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Research and Post Graduate Training

Research focus area:
Drug research and Development

Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University,
Potchefstroom Campus

Most of the members of this focus area are employees of the School of Pharmacy and also registered Pharmacists. They act as tutors for academic interns during their Masters degree studies.
We have 12 NRF-rated members in this focus area.
Sub-programmes
Drug design and mechanisms in neuropsychiatry and neuroprotection
In this sub-programme there are several internationally recognized researchers with expertise in chemical synthesis of organic compounds, chemical-physical characteristics, structure-activity relationship and drug design, metabolism, inborn errors of metabolism, analytical method development, mitochondrial studies etc. The group also focuses on the diseases and therapy of the central nervous system (CNS), specifically anxiety and stress-related disorders, and the involvement of neurodegeneration. The sub-programme aims to develop animal models of neurological and psychiatric illnesses (in vitro and in vivo) with the aim of improving our understanding of the biological basis and pharmacological treatment of a given disorder.
Drug Delivery
Drug delivery has an excellent team working on drug delivery processes across biological membranes in order to enable more efficient bioavailability and delivery of drugs and the development of novel cost effective drug delivery systems. Research on the physico chemical aspect of formulation for industry is also our core business.
Post graduate programmes
All post graduate programmes are managed by the focus area. We offer Masters, Ph.D as well as Post Doctoral training. Students can do an academic internship during their Masters degree studies in the School of Pharmacy.
Magister Scientiae
In the School of Pharmacy a M.Sc. can be obtained in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.

Admission requirements
Students in possession of a four year B.Sc.(Farm), or B.Pharm. degree, or a Hons.B.Sc. in a relevant field of study or a qualification deemed equivalent by the Senate, will be admitted.
In the case of a three year B.Sc.(Farm) or B.Pharm. degree, additional courses as determined by the Subject Leader will be required.
Minimum duration
The minimum duration of the study is one year.
Courses
Pharmacology
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Pharmaceutics

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of
A dissertation on a approved subject.
Courses as required by the Programme co-ordinator and Advisor.
An oral and/or written examination serving as a test for specialised knowledge in the discipline from which the subject for the dissertation was chosen and/or related subjects.

Philosophiae Doctor
Admission requirements
A relevant M.Sc. or M.Pharm. degree or any qualification deemed equivalent by the Senate.
Minimum duration
The minimum duration of the study is two years.
Courses
MODULE
DESCRIPTION
Pharmacology
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Pharmaceutics
Curriculum
The study consists of original research leading to a thesis and/or additional examination papers as determined by the Programme co-ordinator and supervisor.
For more information please contact us
Prof. Jeanetta du Plessis
Director Research Focus Area 9.2
Telephone: +27 (0) 18-299 2274
E-mail: fmsjdp@puk.ac.za

Linda Grimbeek
Administrative officer
Telephone: +27 (0) 18-299 4015
E-mail: fkllg@puk.ac.za
Fax: +27 (0) 18-2935219
E-Mail: fkllg@puk.ac.za

Private Bag x6001
Box 16
North-West University
Potchefstroom Campus
Potchefstroom
2520


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CONTACT

Prof. Jeanetta du Plessis

Director Research Focus Area 9.2

Tel: +27 (0) 18-299 2274
E-mail:
fmsjdp@puk.ac.za

Linda Grimbeek

Administrative officer

Telephone: +27 (0) 18-299 4015
E-mail:
fkllg@puk.ac.za

Fax: +27 (0) 18-2935219

Private Bag x6001
Box 16
North-West University
Potchefstroom Campus
Potchefstroom
2520

Website: www.puk.ac.za

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