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.
What are the requirements for study at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences?
Each of our undergraduate programmes follows a selection guideline (available here), which outlines the admission requirements for each of our 3 selection categories.
These categories are as follows:
B1: Current learners (grade 12) and applicants who have completed school;
B2: Registered university students; and
B3: Applicants with tertiary qualifications and/or work experience.
Please read these guidelines carefully.
How many undergraduate programmes may I apply for at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences?
You may apply for any three undergraduate programmes at Stellenbosch University, irrespective of whether they are in the same faculty or in different faculties. Your choices do not need to be ranked in order of preference and you will be considered equally for all the choices on your application.
Can I apply if I am taking or am in a gap year?
Yes, gap-year applicants are considered for selection in Category B1 (current matriculants and matriculated applicants), provided that you have not studied at another tertiary institution and have matriculated within 3 years of applying. Therefore, for the 2023 intake, you should have matriculated in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
I missed the application closing date; do you consider late applications?
Unfortunately, if you missed the closing date to submit your application, we will not be able to consider you and you will have to wait until the next application cycle to apply to our programmes.
If my application is incomplete, what do I do?
Applications that have not been submitted by the closing date of 31 July 2022 or completed by the required date to upload outstanding documents will not be considered for the 2023 intake.
Can I send in my June 2022 marks to be considered?
No, selection takes place based on either final grade 11 results or final grade 12 results. Only if your grade 11 end-of-year examination was compromised due to Covid-19, will you have the option to complete your application in July and submit your grade 12 mid-year results.
Must I write the National Benchmark Test (NBT)?
No, applicants are not required to write the NBT, with the exception of School of Tomorrow (SOT) applicants. In addition to meeting the minimum admission requirements, SOT applicants must meet the NBT requirements for admission as outlined in the relevant programme’s selection guideline (in order to obtain university exemption from the South African Matriculation Board).
What is the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)?
The SJT is a non-academic assessment used in the selection of Category B1 applicants for all Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes. More information on the SJT can be found here.
Who must write the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)?
All Category B1 applicants must write the SJT, as it forms part of the selection factor used to determine selection in this category. The SJT constitutes 20% of the selection factor. Category B2 and B3 applicants are not required to write the SJT.
If I am in the process of improving my grade 12 results for the 2022 application cycle, will I be considered for selection to a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences programme?
Yes, your application will be considered based on the full set of results available to the selection panel. Please send us your final (revised) grade 12 results as soon as they become available, so that we may update your application with your improved/updated subjects and results. Email a copy of these results to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your application number (APP/1234567) or 7-digit Stellenbosch University student number along with the official proof of your revised results.
If I have foreign school results, will I be considered for selection?
Yes, please see the International Curricula guideline for details on how we handle your application at Stellenbosch University (SU). Please note that it is your responsibility to send your final results to SU as soon as they become available. Always provide your APP number (APP/1234567) or 7-digit SU student number in this process. Email a copy of these results to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am an international applicant; will I be considered for selection?
The MBChB programme only considers applicants who are South African citizens, applicants with proof of permanent residency status and those with proof of refugee status, due to the limitations imposed on foreign nationals to be placed in South Africa for internship and community service. The internship and community service programme is coordinated by the National Department of Health.
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Dietetics, and Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy applicants
Preference will be given to South African citizens, applicants with proof of permanent residency status or those with proof of refugee status when applicants are considered for selection.
Where can I find the selection guidelines for the programmes?
Go to www.maties.com and click on the “Apply” drop-down list > “Admission and Selection Requirements” and scroll down to “Faculty Selection Guidelines”.
Does the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have a specific cut-off score for selection or an indication of how well I must perform at school to be selected?
No, our programmes do not use a cut-off score for selection.
Category B1 applicants (current learners (grade 12) and applicants who have completed school) are selected based on a selection factor comprising of academic merit (academic performance at school) and non-academic merit (Situational Judgement Test (SJT)). Academic performance at school constitutes 80% of the selection factor and the SJT constitutes 20% of the selection factor. Applicants are ranked according to the selection factor and the selection guideline for the programme in question is then applied.
For Category B2 applicants who are registered for undergraduate qualifications, selection is based purely on academic merit at university and the demographic profile of the first-year intake.
Category B2 applicants who are registered for postgraduate qualifications and all Category B3 applicants are shortlisted for an interview with the relevant selection panel based on academic merit at university, a structured motivational letter and the demographic profile of the first-year intake. A final selection is made after applicants on the shortlist have been further assessed by means of a personal interview. An invitation to an interview is by no means a guarantee that an applicant will be selected.
Is there a waiting list?
Some applicants are placed on a waiting list in 2022 and if cancellations have been received during 2022 and there are places available in a programme, waitlisted applicants can receive a conditional offer of admission prior to the end of 2022.
If we are unable to select you from the waiting list in 2022, your application will be marked as unsuccessful and will be reconsidered automatically in 2023 along with all unplaced applicants.
What if my application was unsuccessful during the 2022 selection process? Is there a reconsideration process? How does it work?
If your application has been marked as unsuccessful during 2022, there is a reconsideration process that takes place after the release of the final National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) results.
In 2023, all available places in a programme are first filled by applicants who were conditionally admitted in 2022 and who now meet the admission requirements with the final National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) results, or by applicants who already received a final offer during 2022.
The remaining applicants, those who were declined and were waitlisted in 2022, are automatically transferred to a new waiting list in 2023.
Waitlisted applicants will be re-considered for selection in 2023 based on cancellations received and places available in the programme in question.
Please note that the reconsideration and your place on the waiting list are based on the selection factor, which comprises your final National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) results and your Situational Judgement Test result.
Reconsideration of applications will be handled daily up until the second week of the academic year, after classes have commenced, or until the first-year classes are filled up completely.
If I accept an offer at another university, will my name be removed from the reconsideration list for January/February 2023?
No. If you applied for a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) programme before the 31 July 2022 closing date, and the FMHS can offer you a place in the FMHS programme you applied to after reconsideration in 2023, the Selection Office will contact you telephonically and by email during January/February 2023. Therefore, please make sure that Stellenbosch University has your correct cell number and email address available. If your contact details have changed, send your new contact details in an email to email@example.com, together with your application number, so that we always have your most recent contact details.
Can I proceed to accept my ‘other/second’ Stellenbosch University programme choice while I await a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) reconsideration? Will it not hamper/cancel my reconsideration at the FMHS?
You may accept another programme offer – you will remain on the FMHS reconsideration list until the reconsideration processes are concluded. This process will be concluded two weeks after commencement of classes (15 February 2023) or sooner if the FMHS programme in question is filled up completely.
If I accept another programme choice at Stellenbosch University (SU), and register for this other programme in 2023, may I apply again for a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) programme for the 2024 intake? How does this work?
Yes, if an applicant meets the minimum requirements (based on their final school results as outlined in the selection guidelines) of the FMHS programme in question and they have registered for another SU programme in another faculty in 2023, they may submit an application in selection Category B2 (currently registered students). Please take note of the Programme Selection Guidelines for details regarding the Category B2 requirements and process per FMHS programme.
If I accept an undergraduate programme choice at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), and register for this undergraduate FMHS programme in 2023, may I apply again for a different FMHS programme for the 2024 intake? How does this work?
No, the FMHS does not allow applicants currently registered for an FMHS undergraduate programme to apply for another FMHS undergraduate programme. You can only apply for selection to an undergraduate FMHS programme as a Category B2 applicant (registered university student) if you are registered for a programme at another faculty.
If I start studies at another university, may I apply again at Stellenbosch University (SU)?
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Dietetics, Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy applicants
If you are registered at another university at the time of application, you can be considered in Category B2 (registered university students), provided that you are not registered for a health sciences programme also offered at SU (MBChB, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Dietetics, Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy).
Places are reserved for SU students who are SA citizens, permanent residents or refugees and who pursue relevant fields of study (preferably related to the natural sciences). Due to the limited number of places in the programme, no students who are enrolled at another institution at the time of application can be considered for selection for MBChB.
Can I change my programme choice to a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) programme after the selection results in another faculty become available?
If you have not applied specifically for an FMHS programme, you will not be allowed to change your programme choice to an FMHS programme after the application closing date of 31 July 2022.
Can I change my programme choice from a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) programme to a programme in another faculty after the selection results becomes available?
If you would like to change your programme choice from an FMHS programme to a programme in another faculty, you should contact that other programme’s faculty representative to determine if the other faculty will allow you to change your programme choice.
Can I apply for a place in a residence at Tygerberg Campus (the campus of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)?
Yes, you can apply for a place in a residence at Tygerberg Campus if you have received an offer of admission to a programme offered at Tygerberg Campus (MBChB, Nursing, Dietetics and Physiotherapy). Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy is offered at the Stellenbosch Campus at their start and these programmes move to Tygerberg in the second and third years respectively. Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy students can apply for a Tygerberg Campus residence in the first and second years respectively.
Can I apply for Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) bursaries?
As soon as you have been admitted to an undergraduate programme, you can apply for financial assistance via the Stellenbosch University (SU) student portal my.sun.ac.za. The portal for under- and postgraduate financial assistance applications is available after logging onto the student portal. You can log onto the student portal using your 7-digit SU student number – which will be sent to you after you have been admitted. For the funding opportunities available to current and prospective FMHS students, click here.
Whom can I contact at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) for more information regarding undergraduate applications?
Undergraduate Selection and Recruitment Office (Tygerberg Campus)
Tel: +27 21 938 9203
Anthea Roberts (Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy)
Tel: +27 21 938 9533
Carin Basson (MBChB, Physiotherapy, Dietetics)
Tel: +27 21 938 9580
General enquiries (Stellenbosch Campus) and current Stellenbosch University student applications for FMHS programmes:
Tel: +27 21 808 4842
Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans Office (Tygerberg Campus)
Tel: +27 21 938 9458
Tel: +27 21 938 9129
Residence Placement (Tygerberg Campus)
Tel: +27 21 938 9378