The Application for Candidacy for a Doctoral Degree form specifies a departmentally approved program of study to fulfill degree requirements, including required course work, language requirements, teaching requirements, dissertation (final project and public lecture-demonstration for .), and University oral examination (for .). Prior to candidacy, at least 3 units of work must be taken with each of four Stanford faculty members. To reiterate, however, a student will only be admitted to candidacy if, in addition to the student's fulfilling departmental prerequisites, the faculty makes the judgment that the student has the potential to successfully complete the requirements of the degree program.
The MMed examination consists of three parts. The examination in each of Parts 1 and 2 consists of one or more written paper/s together with such practical and/or oral examination/s as may be required. Part 3 MMed candidates must each have a supervisor. Guidelines for candidates and supervisors are available from the Faculty Office . A candidate may be granted credit for and exemption from the examinations of Part 1 and/or Part 2 if he/she has passed similar examinations at another university or institution recognised by the Senate for the purpose. (Candidates are generally required to complete examinations of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.) If the Senate permits a candidate to take both Parts 1 and 2 examinations concurrently, the candidate will be granted credit for Part 2 only if he/she has also obtained credit for Part 1.