Postgraduate and Research - Courses and Examination

Postgraduate and Research

Examination Rules and Regulations

Examinations
There shall be two University Examinations for the M.Med Degree:
Part I of the M.Med examination shall be held at the end of the first year of the course and shall consist of examination in the appropriate biomedical science core subjects per discipline as well as an examination in the discipline of one’s clinical specialty. Each biomedical science core subject will carry its own weight of 100%. The average of the total of the core subjects is what will constitute 60% of the final grade of the Part I examination while the average score in the clinical specialty contributes 40%.

Part II of the M.Med examination shall be held at the end of the 4th year as the Final Examination in the discipline of one’s clinical specialty. No candidate shall be allowed to attempt the Final Examination without passing Part I of the M.Med. Examination.

Examination Rules and Regulations:
There shall be two parts of the examination to be passed:

Part I Examination:
This will consist of:
i) Basic science; tailored to each one of the disciplines, contributing 60% of the final grade.
ii) The relevant theoretical and clinical examination, contributing 40% of the final grade. The candidate must pass both parts in order to proceed to the second year of the M.Med programme. The pass mark will be 50% for each section of the examination.

Regulations for Part I of the M.Med. Examination
1. A candidate shall, before admission to Part I of the M.Med examination, have satisfactorily completed a year of full-time M.Med course and followed the prescribed biomedical science core course, according to the regulations common to all clinical disciplines.

2. Part I of the M.Med examination shall include appropriate biomedical science core courses for each discipline and a clinical examination in the discipline of one’s specialty.

3. The two parts shall have equal weighting in the final evaluation of the examination.

4. A candidate must pass all basic sciences examinations in Part I before he/she is allowed to proceed with Part II training.

5. The biomedical science core course shall consist of a written and an oral examination, each of which will have equal weighting. The choice of topics to be examined and the format to be adopted in the written paper(s) shall be tailored to suit the requirements of individual disciplines.

6. A failed student shall supplement once during the long vacation; if he/she fails a supplementary examination in any basic science subject, he/she will be asked to withdraw from the course.

7. If a student fails in more than three basic science subjects at the first sitting, he/she will be discontinued.

8. Part I examination in the discipline of one’s clinical specialty shall consist of a clinical/practical, oral, and written examination.

9. Candidates will have to pass all the three parts of the clinical examination, with a score of at least 50% in each of the parts; while the clinical/practical part will contribute 70%, written (20%) and oral (10%) of the total aggregate.

10. If a student fails his/her clinical examination, this will be tantamount to failing the entire examination irrespective of the score in the written part of the examination or continuous assessment.

11. If a student fails his Part I clinical examination at the first sitting, he/she will be given a chance to repeat for six months. If he/she fails after repeating for six months, he/she will be discontinued.

The Part I examination shall have internal examiners as well as external examiners appointed from reputable Universities within or outside Tanzania.

Part II Examination:
This will comprise of 4 components, every one of which will have to be passed and will carry its own weight of 100%. The pass mark will be 50% for each component. The contribution of each component to the final grade will be:

60% of the above total will contribute to the final aggregate of the Part II examination, while Continuous Assessment will contribute 40%.

Regulations for Part II of the M.Med. Examination

1. Part II of the M.Med examination shall be held at the end of the 4th Year as the Final Examination in one’s discipline of specialty. It shall comprise four (4) components, each of which shall have to be passed and will carry its own weight of 100%. The pass mark shall be 50% for each component. The weighting of the components will be as follows:

- Contribution of each part of the examination (i.e the four components above and the continuous assessment) to the final aggregate of the whole examination shall be as follows: 60% of the total of the four components above and 40% of the Continuous Assessment.

- The written examination may include a 3-hour multiple choice and short notes paper, and a 3-hour essay paper; while the clinical examination may have a general paper on the clinical aspects of the specialty and a paper in the specialities of the discipline. Everyone of the papers, plus the dissertation and oral examination will carry its own weight of 100%. The contribution of everyone of the components of the examination to the final grade and aggregate will be as indicated above.

2. A candidate who fails the Part II examination shall, on the recommendation of the Higher Degrees Committee and approval by the Senate, appear for a supplementary examination after a repeat period of 6 months.

3. A candidate who fails the supplementary examination may be recommended for another supplementary examination as long as he does not appear for the Part II examination for more than three consecutive occasions including first sitting and his period of M.Med registration does not exceed 6 years.

4. The Part II examination shall have internal examiners as well as external examiners appointed from reputable Universities within or outside Tanzania.

5. Weighting of Final Examination: The final examination will form 60% of the total aggregate. The other 40% will arise from continuous assessment. For the candidate to pass the examination he/she must pass both the written and the clinical examinations. One cannot compensate the other.

Internal and External examiners:
For both Part I and Part II examinations there shall be internal examiners as well as external examiners. Internal examiners shall be appointed in agreement with the Director of Postgraduate Studies, the DVCAC, the Dean of the Faculty, and the subject teachers concerned. External examiners shall be appointed from reputable Universities within or outside Tanzania.

Evaluation System
Continuous Assessment (40% of final grade).
This will be based on the performance of the student during presentations, seminars, practicals (where applicable), and tests.

Sn

Item

Percentage (%)

1

Background, literature review and rationale      

20%

2

Research questions, aims and objectives      

20%

3

Study design, methods, data collection, ethics  

20%

4

Analysis and results                          

20%

5

Discussion, conclusions, recommendations -     

20%

Total

100

Sn

Item

Percentage (%)

1

Quality of the oral  

presentation        

20%

2

Background, literature review and rationale

20%

3

Aims and objectives, design, methods

20%

4

Statistical analysis, results

20%

5

Interpretation of results, conclusion        

20%

Total

100

Grading of the dissertation:

For the grading of the dissertation the following scheme will be used:

Grade

Marks Range

Remarks

A

80 – 100%

Excellent

B+

70 – 79%

Very Good

B

60 – 69%

Good

C

50 – 59%

Pass

D

40 – 49%

Condonable Failure

E

0 – 39%

Failure

Total

100

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