university of cape town faculty of medicine

university of cape town faculty of medicine

The Department of Medicine is a large academic and clinical department which plays a leading role in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and research. We provide clinical services to the communities of the Western Cape and, in the case of our highly specialised services, to patients throughout southern Africa.

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Based in Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), the Department consists of 18 clinical divisions and 10 major research units, covering cardiology, ageing, leukaemia, lung infection, chronic diseases, porphyria, HIV and Immunology. We have a strong research ethic and a rising research output in both the basic and applied medical sciences.

Our staff provide clinical care to patients in our principal teaching hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and in its associated regional hospitals: Somerset Hospital and Victoria Hospital, as well as in the UCT Private Academic Hospital.

The Department of Medicine at George Hospital is a satellite training unit of the department. Our expertise spans the full spectrum of internal medicine, including highly specialised areas such as renal, cardiac and liver transplantation.

DivisionsResearch units within the divisions
CardiologyHatter Institute for Cardiology Research
Clinical HaematologyUCT Leukaemia Unit
Clinical Pharmacology
Dermatology
Endocrinology & Diabetic MedicineChronic Diseases Initiative for Africa
Medical Gastroenterology
Geriatric MedicineAlbertina & Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa
HepatologyUCT Lennox Eales Porphyria Lab
Infectious DiseasesDesmond Tutu HIV Centre
Mycobacterial Immunology Group
Lipidology
Nephrology & Hypertension
Neurology
Lung Infection & Immunity Unit
Pulmonology​
Undergraduate studies

Welcome

 

Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences. The faculty is recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution for the training of health care workers, research and clinical service.

Undergraduate study programmes

Please consult the Faculty of Health Sciences section of the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus for 2018, which sets out the following undergraduate study programmes on offer:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Science in Audiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
  • Higher Certificate in Disability Practice

Eligibility & Process

 

Welcome to prospective applicants to undergraduate study programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Undergraduate Prospectus for 2018

Please consult the Faculty of Health Sciences section of the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus for 2018:
Undergraduate study programmes on offer
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Science in Audiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
  • Higher Certificate in Disability Practice
Eligibility for consideration
For degree programmes and for Higher Certificate in Disability Practice
Required subjects (National Senior Certificate)
At school-leaving level and minimum performance levels to be considered.
International school-leaving certificates
Subjects and minimum performance levels to be considered
National Benchmark Tests
See more information on NBTs for admission. Visit the NBT site.
The Personal Report and Curriculum Vitae
  • The Personal Report (for school-leavers)
  • Curriculum Vitae (for applicants already studying at tertiary level)
Taking a gap year (for school-leavers)
Tertiary applicants
For applicants already studying at a university or other tertiary institution
Admission direct to second year MBChB
For tertiary applicants meeting specific requirements
How we calculate your Faculty Point Score for degree programmes
  • National Senior Certificate (See also guidelines for admission to UCT)
  • South African applicants taking international school-leaving examinations
Number of places available in each programme
Tables summarising probably scores required for admission to degree programmes
Postgraduate studies

Application & selection processes

Postgraduate admission requirements

Postgraduate diplomas

Applicants for any of the Postgraduate Diplomas require an approved Bachelor’s degree with the appropriate subjects or other qualifications that could be considered to be equivalent. In addition, some programmes have additional admission requirements and the relevant department or the Faculty Office (Postgraduate Administration unit) should be contacted directly.

Honours

The minimum admission requirement for an Honours degree is a Bachelor’s degree with specific major subjects. Some programmes have additional admission requirements and the relevant department or the Faculty Office (Postgraduate Administration unit) needs to be contacted directly.

Master’s admission requirements

The minimum admission requirement for a Master’s degree is an Honours degree in the subject that the applicant wishes to pursue at Master’s level. The relevant department or the Faculty Office (Postgraduate Administration unit) should be contacted to establish specific admission requirements.

Applicants for research Master’s degrees are required to submit a research proposal with the application. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the relevant Department direct in this regard.

Doctorates

The minimum requirement for admission as a doctoral candidate is a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

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Applicants are required to submit a research proposal with the application. Prospective aplicants are advised to contact the relevant Department direct in this regard.