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University of Botswana School of Medicine

The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) professional degree is a five year programme. The first two years will follow an integrated Problem Based Learning approach. The last three years are clinically structured providing the opportunity to practice in the hospital and community.

The Faculty of Medicine has a mandate to train locally relevant and internationally competent doctors in Botswana.
As the first and only medical school in the country, we have academic staff complement from 15 countries including Botswana. These highly skilled professionals cover 29 disciplines across the Biomedical and Clinical Sciences.


Biomedical Sciences
Medical Education
Anesthesia & Critical Care Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine & Public Health
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Pediatrics & Adolescent Health


Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree programme

Our undergraduate medical programme is a five year course leading to the a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS). The MBBS curriculum is a problem based, spiral, integrated and student oriented curriculum. The integrated curriculum is innovative and minimizes the traditional separation between biomedical and clinical sciences, bringing the student in contact with patients from the very start of the course. It combines a range of learning strategies including plenaries, problem-based learning (PBL), bio-practicals, workshops, clinical skills teaching and early clinical experience.
Entry Requirements:
Senior secondary school leavers may apply for direct entry into the Pre-medical Programme or Bachelor of Science degree programme at UB or approved equivalent qualification (e.g. A-levels).
Upon successful completion of at least one year (two semesters) at UB or approved equivalent qualification, successful applicants are admitted into the MBBS programme.
5 years after one year of the Pre-medical Programme

Master of Medicine (M.Med.)

The Master of Medicine has been offered in the following specialty areas: Internal Medicine, Paediatrics and Adolescent Health, Family Medicine, Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine. Anatomical Pathology will be introduced from 2013 and there are plans to introduce MMed’s in Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Clinical Pathology and Psychiatry in the future.
Entry requirements: 
All applicants must have completed medical training at a recognized School of Medicine and have been in active clinical practice for at least two years – one or more of which must have been in an approved internship program.
Duration: 4 years


Internal Medicine
Programme Coordinator: name (title) (email – substitute @ for AT), phone, location: building / room:
VENTO, Sandro (Prof) [VENTOS AT], 355-4177


Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
Programme Coordinator: name (title) (email – substitute @ for AT), phone, location: building / room:
MAZHANI, Loeto (Dr) [LOETO.MAZHANI AT], 355-2360, 101/1

Postgraduate Training Opportunities (4 year MMed at UB):

– Anaesthesia & Critical Care (Princess Marina Hospital)
– Emergency Medicine (Princess Marina Hospital)
– Family Medicine (Mahalapye District Hospital and Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital, Maun)
– Internal Medicine (Princess Marina Hospital)
– Paediatrics (Princess Marina Hospital)
– Public Health Medicine (based in Gaborone with district rotations).

Transfers: any Motswana who started postgraduate training elsewhere and for whatever reason has not been able to complete a programme and still wants to pursue their studies, may be eligible to transfer into UB programmes for the above specialities on a case-by-case basis. All who successfully complete these programs will be awarded a MMed degree from the University of Botswana and will qualify for specialty registration with the Botswana Health Professions Council.
The Positions: MMed trainees will be in fulltime training though working in MOH facilities. Those on sponsorship from the government will receive compensation packages consistent with government policies and previous experience. Applicants not on Government sponsorship will have to arrange their own sponsorship to cover UB fees, books and related items, travel and living expenses.
Requirements: All applicants should have completed medical training at a recognized school of medicine and have been in active clinical practice for at least two years – one or more of which must have been in an approved internship program. Whilst preference will be given to Botswana citizens, non-citizens with proof of sponsorship will be considered as well.
Application Procedures: Completed applications must include:
a. An up-to-date curriculum vitae listing education, work experience and relevant personal information.
b. A statement of approx. 500 words indicating why the applicant is seeking postgraduate training in the particular specialty.
c. Certified copies of qualifications and degrees as well as official transcripts from the applicant’s medical school.
d. Three letters of reference from professional contacts.
Letters should be sent to with notation of applicant name in the subject line.
Deadlines: All applications and supporting information for MMed programmes starting in January  should be received by UB  April . Applicants shortlisted will be invited for interviews, which will occur prior to June .

Successful applicants will be notified by June and must be available to begin training in January
Contact Information: enquiries and expressions of interest should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies at, Phone: +267 355-2960/2862 (SGS), Fax: +267 318-5100, Website: or