|The Faculty of Health Sciences has an outstanding international reputation and many of our graduates are leaders in their fields, both in South Africa and worldwide.
The Medical School opened its doors in 1919 and since the first four graduates in 1924, the Faculty has graduated more than 7000 doctors and many hundreds in the allied medical disciplines of Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy.
The Faculty offers students a superb training with practical clinical experience in no less than five major hospitals. The study of health sciences emphasises the importance of physical and mental well - being. Empathy, patience, initiative, integrity and technical aptitude are the essential attributes of the health caregiver.
A profession in healthcare can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, and healthcare practitioners are frequently exposed to life - threatening diseases. In South Africa there is an urgent need for healthcare professionals who can dedicate themselves to preventative and curative healthcare among needy communities.
The study of health sciences provides access to various careers either as a professional practitioner, in education as a lecturer, or in medical research. A new major in Exercise Science was approved for the Biomedical Sciences track and has been introduced for the first time in 2010. Students with this major would be eligible to apply for an Honours Programme in Biokinetics.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is only able to consider a limited number of international applicants, who have "foreign" school - leaving certificates such as the GCE "A" levels or HIGSCE, the International Baccalaureate or the German Abitur. All "foreign" schoolleaving certificates must be evaluated for exemption equivalence.
NB: ALL eligible applicants to Health Sciences are required to write placement tests in June or July 2012 .
In addition, all applicants need to complete the biographical questionnaire.
Please note that the biographical questionnaire includes a confidential report.
Degrees and diplomas offered
The following undergraduate degrees and diploma courses are offered:
- Bachelor of Dental Science -BDS: 5 years
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - MB BCh: 6 years (or 4 years for suitably qualified graduates)
- Bachelor of Nursing - BNurs: 4 years
- Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy - BSc(OT): 4 years
- Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy -BSc(Physiotherapy): 4 years
- Bachelor of Pharmacy - BPharm: 4 years
- Bachelor of Health Sciences - BHSc: 3 years (there are two tracks - Biomedical Sciences and Human Sciences)
- Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice -BCMP: 3 years
- Diploma in Oral Hygiene - DipOH: 2 years
There are two points of entry into MB BCh:
- first year for applicants who are currently in Grade 12 and
- third year for applicants who have completed a degree (this is the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP)
No application to second year will be considered. Those applicants who are currently studying or who have studied at a tertiary institution are advised to complete their studies and apply for admission to the GEMP.