Course Information and Fees



PHD: (doctor)

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.

Career Information
Graduates with this Degree would be able to conceive, design implement original research and communicate this effectively with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society. These skills would enable them to pursue a career in academia as well as research units and laboratories in the field of biomedical and health science.

In addition, many private companies, especially in the health industry value the skills that a PhD develops and therefore opportunities could be available in areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, private laboratories and manufacturing.

Career Opportunities
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


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


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

Postgraduate admission requirements

Career Advantage
A PhD is an academic qualification. Graduates with a PhD have a distinct advantage over Non-PhD candidates when applying for academic or research positions at Universities both locally and internationally. They also have an advantage when applying for promotion and on average earn higher salaries.

Syllabus and fees

Sixth Year

640 ZAR
Experiential Learning
Not applicable to this qualification

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /

Offering Type and Duration
Part-Time /

Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: DR Dirk Bester
Telephone: +27 21 959 6760
Fax: -

Contact: Nomathembi Seth
Telephone: +27 21 959 6917
Fax: -

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 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.