Background: The African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AIBST) and Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to offer a Master degree in Genomics and Precision Medicine. This program is designed to advance the scientific and technical knowledge and translational capabilities required for drugs and diagnostics innovations in the fight against the persistent challenge of infectious diseases and emerging burden of noncommunicable diseases. Graduates of this program will be able to harness the power of genomics for public health precision medicine solutions, thus enable sub Saharan Africa to achieve the SDGs and African Union’s Agenda 2063 goals on health and wellbeing.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICINE
Entry requirements: (i) An honours degree or equivalent in life sciences (biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy, medicine, chemistry or any relevant degree); (ii) Not older than 25 years at the time of commencement in August 2020; (iii) a national and currently resident in a country in one of the five regions of Africa, North, West, East, Central and Southern Africa; (iv) possessing English language spoken and written skills to effectively participate in an English taught degree program; and (v) prepared to relocate to Zimbabwe on a full time basis for a period of 2 years.
Number of students per intake: A total of 10 students will be taken per stream. Two suitably qualified students, a female and a male will be selected from each of the five (5) African regions; North, West, East, Central and Southern Africa.
Course duration: Two (2) years full time. The program comprises two (2) taught semesters over 12 months followed by a research project over 12 months.
Venue: Lectures and practical exercises will be held at the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST). At least 3 months of the research project will be at an international laboratory at a leading University or in Industry.
Faculty: The programme will be taught by a global faculty of experts from leading universities and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. To view some of the experts, visit our site www.aibst.com/global
Scope of training: The course will cover key modules that include: Drug Discovery and Design; Preclinical Pharmacokinetics; Clinical Trials in Drug Development; Analytical Technologies in Drug Discovery and Development; Drug Formulation and Manufacturing; Synthesis and Manufacturing of Active and Non-Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients; Pharmaceutics Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Affairs; Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance; Research Methods and Biostatistics; Production and Value Addition to Medicinal Natural Products; Biologics Drug Development; Drug Safety, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory and Quality Compliance; and Pharmaceutical innovation and Entrepreneurship
Career prospects: Graduates of this programme shall be employed as experts in drug discovery and development industries, as regulatory experts in medicines control authorities, academics, research and development scientists in pharmaceutical industries and academic institutions, clinical researchers in clinical research organisations, manufacturers in pharmaceutical industries. They can be consultants and entrepreneurs in pharmaceutical medicine and technology.
Scholarships: The ten qualifying students will be awarded full scholarship that cover; (i) two return air tickets (one per year) to home country; (ii) registration fees; (iii) full board accommodation that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, (iv) to and from transport from residence to AiBST and (v) medical aid cover. Candidates are expected to take care of their other daily requirements not covered by the scholarship. The scholarships are provided for by the International Science Program (ISP) in Sweden.
Application Details: (i) complete the attached application form and attach all requested documents, (ii) submit a one page motivation letter for your application (iii) three recommendation letters from (a) department chair at the university you completed your BSc, (b) head of a life science professional society in your region stating the relevance of the degree for scientific and technical development in your country or region and (c) Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education or of Health in your country stating the countries in need of the skills you will acquire. Submission will go through two stages of evaluation, first by fellows or representatives of regional and continental organisations and societies in the biomedical