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Biomedical Sciences Students who apply for the Bachelor of Health Sciences in the field of Biomedical Sciences will enter an exciting and dynamic area that is highly relevant to the understanding and treatment of human diseases.
Biomedical Sciences Students who apply for the Bachelor of Health Sciences in the field of Biomedical Sciences will enter an exciting and dynamic area that is highly relevant to the understanding and treatment of human diseases.

Qualification: BHSc

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 3 years

School: Anatomical Science

Study mode: Full-time


Programme Code: MBA05

Biomedical Sciences offers exciting opportunities within the biological sciences such as molecular medicine, physiology, applied anatomy and pharmacology.

In the first two years, students will cover the fundamental topics in biomedical science: Cell Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Honours degrees are available for many of the major subjects completed within the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree including Forensic Sciences, Human Genetics, Human Biology, Medical Cell Biology and Physiology, Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Immunology.

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Healthcare Scientist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Microbiologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Journalist/Writer
First year
  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Health Systems Sciences
  • System Dynamics for Health Sciences
  • Human Anatomy
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Physiology and Medical Biochemistry

Two of the following courses:*

  • Human Biology
  • Medical Cell Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

*Not all course combinations may be available due to timetable constraints and content overlap.

NSC Requirements:

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5
Mathematics Level 5
Life Sciences AND/OR Physical Science Level 5

The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:
1) Your matric academic results for five subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
2) National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores.

Each of the two components carries a 50% weighting.

All applicants must write the NBT. Applicants applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) only, as well as applicants who are in their final year of study towards a Bachelor’s degree, or who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree, are not required to write the NBT.

Application Closing Date: 30 June 2022 | Residence Applications: 30 September 2022

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Wits Plus applicants, applications can only be done online. We will be in contact with you should we require additional documentation.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.