<

We will be offering a six year MBChB degree. The full name for the MBChB degree is Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

The purpose of Nelson Mandela University’s MBChB programme will be to train caring, competent and committed primary health care oriented, medical doctors who will work as members of inter-professional teams, to practice in holistic, culturally sensitive and comprehensive ways.

Applications for the MBChB degree will only be opened once we have received accreditation from the regulatory professional body – the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and approval from the Council for Higher Education (CHE). These endorsements have been delayed due to the occurrence of the COVID-19  pandemic. We are however still working towards welcoming our first intake of students in 2021.

The University’s formal application system is in place, thus as soon as the endorsements have been received, the public will be notified via our website, social media, radio, and newspaper channels.

In the interim, you may wish to consider applying for an alternative degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Applications will only be opened once we have received accreditation from the regulatory professional body – the Health Professionals Council of South Africa, as well as approval from the Council for Higher Education and Training. We had hoped that this would be accomplished by mid-2019, but unfortunately there have been delays.

As soon as accreditation and approvals have been received, and applications are opened, then the public will be notified via our website, social media, radio, and newspaper channels.

The following National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent subjects are required:

  • English (either as home language or first additional language) NSC minimum 60%.
  • Mathematics NSC minimum 60%.
  • Physical Science NSC minimum 60%.
  • Life Science NSC minimum 60%.

Please note that these subjects refer to the minimum requirements for degree entry and are not a guarantee for entrance into the programme.

You will need the following marks to be eligible to apply for the MBChB degree:

  • English (either as home language or first additional language) NSC minimum 60%.
  • Mathematics NSC minimum 60%.
  • Physical Science NSC minimum 60%.
  • Life Science NSC minimum 60%.

It is important to note that not everyone who applies with the minimum average will be given a place. An applicant requires a minimum Applicant Score (AS) of 430. The top applicants will be chosen according to academic merit with particular attention paid to top scholars who come from non-fee paying schools in order to promote access to the programme. Academic merit is calculated on the student’s school performance and results from the national benchmark test. See (v) above.

In the event of the applicant applying with Grade 11 final exam results as they are currently in Grade 12 then the above requirements also apply, and the applicant will need to maintain these marks in their NSC (or equivalent)

Final selection is conditional to submission of the applicants NSC certificate and achievement of the minimum requirements.

All applicants who are school leavers will need to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT). Currently we do not envisage that applicants who are enrolled in or have completed a degree will need to write the NBT.

The National Benchmark Tests comprise three multiple-choice tests, written as a combined Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) test, and a separate Mathematics test. The AQL is a three-hour test that consists of an Academic Literacy (AL) section and a Quantitative Literacy (QL) section. The results of the two sections of the test are recorded separately. The second test is Mathematics (MAT), which is also multiple-choice and three hours in duration.

This will contribute to determining the academic merit of the students.

  • Your Applicant Score (AS) is calculated using six subjects. Please note that Life Orientation (LO) is excluded
  • Write down your subjects and the most recent percentage (%) obtained in each subject (NO Gr 12 March results).
  • You MUST include the results for the following three compulsory subjects: 1) Home language; 2) 1st Add. Language; and 3) Maths

In addition, for those applicants from quintile 1 to 3 schools who attain 50% or higher for Life Orientation, 7 additional points are added to their score out of 600 to arrive at their final AS.

The table below provides an example of how to calculate the AS for:

  • An applicant who has 7 NSC/IEB subjects:

 

NSC Subjects % obtained % used to calculate the AS
isiXhosa (Home Language) 78 78
English (1st Add. Language) 65 65
Mathematics 74 74
Physical Sciences 75 75
Life Orientation 85 -
Life Sciences 74 74
Business Studies 85 85
Applicant Score (AS): - 451
NBT’s must be written by the end of June so that the results are available by the end of July in order to be considered for selection to the MBChB Programme.

The NBT results contribute 40% of the final Applicant Score, while your Grade 11 or NSC marks contribute 60% of the final Applicant Score.

Yes, but please note that preference will be given to applicants who meet the minimum NSC criteria for entry into the programme.   Additionally, consideration will be given to students who had attended non-fee paying schools as well as those applicants who are enrolled at Nelson Mandela University in the Faculties of Health Sciences, and Science. Applicants will be evaluated on their university academic record.

Students who are in their first year of study must use their NSC marks and NBT’s to apply.

Yes, but please note that preference will be given to applicants who meet the minimum NSC criteria for entry into the programme. Additionally, consideration will be given to students who had attended non-fee paying schools as well as those with a degree from the Health Sciences, or Science faculties.

Applicants will be evaluated on their university academic record.

South African nationals who have pre university studies from outside the Republic of South Africa will be considered. No international applicants will be considered at this stage.

After obtaining the degree, graduates must successfully complete the prescribed period of internship and community service before they may register as an independent Medical Practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and be permitted to work independently in the public or private sectors.

No on-campus accommodation is currently available on the Missionvale Campus of Nelson Mandela University.  Students may be accommodated at one of the Summerstrand campuses.

A shuttle service is available for transporting students from North Campus to Missionvale Campus and back every day.  Dedicated transport will be provided from the Faculty of Health Sciences when you work at the different hospitals in Port Elizabeth (and surrounds) in years four to six.

In planning your budget for your studies, the following costs need to be considered:

  • HPCSA fees – registration as a MBChB student
  • Computer to access e-assessments, Moodle System and textbooks
  • Vaccinations
  • Uniforms (White coat, scrubs, T-Shirts) as needed
  • Equipment costs (e.g. stethoscope)
  • Transport
These costs will be factored into your total student fees