Faculty of Health Sciences


The curriculum at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Walter Sisulu University is an innovative problem-based and community-based education programme. This curriculum extends over at least six academic years of full-time study. All new entrants into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery training programme shall follow the new sixyear curriculum. The old five year curriculum will apply to pipeline students who are in level 5 of the programme.

Admission procedure

Due to the structure of this curriculum, admission to MBChB can only be at MBChB I level. However, under special circumstances, students coming from other medical schools that offer integrated problem-based and community- based programmes, may be considered at levels other than MBChB I, on a case-by-case basis.

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

NSC achievement rating, at first attempt, of at least -

Compulsory Subjects

5(60-69%) in English at Home language or First Additional language

5(60-69%) in Mathematics 5(60-69%) in Physical Sc

5(60-69%) in Life Sciences

5 (60-69%) in two non Life Orientation subjects

Good performance in Grade 11 end-of-year examinations and Grade 12 mid-year/trial examinations will be a recommendation. Matric must be passed at the first attempt within two years of the closing date of the application

Applicants with qualifications from countries other than the Republic of South Africa will have their qualifications evaluated by the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB). The University Admissions Office will communicate with the JMB on this issue. Candidates with A-levels should have obtained a minimum of 3 principal passes at grades D or better.

Post Matric Applicants A limited number of students with appropriate degrees may be considered for admission.

Graduate students are assessed on the basis of their post-matric results as well as their matriculation results.

Matric Compulsory Subjects

4(50-59%) in English at Home language or First Additional language

4(50-59%) in Mathematics 4(50-59%) in Physical Sc

4(50-59%) in Life Sciences

4(50-59%) in two non Life Orientation subjects

Applicants are assessed with a scoring system that includes the NQF level of post-matric qualification, the CESM category of the qualification, and the time taken to complete the course (vis-a-vis the duration of the course).

Selection Procedure

A selected number of candidates will be recommended to the Faculty Admissions Committee.

Final selection for admission.

Academic results and/or performance, as well as sociodermographic scores will be used for final selection for admission. The recommendations of the Faculty Admissions Committee for admission will be final.

 The closing date for MBChB applications will be 30 September.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the University with official results. No applicantions will be processed without results.

Grade 11: end-of-year results Grade 12: June 

Grade 12 final results

Diploma / Degree end-of-year results


All students must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) at the beginning of their first year of study. Students will not be allowed to proceed to second year without HPCSA Registration. Students who resume their professional studies after an interruption of more than one year are required to renew their registration with the Council.


delivery. There are small group tutorials, laboratory classes, projects, clinical clerkships, patient presentations, bedside clinical teaching, clinical procedures, grand round presentations, seminars and a few lectures. The curriculum is student-centred, problem-based, integrated, community-based, has electives and has self-directed learning. There is early exposure of students to clinical practice, diagnostic disciplines (Chemical Pathology, Haematology, and Radiology) and community-based education.

Programme Organisation and Delivery The medical curriculum is divided into 3 phases as follows:

Phase I

Year 1   -              36 weeks

Year 2   -              39 weeks

Phase II

Year 3   -              36 weeks

Phase III

Year 4   -              36 weeks

Year 5   -              44 weeks

Year 6   -              36 weeks


Total time dedicated to teaching and learning: 227 weeks.

In addition, the examinations in the MBChB programme are by their nature also learning opportunities for the student.

The content in each phase is organised into 4 themes as follows:

Theme 1. Normal Structure and Function

Theme 2. Abnormal Structure and Function

Theme 3. Population Medicine

Theme 4.  Clinical Practice.  

This is a spiral curriculum where all 4 themes are introduced at level 1 but in various degrees and depth. New information in the next level is introduced in such a way that there is a link with information obtained from the previous level. Previously acquired information, therefore, acts as a building block, as students “walk” their way through the course from Level I to Level V. For this reason, the programme is not modularised.