UCT Medical School – Health Sciences Education

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UCT Medical School – Health Sciences Education

UCT Medical School – Health Sciences Education

Established in 2015, the Department of Health Sciences Education’s (HSE) primary aim is to enhance the quality of education across the Faculty and in all teaching facilities used by the Faculty. In assisting the Faculty’s Transformation agenda in educational programs, our goal is to ensure that our graduates are prepared for contextually-relevant clinical practice and to help foster clinical excellence.
The establishment reflects UCT’s commitment to advancing the field of health sciences education (HSE) and generating scholarships relevant to Africa and other resource-constrained environments. This initiative is also in keeping with the Faculty’s adoption of the Primary Health Care Approach as its lead theme. They also strive to collaborate with other groupings engaged in HSE research, teaching, and service. We provide the Faculty with an academic hub for inter-disciplinary and inter-professional offerings.
Our services

  • Educational development aligns education, training, and health professional practice at both under- and postgraduate levels with all levels of health care delivery.
  • Promotion of excellence in teaching.
  • Learning and assessment at all sites of education and training.
  • Development of innovative educational responses to the unique challenges faced in the South African and African contexts.

Comprised of four divisions, our department is committed to doing and using contextually-relevant research to strengthen the science of educating and training health professionals.

Clinical Skills Centre

The goal of the Clinical Skills Programme is to assist in the acquisition of critical clinical skills by all members of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Although our primary audience is undergraduate medical students, we are increasingly positioning ourselves to help professionals in related fields, postgraduate students, in-training specialists, and seasoned practitioners as well.

Education Development

A multi-disciplinary unit based in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose current primary aim is to enhance the quality of education across the Faculty and in all teaching facilities used by the Faculty.

FHS Writing Lab

Writing does not often come naturally to many people, and while excellent writing can be difficult to learn, decent writing is not. We think that everyone can become a skilled academic writer with the right direction and assistance. By assisting writers in being aware of the procedures required to generate quality writing within their discipline, we hope to empower authors.

Staff Development and Training

Assisting staff in facilitating the professionalization of their roles as educators by providing continuous professional development in Education and through the effective use of educational technology.


Advising staff on the inclusion of educational technologies in learning and teaching. Supports online and mixed modes delivery of content at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Health Sciences: Undergraduate

The Health Sciences Faculty offers the following undergraduate degrees and diplomas:

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
Medicine and Surgery

Bachelor of Science in Audiology

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology
Higher Certificate in Disability Practice
Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science

Please note: for detailed information on these degrees and diplomas please consult the Health Sciences Faculty handbook.


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