The rules for the degrees published here are subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information.
The General Regulations (referred to as G.1-G.56) and General Rules apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of all students to familiarise themselves well with these regulations and rules as well as all faculty-specific and programme-specific regulations and information as stipulated in the online yearbook. Ignorance concerning these regulations will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.
A selection process takes place prior to admission to all the degree programmes in the Schools mentioned in the front part of this publication. For some of the undergraduate degree programmes a personal interview is required as part of the selection procedure. The National Benchmark Test (NBT) is compulsory for all applicants applying for admission to an undergraduate degree programme with the exception of the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice and students with previous tertiary exposure.
2. National Benchmark Test (NBT)
The National Benchmark Test is compulsory for applicants who are currently in Grade 12 or who have already completed Grade 12 and who wish to apply for admission to any field of study, with the exception of the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice as well as students with previous tertiary exposure, in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Applicants who fail to write this test will not be considered for selection. Academic Literacy, Quantitative Literacy and Mathematics are tested and applicants cannot specially prepare for the test. The test results will be used in addition to the Grade 12 marks for provisional selection and will not replace the Grade 12 marks.
3. Requirements for admission to specific modules
A student who has
4. Academic Literacy Test
All new undergraduate students who register in the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine will be required to write an academic literacy test. On the grounds of this test, students will be required to follow compulsory academic literacy modules (ELH 111 and 112 for students of Dentistry and Medicine, and ELH 131 and 132 for students of Clinical Medical Practice), which they must pass as one of the requirements for obtaining their degree.
Undergraduate students who register in the School of Healthcare Sciences will not be required to write the academic literacy test. The academic literacy modules ELH 121 and ELH 122 are compulsory for all students, and a pass mark for each of these modules is a requirement for obtaining their degree.
5. Academic information management
It is required of all new first-year students at the University of Pretoria to complete the module AIM 101 Academic information management. Details of this module can be found in the Course Catalog.
6. Subminimum in examination papers
Where applicable, the subminimum required in examinations appears in the regulations of the degree/diploma in question and in the syllabi of the modules in question.
With regard to MBChB:
A subminimum may be required in each module or practical component from which a specific block is compiled, in order to pass in the block in question.
The examinations in first-semester modules take place in May/June, while all other examinations (second semester modules, year modules and blocks of the MBChB degree programme) take place in October/November.
8. Ancillary examinations
After conclusion of an examination and before examination results are announced, the examiners may summon a student for an ancillary examination on particular aspects of a module.
Details in respect of a School’s requirements for ancillary examinations are published in the study guide of a given block.
9. Extraordinary examinations (including aegrotats)
Subject to the stipulations of the General Regulations, the period during which an extraordinary examination will take place in the School of Medicine, will be determined by the lecturer concerned, in consultation with the relevant head of department or block chairperson, provided that the examination in a block should take place during the second examination period, if possible.
If an examination consists of more than one evaluation modality, the examination as a whole must be repeated, even if part thereof has already been completed.
10. Re-marking of examination scripts
In accordance with the stipulations of the General Regulations, departments give feedback to students after an examination on the framework used by the examiners during the examination. The way in which feedback is given, is determined by the relevant head of department. Students may, after perusal, and in the case of MBChB students, after the examination period (which includes the examination and the second examination), within 14 calendar days after commencement of the lectures in the next semester, and after payment of the prescribed fee, apply for the re-marking of an examination script, by an examiner (in the case of MBChB study an external examiner from outside of the University) appointed by the relevant head of department.
The School of Medicine furthermore defines the relevant regulation as follows:
(i) A student has the right of perusal of his or her examination script before applying for the re-marking of the examination script.
The following is determined by perusal of the script:
(ii) During perusal, the student, the lecturer as well as a third person must be present.
If a discussion about the content of the answers in the script develops, the student must be referred to the administration of the School in question, where he or she applies for the re-marking of the examination script.
11. Second examination opportunity
In certain departments, students can be promoted to a next semester or level of a subject without writing the prescribed examination, provided that their preparation is satisfactory and a continuous evaluation mark of at least 65% has been obtained.
Departments where promotion as prescribed above is possible, will inform students in good time in this regard.
Students obtain credit for a promoted module only after they have passed an examination in a consecutive module or modules of the subject in question at this University.
Promotion as described above, does not refer to the option that medical students may exercise to have the block mark at the end of the year, validated as the final block mark for a relevant block (i.e. to be exempted from the block examination in the block), provided, inter alia, that a block mark of at least 60% has been obtained in the block in question.
13. The examination moderating meeting
13.1 Students in Year 1 - 3:
13.2 Students in Year 4 and the first half of Year 5: MBChB
Students who nevertheless choose to write the examination, even though they have been exempted from it, may do so, but will have to accept the final block mark, even if it is lower than the (original) block mark.
13.3 Student Interns: MBChB
13.3.1 All students
(i) At the conclusion of each seven-week rotation, an end-of-rotation evaluation (EORE) takes place in the different departments. The aim with the EORE is the identification of those students who obtain examination exemption (semester examination) and those who are not exempted and will have to sit the examination at the end of the semester. All EOREs are supported by external examiners.
(ii) The same process takes place in rotations with a duration of 3,5 weeks.
(iii) No marks are disclosed to students, only the names and/or registration numbers of the students who must sit the semester examination.
(iv) After conclusion of the semester examination (which extends over three days on dates determined beforehand), an EMM is held, with the following objectives:
Validation of the rotation marks as the semester examination mark, of the students who have obtained examination exemption. The rotation mark and the EORE mark contribute to the final mark.
Identification of the students who have passed the semester examination. The rotation mark and the semester examination mark contribute to the final mark;
Identification of the students who have failed the semester examination. These students are referred to Student Administration, as a new rotation division must now be followed; and
Identification of the students who need study assistance.
13.4 Students who repeat rotations: MBChB
13.5 Students who are "finalists" at another time than the end of the sixth year of study: MBChB
13.5.1 Students who repeated previous rotations successfully, and who are now “finalists”, but will be doing the current rotation for the first time:
13.6 Students who are "finalists", but who are repeating the current rotation (all circumstances – previously, or at a recent EMM, identified as having failed): MBChB
Special refresher course for medical practitioners
A one-week course for medical practitioners is presented annually by the School of Medicine with clinical presentations by various departments in the afternoons and evenings. The School also offers an annual intensive two-day course in one main field of study.
A medical practitioner who wishes to update his or her knowledge, may register as a special postgraduate student in the School of Medicine (Medicine Special). He or she will then have the opportunity to attend demonstrations and discussions and to participate in work as determined by the head of the relevant department.
Visiting postgraduate students (Code 10290001)
A medical practitioner or specialist physician may apply to register as a postgraduate visiting student for non-examination purposes for a period/s of one month or longer as preferred, during which period he or she may work in a department of his/her choice. The nature of this work will be determined by each head of department. Periods of time completed in this way, will not be recognised as periods of formal training for the purposes of specialisation.
Medicine Special (Undergraduate)
Individual modules – not for degree purposes.
Medicine Special (Undergraduate) Prinshof Campus
Medicine Special (Cuban students: Prinshof Campus)
Medicine Foreign (Non-examination purposes) Visiting Undergraduate
Medicine Special (Postgraduate) (Code 10280001)
Registration as a postgraduate candidate with a view to complete examinations in prerequisite subjects for MMed (with approval of the Chairperson of the School and heads of departments in question), until such time as a registrarship becomes available. Neither the University of Pretoria nor the province is under any obligation whatsoever, to appoint such a student as a registrar or to give him or her precedence over other candidates to be appointed.
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