Sefako Makgatho Medical University

Sefako Makgatho Medical University, Welcome to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), which is now in its 4th year of existence. Our School offers the MBChB, MBChB Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP), Diagnostic Radiography, BSc (Hons) in the Pathology disciplines as well as post-graduate programmes in various specialities.

The MBChB programme is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and will be reviewed in 2018 based on a 5-year cycle. The MBChB ECP, which was introduced in 2010 for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, has proven to be successful as it adequately prepares them for the mainstream MBChB programme after successful completion of their first year of the course. We have consistently recorded a pass rate of between 98-100 percent.

The 3-year Radiography programme has been re-accredited for another 5-year cycle. The students work under supervision at the Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital, Garankuwa and various accredited clinical training sites in Gauteng, Limpopo, and North-West provinces. The Radiography department has applied for the 4-year Radiography degree, which is a national imperative as a number of institutions have already implemented it. The Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) documents are under review by the various accrediting bodies. Also, the MSc Clinical Psychology programme was successfully re-accredited in 2017.

The Pathology disciplines, Anatomy, and Physiology Departments are now fully integrated within the School of Medicine, following SMU Senate approval of the new academic structure. This means that the School of Medicine still remains the largest School with 36 departments. Our School has academic guardians assigned to students throughout their years of study to assist with study techniques, time management, and psychosocial problems. Students are urged to make use of these opportunities when required to ensure their successful completion of their programmes.

Our post-graduate programmes attract students from South Africa, Southern Africa and from the African continent and offer a variety of opportunities in various medical and surgical specialities. We have completed a number of postgraduate skills laboratories to assist with virtual skills development especially in the surgical disciplines. Our research output has shown an improvement in recent years and we will ensure that the quality of our research dissertations in all fields of study continue to improve for us to publish them in peer-reviewed journals. The focus on health professions research will continue to remain an imperative from 2018 and beyond.

In addition, our School will strive to ensure that SMU’s mission to “provide high-quality primary health care-oriented health sciences research, education and services”.


To be a leading African University School of Medicine, epitomising excellence and global competitiveness, addressing the needs of rural communities through innovative and robust research initiatives.


A world class School of Medicine responding to education, research and community development needs always; endeavouring to train quality health care workers with empathy, consciousness and lust for community-based research.

Academic Programmes

B Rad (Diagn)
BSc (Hons) (MS) Anatomical Pathology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Haematological Pathology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Medical Physics
BSc (Hons) (MS) Medical Biochemistry/Chemical Pathology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Medical Microbiology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Medical Virology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Pharmacology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Physiology
BSc (Hons) (MS) Psychology
M Med (Anaesthesiology)
M Med (Anatomical Pathology
M Med (Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
M Med (Chemical Pathology)
M Med (Dermatology)
M Med (Diagnostic Radiology & Imaging)
M Med (Family Medicine & Primary Health Care)
M Med (Forensic Pathology)
M Med (General Surgery)
M Med (Haematological Pathology
M Med (Internal Medicine)
M Med (Medical Microbiology)
M Med (Neurology)
M Med (Neurosurgery)
M Med (Nuclear Medicine)
M Med (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
M Med (Occupational Medicine)
M Med (Ophthalmology)
M Med (Orthopaedics)
M Med (Otorhinolaryngology)
M Med (Paediatrics & Child Health)
M Med (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)
M Med (Psychiatry)
M Med (Public Health Medicine)
M Med (Urology)
M Med (Virology)
MSc (Clinical Psychology)
MSc (Med) Physiology
PhD in Physiology
MD Degree
DSc (Med)
Postgraduate Diploma Programmes

Medicine Admission Requirements

  • MBChB/B Rad (Diagn) Degree
  • BSc Hons MS Degree
  • Other Post Graduate Programmes

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 2018/2019, 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

Academic Departments

DepartmentHead of DepartmentSecretary/Assistant Admin OfficersContact Numbers
AnaesthesiologyProf. DR. BhagwandassMerche Roux
[email protected]
Anatomical PathologyDr. B. NemukongweNorah Nkhumise
[email protected]
012 521 4190/4414
AnatomyMr. H. HumanElvi Lee
[email protected]
012 521 4125/5882
Chemical PathologyProf. Aye Aye KhineMr. Johannes Mmola
[email protected]
012 521 4253/4250
CardiologyProf PS MntlaKgomari TC
[email protected]
012 521 4627/5621
Cardio-thoracic SurgeryProf. RF ChaukeCynthia Manchidi
[email protected]
012 521 4232/4992
Community HealthDr PGD RautenbachJean Fisher
[email protected]
012 521 42476/4350
Clinical PsychologyProf. L. BaloyiBrenda Ledwaba
[email protected]
012 521 4072/4632/
DermatologyProf. H MotswalediConstance Montwedi
[email protected]
012 521 4001
Diagnostics RadiographyMrs MA.Mochifefe (Acting)Prudence Masokwe (Temp)
[email protected]
012 521 4531/4144
Diagnostic Radiology & ImagingProf. ME. KisansaMatsatsi Modise
[email protected]
Family Medicine & Primary Health CareProf. GA. OgunbanjoSihle Dube
[email protected]
012 521 4528/4314
Forensic MedicineDr.KK. HlaiseMercia Wilken
[email protected]
012 521 4119/4042
General SurgeryProf. MZ. KotoMatilda Howard (A.O)
[email protected]
012 521 4153/4165/4150
Haematological PathologyProf. V. MoodleyHester Bruwer
[email protected]
012 521 4442/4004
Hand & MicrosurgeryProf. SS. GoleleJoyce Khoza
[email protected]
012 521 4449/4413
Intensive Care UnitDr. AN. MdladlaDora Maselela
[email protected]
012 521 5723/4351
Internal MedicineDr. ND.MadalaChristinah Mokoena
[email protected]
012 521 3960/4584
Medical PhysicsMr. N. Mandiwana(Acting)Petro v/d Westhuizen
[email protected]
012 521 4389/4390
Microbiological PathologyProf. M. NchabelengMaria Mudau
[email protected]
012 521 5667/3377
NeurologyProf. DS MagaziDinah Nkoana
[email protected]
012 521 4209/4136
NeurosurgeryProf. PL. LekgwaraTshepiso Matlou
[email protected]
012 521 4259/4353
Nuclear MedicineProf. T. MdakaMarilize [email protected]012 521 4678/5753
Obstetrics & Gynaecology.Prof TS MonokoaneMatseleng Serake
[email protected] van [email protected]
012 521 4638 012 521 4461
Occupational MedicineProf DJ KocksJean [email protected]012 521 4355/4576
OpthalmologyProf. JF. Olivier Estelle de [email protected]
Orthopaedic SurgeryProf. MT. MaribaLeonie [email protected]012 521 4049/4005
Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)Prof. D. LEC. StolpBertha [email protected]012 521 4234
Paediatrics & Child HealthProf. MPB MawelaLeandre Beukes (Secretary)[email protected] Dineo Mlangeni (Admin.Officer)[email protected]012 521 4445/4444
Paediatric SurgeryProf. L Marcisz Erika [email protected]012 521 4153/4041
PhysiologyProf. L. Hay Anette de [email protected]012 521 4211/4535
Pharmacology & TherapeuticsProf du PlooyCorrie van [email protected]012 521 4145/4123/5969
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery[email protected]012 521 4006/4231
PsychiatryProf ST Rataemane[email protected]012 521 4143/4146
PsychologyMrs. D. Khomari (Acting)Christa van [email protected]012 521 4366/4982
UrologyProf. SBA MutambirwaJeanette [email protected]012 521 5632/4236
Virological PathologyProf. M. Nchabeleng (Acting)JA. [email protected]012 521 4227/4569

Contact Us

Office of the Dean: School of Medicine

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Box 210

Telephone number: +27 (0)12 521 4321/5853
Telefax: +27(0)12 521 5811
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]