Studying towards the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh) degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as a graduate entrant


Why enter the MBBCh degree as a graduate?

South Africa has a critical need for well-trained, knowledgeable medical professionals who are able to provide health care services often with very limited resources. To honour our commitment to improving the lives of our fellow citizens and to address current shortage of well-educated and highly skilled doctors, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Faculty of Health Sciences has established the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) to increase the number of medical graduates. The GEMP allows entry of suitably qualified candidates who meet certain minimum requirements into the third year of the MBBCh degree. This gives these candidates the opportunity to complete their undergraduate medical studies in a period of only four years after which they enter their internship and government mandated community service period.

What are the minimum requirements for consideration?

  1. A completed undergraduate university degree at a minimum of Bachelor’s or B Tech degree level with an average of at least 60% over the final two completed years of study, but National Diplomas, Technical Diplomas, Certificates and similar qualifications cannot be considered for entry. We also accept applications from candidates who are in their final year of study towards their current university degree.
  2. A completed Biographical Questionnaire, submitted on or before 30 June 2013.
  3. 60% for Matric Mathematics or alternatively 50% for a full-course Mathematics at first year university level.
  4. 50% for first year university level Biology (Full course). Equivalent courses such as Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, Life Sciences and similar courses will also be considered.
  5. 50% for first year university level Physics (Half Course).
  6. 50% for first year university level Chemistry (Half Course).
  7. 60% for Matric English Home Language or First Additional Language.
  8. Applicants who are only applying for the GEMP in the Faculty of Health Sciences do not have to write the National Benchmark Test. If an applicant is also applying for a different degree in the Faculty (example Pharmacy or Physiotherapy), they have to write the NBT, but the NBT results will not be used in the consideration for the GEMP application.
  9. An applicant must be under the age of 45 years at the start of their studies, so for the 2014 intake of students no applicants born before 1 January 1969 will be considered.

I don’t have Biology, Physics and/or Chemistry at University level. What can I do?

 Applicants can study these courses for non-degree purposes through most South African Universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa (UNISA). The relevant UNISA modules can be found here

PLEASE NOTE: The results obtained in these courses will NOT be used in the calculation of an applicant’s Composite Index as these courses form part of the minimum requirements for admission to the programme. Applicants who are busy studying these courses MUST submit the proof of registration for these courses at the time of application and then provide the final results by no later than 15 December 2013.

How do I apply for the Graduate Entry Medical Programme?

  1. The deadline for applications is on the 30th of June 2013 and no late applications will be considered.
  2. On all methods of application please ensure that you are applying for the THIRD year of study for the MBBCh degree. The degree code is MF000, YOS3
  3. You can apply online at
  4. You can download the application forms from the same website and submit them via mail to: Wits Student Enrolment Centre, Private Bag x4, Wits, 2050. Postal applications MUST reach the Student Enrolment Centre before the application deadline.
  5. The forms may also be handed in at the Student Enrolment Centre, Senate House, Wits East Campus, Braamfontein.
  6. Documents required for your application
    1. Completed application form.
    2. Certified copy of your degree certificate if you have already completed your studies.
    3. Certified copy of your academic transcript.
    4. Certified copy of your matric certificate or final school leaving certificate.
    5. Completed Biographical Questionnaire.
    6. Proof of registration if you are currently studying the Minimum Requirement courses (Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology)
    7. Proof of payment of the Application Fee.

I am a foreign applicant – What process should I follow?

  1. All the regular minimum requirements are also applicable to non-South African applicants.
  2. All foreign applicants must contact the Wits International Office to enquire about additional requirements that may apply to them. This includes asylum seekers, refugees and all applicants who are not South African citizens.
  3. The Wits International Office will advise on the accreditation of foreign qualifications as well as issues around study permits and accommodation.
  4. International applicants who obtained their schooling and their university degrees in a language other than English will have to provide proof of English proficiency. This can be done by submitting the results from writing the IELTS test ( where an average score of 8 is required with a minimum score of 7 for any component of the test.
  5. Contact details for the Wits International Office:
    1. Website:
    2. E-mail:
    3. Telephone: +27-11-717-1050.

What is the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT)?

The WAPT is an entry test for the GEMP that is written only once per year and the test is only open to invited candidates. Candidates prepare for this test purely by self-study. The subjects covered in the WAPT are related to the courses covered by MBBCh students in their second year of study and the knowledge is essential for future success in the degree. The Faculty recommends that all applicants start to prepare for the test once their application is submitted to enable them to perform well in the test.

How are candidates selected for the WAPT?

  1. The Faculty Officer will calculate a Composite Index for each candidate using the average of a candidate’s final two completed years of study of their degree(s) and the score obtained for the Biographical Questionnaire.
  2. Using this Composite Index and checking each candidate’s fulfillment of the minimum requirements listed above, candidates are ranked and a group of 250 to 300 candidates are invited to write an entrance test called the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT). Candidates who do not meet the invitation criteria for the WAPT will be notified that their applications are unsuccessful and will no longer be considered. The invited candidates will be notified via surface mail, e-mail and SMS message at least 3 weeks prior to the test date.

What is covered in the WAPT?

  1. The test covers three main fields of study: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Molecular Medicine.
  2. The learning objectives and text books from which the test is set are:
    1.  Terminology for learning objectives
    2.  Human Anatomy
    3.  Human Physiology
    4.  Molecular Medicine
  3. The textbooks listed in the above objectives can be bought from any academic bookstore. Examples of these stores are:
    1.  Van Schaik
    2.  Juta
    3.  Kalahari
    4.  Loot
  4. No previous test papers are available to candidates. Examples of the questions can be found here

When and where is the WAPT written?

  1. Final arrangements of scheduling and venues will be communicated to all invited candidates.
  2. The test is provisionally scheduled for 12 September 2013 at the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences.
  3. No other test dates or venues are available and if a candidate cannot attend the test, their invitation will be deemed as rejected and their application status will be changed to unsuccessful.
  4. No uninvited candidates will be allowed to enter the test venue.

What happens after the WAPT?

 In order to qualify for entry into the GEMP a candidate has to pass the three components of the WAPT separately. All candidates who fail one or more components of the WAPT will be notified that their applications are unsuccessful and that they will no longer be considered. The Faculty will not enter into any disputes and we will not entertain any requests for re-marks or to see the test papers. This decision is final and not open for any reconsideration under any circumstances.

The remaining candidates will be placed on a waiting list until such time that the candidates that are still completing their studies have had the opportunity to submit their final academic transcripts (before 15 December 2013). Once this deadline has passed and the actual number of available places has been determined all applications will be ranked according to the Composite Index score and the top-rated applicants will be offered a place in the programme, while the other applications will be classified as unsuccessful. Note that the marks obtained in the WAPT are not taken into account in the ranking; it is sufficient to have passed all three components for a candidate to be eligible for ranking as described above.

Financial matters

  1. To enquire about the tuition and related fees, please contact the Wits Fees Office.
    1. Telephone: 011-717-1500
    2. Website:
    3. E-mail:
  2. Course codes you will need for the Fees Office:
    1. SCMD3000 – Integrated Basic Medical and Human Sciences A
    2. FAHS1898 – First Aid*
    3. FAHS1997 – Computer Literacy*
  3. * First Aid and Computer Literacy
    It is a requirement that all undergraduate students admitted into the Faculty of Health Sciences have to complete a Level 1 First Aid course as well as a basic Computer Literacy course. Students who are already in possession of certificate(s) of completion of such courses may present the certificate(s) to the Faculty Office to apply for exemption from this requirement.
  4. Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) registration
    It is compulsory for all students registering for the MBBCh degree to be registered as a Medical Student with the HPCSA. Students complete an application form at the time of registration and the University will submit the forms to the HPCSA. The HPCSA registration fee will be added to the student’s University fees account.
  5. To enquire about opportunities for financial aid or scholarships, you can contact the Wits Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
    1.  Telephone: 011-717-1070/87
    2.  Website:
    3.  E-mail:


  1. The number of available places in the Graduate Entry Medical Programme is severely limited and at no stage of the application process can or will any guarantee of entry be made by any person or department. Places are limited by the number of students proceeding from MBBCh 2 into MBBCh 3 (also called GEMP 1) as well as by the number of students who are repeating the GEMP 1 year. As a result of this there is no fixed number of students accepted into the GEMP every year.
  2. Applicants who are invited to write the WAPT are in no way guaranteed a place in the programme. Furthermore, not all applicants who pass the WAPT are guaranteed a place in the programme.
  3. The WAPT dates and times may change closer to the time but the final arrangements will be communicated to all invited candidates. The deadline for notifying candidates about their invitation to the WAPT may also change at very short notice. The Faculty will send the invitations to the e-mail address and the mobile telephone number submitted by the candidate on their application and we will not take responsibility for the non-receipt of the invitations by candidates. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their correct up to date contact details are available to the University.
  4. The UNISA modules listed in point 3 above may change at the discretion of UNISA management. Candidates are urged to communicate directly with a UNISA admissions Officer to ensure that they are enrolled for the correct modules.
  5. Candidates may be rejected based on their Composite index scores even while they are still studying the minimum requirement subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) as the results of these courses are not used in the Composite Index calculation. Also, candidates who fail these minimum requirement courses will be rejected even if their Composite Index is acceptable and they have written and passed the WAPT, as they will then not have met the minimum requirements for entry into the programme.


  1. Wits Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC)
    1. Telephone: 011-717-1030
    2. Fax: 011-717-1299
    3. Website:
    4. E-mail:
    5. Physical: Ground Floor, Senate House, Wits East Campus, Braamfontein
    6. Mail: Private Bag X4, Wits, 2050
  2. Faculty of Health Sciences: GEMP Admissions Officer: Mrs Elize Schreuder
    1. Telephone: 011-717-2029
    2. E-mail:
    3. Physical: Office 4B11, 4th Floor, Wits Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown.