Subspecialist training: Master of Philosophy for Subspeciality Training:

This programme trains registered specialists to become subspecialists (or "super-specialists") in one of a range of disciplines. Training takes place over a minimum period of two years, full-time. In some cases the student may be allowed additional time to complete the dissertation. In order to have their training recognised in South Africa, subspecialist trainees must have full registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and must be appointed against HPCSA-approved training numbers which the HPCSA allocates to the Faculty and against which the Faculty appoints selected students. Subspecialist trainees must hold training posts (usually senior registrar posts) with the Provincial Administration of the Western while they undergo their subspecialist training with the University. Prospective applicants may contact the UCT Division concerned for more information.

Admission requirements:
Applicants must be registered as specialists and must be appointed against HPCSA approved training numbers. Subspeciality fields currently on offer:
Maternal and Child Health
Critical Care
Developmental Paediatrics
Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Paediatric Neurology
Paediatric Oncology
Paediatric Pulmonology

Research: MPhil Part II (minor dissertation)

Guidelines for candidates, supervisors and examiners


The examination consists of two parts. The examination in Part I consists of one or more written paper(s) and/or such practical and/or oral examinations as the examiners may require.

The examination in Part 2 consists of a dissertation. (Candidates usually write the examinations offered by the relevant College of Medicine and, upon successful completion of such examinations, are granted credit towards Part 1 of the relevant MPhil degree.)

Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Division concerned for more information. Follow the link to the Departments and their contact details. 

International orientation:

Most of the postgraduate UCT learners come from the neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Postgraduate programmes also attract learners from Sub-Saharan countries like Ghana, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and also Canadian; British and USA learners also participate in postgraduate training.  Interested in applying? read more...