Faculty of Health Sciences University of Pretoria

Faculty of Health Sciences University of Pretoria

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution in terms of its education of health professionals, its research and its clinical service. Furthermore, it is an institution with a tradition of excellence and a proud history.

A great health sciences institution, however, never rests comfortably on its past successes. A great health sciences institution does more than make history – it makes the future. The Faculty of Health Sciences management is deeply committed and this has been translated into an action agenda which recognises the need for constant innovation and is dedicated to meet the health sciences challenges that South African society faces: those not yet conquered and those not yet known.

Students learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference. Graduates become community leaders that are distinct in their ability to think, communicate and contribute.

Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences has a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches.

Prospective students who wish to pursue a career in health sciences are encouraged to take a look at the available academic programmes or contact us for questions or queries.

Academic Programmes – Faculty of Health Sciences University of Pretoria


Study Programme Duration
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery – MBChB 6 years
Bachelor of Dentistry – BChD 5 years
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – BOccTher 4 years
Bachelor of Physiotherapy – BPhysT 4 years
Bachelor of Nursing ScienceBCur 4 years
Bachelor of Dietetics – BDietetics 4 years
Bachelor of Sport Science – 


4 years
Bachelor of Radiography – BRad 3 years
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice – BClinical Medical Practice 3 years
Bachelor of Oral Hygiene – BOH 3 years
Bachelor of Sport Science – BSportSci


3 years
Higher certificate in Sport ScienceHCert (Sport Science)


1 year


Postgraduate – Faculty of Health Sciences University of Pretoria

Postgraduate studies in the School of Medicine cover all categories from diplomas up to doctoral level, while postgraduate short courses and seminars for compliance with the requirements of Continued Professional Development (CPD) are also well attended.

It also includes a postgraduate diploma in Family Medicine that can be obtained through distance education.

In the School of Healthcare Sciences, for example, more thanf 25 specialising fields are presented, sufficiently addressing the need for postgraduate training.

The School of Dentistry offers 12 postgraduate diplomas in Dentistry and four postgraduate degrees.

The School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) offers flexible and multidisciplinary postgraduate programmes to doctors, dentists, nurses and any other professional whose work impacts on health. The offering comprises 8 postgraduate diplomas, 4 MSc programmes, a Master’s in Medicine, a MPH and a PhD degree, all of which use the same core of modular teaching that was developed to rationalise teaching time and minimise duplication.

Details regarding the postgraduate courses can be found on the respective School’s sites.


Schools and Departments

    • School of Dentistry
    • School of Health Care Sciences
    • School of Health Systems and Public Health
    • School of Medicine

CONTACT US – Faculty of Health Sciences University of Pretoria

University of Pretoria
cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street
South Africa

Postal address:
University of Pretoria
Private bag X20
Hatfield 0028
South Africa

General Enquiries:  Mientjie Esterhuizen +27 (0)12 356 3064 mientjie.esterhuizen@up.ac.za

Undergraduate: Celisa Anthony +27 (0)12 356 3057 celisa.anthony@up.ac.za

Postgraduate: Annette Welman +27 (0)12 356 3057 annette.welman@up.ac.za

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