Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

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Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE)

These Regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees hereinafter referred to as General Regulations.

 Undergraduate Degree Programmes in the Faculty of Medicine shall be offered as follows:

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Applicants to the Faculty of Medicine Programmes of study may be accepted provided they have satisfied the entry requirements prescribed under the General Regulations for acceptance to the University and the specific Faculty requirements as follows:

Applicants to Faculty Programmes should have passed at least 5 subjects at

‘O’ Levels at Grade C or better.  These should include Mathematics and English Language.

MBBS Programme Applicants should have at least 3 ‘A’ Level passes in

Biology or Zoology and Chemistry as well as either Physics or Mathematics (or their approved equivalents).

MBBS Programme Applicants can be admitted on the basis of an appropriate

Undergraduate Degree, normally at the First or Upper Second Class Degree Classification.

Appropriate Degrees will be those with substantial cover in the biological or chemical sciences.  Any requests by such candidates for exemptions from any part of MBBS programme will not normally be considered, but may be granted by Senate on advice from the Faulty Board.

Applicants to Faculty Programmes may also be required to satisfy a Faculty

Panel in an interview.

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree

Programme is a five and a half year programme, which includes a Medical

Placement (Attachment) not exceeding three months. The placement period

will fall during the penultimate year of study.

The basic biomedical science courses will   include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathology. The basic biomedical science courses will lead to Pathology, Basic Pharmacology and Introductory Clinical Skills.

Teaching will include early exposure to appropriate clinical cases. The biomedical science courses will be the teaching and administrative responsibility of the Division of Basic Medical Sciences.

The behavioural science courses will be the teaching and administrative responsibility of the Division of Social Medical Sciences. These courses address Medical Sociology, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Primary Health Care, Environmental & Occupational Safety and Health, Medical Information Systems and Research Methods.

The behavioural or social medical science courses will entail brief attachments at Clinics, District Hospitals, and General Practice Surgeries and Hospital Departments.

The final 2.5 years of the programme will be taught and administered by the Division of Clinical Practice and Patient Care.

The Clinical Study Area will cover Medicine, General and Orthopaedic Surgery, Anaesthetics, Community and Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pharmacology, Radiology or Imaging and Oncology.


The formal Clinical Practice teaching will involve ward clerking, integrated tutorial sessions leading to student-based presentations related to admissions made into the wards. Students will also undertake elective period in a particular clinical discipline, including Pathology, undertaking a study project approved by the Division.



Students are expected to attend all practical classes.  Students who fail to attend minimum 80% of lectures may be barred from examinations. A formal log book system will be utilised during the ward clinical rotations.


Professional or barrier examinations will be held annually. At the end of each Part (Year) of the MBBS programme the students will need to have passed the set examinations before they can proceed. 

The setting of the papers and modes of assessment shall be the responsibility of the Panel of Examiners of each Division. 

The Panel of Examiners for each Division will consist of the Lecturers who taught or supervised the courses that are the responsibility of each Division. The Panel will be assisted and advised by at least one External Examiner who is a specialist in the subject area examined. The Chairman or Head of the Division or the Deputy will chair the Panel.

The Panel of Examiners for each Division shall meet at least by the end of each semester and/or each Part (Year) as appropriate.

The Faculty Board of Examiners shall be chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine or the Deputy Dean. The Board will consist of the Chairpersons or Heads of each Division, the available External Examiners and nominated members from the Divisions. The Board should have one member nominated by the Medical & Dental Practitioners Council who may also be an External Examiner.

Modes of Assessment and Examination

Each course in the Foundation Medical Science section or specialisation area in the Clinical Practice section will be assessed by continuous assessment and final written examinations as stated in the General Regulations. 

With the exception of the Medical Placement, Continuous Assessment (CA) will contribute between 30% and 40% of the overall mark. To be eligible for Examinations, a student will be required to have a minimum continuous assessment score of 45%. This assessment will consist of multiple choice question papers presented during the teaching period, tests, assignments, practical or field study reports, oral examinations and/or presentations.

A student who fails the Continuous Assessment below the minimum acceptable mark will have to supplement the Continuous Assessment. The overall mark awarded shall be the supplementation mark.

The final written examinations will normally be accompanied by an associated oral and/or laboratory practical examinations, which may each contribute up to a maximum of 10% of the overall mark. In both the written and laboratory practical examinations the minimum acceptable score will be 40%. In the clinical study courses students will have to pass the practical clinical examination and the written examinations separately.

In the Medical Placement period, the total assessment will be made up of the following:

Supervisors’ combined assessments: 20%,

Oral examination with presentation: 20% 

Report (typed and bound): 60%.

Supplementary Examinations 

In line with General Academic Regulations, supplementary examinations will be allowed at each part of a section, provided the student has satisfied the examiners in at least half of the combined total assessments, usually courses as indicated above, for each part of the section within the programme. If the student is to be allowed to supplement in any course or clinical specialisation area examination, his overall mark for that course should be at least 40%; and his aggregate mark for that part of the programme should be at least 50%.

 Medical Placements

 All sites to be used for Medical Placements, such as hospitals, clinics or general practice surgeries, must be approved by the Faculty Board. 

 Marking Scheme & Degree Classification

 The marking system used for each total assessment being considered shall be:

             75% & above: Distinction (D)

              65-74%         :  Honours (H)

                    50-64%         :  Pass (P)

              0 - 49%         :  Fail (F)


There shall be no overall degree classification, but the degree may be awarded “with a Distinction” or ‘’with Honours” in a specified field or study area or subject.

 The Distinction or Honours classification shall apply to each separately examined subject or area of specialisation








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