Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Sefako Makgatho Logo 2018.svg
Former names
Motto Knowledge for Quality Health Services
Type Public University
Established 1 January 2015
Chancellor Edna Molewa
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Chris de Beer
Students approx. 4000
Location Ga-Rankuwa (next to Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital) Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa
25°37′8″S 28°1′22″E / 25.61889°S 28.02278°E / -25.61889; 28.02278Coordinates: 25°37′8″S 28°1′22″E / 25.61889°S 28.02278°E / -25.61889; 28.02278
Colours Orange, Blue, White

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a university in Pretoria North, Gauteng Province, South Africa.[1] It was formed on 1 January 2015. Previously it was known as Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA) and later as a campus of the University of Limpopo.[2] It is named after South African ANC leader Sefako Makgatho.[3]


The seat of the University is located at Ga-Rankuwa.[4] The name change from MEDUNSA to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) was one of the causes of the riots in August 2014.[5] From 2005 to 2015, the University was a campus of the University of Limpopo, but it was separated following a review of the merger.[6] The launch on 14 April 2015 was attended by President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, with the President delivering the keynote address.

Degree programmes[edit]

The following degree programmes are offered:[7]

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) (incl. ECP)

Master of Medicine – MMed (in various specialisations)

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSc Clinical Psychology)

Doctor of Medicine (MD in General Surgery)

Phd (in various specialisations)

School of Oral Health[edit]

Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS)

Master of Dentistry (MDent) (various specialisations)

PhD in Dentistry

Bachelor of Dental Therapy (BDT)

Bachelor of Oral Hygiene (BOH)

School of Nursing[edit]

Baccalaureus Curationis (BCur) (I et A)

Bachelor of Nursing Science Honours (in various specialisations)

Master of Nursing Science (in various specialisations)

PhD in Nursing Sciences

Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing

Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing

School of Pharmacy[edit]

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Master of Pharmacy

PhD in Pharmacy

Postgraduate Diploma (Hospital Pharmacy Management)

School of Dietetics and Nutrition[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

School of Occupational Therapy[edit]

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

School of Science and Technology[edit]

Bachelor of Science:

Majoring in:

Chemistry | Computer Science | Physiology | Psychology | Biology | Biochemistry | Physics | Mathematics and Applied Mathematics | Statistics

Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) 4 years

Bachelor of Science Honours

Masters of Science



    • Dr V Ramlakan - Chairperson
    • Prof CR de Beer - The Vice-Chancellor (Section 18(1)(a))
    • Mr HJ Croucamp - Acting Registrar


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