Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Medical Sciences


Purpose of the Programme

The programme is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the human body in an integrated manner to understand the mechanics and mechanism of human body. 

It offers training in a range of scientific skills: 

  • Understanding of basic medical sciences
  • Basic and applied aspects especially in clinical medicine
  • Teaching skills in basic medical sciences
  • Background information on scientific research methodology 
  • Applying the basic principles in research to the advantage of the community especially to those living in rural areas, and students in rural schools.

The programme also offers additional training in human and animal experiments.

The graduates of this programme will be able to pursue postgraduate training in science and become scientists with the skills to carry out basic and applied research. 

At the end of the programme, they should have acquired enough skill and confidence to carry out

Further research in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and allied health professions. 

They can be trained to teach basic medical sciences at medical schools thereby meeting the local demands for qualified teachers in basic medical sciences.


  • Full-time contact
  • The programme will be delivered in a format that will be accessible to full-time students. 
  • It will be in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions and self-directed learning.


Bachelor’s Degree

 Achievement rating of:

  • 4 (50-59%) in English at Home Language or First Additional Language
  • 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics
  • 4 (50-59%) in Physical Science
  • 4 (50-59%) in Life Sciences
  • 4 (50-59%) in two non Life Orientation subjects

Earlier Learning

Basic medical sciences deal with the fundamental scientific basis of the body function. Therefore, it requires a certain basic understanding of the body functions. 

Students with a good pass in chemistry, physical science, mathematics and biology/ life sciences will find it easier to understand the basic medical science principles.

The following shall apply to entry for the first year of the programme:

  • Students who qualify for university admission with good passes in the above- specified subjects and proficiency in English are eligible for admission to the first year of the programme.
  • A student who successfully completes the pre-clinical years of the MBChB programme may be permitted to join at level 2 of the BMed Sciences programme.


  • For further details, please refer to the Prospectus