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Health Sciences, BHSc

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg which was first offered in 2005, is designed for people who have an interest in a career in a range of health related fields. Entry for the degree is competitive with 4500 applications being received in 2017. Of all these applications, 200 were admitted.



The 3 year degree is:

  • An entry level degree, that is, the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg graduate needs to continue with an Honours degree, postgraduate diploma or further training to be eligible for most careers.
  • A strong starting point for careers in  medical research; biokinetics; forensic science; corporate management; journalism;  pharmacology; public health.
  • NOT a medical degree:  to do medicine you must apply for the MBBCh.  As a graduate you would need to apply for the GEMP  (Graduate Entry Medical Curriculum).
  • NOT a pre med degree. In other words, if you do a BHSc you are NOT guaranteed a place in the GEMP neither do BHSc graduates receive preferential entry to the GEMP.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Medical Sciences 
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 
  • Health Systems Sciences 
  • System Dynamics for Health Sciences 
  • First Aid
  • Computer Literacy

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Apply to Wits
  • Sign and return Letter of Acceptance from the University to validate acceptance or accept offer on the Student Self Service Portal.
  • Valid Passport
  • Apply for Study Visa. (When collecting your Study Visa, check the date of issue and expiry. Ensure that the visa is issued for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg or any of its variations
  • Apply for South African Medical Aid Cover with a registered South African Medical Aid Provider until 31 December (Refer to Medical Aid section under "Applying to Wits")
  • Travel arrangements to South Africa
  • Please carry a set of clothing in your hand luggage

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4087 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4087 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4087 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4087 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

 R 59670

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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