The MD degree is conferred by virtue of a thesis and, if the Dean deems it necessary, an examination on the field of study of the thesis.
Also consult General Regulations.
Please note: All MD students must register for, and attend (TNM 800) Applied research methodology 800 satisfactorily. (Exemption may be granted if Applied research methodology 800 has already been passed for the master's degree.)
The maximum period for completion of the degree is five years. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may apply to the head of department, in writing, for a fixed, limited extension of this period.
For admission to the study for the MD degree a candidate must be in possession of the MMed or the PhD degree or a qualification of equivalent status following a MBChB degree – in the case of Family Medicine the MMed in Family Medicine; and in the case of Pharmacology the MPharmMed degree of the University of Pretoria. Alternatively the student must comply with the stipulations as set out in General Regulations.
A complete research protocol regarding the proposed thesis (as well as the curriculum vitae of the candidate) must be submitted for approval to the Postgraduate Committee and if necessary, also to the Ethics Committee. The thesis must deal with a problem from any field of study in Medicine and must satisfy the supervisor and the examiners that it represents advanced original research and/or creative work in the field of Medicine. It must give an overview of the literature that was used on the topic and contain a description of the observations made and experiments done by the student, as well as a discussion of the conclusions reached.