 2025.Please confirm the final fee amount by contacting the relevant Faculty Office or contact person as listed at the bottom of this page.

Prepare this quote for:
Compulsary subject(s)

R 16,270.00


For any queries get in contact with:
Mrs Nomathembi Seth (Post Graduate Office)
021 959 6917
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Dr Dirk Bester (Research Coordinator)
021 959 6760
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Dr Samantha Meyer (Admin: Department)
021 959 6902
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NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2024 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.

This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.
Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.