Caring for tomorrow



The Department of Pharmacy at the NMMU offers professional undergraduate training for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and postgraduate degrees in pharmacy and service modules in Pharmacology to the Departments of Nursing, Psychology and Human Movement Science and Sport Management.

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Pharmacists, as the custodians of medicine, play an integral role in the health care team by ensuring adequate supply and effective use of medicines. A pharmacist is also key in providing medicine and health-related information to the public and health care professionals.

Pharmacy is a very diverse profession, with pharmacists being involved in every aspect of the medicine supply chain, from discovery and manufacture to the final end-use. Pharmacists are therefore employed in pharmaceutical manufacturing industries, government agencies (such as the Medicines Control Council and the South African Pharmacy Council), medical aid providers, private and public hospitals, community pharmacies and in pharmacy education (universities and other training providers).

With the current global shortage in pharmacists, pharmacists have been classified as a scarce skill, putting them in high demand and with the large number of vacancies for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in both the public and private health care system, pharmacy personnel enjoy job security with excellent retention benefits.

The pharmacy profession needs dynamic individuals willing the meet the challenges faced in the health care system in South Africa in order to meet the health needs of the country.


To be the Leaders in developing and innovating world class
pharmaceutical personnel, products and systems for the benefit of society.

Values and Principles

Innovation: To achieve innovative teaching and research of high quality through maintenance of a balanced integration of scientific excellence, social relevance and the personal growth of students and staff.

Respect for diversity: To encourage learning and working, without fear of any harm, in an open, empowering and professional culture.

People-centredness: To encourage participation of stakeholders, staff and students in decision making.

Engagement: To pursue the full realisation of the Department's potential in dynamic interaction with the community.

Integrity: To encourage students to strive for high standards of professionalism and co-operation with other healthcare personnel in order to best serve the interests of the patient and community.

Excellence: To develop students into highly competent pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the people of South Africa.

Student access, equity and fairness: To promote equity of access and fair opportunities so as to give every student the best chance of academic and professional success.

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Pharmacy Department
Tel: 27 41 504 2128