Requirements To Study Medicine In Tanzania

Requirements To Study Medicine In Tanzania

Taking into consideration that Medicine is a caring humanitarian profession, the MD curriculum has been designed in such a manner that a graduate physician would demonstrate problem-solving capacity (professional reasoning), associated with clearly identifiable professional attitudes, combined with a range of psychomotor abilities (professional skills) and carry with him/her an integrated information base (professional knowledge).

Objectives of the MD Curriculum

The objectives of the College include among others:

  • To produce medical graduates equipped with the highest possible standard of practical and intellectual skills well suited to the needs of present and future Tanzania society.
  • To produce medical graduates who are motivated to adapt to rapid changes in the medical practice brought about by new technology and to cope with ever-expanding research and vast literature.
  • To train graduates who can show understanding of the ethical basis of medical practice and be able to identify social-cultural, psychological and economic factors that influence the health of the individual, family, and community.
  • To train graduates who can show the ability to communicate with individuals, families, and the community. As a member of the health team, the graduate should be able to establish interprofessional and inter-sectoral relations to achieve prescribed goals.
  • A graduate of the College should be sensitive and responsive to community health needs by being able to plan, organize, coordinate and evaluate the health needs of individuals, families, and the community as well as being capable of implementing primary health care strategy for the community.
  • Giving high priority in training general practitioners who are desperately needed by society.
    Since medical education is a lifelong activity that calls for investing in personal time and resources, graduates should be capable of:
    • Carry out self-evaluation.
    • Self n directed learning.
    • Updating one’s knowledge and medical practice.

Course Duration

This program is five years long. Upon successful completion of the five years of training, a degree of Doctor of Medicine of the Tumaini University Makumira will be conferred. Upon completion of the five years, the graduate is expected to undertake an additional sixth year of apprenticeship in an approved institution before being allowed to practice independently.

Direct Entry

Three principal passes in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with a minimum entry of 6 points. Whereby one must have at least a C grade in Chemistry and Biology and at least a D grade in Physics.

Equivalent Qualifications

  1. Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with at least five (5) passes including two credit passes in Chemistry and  Biology and a D grade in Physics PLUS appropriate Diploma or Advanced Diploma with an average of “B+’’ or GPA of 3.0


BSc (lower second) majoring in Physics/Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology /Zoology.