So You Want To Be a Doctor

 

The field of medicine is one of the most desirable fields for students. We often get enquiries from students about studying medicine. One of the most common questions asked is what the minimum admission requirements are. Truth is, there is no way to determine the admission requirements of most medical schools as these vary by institution and are subject to change every year. Therefore it is important to contact the university of interest for the most updated information.

It is common knowledge that medicine is one of the hardest fields to get into as the minimum requirements are usually hard to meet and there is stiff competition. So in order for you to be admitted into medical school, you need to ace your exams, especially the science subjects.

Most students often overlook the option of studying locally and in Africa and opt to go overseas for medicine and related courses. This may be due to a number of reasons, one of which might be the lack of knowledge about local medicine related opportunities available to prospective students. The aim of this article is to shed some light on some of them.

 

Where can you study?

Locally, we have some institutions offering a number of medicine related degrees. The Swaziland Christian University was the first medical university to be established in the country. They offer degrees in Pharmacy, Psychology, Medical laboratory and Nursing. The Southern African Nazarene University is another local university training medical practitioners. They offer degrees in Nursing and Midwifery, Medical laboratory and a diploma in Pharmacy.

The University of Swaziland also offers a degree in Nursing, which is one of the programmes requiring the highest number of points from those seeking admission. The Good Shepherd Nursing College also offers diplomas in various medicine related courses.

You can also study to become a medical practitioner in any country in the SADC region. These include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Uganda and Botswana. In all these countries, there are universities recognized by the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council (SMDC), where Swazi students can study medicine and related courses. The SMDC will soon be working with the Swaziland Higher Education Council (SHEC) to register all students who go out of the country for degrees in medicine and related fields so may be able to make a follow-up with them. They will also screen students’ choices and advise them accordingly.

 

How can you fund your studies?

Medicine is one of the priority areas funded by the Swazi Government through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Other courses funded by the government in Health include: Biomedical studies, Clinical and Dental Psychology, Optometry, Occupational and Physiotherapy, Para-Medical studies, Radiography as well as Speech and hearing therapy. The government recognizes a number of universities in Africa, such as: The University of Cape Town, The University of Pretoria, The University of Botswana, The University of Namibia as well as The University of Zimbabwe, where the scholarships are tenable.

There are some international organisations which provide funding for African students to study medicine and related courses in African Universities. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) is one of them. They provide funding to Students who have demonstrated academic talent, are economically disadvantaged and have a personal commitment to give back to their communities. Currently, these scholarships are only tenable at the following universities in Africa; The University of Cape Town, The University of Pretoria and Makerere University in Uganda.

 

Specialisations that are on demand in Swaziland

Some of the specialisations that are on demand in Swaziland include:

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical and forensic pathology
  • Gastro enterology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Radiology

 

For more information about the field of medicine and related courses in Swaziland, please contact SMDC on 2404 4980 or visit: www.smdc.org.sz

For more information about the Swazi government scholarship, please call 2404 1971/2/3 or visit: www.gov.sz

 

On-going Opportunities

The Minerva Schools at KGI. Deadline: 15 March 2018. Link; https://www.minerva.kgi.edu/

The New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies. Deadline: 14 March 2018. Link; https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/     

The Standard Bank Africa Derek Cooper Scholarship

Deadline: Varies by Institution. Link; http://graduate.standardbank.com/standimg/Graduate/DerekCooperAfricaScholarship.html#tabs3 

The ALU Mandela Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Deadline: 31 March 2018. Link; http://mcs.alueducation.com/

The Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA Entrance Tests. Deadline: 10 March 2018. Link; http://www.waterford.sz/admissions/tests/index.php

The Anzisha Prize Fellowship. Deadline: 31 March 2018. Link; www.anzisha.org

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