Faculty of Health Sciences

MASTER OF MEDICINE (M MED)

Introduction

 

The M Med Curriculum is similar in content to the Fellowship Syllabuses of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. The overall objective is to produce skilled Medical Specialists in clinical disciplines with the capability to pursue academic career.

 The disciplines accredited to date by HPSCA for the award of the Colleges of Medicine Fellowships are:

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Anatomical Pathology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology         
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology           
  • Urology

However, Paediatrics Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Critical Care and Anaesthesia have not yet been approved by the University for the award of M Med and Registrars are registered either in related disciplines of Medicine or Surgery.

M Med Family Medicine has been approved by the University and recently approved by HPCSA as a specialist qualification.

HPSCA did not approve automatic recognition of M Med degree only for specialist registration.  Therefore, prior to the award of M Med, postgraduate students must pass the Fellowship examinations of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

Admission

A person may be admitted as a candidate for Master degree in Medicine (M Med) if he or she:

          Meets the admission requirements as a postgraduate student of Walter Sisulu University.

 Fulfils the registration requirements of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Medical Practitioner (full/independent registration categories)

OR

          Has passed MBChB or equivalent and at least 3 years of post graduation.

OR

Has passed Part 1 examination of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa or Part 1 M Med examination of another University in South Africa. OR

 Has passed Part II examination of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa or Part II M Med examination of another University in South Africa.

Registration

A person who has been offered admission to the M Med programme and for training for the fellowship examinations of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa must register every year at the beginning of the Session or at any other time of the year by special permission of the Registrar.  

Summary of Courses

QUALIFICATION / COURSES

CODES

CREDITS

Master of Medicine in Anaesthesiology

   

MMed in Anaesthesiology I

ANA 51M0

40

MMed in Anaesthesiology II

ANA 52M0

40

MMed in Anaesthesiology III

ANA 53M0

40

MMed in Anaesthesiology IV (Research)  

ANA 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Anatomical Pathology

   

MMed in Anatomical Pathology I

PTH 51M0

40

MMed in Anatomical Pathology II

PTH 52M0

40

MMed in Anatomical Pathology III

PTH 53M0

40

MMed in Anatomical Pathology IV (Research)  

PTH 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Community Medicine

   

MMed in Community Medicine I

COM 51M0

40

MMed in Community Medicine II

COM 52M0

40

MMed in Community Medicine III

COM 53M0

40

MMed in Community Medicine IV(Research)  

COM 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Diagnostic Radiology

   

MMed in Diagnostic Radiology I

DGR 51M0

40

MMed in Diagnostic Radiology II

DGR 52M0

40

MMed in Diagnostic Radiology III

DGR 53M0

40

MMed in Diagnostic Radiology IV(Research)  

DGR 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Family Medicine

   

MMed in Family Medicine I

FAM 51M0

40

MMed in Family Medicine II

FAM 52M0

40

 

QUALIFICATION / COURSES

CODES

CREDITS

MMed in Family Medicine III

FAM 53M0

40

MMed in Family Medicine IV (Research)  

FAM 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in General Surgery

   

MMed in General Surgery I

SRG 51M0

40

MMed in General Surgery II

SRG 52M0

40

MMed in General Surgery III

SRG 53M0

40

MMed in General Surgery IV (Research)  

SRG 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

   

MMed in Obstetrics and Gynaecology I

OBS 51M0

40

MMed in Obstetrics and Gynaecology II

OBS 52M0

40

MMed in Obstetrics and Gynaecology III

OBS 53M0

40

MMed in Obstetrics and Gynaecology IV(Research)  

OBS 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Medicine

   

MMed in Medicine I

MED51M0

40

MMed in Medicine II

MED 52M0

40

MMed in Medicine III

MED53M0

40

MMed in Medicine IV (Research)  

MED54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology

OPH 51M0

40

MMed in Ophthalmology I

OPH 52M0

40

MMed in Ophthalmology II

OPH 53M0

40

MMed in Ophthalmology III

OPH 54M0

60

MMed in Ophthalmology IV (Research)

 

(180)

Master of Medicine in Otorhinolaryngology

   

MMed in Otorhinolaryngology I

ENT 51M0

40

MMed in Otorhinolaryngology II

ENT 52M0

40

MMed in Otorhinolaryngology III

ENT 53M0

40

MMed in Otorhinolaryngology IV (Research)  

ENT 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health

   

MMed in Paediatrics and Child Health I

PAE 51M0

40

MMed in Paediatrics and Child Health II

PAE 52M0

40

 

QUALIFICATION / COURSES

CODES

CREDITS

MMed in Paediatrics and Child Health III

PAE 53M0

40

MMed in Paediatrics and Child Health IV (Research)  

PAE 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Paediatric Surgery

   

MMed in Paediatric Surgery I

PSR 51M0

40

MMed in Paediatric Surgery II

PSR 52M0

40

MMed in Paediatric Surgery III

PSR 5M03

40

MMed in Paediatric Surgery IV (Research)  

PSR 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Psychiatry

   

MMed in Psychiatry I

PSY 51M0

40

MMed in Psychiatry II

PSY 52M0

40

MMed in Psychiatry III

PSY 53M0

40

MMed in Psychiatry IV (Research)  

PSY 54M0  

60

(180)

Master of Medicine in Radiation Oncology

   

MMed in Radiation Oncology I

RAO 51M0

40

MMed in Radiation Oncology II

RAO 52M2

40

MMed in Radiation Oncology III

RAO 53M0

40

MMed in Radiation Oncology IV (Research)  

RAO 54M0  

60

(180)

 

Content

Each department has a structured programme relevant to the discipline and obtainable in the Postgraduate Office at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha Campus.

Examinations

The candidate must pass the relevant fellowship examination of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa for that discipline.

In the case of Master of Medicine in Psychiatry (MMed Psych), the candidate can write the Walter Sisulu University MMed Part l examinations which have equivalence with FC Psych Part l examinations of the College of Psychiatrists. The candidate will still be expected to pass the FC Psych Part ll examinations and complete a mini-dissertation in order to be eligible to register as a specialist and complete the MMed Psych degree

 The candidate should obtain at least 50% for the mini-dissertation from at least one external examiner.

Dissertation Structure/Content

A dissertation must be typed in double spacing and be stoutly bound. The title page of the dissertation must bear the following inscription

Full title of dissertation       Full name of candidate            Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Medicine in ………….. (name of discipline) at the Walter Sisulu University.

  • Names of Supervisors
  • Name of Academic Head of Department
  • Date Submitted

For full details, consult the University General Prospectus.  

Award of M Med

A person who wishes to be considered for award of the M Med degree must submit a written application on a prescribed form to the Registrar having fulfilled the admission requirement