The School of Medicine at University of Pretoria started out as the Faculty of Medicine in 1943. The first class comprised of 57 students. Over the years class sizes increased and departments of allied health care were added to the Faculty. With the formation of the Faculty of Health Sciences in 1999 the School of Medicine was established as one of four Schools in the Faculty, the others being Schools of Dentistry, Health Care Sciences and Health Systems & Public Health.
The School of Medicine offers training for the following degrees:
MMed in different specialties
MPhil (Philosophy and ethics of mental health)
BClinical Medical Practice
MPhil (Pain Management)
Master of Early Childhood Intervention
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy
Postgraduate Diplomas are also offered in Family Medicine and in General Ultrasound.
We hope you find all the details you are hoping to find on this site. Details of all the courses can be found by using the Academic Programmes link. You can also find additional information in the yearbook of the University of Pretoria and on the site for prospective students.
Dr Likhona Masika, a specialist registrar in UPís Department of Chemical Pathology, has been awarded a prestigious two-year fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. The NIH is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services and is the world's largest biomedical research agency.
Two staff members from UPís Department of Pharmacology have been elected to the board of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). Prof Vanessa Steenkamp, who currently oversees the Phytomedicine unit in the department, was elected as Vice-President of the society and Dr Andrť Marais, a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, was elected as treasurer.
The fight for the health and wellbeing of South Africans should be taken into the homes of the neediest individuals and families, believes Professor Jannie Hugo, Head of the Department of Family Medicine at UP.
Mr Werner Cordier, who is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Vanessa Steenkamp from the Department of Pharmacology at UP, was awarded the prestigious IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa) award for best research in basic pharmacology for his research titled ‘An in vitro mechanistic evaluation of the hepatotoxic properties of Solanum aculeastrum’.
Chemotherapy and radiation that are used currently in the fight against cancer not only attack cancer cells but also normal cells, and this leads to side effects for patients receiving treatment. In 2005, UP wonder couple Professors Annie and Fourie Joubert decided to combine their expertise in biochemistry and bioinformatics in pursuit of developing a new anticancer drug that targets only cancer cells. Together with their postgraduate students, and with national and international collaboration, they have so far achieved results that hold great promise for anticancer drug development.