I want to apply for Medicine for 2017 but where can I study and what do I have to do?

You are right in preparing now because Medicine has unusual rules and deadlines for applying. There is a lot of competition for few places, so it is a good idea to apply to more than one university and for more than one course of study. If you miss out in 2017, taking a lesser course of study may mean that if you do well, your results may provide you with a better opportunity in 2018.

  1. Make sure you know where to apply. See the list of Universities offering Health qualifications, below.
  2. Choose 3 universities in case you are not successful at the first 2.
  3. Check whether you meet the requirements. Please note: The marks given are usually the MINIMUM allowed but applicants who score higher are often the first in. There are some concessions for disadvantaged students.
  4. Find application dates and forms and complete before the deadline
  5. Register for the National Benchmark Test and make sure you write before their deadline.

Not all universities have published their 2016 closing dates for health (for 2017). We will include them in the list below as they are published. You can also find more information about the universities here:

http://www.careerplanet.co.za/institutions

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

http://www.health.uct.ac.za/

Student Guide:

http://bit.ly/1FYJacx

Application for 2017 closing date: 30th September 2016:

  • BSc in Speech-Language Pathology: 4 years of study followed by 1 year community service 
  • BSc in Audiology: 4 years of study followed by 1 year community service 
  • BSc in Occupational Therapy: 4 years of study followed by 1 year community service 
  • BSc in Physiotherapy: 4 years of study followed by 1 year community service 
  • MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery [6 years then 2 years’ internship and 1 year community service.]

UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE, BLOEMFONTEIN

http://health.ufs.ac.za/

Student Guide:

http://bit.ly/1rJyKs0

Application for 2017 closing date:

31st May 2016: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBChB); Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Radiation Sciences [BMedSc (Radiation Science)] and all applications for new first-year undergraduate students in the School for Allied Health Professions.

29th July 2016: Bachelor of Social Science in Nursing, i.e. BSocSci (Nursing)

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Occupational Therapy,
  • BSc Audiology
  • BSc Speech-Language Pathology

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL (UKZN) DURBAN, PIETERMARITZBURG

Closing dates not in as at 29th of April

http://www.ukzn.ac.za/

  • Bachelor of Audiology
  • Bachelor of Speech
  • B Dental Therapy
  • B Medical
  • B Medical Science
  • B Occupational Therapy
  • B Optometry
  • B Pharmacy
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Sport Science
  • B Nursing
  • MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery [6 years]

SEFAKO MAKGATHO HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY (SMU)

GA-RANKUWA

Student application Guide:

http://bit.ly/1r7Ya1D

Application for 2017 closing date:

27 June 2016: MBChB, BDS, B Dent Ther, B Oral Hygiene, BSc (Physio), BRad (Diagn), B Pharm

29 July 2016: BSc (Diet), B Speech Path Lang & Audio. B Occ Ther, BSc, B Cur, BNSc

  • MBChB,
  • BDS,
  • B Dent Ther,
  • B Oral Hygiene,
  • BSc (Physio),
  • BRad (Diagn), B Pharm
  • BSc (Diet),
  • B Speech Path Lang & Audio.
  • B Occ Ther,
  • BSc,
  • B Cur,
  • BNSc

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA (UP)

PRETORIA

Undergraduate brochure

http://bit.ly/1QJ9Nkt

Application for 2017 closing date: 31 May 2016

Higher Certificate in Sports Science 30TH September 2016

  • B ChD – Bachelor of Dental Surgery [5 years]
  • B OH – Bachelor of Oral Hygiene [3 years]
  • B Dietetics – Bachelor of Dietetics [4 years]
  • B Nurs – Bachelor of Nursing Science [4 years]
  • B OccTher – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy1 [4 years]
  • B Physio – Bachelor of Physiotherapy [4 years]
  • B Rad – Bachelor of Radiography [3 years]
  • B Clinical Medical Practice – Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice [3 years]
  • MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery [6 years]
  • B SportSci (Sports Science) – Bachelor of Sports Science [3 years]
  • H Cert (Sports Science) (Sport Coaching) [1 year]
  • H Cert (Sports Science) (Education) [1 year]

UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH (SUN)

Undergraduate guide:

http://bit.ly/1MtOXux

Application for 2017 closing date: 31 May 2016

  • MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery [6 years]
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy 4 years
  • BSc in Physiotherapy 4 years
  • Bachelor of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy 4 years

WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY (WSU),

MTHATHA, EASTERN CAPE

http://www.wsu.ac.za/waltersisulu/

Closing dates not in as at 29th of April

  • BCur (Basic)         
  • BSc Health Promotion (Allied Health Professions)
  • Bachelor of Medical Clinical Practice (Medicine)

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND (WITS),

JOHANNESBURG

Guide for undergraduates:

http://bit.ly/1W04Iw4

Application for 2017 closing date: 30 June 2016

  • Bachelor of Dental Science – BDS (5 years)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – MBBCh 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 plans – Biomedical Sciences and Biokinetics)
  • Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice – BCMP (3 years)
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences – BOHSc (3 years)