Wits GEMP 2023 Application Requirements

Wits GEMP 2023 Application Requirements: South Africa has a critical need for well-trained, knowledgeable medical professionals who are able to provide health care services often with very limited resources. To honour our commitment to improving the lives of our fellow citizens and to address current shortage of well-educated and highly skilled doctors, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Faculty of Health Sciences has established the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) to increase the number of medical graduates. The GEMP allows entry of suitably qualified candidates who meet certain minimum requirements into the third year of the MBBCh degree. This gives these candidates the opportunity to complete their undergraduate medical studies in a period of only four years after which they enter their internship and government-mandated community service period.

What are the requirement for Wits Graduate Entry Medical Programme?

  • A completed undergraduate university degree at a minimum of Bachelor’s or Bachelor of Technology degree level with an average of at least 60% over the final two completed years of study. National Diplomas, Technical Diplomas, Certificates and similar qualifications cannot be considered for entry. We also accept applications from candidates who are in their final year of study towards their current university degree.
  • Sciences Requirements: (ALL of the following are compulsory)
  1. 50% for first year university degree level Biology (Full course). Equivalent courses such as Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, Life Sciences and similar courses will also be considered.
  2. 50% for first year university degree level Physics (Half Course).
  3. 50% for first year university degree level Chemistry (Half Course).
  4. The above three subjects MUST be completed at first-year of a university Bachelor’s degree or higher. Diploma or certificate studies will not be considered.
  • Mathematics Requirement: (One of the following possibilities)
  1. 60% for Matric Mathematics (National Senior Certificate (NSC) – 2008 to present) or 
  2. Pass on Higher Grade or 60% on Standard Grade for Matric Mathematics (Pre-2008) or
  3. 50% for a full-course Mathematics at first year university degree level.
  • Language Requirement:  (One of the following possibilities)
  1. 60% for Matric English Home Language or First Additional Language (National Senior Certificate (NSC) – 2008 to present) or
  2. Pass on Higher Grade or 60% on Standard Grade for Matric English First or Second Language (Pre-2008) or
  3. 50% for a full-course English at first year university degree level.
  4. International applicants:
    1. Score of at least 7 for the IELTS test (International English Language Test Systemor
    2. A pass in English Language at the GCSE/GCE/IGSCE Ordinary level (or equivalent examination) or
    3. Pass in English in a school-leaving examination equivalent to the South African National Senior Certificate or
    4. If the tertiary studies were at an English-medium institution, a letter from that institution stating that instruction and examinations were conducted in English must be provided.
  • Applicants who are only applying for the GEMP in the Faculty of Health Sciences do not have to write the National Benchmark Test. If an applicant is also applying for a different degree in the Faculty (example Pharmacy or Physiotherapy), they have to write the NBT, but the NBT results will not be used in the consideration for the GEMP application.

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