Sefako Makgatho Extended Programme

Sefako Makgatho Extended Programme, welcome to the School of Science and Technology (SST) at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). The newly established School offers a range of academic offerings of world-class standard and aims to be a knowledge hub of choice for students aspiring to become future innovative Scientists and Researchers.

There are four different academic streams offered at undergraduate level, viz. Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Occupational & Environmental Sciences, which are tailored to provide focus and specialisation from as early as first year. In order to increase student access, the School has an Extended Curriculum Programme (BSc-ECP) extending over 4 years. The School also provides training in basic sciences to students registered in the Schools of Medicine, Oral Health Sciences and Health Care Sciences.

Students completing their BSc degrees have the opportunity to further specialise through an honours degree and to continue with their studies up to PhD. There are also opportunities for life science graduates to become medical scientists by enrolling in any of the relevant honours medical science programmes offered in the School of Medicine. Student support structures are available to ensure that every enrolled student of SST receives the necessary academic and emotional support to complete their study programmes.

To stay relevant and responsive to the needs of society, continuous engagement with the community around SMU is fostered through outreach projects such as the Science Outreach Project which supports learners and educators in local schools and through participation in the Annual National Science Week programme and Open days. Students will also find our annual science career expos a very useful platform to begin networking with potential future employers and for securing bursaries, scholarships and internships.

Academic Programmes


Bsc life sciences

Bsc mathematical sciences

Bsc physical sciences

Bsc occupational enviromental sciences


Applied mathematics




Master of Science in Biochemistry

Master of Science in Botany

Master of Science in Chemistry

Master of Science in Mathematics

Master of Science in Statistics

Master of Science in Zoology


Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology