Medicine and Health Sciences
Welcome to Stellenbosch University


Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has a reputation for research built over decades of diligent and persistent effort. We continue to perform as a leading research-rich environment with extensive international collaborations, in addition to national and local partnerships. A research agenda shaped by strategic research focus areas ensures that our research activities address the major health challenges facing the African continent.

In recent years, our researchers have experienced unprecedented success with respect to the acquisition of external grants. With the privilege of being able to conduct research comes the responsibility to publish. It is pleasing, therefore, that our researchers are increasingly making their mark in the international literature. Even more satisfying is the mounting evidence that their research is positively influencing health policy and practice in South Africa and beyond.

The Faculty's research activities and outputs in the five year period, 2007-2011 showed significant growth in volume and quality. The annual output of the Faculty is testimony to a proud research tradition: over 300 refereed scientific articles in journals and more than 600 scientific papers, abstracts and posters at congresses and other scientific meetings in South Africa and abroad. We also, on average, graduate 80 masters and more than 20 doctoral candidates each year.

​The Faculty is a leader in terms of the acquisition of state of the art technology and equipment, such as the 3-Tesla Allegra brain imaging scanner and the Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer, both of which are the first of their kind in Africa.



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The value of this directory lies therein that: prospective postgraduate students will be able to identify possible supervisors; it will assist media liaison; potential national and international research collaborators and industry partners will be able to search the directory for SU experts; it has the potential to promote interdisciplinary networking amongst SU researchers; and in general, it has the potential to enhance the visibility of SU research strengths and individual research expertise.