Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Requirements



Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Requirements, APS stands for Admission Point Score.  In South Africa, universities use APS points as one of the tools to see if applicants qualify for their respective programmes. SMU has a unique APS calculation that applicants can use to work out their scores.



To calculate your APS, you will need to add your six best subject percentages.  Please note that this excludes Life Orientation.



Applicants will need to meet the minimum APS or fall within the testing band in order to be considered for a specific program.  Generally, you get points for each matric subject you write an exam in.  The points you get for each course will depend on the percentage you score in that particular subject. The APS score is the total points you receive from each course.

Please note: meeting the bare minimum requirement is not always enough to get you into your desired degree programme, so push hard to get the highest marks you possibly can.



Don’t forget that some courses require you to submit other requirements (e.g. portfolio of work, audition of interview). It’s important for you to check with the faculty what they require from you.

Medicine Admission Requirements

  • MBChB Students
(i)       Applications for admission to MBChB I can be considered only from students who are in possession of/or about to receive a Matriculation or Matriculation Exemption Certificate with pass marks of a C (HG) or equivalent in Mathematics and Physical Science.

Note:     If an applicant’s matriculation certificate does not indicate a pass in Mathematics, a further certificate to the effect that an Assessment in Mathematics of a standard at least equivalent to that of the Matriculation Assessment has been passed, is required.

(ii)                 Whereas admission of a student is by selection, a request for change of course between faculties should only be handled by application to the other faculty for admission to the following year, via the normal application process.

(iii)           From 2022, because of the implementation of the new curriculum, students will no longer be eligible for admission at MBChB III or higher.

(iii)                No student shall be permitted to register for any course in the following year of study unless s/he has passed all required courses of the previous year.

(iv)                A student who has previously been excluded from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University or any other University for academic reasons must prove academic competence by having successfully completed a relevant BSc degree majoring in one of the following subjects/courses Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Microbiology or Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree (B.Med.Sci) before s/he may be considered for possible selection in terms of the normal selection procedure. A second exclusion is permanent.

(v)                 No student shall be permitted to renew his/her registration unless all outstanding debts have been paid in full or acceptable arrangements have been made with the Director: Finance.

(vi)                A student is subject to the rules pertaining to all subjects/courses for that year of study.

(vii)       Should a student fail a year of study, the student will then be subject to the rules, which are valid for his/her year of re-registration as this is in the best academic interest of the student.

(vii)              Any student admitted to MBChB I or promoted to MBChB II-IV, must commence attending the course no later than three weeks after the first lectures/practicals of that study year has commenced.  

A student, who can only start the course for whatever reason, after that time, will be admitted to that course only in the next academic year. Such students will have to apply to School Board for interruption of studies for the duration of the relevant academic year stating the reasons for this.

B Rad (Diagn) Degree Students



  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be in possession of a Matriculation or national senior certificate with minimum score of 4 in Mathematics, Physical Science, English and Life Sciences.
  2. The final selection of applicants has always been distributed in accordance with the statistics South African demographics
RACEPERCENTAGE
Black78%
Indians03%
Whites11%
Coloured08%

Application Procedure and Requirements

Application procedure and requirements for study visa

  • An application form obtainable from home affairs,
  • A valid passport (for a year or more),
  • Admission letter from the University,
  • A letter from the institution in support of your study visa (International office),
  • Bank statement – Copy of passport or I.D of parent or guardian responsible for the financial support and a supporting letter,
  • A study visa fee of R425-00,
  • Proof of medical aid cover confirming that you will be covered while in SA. Medical reports (including Radiology & Pathology).
  • A police clearance certificate from your country of origin,
  • Repatriation fee of R585-00,
  • Copy of yellow fever vaccination (If relevant),
  • If applicant is under 21 years old, there should be a letter of consent from parent or guardian.


For more information on how to apply for a study permit, please visit http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/studypermits.htm. If you have a study permit, remember to renew it 3 months before its expiration. If you neglect to do this, the State can impose heavy fines both on you and on the University. The process of getting a study permit can take 4-8 weeks to process; hence, it is advisable to make study visa applications as soon as possible.