Stellenbosch University

Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
Cape Town South Africa

Teaching Methodology:

Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Bernd Rosenkranz

Stellenbosch University

University Accreditation: Yes

Centre of Excellence


This 2-year, part-time course (starting January each year) is a joint venture between the Division of Pharmacology, Department of Medicine at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Health Sciences and the Tiervlei Trial Centre. It aims to equip students with a thorough understanding and knowledge of new drug development and the principles of clinical pharmacology; pharmaceutical development and safety pharmacology; the planning and execution of clinical trials; clinical epidemiology, ethics, statistics and data management, as well as pharmacovigilance, pharmaceutical marketing and economics of health care. The modular format and course structure (i.e. 3 full days every quarter) were specifically adopted to accommodate part-time students and those from out of town. The course is also open to students preparing for the Dip Pharm Med examination of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (UK). Each module is also offered as a stand-alone short course. **please note that this course is based in South Africa**


Module I: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Medicine - Drug Discovery - Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Module II: Non-clinical Development of Medicines - Pharmaceutical Development - Non-clinical Safety Pharmacology and Toxicology - Ethical and Regulatory Issues Module III: Clinical Development of Medicines - Clinical Development of Medicines - Biometrics, Epidemiology and Data Management Module IV: Pharmacovigilance, Marketing, Economics of Health Care - Safety of Medicines and Pharmacovigilance - Pharmaceutical Marketing; Economics of Health Care

Covered Areas

Scientific Areas

Immunology and allergic disorders Information management PK/PD modelling Target discovery and lead selection

Therapeutic Areas

Ageing Cardiovascular disorders Dermatologic disorders Ear, nose, throat, and dental disorders Endocrine and metabolic disorders Eye disorders Gastrointestinal disorders Genitourinary disorders Gynaecology and obstetrics Haematology and oncology Hepatic and biliary disorders Infectious diseases Injuries and poisoning Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders Neurologic disorders Nutritional disorders Psychiatric disorders Pulmonary disorders


Quality - GMP, GCP, GLP

IMI Standards

  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
  • The facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competences available for the support of student learning
  • University accreditation OR a system for approving, monitoring and reviewing the training offered