BSc Medical Sciences

The Department of Anatomy forms part of the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences and it offers a BSc degree in Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Students are trained in the basic medical sciences, which include clinical anatomy, physical and forensic anthropology, histology, cell biology and embryology. These subjects can be combined with elective modules from physiology, pharmacology and genetics. Ideally, students who register for this degree should have a keen interest in research related to anatomy and the basic medical sciences.
 
Students are trained in the basic medical sciences, including clinical anatomy, physical anthropology and cell biology. During the course of their studies they work with human material, including human skeletal material, and do cadaver dissection. 
 
Career opportunities exist in the field of research in any of the subdisciplines of anatomy, in academia, in forensic science and in the health science industry. Other careers that may be considered are in sports science, virology, chemical pathology, immunology, health administration or ergonomics. Technical careers, for example in the Departments of Anatomy or Physiology at universities, are another possibility.
 
Graduates are sought after by institutes in the academic, government and private sectors, where they are employed as lecturers, researchers, medical and forensic scientists, and sales representatives in the medical sciences and pharmacological industries. Several of our postgraduates are currently studying at research facilities in North America and Europe.
 
For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.
 

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate studies are highly recommended. Honours, master’s and doctoral degrees can be obtained in any of the subdisciplines of anatomy: neuro-anatomy, clinical anatomy, cell biology, physical and forensic anthropology, histology and embryology. Students who obtain this degree can also continue with their studies to obtain postgraduate degrees in physiology, genetics and pharmacology. Career opportunities include research in any of the subdisciplines of anatomy , in academia, in forensic science and in the health science industry. Other careers that can be considered are in the sport sciences, virology, chemical pathology, immunology, health administration or ergonomics. Technical careers are also possible, for example in the Anatomy or Physiology departments at universities.


Programme Code

02133407


Closing Dates

Applications for this plan have closed.


Admission Requirements

Important information for all prospective students for 2023

The admission requirements below apply to all who apply for admission to the University of Pretoria with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Independent Examination Board (IEB) qualifications. Click here for this Faculty Brochure.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language

Mathematics

Physical Sciences

APS

NSC/IEB

NSC/IEB

NSC/IEB

5

5

5

32

Limited places are available in the first year of BSc (Medical Sciences). Students who apply for BSc (Medical Sciences) as their first choice, and who meet the minimum admission requirements, will be admitted until the places have been filled. Transfers from the extended programme are allowed after three semesters in the extended programme only if students comply with all of the prerequisites for ANA 121, ANA 122 and ANA 126 (CMY 117 and MLB 111, or their equivalent, passed).

Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 

You will be considered for final admission to degree studies if space allows, and if you have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification with admission to bachelor’s degree studies, and comply with the minimum subject requirements as well as the APS requirements of your chosen programme.

Applicants with qualifications other than the abovementioned should refer to the Brochure: Undergraduate Programme Information 2023: Qualifications other than the NSC and IEB, available at click here.

International students: Click here.

Transferring students

A transferring student is a student who, at the time of applying at the University of Pretoria (UP) is/was a registered student at another tertiary institution. A transferring student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance. Students who have been dismissed from other institutions due to poor academic performance will not be considered for admission to UP.

Closing dates: Same as above.

Returning students

A returning student is a student who, at the time of application for a degree programme is/was a registered student at UP, and wants to transfer to another degree at UP. A returning student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance.

Note:

  • Students who have been excluded/dismissed from a faculty due to poor academic performance may be considered for admission to another programme at UP, as per faculty-specific requirements.
  • Only ONE transfer between UP faculties and TWO transfers within a faculty will be allowed.
  • Admission of returning students will always depend on the faculty concerned and the availability of space in the programmes for which they apply.

Closing date for applications from returning students

Unless capacity allows for an extension of the closing date, applications from returning students must be submitted before the end of August via your UP Student Centre.


Candidates who do not comply with the minimum admission requirements for BSc (Medical Sciences), may be considered for admission to the BSc – Extended programme – Biological and Agricultural Sciences,  which requires an additional year of study.

BSc – Extended Programme – Biological and Agricultural Sciences

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language

Mathematics

Physical Sciences

APS

NSC/IEB

NSC/IEB

NSC/IEB

4

4

4

26

Note:

*The BSc – Extended programmes are not available for students who meet all the requirements for the corresponding mainstream programme.

*Please note that only students who apply in their final NSC or equivalent qualification year will be considered for admission into any of the BSc – Extended programmes. Students who are upgrading or taking a gap year will not be considered.


Selection Process

Only 72 places are available in the first year of BSc (Medical Sciences). Students who apply for BSc (Medical Sciences) as their first choice before 30 September, and who meet the minimum entrance requirements, will be admitted until the places are full.


Minimum duration of study

3 years, full-time


Faculty Notes

All modules will only be presented in English, as English is the language of tuition, communication and correspondence at the University of Pretoria.

Faculty Yearbooks: click here

The University of Pretoria has decided not to set a specific closing date for applications to non-selection programmes for 2023. Applications will close when the available study spaces are filled (close on availability of space). Once the available number of study places for a specific programme are filled, no further applications for that particular programme will be considered. All applicants are therefore strongly advised and encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after 1 April 2022 and to check the application site (UP Student Portal) regularly. 

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is home to more than 6 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Faculty presents degrees in fields ranging from the proverbial A to Z – from actuaries to zoologists, and consists of 13 departments.

All degree programmes are designed to develop problem-solving individuals who can easily adapt to changing circumstances and take the lead in their chosen fields of specialisation. The qualifications awarded are of world-class and provide access to a multitude of career opportunities for dynamic and creative people. According to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings the University has achieved new world rankings in Physical Sciences, a discipline which features strongly in NAS and also maintains excellent positions on the ISI Web of Science (WOS) field rankings in Plant and Animal Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Environment and Ecology Sciences.

In the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, we strive to continuously improve our high impact research and significantly address the national shortage of PhD graduates that respond to global and local challenges.

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