Medicine and Health Sciences
Graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University (SU) are internationally renowned for their ethical and caring attitude, as well as the high quality of healthcare they deliver to their clients, patients and communities.
Students at the Tygerberg Campus, where the Faculty is situated, enjoy a comprehensive student-centred support system consisting of student-driven academic support initiatives such as the Tutor-Mentor Programme, subject-specific tutors and the ResEd (Residence Education) initiative. An experienced team of academics and support staff are involved in the academic progress of students with a particular focus on their general well-being. In addition to expert tuition in well-equipped facilities, students obtain relevant practical experience as they work with patients and communities in the very early stages of their studies.
In 2002, the Faculty founded South Africa's first rural clinical school in South Africa. The Ukwanda Rural Clinical School, with its headquarters in Worcester and branches in Ceres, Robertson, Caledon, Hermanus, Upington and Swellendam, exposes FMHS students to first-hand experience in determining and treating the health needs of rural communities.
Access to undergraduate programmes in both medicine and health sciences depends on a structured selection process. Student numbers in health sciences programmes are limited by Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the South African Nursing Council (SANC) regulations, the available infrastructure and budget of health services and the University, as well as the high demands set by the programmes, which usually can only be completed successfully by those students who have performed at above-average levels at school.
See application and selection for instructions on how to apply for admission. Information on admission requirements are given under each programme.
Note on bringing your own computer to campus
First-year students may bring their own laptops or tablets with them to campus. You will use your device to register as a student at the beginning of the year and use it throughout the year to get access to class notes and podcasts of lectures.
Notice to applicants who are current Stellenbosch University students
Applicants in the category of 'Registered SU students' (MBChB) or 'Registered University students' (all oher programmes) who are currently registered in an SU programme and who want to apply for admission to undergraduate programmes of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, do not follow the same online application process as applicants in the category of 'Current learners (Grade 12) and applicants who have completed school', or in the category of 'Applicants with tertiary qualifications and/or work experience'.
You may download an application form for currently registered SU students here. For more information, please contact the Undergraduate Selection and Recruitment Office under "Enquiries" below.
Notice to applicants with tertiary qualifications and/or work experience
Applicants in the category of 'Applicants with tertiary qualifications and/or work experience' who want to apply for admission to undergraduate programmes of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, have to provide a motivational letter together with the required documents in the application process.
Download the cover page for the motivational letter here. For more information, please contact the relevant selection officer under "Enquiries" below.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences selection guidelines
The Faculty's selection guidelines for each programme are available here and also under the respective programmes.
Language at the Faculty
The use of language at the Faculty in the context of teaching and learning is informed by the Stellenbosch University Language Policy that was implemented in January 2017.
The Faculty also has its own Language Plan that, among others, makes provision for the following:
- No student will be excluded during a lecture, and the use of Afrikaans will not be discontinued.
- During lectures, as well as clinical training, all concepts will be conveyed in English, with explanation of key concepts also in Afrikaans.
- Questions and answers will be explained in the student’s language of preference (English or Afrikaans).
- Module frameworks, study guides, reading matter/class notes and all assessments will be made available in both English and Afrikaans.
Applications for admission
Contact and Client Service Centre
Tel: 021 808 9111
Undergraduate Selection and Recruitment Office (Tygerberg Campus)
Tel: 021 938 9203 / 9533 / 9580
Faculty Officer (Stellenbosch Campus)
Tel: 021 808 4842
National Benchmark Tests
Tel: 021 650 3523