Postgraduate Diploma

in Rural Medicine

The programme is offered in hybrid mode, for flexible learning and aims to support the development of clinical skills for rural generalists through collaboration with local mentors in the student’s context.

The diploma may also

  • contribute to an increase in access to quality clinical care for rural and underserved communities on the African continent, including those affected by humanitarian crises.
  • transform the student experience through networked and collaborative teaching and learning.
  • challenge participants with real case studies throughout the programme to stimulate critical thinking and promote evidence-based decision-making.
  • enable medical doctors to work autonomously in remote rural environments, by focussing on both clinical and systemic problem solving in resource limited scenarios

The postgraduate diploma is structured over an 18- month period and is valued at 120 credits.

It consists of 4 modules

Module 1: Clinical Skills for District Hospitals

Module 2: Major Infectious Disease Challenges

Module 3: Delivering Healthcare in Rural Communities

Module 4: Clinical Governance in District Health Services

Photograph by Lindsay Michelle Meyer, Stellenbosch University

Apply now for 2023


Programme Leader
Ms Amanda A Msindwana
023 346 7802

Programme Administrator
Ms Lindsay-Michelle Meyer
021 938 9873

Admission and selection criteria

Applicants must provide the following for review:

    • Proof of MBChB or equivalent medical degree with at least two years’ post-qualification practical experience. Community Service doctors are eligible for the programme.
    • An up-to-date CV
    • A personal motivation letter
    • Confirmation of adequate clinical exposure in own workplace to support the practical component of this programme.

Closing Date: 31 October for National and International Applicants


Strengthen your confidence & capability as a rural doctor

Presented by Stellenbosch University

Photos by Karin Schermbrucker property of Stellenbosch University and