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REGULATIONS

STUDENT ADMISSION
COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS Admission to the School of Medicine shall be administered by a Committee on Admissions, which shall be composed of members of the School, a representative of the Medical and Dental Board of Namibia, the Administrative Officer in charge of admissions to the School, and the Registrar of the University. All committee members shall be appointed by the Dean for three (3) years and may be reappointed for additional terms. The Committee shall have the authority to select students entering the School on condition that they fulfill the minimum admission requirements as set out below. The School shall exercise the responsibility of reviewing the requirements for admissions and recommending any revisions to Senate for approval.

ADMISSION CRITERIA
Admission to the School of Medicine is based on the applicant’s academic standing (see admission requirements below), essay writing skills, letters of recommendation, and a successful interview. All admissions are made collectively by the Committee on Admissions and must be approved by the Faculty Board of the School of Medicine, as well as the Registrar’s Office.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
To apply for the MBChB degree, a candidate must hold a valid NSSC (Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate) or any other equivalent qualification with at least 35 points on the UNAM scale with a grade 2 or better on higher level for Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and a grade B or better on ordinary level for Biology and English (please refer to the scale used by the School of Medicine to calculate the UNAM score); OR To apply for the MBChB degree, a candidate must have successfully completed the entire first year BSc curriculum with at least 60% in each of the Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics modules; OR To apply for the MBChB degree, a candidate must have successfully completed a relevant degree program such as Pharmacy or Dentistry.

ESSAY WRITING
An applicant shall be required to submit an essay on a topic or topics so determined by the Committee on Admissions of the School of Medicine. The main objective of an essay so demanded of an applicant, besides evaluating one’s writing skills and ability of formulating thoughts, is to have some sense of the candidate’s potential as a health service provider to the sick and disabled. During essay writing all applicants are required to also complete the School of Medicine Health Questionnaire.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
An applicant seeking admission to the School of Medicine shall submit three (3) letters of recommendation from his/her teachers, professors and/or employer(s). A special form is available for this purpose, and all recommendations submitted shall strictly follow the guidelines so provided in the form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to avail the form to his/her teachers/professors or employers and ensure that all recommendations are submitted on time.

INTERVIEWS
Eligible applicants shall normally be invited for interviews to be conducted by the Committee on Admissions. Special interviews including the use of video conferencing may be considered for students outside Namibia. All interviews shall be conducted in order to assess the following attributes of the candidates: Academic standing: An interview shall seek to determine the candidate’s academic competitiveness plus communication skills; Extra-curricular activity: An interview shall also look into the candidate’s records on extra-curricular activities and, if applicable, in job performances. Extra-curricular engagements in civic and community works shall be examined. Direct patient-care experience can be helpful but not essential. General awareness and sense of values: A candidate’s awareness of the community he/she lives in and the sense of values, sensitivities, and concerns he/she might have on social and cultural issues shall be assessed. General physical/mental condition of the aspiring student: The candidate’s overall physical and mental status will be made without conducting a formal medical examination.

UNAM EVALUATION SCALE:

 

NSSC

CAMBRIDGE

SENIOR CERTIFICATE

GCE

POINTS

H

O

HIGCSE

IGCSE

HG

SG

A-level

O-level

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

9

1

 

1

 

A

 

B

 

8

2

A*

2

A*

B

 

C

 

7

3

A

3

A

C

A

D

A

6

4

B

4

B

D

B

E

B

5

 

C

 

C

E

C

N/O/Subsidiary

C

4

 

D

 

D

F

D

 

D

3

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

E

2

 

F

 

F

 

F

 

F

1

 

G

 

G

 

 

 

G

DURATION OF STUDY
The minimum duration for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degrees is five years. The MBChB degrees must be completed within six (6) years of full-time study.

EXEMPTIONS
UNAM will give exemptions for equivalent modules taken at other tertiary institutions but the exemptions shall not exceed 50% of the modules in the MBChB degree program.

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