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University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

4.0 out of 5 (213 ratings / 194 reviews) Johannesburg, South Africa
Wits is a remarkable university that is internationally distinguished for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice. 

Master's Programmes

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The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, or Wits as it is affectionately known, is a major residential university situated in Johannesburg.  In the years and decades following  its humble origins, the University would go on to become a leading institution of higher learning and research, producing alumni of global eminence in many fields, including Nobel Laureates.


Wits offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and degrees which are internationally recognised.


In the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences much of the research effort is directed towards serious health issues which are affecting our communities - issues such as HIV/AIDS, uTuberculosis and Malaria. In addition, research into other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, which are increasing in prevalence in South Africa, also holds prominence. 


Based on an ethos of student-centeredness, the Unit is staffed by a small but dedicated team of professionals inclusive of psychologists, social workers, careers educators, life coaches and administrators who offer a variety of supportive and empowering services to the student community.

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Student services

The Faculty Office is the contact point for all undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences for admissions, enrolments and graduations.

The Faculty Office is situated on the Second Floor of the PV Tobias Health Sciences Building, corner York Road and Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg.

Housing services

At Wits, our residences are LIVING and LEARNING centres. We offer a wide variety of residence accommodation, ranging from single-gender residences, catering residence, to mixed-gender residences.

Campus Housing and Residence Life, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the University's residence programme, including accommodation and meals, and the provision of recreational facilities and programmes for the improved academic performance and the holistic development of students within a residential environment.

Library services

  • he CLM libraries are set in locations convenient to the academic departments they serve. The Commerce Library and the Law Library are situated at Braamfontein Campus West whilst the Management Library is located at the Parktown Management Campus.

Medical services

The health care services are cost-effective, convenient, accessible and comprehensive. We subscribe to international norms, ethics and standards of health delivery. Ethical principles and human rights underpin our practice values. The care provided is patient/client centred to ensure optimum satisfaction with our service.

Student Life

Campus life

At Wits we know that there’s more to university life than just study. Find a platform to express your talents and find new friendships in a community rich in heritage and social interaction.

Sports facilities

Our services and programmes are designed to encourage the entire Wits community to see health, fitness and being physically active as a way of life.

We provide students, staff and alumni the opportunity to participate in a range of sports codes at the level they choose, while contributing to enhancing Wits' sporting prowess and vibrant sporting culture.

Student clubs

Clubs and Societies

There are a variety of clubs and societies to choose from:

  • Academic
  • Business
  • Cultural
  • Political
  • Religious
  • Social
  • Social Responsibility


Wits’ academic programmes continue to enjoy national and international accreditation. The curriculum is cutting-edge and is continuously enhanced to ensure that our students and staff keep up to date with the newest knowledge from around the globe.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately Covid has taken the whole "Uni experience" away from me. Online learning has not been helpful.

A Student's Memoir of Life During A Pandemic
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I started my experience during a pandemic and the curriculum had to be adjusted to online learning. My university handled this shift fairly well and swiftly. It was obviously something that I have never experienced or have knowledge of, so it did require a huge adjustment from my side. However, as I adjusted the experience was not so bad in fact, I preferred it as it...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I loved my university experience. However, the last two years of my degree were significantly impacted by the lockdowns due to Covid-19 so I was not given the opportunity to experience studio work how I would have wanted. In order to remedy this, I got a job in order to pick

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