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Medical Scientist

Medical Scientists are also sometimes known as biomedical scientists. They’re trained in biology and their mission is to find how the body works in specific relation to treating diseases and finding new cures and ways to diagnose them.

Medical scientists spend most of their time in laboratories conducting tests under very strict and safe conditions using very specialised equipment. 

Medical scientists can also specialise and be called one of these alternative titles:

  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Cytologist
  • Haematologist (Medical Research)
  • Histologist
  • Immunologist (Medical Research)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medical Scientific Officer
  • Medical Technologist
  • Microbiologist (Medical Research)
  • Pharmacologist (Clinical Research)
  • Public Health Scientist
  • Transfusion Scientist

Required Qualifications

To become a medical scientist in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications.

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Duration of Study

Medical scientists in South Africa typically study for a minimum of 3 years. Postgraduate degrees for specialisation have varying durations.

Employment Opportunities

There are plenty of employment opportunities for medical scientists in South Africa who usually work at the following institutions:

  • Blood transfusion agencies
  • Clinical departments of academic training hospitals
  • Private laboratories
  • Medical specialists

Further Information

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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