A dissertation (GGS 892 Dissertation: Occupational Medicine – 180 credits) on an approved research project must be passed in addition to the major subject and prerequisites. The stipulations of the General Regulations regarding the preparation and submission, the technical editing and the résumé of the dissertation apply
- MBChB (or equivalent) degree
- Currently registered as a medical practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
- has successfully filled the required full-time training post for a period of four years according to the requirements of the Department of Public Health Medicine;
- has completed the theoretical and practical applicable training as stipulated; and
- has passed the prescribed written, oral and/or practical university examinations or equivalent Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examinations.
Other programme-specific information
Please note: All MMed students must register for, and attend (TNM 802) Applied research methodology, satisfactorily.
“Major subject” refers to the recognised field of study in Medicine in which the student specialises. The study of the major subject extends over four years, as prescribed by the Department of Public Health Medicine.
Examinations and pass requirements
- The sequence of the examinations in the prerequisite subjects will be determined by the head of the department of Public Health Medicine.
- The final exit examination for the major subject (GGS 802) will be conducted by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Only candidates who have met all the requirements for the MMed (Occupational Medicine) degree except for the major subject, i.e. passed all prerequisite subjects, completed all applicable training as prescribed and completed the required research component for the degree in accordance with the Faculty Yearbook regulations, i.e. TNM 802 and the dissertation (GGS 892), will be allowed to write the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa exit examination.
- A minimum final mark of 50% is required to pass in a subject.
- A student is not admitted to the examination in a prerequisite subject (second examinations excluded) more than twice, nor is he or she admitted to the examination in the major subject more than twice.
Second examinations in the prerequisite subjects will only be held after at least six months have elapsed since the conclusion of the examination in which the student had failed, and following adequate remediation.
The Faculty Board may, at its discretion, grant partial exemption from the training and work mentioned earlier on the grounds of comparable training and experience completed in another post or at another recognised institution – with the provison that exemption from a maximum period of 18 months may be granted in the case of the MMed (Occupational Medicine) degree programme.
Registrars in Occupational Medicine are expected to undergo rotational attachment to a number of designated organisations during their period of training.
A dissertation on an approved Occupational Health or Occupational Medicine research project must be passed in addition to the major subject and prerequisites. The stipulations of the General Regulations regarding the preparation and submission, the technical editing and the résumé of the dissertation apply.
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred at the end of the prescribed training period, i.e. four years unless a time exemption has been awarded by the Faculty Board. The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained a final mark of at least 75% in the major subject.