Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MB BCh Admission Requirements in South Africa Universities



If you are planning to pursue Bachelor of Surgery MB BCh in South Africa,the following are admission requirements to various universities


Subjects & achieved scale


English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science – 5


Selection procedures

If you are applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will not be selected solely on your school leaving results, although they are very important. A composite index is calculated, taking into consideration
(1) your academic results for FIVE subjects and (2) National Benchmark Test scores. Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentages obtained, NOT symbols. These are English, Mathematics, Physical Science/ Life Sciences and
the best two other subjects.
(Dentistry requires Physical Science and Life Sciences and the best other subject).

ALL applicants (excluding applicants who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme – GEMP only) are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).

GEMP applicants may be invited to the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT) and all applicants are advised to prepare in the event that they are invited. For more information on the WAPT please refer to:

• ALL GEMP applicants who are invited to the WAPT will be expected to complete a Biographical Questionnaire on the day of the test.


Admission requirements

All applicants to undergraduate health sciences programmes at University of Cape Town who have written the South African Senior Certificate examinations (2007 and before 2007) or new National Senior Certificate examinations (from 2008) must have exemption from the South African Matriculation Board or endorsement from the Board, certifying that they are eligible for degree study at a tertiary institution. In the case of applicants not writing South African Senior Certificate examinations, offers of places are subject to such exemption being obtained.

In addition, there are subject requirements and minimum performance levels for an applicant to qualify for consideration:

For MBChB (medicine), applicants who wrote Senior Certificate examinations in 2007 or before 2007 must have passed Mathematics and Physical Science with at least 40% (E) at Higher Grade or 50% (D) at Standard Grade to be eligible for consideration. Applicants who have written the new National Senior Certificate examinations (from 2008) must have passed Mathematics plus Physical Science plus English at level 4, and meet an overall minimum cut-off point for consideration.


Entry requirements

Entry scores

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) requires the following entry scores:

Pre-university qualifications

Year 2016
A Level, GCE 14
Australian Year 12 ATAR 95
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education 23
Indian School Certificate Examination 80%
All India Senior School Certificate 85%
Indonesia SMA3 9
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 36
Kenya, Certificate of Secondary Education 11
Malaysia, STPM 10.33
Malaysia, UEC 1.8
Malaysia, Matriculation Program 3.7
Ontario Secondary Grade Diploma – Grade 12 88%
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 2205
South Africa, National Senior Certificate (2009 onwards) 41
Sri Lanka A Level 14
Vietnam High School Diploma) 8.7


Foundation Years

Year 2016
Commencing Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) in 2015/2016* 85%*
UNIPREP/UNSW Foundation Studies 9.0
The University of Melbourne College Trinity Foundation Studies 90%
Sunway Foundation in Arts N/A

*The undergraduate entry requirements published are for students who commence the MUFY program in 2015/2016.


Chemistry (Year 12 equivalent, with excellent results).

Selection will be based on a combination of:

  • Pre-University Qualifications
  • International Student Admission Tests (ISAT)
  • Adequate performance in Multiple Mini-Interviews
  • English Proficiency

Please click on the following link for more details:- honours/entry-requirements


Application form

Application for 2015 intake is now open. Applicants must complete the application form specific to the medicine course (MBBS) for Monash University.

Forms may be obtained from:

  • Monash University Malaysia
  • Medicine Course Admissions Office, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Clayton campus, Monash University, Australia.

You may also print the application form or apply online.



In 2016, annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM97,000 for Malaysian students
  • RM106,700 for international students.

Once-only fees

  • Application – RM100
  • Registration – RM200

Per-semester fee

  • General amenities – RM100

Visa application fee for new international student

  • Indonesia – RM 2,840
  • Other countries – RM 2,008

Intake periods

There is one intake period in March each year for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours).


Prerequisite subjects

  • Chemistry at Australian Year 12 level (or equivalent): A grade or equivalent
  • Mathematics at Australian Year 12 Level (or equivalent) is not a pre-requisite subject but is desirable

Minimum entry requirements

  • Australian Yr 12 ATAR: 95
  • QLD OP: 4
  • MUFY: 95% (Average best 4)
  • Trinity FY: 95% (Average best 4)
  • UNSWFP: GPA 9.5
  • WAUFP: CPS 75
  • IB: 36 (including bonus points)
  • GCE A Levels: AAA
  • UEC/MICSS: A1 average
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (2003 onwards): 89
  • Indian CBSE/CICSE/All India State Board: 95%
  • Korean IKHCC: 3.7
  • Sri Lankan SLGCE: 15 (Aggregate of best 3 at the higher level)
  • South African Snr Cert: 32 (Aggregate of 6 subjects at higher grade)
  • Thai Mattayom 6: 3.7

Aggregates and averages of grades will include prerequisite subjects.

Meeting minimum academic entry requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) Overall 7.0 (no band less than 7.0), within the last 24 months; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) 100 (no skill below: Reading 25; Listening 25; Speaking 23; Writing 27) within the last 24 months; or
  • PTE Academic 65 with no score lower than 65 within the last 24 months; or
  • Evidence that a minimum of 2 years full-time study with English as the sole medium of instruction and examination have been completed within the last 24 months.


  • The University of Tasmania does require applicants to have an ISAT score to be considered for entry.
  • The ISAT test results must be provided by the relevant application closing date to be considered for entry.
  • A minimum overall percentile of 50% is required for ISAT. This test result will be used in combination with academic results to determine applicants’ eligibility and ranking within applications received.

Entry into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree program is extremely competitive and applications will be ranked by a combination of academic results and ISAT test results. If you submitted your application on time, and you did not receive an offer or notification that you were not successful, your application will be held over for consideration in the next offer round. Offers will be made within two (2) weeks of the stated closing dates until all available places are filled.



Admission procedure

Due to the structure of this curriculum, admission to MBChB can only be at MBChB I level. However, under special circumstances, students coming from other medical schools that offer integrated problem-based and community-based programmes, may be considered at levels other than MBChB I, on a case-by-case basis.

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

Compulsory Subjects

5(60-69%) in English at Home language or First Additional language level
5(60-69%) in Mathematics
5(60-69%) in Physical Science
5(60-69%) in Life Sciences

Not Compulsory Subjects

4(50-59%) in isiXhosa
4(50-59%) in Life Orientation

Good performance in Grade 11 end-of-year examinations and Grade 12 mid-year/trial examinations will be a recommendation.

Applicants with qualifications from countries other than the Republic of South Africa will have their qualifications evaluated by the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB).

The University Admissions Office will communicate with the JMB on this issue. Candidates with A-levels should have obtained a minimum of 3 principal passes at grades D or better. Applicants with diplomas and/or degrees will be considered on merit.

Selection Procedure

A selected number of candidates will be short-listed for an interview, after which recommendations for final selection for admission will be referred to the Faculty Admissions Committee.

Final selection for admission

Academic results and/or performance, as well as performance at interview will weigh equally.

The recommendations of the Faculty Admissions Committee for admission will be final.

The closing date for MBChB applications will be 30 September.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the University with official results. No applicants will be processed without results.

Std 9/Grade 11 : End-of-year results
Std 10/Grade 12 : June or trial examination results
Std 10/Grade 12 final results
Diploma/Degree end-of-year results


The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have completed an undergraduate program.  Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.

Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive.

Applicants are selected through a rigorous assessment process based on outstanding academic achievement, in combination with a demonstrated ability to achieve graduate outcomes of knowledge and critical thinking, leadership, initiative and teamwork, communication skills, responsibility, ethical decision-making skills, motivation and non-verbal reasoning.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multi mini interview (MMI).

In relation to entry into the Bachelor of Medical Studies, the following definitions apply:

  • Undergraduate – An applicant who has completed High School Senior Certificate (equivalent to Queensland Year 12) with, or without, incomplete tertiary studies.
  • Graduate – An applicant who has completed a bachelor degree.

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

Applicant Type Academic Results* Subject Prerequisites Interview
Undergraduate Yes Yes Yes
Graduate Yes Yes Yes

*Unless otherwise stated, the qualification/s used for assessment must have been undertaken within nine years immediately preceding the close of applications for the relevant application period.

**Domestic and international students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt).   The selection process will be based on GPA, completion of GAMSAT and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt  for the graduates of these aforementioned programs are limited and dependant on availability. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the BMedStudies

Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students.  Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Important note for international/overseas students:

Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University.  In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access.   Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.


Entry Requirements

Your application will only be considered for admission to the University if you qualify for Bachelor’s degree study AND you satisfy the faculty requirements. To qualify for with a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.

To qualify for degree studies at a University at least four of the seven subjects must be from the list of ‘designated subjects’ set out below and the student must have obtained an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement 50 – 59%) or above in these four subjects.

NOTE: If you meet the minimum admission requirements this only means that you are eligible for selection; it does NOT mean that you will necessarily be accepted.

The designated subject list is:

Accounting                          Agricultural Science                       Business Studies

Consumer Studies,               Dramatic Arts                               Engineering Graphics and Design

Economics                           Geography                                   History

Information Technology        Languages                                   Life Sciences

Music                                  Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy

Religion Studies                   Physical Science                           Visual Arts.

The minimum entry requirements for admission to Rhodes University in 2017 are set out in the following table below. Note (a) the point levels that are required (b) the differences in the achievement levels that are needed for Mathematical Literacy, (c) the need for Life and/or Physical Sciences for degrees in Science or Pharmacy.


The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admissions score using the percentage obtained for each subject. The sum of six subject scores, excluding Life Orientation but including English and any other required subject(s) for the relevant programme is considered when deciding on admission. Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score. Mathematics Paper 3 does not contribute to the APS score but the results will be captured for the Dean to note when making an admission decision.


English Home Language 78% 7.8 points
Afrikaans/isiXhosa first/Additional  Language 73% 7.3 points
Mathematics 69% 6.9 points
Life Sciences 70% 7.0 points
Dramatic Arts 89% 8.9 points
Accounting 73% 7.3 points
Life Orientation 90% 0 points
Additional Mathematics 60% 0 points
TOTAL POINTS   45.2 points


An application is usually (and wisely) made well in advance of knowing your final results, in which case the application form requires your school to supply provisional results, based on internal examinations. If your provisional scores are very promising you may well be offered a place to study even before you take the final examinations. Please note an offer is conditional subject to you obtaining “Bachelor Degree Status” and your admissions point score (APS) being maintained or improved.

If you do not meet the APS score of 45 points for automatic acceptance, you may still be considered for a place at the Dean’s discretion. Such places are usually offered with some extra conditions. Some places are usually offered to students with an APS score of 34 – 44 with some extra conditions (see extended studies below).  It is therefore very important to give full information when completing the application form as this is the information that the Dean will use for making a decision.

Extended Studies Programme

This is an alternative route to university studies at Rhodes.  A limited number of students who show potential to succeed are exposed to a carefully designed and supportive learning environment which enhances their ability to succeed at Rhodes University.  This option is for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds on condition that they take their degree over an extra year at University.  It is therefore very important to give full information when completing the application form as this is the information that the Dean will use in making a decision.


It is recommended that all first-time university entering South African applicants write the NBT’s. If the applicant does not meet the automatic entry requirements the NBT results will be used by the Dean to make decisions on applications. These test results can also be used if a candidate does not meet the entrance requirements in their final examinations.

There are two NBT’s. The Academic and Quantitative literacy test (AQL) consists of two components, namely academic literacy and quantitative literacy. An applicant will be awarded separate scores for each component, even though they are written as one test. Applicants to all faculties should write the AQL. The Mathematics test is based on the Mathematics Grade 12 Syllabus. Applicants who wish to enter Pharmacy, Science or Commerce should write the Mathematics Test. One score is awarded for the Mathematics Test.

For further information about the NBT’s, dates and venues, please visit or 021 650 3523.

International requirements

40 points and above will receive a firm offer, 37 – 39 points will remain on hold until the end of September to be considered by the Dean if space is available.

For candidates who offer A, O, HIGCSE & IGCSE, five different subjects are counted.  The basic minimum requirement for admission to the University is a certificate of Full Exemption or Foreign Conditional Exemption from the Matriculation Board. Applicants who have passed A levels are eligible for full exemption provided the passes in approved subjects meet the following requirements:

A-level:  symbols A-E (minimum of 2 subjects)

AS-level: symbols A-D (4 subjects and 1 at O-level)

O-level:  symbols A-C (maximum of 3 subjects)

At least 2 subjects at A-level and 3 different subjects at O-level or 3 subjects at A-level and 2 at O-level

HIGCSE/IGCSE qualification:

HIGCSE:  symbols 1-3 (4 subjects)

IGCSE:  symbols A-C (1 subject)

International Baccalaureate (B)

3 High level (HL) subjects:  Grade 4

4 Standard Level (SL) subjects:  Grade 5

Points rating

Symbol/Result/ Grade Points Awarded


HL     SL

 A  1  7  10  9  8 5  10 7
 B  2  6  9  8  7  4  9  6
 C  3  5  8  7 6  3  8  5
 D  4  4  7  6      7  4
 E    3  6       6  3

If you are applying for Pharmacy your A Levels or AS Levels must include Mathematics, Science and Biology. If you are applying for Science your A Levels, AS Levels or O Levels should include Mathematics, Science and Biology

With at least 1 subject from each of the following groups:

Group I English
Group II Afrikaans, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Nederlands, Portuguese or

any other language approved by HESA

Group III Biology, Botany, Chemistry, General Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Physics & Chemistry, Zoology or any of the following if not offered under Group II – Afrikaans, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Nederlands or any other language approved by HESA

Please note that Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, General Paper and Thinking Skills are not recognised subjects for entry to a South African University.

If you have 2 A Level passes but do not have a second language, application should be made to HESA (through your University after registration) for a Foreign Conditional Exemption. The onus is on you to acquire this certificate.


Undergraduate English language requirements


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.5 and all bands 7.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 106 plus a written score of 24
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 625 plus Essay (TWE) of 5.0
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 191 and all bands 185 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 73 and no PTE communicative skills score below 65
  • MELAB: 92





  1. Hi .I have an enrolled nurse/midwife certificate and would like to study for Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. What are the requirements?