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School Admission requirements


MBChB Students

(i)       Applications for admission to MBChB I can be considered only from students who are in possession of/or about to receive a Matriculation or Matriculation Exemption Certificate with pass marks of a C (HG) or equivalent in Mathematics and Physical Science.

Note:     If an applicant’s matriculation certificate does not indicate a pass in Mathematics, a further certificate to the effect that an Assessment in Mathematics of a standard at least equivalent to that of the Matriculation Assessment has been passed, is required.

(ii)                 Whereas admission of a student is by selection, a request for change of course between faculties should only be handled by application to the other faculty for admission to the following year, via the normal application process.

(iii)           From 2018/2019, because of the implementation of the new curriculum, students will no longer be eligible for admission at MBChB III or higher.

(iii)                No student shall be permitted to register for any course in the following year of study unless s/he has passed all required courses of the previous year.

(iv)                A student who has previously been excluded from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University or any other University for academic reasons must prove academic competence by having successfully completed a relevant BSc degree majoring in one of the following subjects/courses Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Microbiology or Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree (B.Med.Sci) before s/he may be considered for possible selection in terms of the normal selection procedure. A second exclusion is permanent.

(v)                 No student shall be permitted to renew his/her registration unless all outstanding debts have been paid in full or acceptable arrangements have been made with the Director: Finance.

(vi)                A student is subject to the rules pertaining to all subjects/courses for that year of study.

(vii)       Should a student fail a year of study, the student will then be subject to the rules, which are valid for his/her year of re-registration as this is in the best academic interest of the student.

(vii)              Any student admitted to MBChB I or promoted to MBChB II – IV, must commence attending the course no later than three weeks after the first lectures/practicals of that study year has commenced.   A student, who can only start the course for whatever reason, after that time, will be admitted to that course only in the next academic year. Such students will have to apply to School Board for interruption of studies for the duration of the relevant academic year stating the reasons for this.

B Rad (Diagn) Degree Students

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be in possession of a Matriculation or national senior certificate with minimum score of 4 in Mathematics, Physical Science, English and Life Sciences.
  2. The final selection of applicants has always been distributed in accordance with the statistics South African demographics
Black 78%
Indians 03%
Whites 11%
Coloured 08%


(i) Students who hold the BSc (Med) degree from Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University or equivalent qualification from another South African university can register for the degree if selected (if the requirement of (c) below is met).

(ii) Students who hold similar qualifications may enquire from the heads of the various departments concerned what the requirements would be for them to obtain BSc (Med) Status at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. No person is, however, automatically entitled to BSc (Med) status regardless of the type and number of qualifications they hold.

(iii) Normally no student who obtained less than 60% for the course in question at the pre-graduate level will be allowed to do the Honours degree programme without having written a special Admission examination. The head of the department will determine the nature of such an Admission examination.

(iv) In certain circumstances, students with non-degree qualifications can be admitted to this degree program after completion of a full BSc (Med) Status examination and upon recommendation by Senate.

(v) A full BSc (Med) Status examination would consist of a BSc (Med) examination in two courses at third year level of which one would be the course in which the student intends to do their Honour’s degree programme. The two courses have to be written in the same examination. The examination will therefore not differ in any way from that of students for the BSc (Med) degree (except as for (vi).

(vi) No re-examination will be allowed in a status examination but students will be allowed a second attempt to pass the examination.

(vii) As in the case of graduates, students in a status examination will have to obtain at least 60% in the course in which they intend to do an Honour’s degree programme.

(viii) Only two attempts at passing the status examination will be allowed.

(ix) Should the student fail one course, both full examinations will have to be repeated at the end of the following year.



MMed Degree Programme
In order to be admitted to an M Med degree course a candidate must:

(i)              be in possession of an MBChB or equivalent degree and be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a medical practitioner.

(ii)             be appointed to a Registrar’s post recognised by the HPCSA. This post must be occupied for the full duration of registration as required under these rules.

(iii)            meet any other requirements that may be enunciated in the rules for the specific degree for which registration is requested.

(i)              All MMed students as a prerequisite must have completed an approved research methodology course within two years of a four-year programme, and three years of a five year programme in accordance with rule SMM1.2 (iv).

MSc Degree Programme
(i) Applicants must be in possession of an Honours degree in Psychology or an equivalent or have received status from Senate according to the rules and regulations regarding such Admission. A student must have obtained an average mark of 65% and above to be considered.
MSc (Med)Degree Programme
(i)                   This course is open to students who are in possession of BSc (Med) (Hons) degree or who have received BSc (Med) (Hons) status. MSc (Med) studies may be continued in the respective fields in accordance with Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University General Rules for Postgraduate studies.

(ii)                 An MBChB graduate may be admitted directly to MSc (Med) studies provided that the duration of the study period for the MSc (Med) course is extended by one year.

(iii)                Any candidate accepted for MSc (Med) Physiology who has not done a course in Biostatistics will be required to do Biostatistics (BIOZ 701) as part of the MSc (Med) degree.

PhD Degree Programme
Unless otherwise indicated, the General Rules for postgraduate students apply.

A candidate for the degree of PhD shall execute during not less than two academic years advanced research under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by Senate. The student shall in the first year, enrol for and pass the courses:

REME801             Research Methodology, and

PROD801              Protocol Development, unless he/she can provide proof of having passed these courses within the previous five years.

The research may take place in the University or in an institution deemed by the Senate to be part of the University for this purpose.

Admission Requirements – DSc (Med) Degree Programme
The degree of Doctor of Medical Science, DSc (Med) would normally follow on a PhD or MD and could be awarded to a candidate for high level and internationally recognised research based on peer reviewed research articles published in internationally recognised journals. Review articles would not be considered.