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Short courses and part-time studies at Wits

Wits?offers a wide array of short courses, part-time and online study options across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Whether its time to brush up on your Mandarin or you are looking to reskill or keep up-to-date with developments in your profession, with courses that range from ethics and project management to mineral economics and human resources management, Wits may have a course for you.

Our short courses cater for a diverse market, ranging from young professionals and postgraduate students to private and public service executives and working professionals.   

Wits accredited courses are taught by top university lecturers or sessional lecturers. Depending on the learning outcome, candidates will earn a certificate of attendance or competence, CPD recognition points or a degree or diploma qualification. Courses vary in length from a single day to over a year, and are delivered in a variety of modes, such as evening classes, seminars, single blocks of study or block-release sessions over a year.

Each of our short course providers tailors courses for specific applicants and level of proficiency. To find out more about the wide variety of courses on offer at the University, follow the links below. 


Courses for Health Professionals 

  • The Wits Clinical Governance Initiative offers a number of courses aimed at teaching and improving clinical governance.
  • The Wits School of Public Health runs a number of short courses, including courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Social Behaviour Change.

Other courses on offer

  • The Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine offers a range of short courses focusing on wellness, health promotion, rehabilitation and exercise science, including football emergency medicine, sports & exercise cardiology and sports injuries.
  • Many of our postgraduate degrees can be taken on a part-time basis with lectures held during the week, or as stand alone short-courses offered through Wits Enterprise. Others, such as the MA in Applied Ethics for Professionals, are designed for working individuals with lectures held on Saturday mornings. 
  • Some courses at Wits Journalism are available as stand-alone certificate options.