WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,893 /year
Part-time Study:4 years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:PhD in Health Sciences
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus:Wits Medical Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

By submission of published work or by submission of a thesis.

School of Clinical Medicine:
– Anaesthesia
– Bioethics and Health Law
– Biomedical Informatics and Translational Medicine
– Critical Care
– Diagnostic Radiology
– Family Medicine
– Forensic Medicine
– Health Sciences Education
– Internal Medicine
– Neurosurgery
– Obstetrics and Gynaecology
– Ophthalmology
– Orthopaedic Surgery
– Paediatrics
– Psychiatry
– Radiation Oncology
– Surgery
– Wits Reproductive and HIV Institute

School of Pathology
– Anatomical Pathology
– Chemical Pathology
– Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
– Haematology and Molecular Medicine
– Human Genetics
– Immunology
– Microbiology
– Virology

School of Anatomical Sciences
– Anatomical Sciences

School of Therapeutic Sciences
– Biokinetics
– Nursing
– Occupational Therapy
– Pharmacology
– Pharmacy

– Sport and Exercise Science
– Sports Medicine
– Therapeutic Sciences
School of Oral Health Sciences
– Community Dentistry
– Conservative Dentistry
– Experimental Odontology
– Material Science
– Oral Biology
– Oral Medicine and Periodontology
– Oral Pathology
– Orthodontics
– Prosthodontics

School of Physiology
– Physiology

School of Public Health
– Public Health

Admission Requirements

– A masters degree from Wits or another university.
– A graduate of this or another university who holds a degree in another faculty whose curriculum has ordinarily extended over not less than four academic years of full-time study.
– A supervisor from the School must be identified and approached prior to application.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment.
Apply onlineUpload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.
Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, or other patient care facilities.
– Medical laboratories.
– Pharmaceutical companies.
– Manufacturing companies.
– Federal or state government.
– Private agencies.
– Consulting firms.

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC students: $1,893
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,893

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R28710
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R28710
(The tuition fees for International students constitutes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Mrs Poovy Govender
Faculty Strategic Projects Co-Ordinator
Mrs Antonia Appel
Faculty Communications Officer