Studying Medicine in South Africa
If you’re reading this post and you’re not a South African, you’ll be asking, “Why should I study medicine in South Africa?”
The reason is that South Africa offers some of the best medical degrees in the African continent. Students studying medicine in South Africa get a high quality hands-on training. Additionally, it is one of the countries in Africa where International students are going to study because of the quality of the education, fine weather, and beautiful scenery.
Aside this, studying medicine in South Africa may not be so different from studying it somewhere else. Being a former British colony, most institutions in South Africa’s study duration for medicine is five to six years. And these schools admit students directly from high school.
However, South African medical schools award an MBchB degree except the University of the Witwatersrand, which awards an MBBCh degree. On the other hand, most countries award MBBS degree to their medical students.
Meanwhile, some medical colleges in South Africa such as the University of Cape Town have started offering post-graduate medical degrees that run concurrently with their undergraduate programs. However, after completing your MBchB degree, graduates from a South Africa medical college proceed to complete a two-year internship program. After the internship, graduates must complete a year of community service to register with the Health Professions Council and practice as a doctor in the country.
Thus, medicine in South Africa requires a licence to practice, just like every other country. Medical students in South Africa proceed to specialize in a field of medicine and specialisation five to seven years of training process, depending on the specialty.