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MBBCh Medicine and Surgery Degree at Wits

MBBCh Medicine and Surgery Degree at Wits: An MBBCh degree opens doors to exciting and challenging careers. Surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists, radiologists, and family medicine practitioners start with an MBBCh.

Qualification: MBBCh

FacultyHealth Sciences

Duration: 6 years

SchoolClinical Medicine

Study mode: Full-time

There is a critical need in South Africa’s under-served areas for doctors to provide quality preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services.

The country offers modern facilities in both academic and private practice settings, with the opportunity to perform research at many levels.

There are two entry points into the MBBCh:

  • First-year, for applicants currently in Grade 12, and
  • Third-year, for applicants who have completed a relevant prerequisite degree – the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP). Click here for more information about GEMP. No application to second year will be considered. Applicants who are currently studying or who have studied at a tertiary institution are advised to complete their studies and then apply for admission to the GEMP.

Career Opportunities

Areas of Specialisation:
• Anaesthesiology
• Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
• Community Health
• Family Medicine
• Forensic Medicine
• Internal Medicine
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Ophthalmology
• Pathology
• Paediatrics
• Psychiatry
• Radiology
• Surgery


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.

Do you already have a degree?
The GEMP offers an entry point into the third year of the MBBCh degree at Wits for suitably qualified graduates who want to become doctors. Years three to six of the MBBCh programme cover integrated multidisciplinary and clinical courses. As each year of study is compulsory, no student may be admitted into the programme after the third year.

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