Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

Postgraduate education

MMed Paediatrics and Child Health


The MMed programme in Paediatrics and Child Health consists of training in General Paediatrics and its subspecialties. The candidate shall successfully complete the prescribed training period, pass the MMed Part I and II examinations of the University, or the FCPaed Part I and Part II examinations of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa, and complete a research assignment. The curriculum covers, among others, general paediatrics, ambulatory paediatrics, neonatology, paediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, neurology, neurodevelopmental paediatrics, nephrology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, haematology, oncology, immunology and allergy.

The programme extends over four years.


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Module outline and credit values

Research Methodology (Paediatrics)871(20)
Specialist Paediatrics871(240)
Applied Basic Sciences871(100)


Assessment and Examination
To be awarded the MMed (Paediatrics) degree is sufficient if the candidate pass the Part I and II examinations of the Colleges of Medicine  of South Africa with additional completion of a research assignment.

For candidates who write the MMed and/or Colleges of Medicine examination, the following applies:

  • The student must pass the Part I examination preferably within 12 months, but definitely within 18 months.
  • The Part II examination cannot be taken before completing 36 months of the programme, but must be passed within 48 months.
  • Admission to Part II will be linked to satisfactory progress of the project (preferably protocol development, ethical approval, data collection and completion of the assignment.
  • The research assignment shall illustrate the candidate's proficiency in the following:
    • the ability to plan a research project;
    • the ability to perform a literature study appropriate to the research project;
    • the ability to complete a research project; and
    • the ability to report the research, preferably in the format of an article suitable for publication..
  • If the student does not pass the Part I examination within the maximum period of 18 months, the programme committee can recommend that studies be discontinued. The programme committee can also recommend that studies be discontinued if the Part II examination and the research assignment are not successfully completed within the maximum training period of four years.


Continuation of study
A candidate, who does not comply with the promotion requirements for the MMed programme and denied the right to continue with his MMed studies, will have to vacate his registrar post in service of the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health or the National Health Laboratory Services.

Only in exceptional cases, and with the submission of an appropriate motivation and approval of the departmental programme committee and the Committee for Postgraduate Education of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, may the student again register as a MMed student.


Programme coordinator: Prof M Kruger
Tel.: (021) 938 9220

Chair of the Paediatric Postgraduate Committee: Prof R van Toorn
Tel: +27 21 9389113