Stellenbosch University Requirements for medicine

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB,ChB)


Admission requirements

Write the NBTs
For the National Senior Certificate achieve an aggregate of at least 70%
Mathematics (level 4)
Physical Sciences (level 4)
Life Sciences (level 4)
Afrikaans and English as subjects are strongly recommended
About 235 candidates are selected in the year preceding study.

The aim of this programme is to produce recently graduated Stellenbosch doctors who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to optimally utilise the opportunities available during the two-year internship so as to function autonomously in the primary health care sector thereafter, and who have acquired the ability and insight to develop further personally and professionally.


Training of medical doctors


The programme runs over six years and consists of three phases.

Phase 1: A foundation is laid during the greater part of the first year, by studying the natural sciences, such as Biology and Chemistry, within the context of health sciences, and basic aspects of health, and personal and professional development. The basic principles of the disturbance of body functions during illness and its treatment are also covered.

Phase 2 (clinical medicine): This phase extends from the second year to the end of the first semester of the fifth year and covers the theoretical and practical aspects of the normal structures and functions of the body’s various organ systems and their disorders in an integrated way. Already from the second semester of the second year students begin to acquire first-hand experience of the management of patients during clinical rotation modules.

Phase 3 (clinical consolidation or student internship): In the last three semesters, all training is practical and takes place in the clinical environment.

The six-year training is followed by two years of internship and thereafter a year of community service, subsequent to which you will be eligible for registration as an independent medical practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

A wide range of employment opportunities exist, for instance, in private practice, in hospitals or other medical institutions, in various government or nongovernmental organisations, in research, in academic medicine or in the private sector (for example, insurance companies or the pharmaceutical industry). Postgraduate studies for a career in research or for specialisation in any clinical discipline are further attractive options.

For more information refer to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Yearbook.

Extended Degree Programme (EDP) for MB,ChB

Students for the MB, ChB, BSc in Dietetics, BScPhysio and BSL and HT degrees who have been disadvantaged by suboptimal schooling may be selected by the Faculty to join its Extended Degree Programme. The objective is to put the degree in Medicine, Dietetics, Physiotherapy or Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy within reach of such persons. To this end, the programme offers them assistance in developing their potential.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.