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Wits University Faculty of Health Sciences Research
Molecular Medicine This degree is designed to prepare students for the intellectual and physical challenges of laboratory biomedical research.
Molecular Medicine This degree is designed to prepare students for the intellectual and physical challenges of laboratory biomedical research.

Qualification: BHSc(Honours)

School: Pathology

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 1 year

Study mode: Full-time


The degree focuses on developing a thorough understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of human diseases, which can be applied towards better disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention by developing novel diagnostic devices, drugs and vaccines.

Recently, rapid progress in molecular medicine has been achieved using new technologies such as high-throughput sequencing, bioinformatics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and synthetic biology.

Overall, the programme is an intense and rewarding experience which will equip students to handle the tools used in today’s modern molecular laboratory and will provide an advanced theoretical foundation for future success in a biomedical and/or health biotechnology career.

  • Academic researcher/scientist
  • Biotechnology industry researcher/scientist or administration and management
  • Medical services (diseases monitoring, diagnostics, forensics)
  • Industry services (representatives, equipment specialists, consultants)
  • Some fields may require further study (MSc or PhD)
  • Courses in research techniques and bioinformatics (5 weeks)
  • Laboratory research project (8 months)
  • Tutorials/lectures in molecular and cell biology; immunology; stem cells; proteomics and molecular diagnostics, molecular mechanisms of cancer and infectious diseases , including: HIV, HBV, Malaria, TB
  • BHSc with major in Molecular Medicine or
  • BSc with one or more of the following majors: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics or
  • BEngSci in Biomedical Engineering
  • Average of 60% or more in the third year major course
  • Average of 60% or more in molecular medicine (HAEM2000) if another BHSc major is done in third year
Additional Entry Requirements

The application should be accompanied by:

  • Academic transcript
  • An updated CV
  • If required, interviews will be conducted in November
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
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