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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 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 OF THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

 

MBChB Degree

   i)  To apply for the MBChb degree, a candidate must be enrolled in Grade 12 studying towards a NSSC certificate            or in possession of a NSSC certificate or any other equivalent qualification with at least:

      1. 35 points on the UNAM scale with at least a grade B in English OR 37 points on the UNAM scale with at least a grade C in English

      2. A Score of “2” or better on higher level in Mathematics and Physical Sciences (or a 2 in Mathematics and a 3 in Physical Science) (or a 2 in Physical Science and a 3 in Mathematics) and a grade B or better on ordinary level for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
      3. Grade B or better on ordinary level for Biology/Life Science

        (Please refer to the scale used by the University to calculate the UNAM score)


OR

 ii)  To apply for the MBChB degree, a candidate must have successfully completed the entire first year BSc  

      curriculum and must have passed in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics modules with an aggregate of at

      least 60%;

OR

  iii) To apply for the MBChB degree, a candidate must have successfully completed a relevant and applicable

       qualification from a recognized higher institution”

  iv) Mature Entry: Candidates aspiring for admission to the MBChB degree through the Mature Age Entry Scheme

       must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. They should be at least 25 years old on the first day of the academic year in which admission is sought
  2. They should have successfully completed senior secondary education
  3. They should have proof of at least five years relevant work experience (as determined by the School).
  4. They should pass all papers of the prescribed Mature Age Entry Tests and obtain a minimum aggregate score of 60%.
  5. Candidates, who, in the opinion of the Faculty, merit further consideration, may be called for an oral interview before the final selection is made.

ESSAY WRITING 

An applicant shall be required to submit an essay on a topic or topics determined by the Admissions Committee 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). 

INTERVIEWS

Eligible applicants shall normally be invited for interviews to be conducted by the Admissions Committee. Special interviews including the use of video conferencing may be considered. All interviews shall be conducted in order to assess the following attributes of the candidates:

 

  • Academic standing and Aptitude:  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.
  • Overall demeanor and comportment.

 

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.

BPharm Degree

   i)  To apply for the B.Pharm degree, a candidate must be enrolled in Grade 12 studying towards a NSSC

       certificate or in possession of a NSSC certificate or any other equivalent qualification with at least:

  1. 30 points on the UNAM scale with a grade B or better in ordinary level English  OR 32 points on the UNAM scale with a grade C or better in ordinary level  English
  2. A Score of “2” or better on higher level in Mathematics and Physical Sciences (or a 2 in Mathematics and a 3 in Physical Science) (or a 2 in Physical Science and a 3 in Mathematics)  or a grade B or better in ordinary level Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  3. Grade B or better in ordinary level Biology/Life Science
    (Please refer to the scale used by the University to calculate the UNAM score);

OR

  ii)  To apply for the BPharm degree, a candidate must have successfully completed the entire first year Science

       curriculum and must have passed chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics modules with an aggregate of at  

       least 55%.

OR

  iii)  To apply for the BPharm degree, a candidate must have successfully completed a Science degree from a    

        recognised  University with passes in Sciences including Chemistry and Biology

OR

  iv)  Mature Entry: Candidates aspiring for admission to UNAM’s Bachelor of Pharmacy degree through the

        Mature Age Entry Scheme must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. They should be at least 25 years old on the first day of the academic year in which admission is sought
  2. They should have successfully completed senior secondary education
  3. They should have proof of at least five years pharmacy relevant work experience (as determined by the School).
  4. They should pass all papers of the prescribed Mature Age Entry Tests with an overall average of 55%.
  5. Candidates who, in the opinion of the Faculty, merit further consideration, may be called for an oral interview before the final selection is made

  Meeting the above student admission criteria DOES NOT necessarily ensure admission.

  Admission is granted on merit based on availability of places on the programme and other conditions that may be

  determined from time to time.

  The School reserves the right to administer special written entry tests and interviews before admission.

 

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