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Specialist Surgeon


Surgeons are specialists in performing surgical operations. Besides General Surgery, there are many, many other specialisations you can pursue including:

  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  2. Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:
    • Theoretical training: 6 years.
    • Student internship: 1 year.
    • Community Service: 1 year
  3. * Post-graduate study: 4 years specialisation: MMed (Surgery) 

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

University of Pretoria:

University of Cape Town:

University of Stellenbosch:

Wits University:

University of KZN:

University of Limpopo:

University of the Free State:

Duration of study

4 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree to obtain an MMed (Surgery) degree.


Surgeons have many opportunities, usually in large hospitals or clinics and they can also go into private practice. 

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

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