Biomedical Science in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe

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Current first year Biomedical Science students enrolled on Professional skills 2 (BIOM2060) and second year students enrolled on Haematology and transfusion science are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of the trip is for DMU students to collaborate with students from Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) and Biomedical Scientists from the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST) in conducting a biomedical science outreach to Zimbabwean secondary schools.

The workshops will be conducted at CUT over four days with three schools attending each day. In these workshops DMU students will team up with CT students to coach and mentor middle and high school students in conducting tests which include urinalysis, blood film examination, DNA amplification and DNA analysis to detect the presence of diabetes, malaria and sickle cell disease.

All these tests are part of the DMU Biomedical Science programme and mentoring will improve their knowledge and understanding of the relevant topics. Our students will prepare presentations to explain the principles and applications of these techniques to the Zimbabwean school students. At the end of each workshop DMU students will team up with local students and participate in a quiz with a prize for the local students in the winning team.

DMU students will also visit the local hospital laboratory where they will interact with clinical laboratory scientists as well as the AiBST premises where they will interact with research based
biomedical scientists. They will also attend a meeting at the Zimbabwe Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (ZAMLS) where they will learn about the education, training and regulation of Biomedical Scientists in Zimbabwe, besides broadening their minds this will be especially useful for the global biomedical science assignment in BIOM2060.

Cultural activities

In their ‘Best in Travel’ report Lonely Planet has ranked Zimbabwe at number 3 in the best countries to visit in 2019.while National Geographic has ranked Zimbabwe as number 9 of the must see destinations in the world in 2019.

As educational tourists the Ministry for environment and tourism will facilitate our entry into major sites. Cultural activities will include visits to wildlife parks such as the Lion and Cheetah Park, a model African village and some historical tourist sites. Students will also visit archaeological sites such as Chinhoyi caves and there will be opportunities to experience the great Victoria Falls for some students who wish to remain for a few days at the end of the trip.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel to Zimbabwe.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Zimbabwean immigration requirements. Students will need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. You can get a visa from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London or on arrival in Zimbabwe. Most tourists use the visa on arrival service; take enough cash with you in small notes to pay for your visa at the airport. You can also apply for a visa online before travel.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 31 October 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 10 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £800
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£50), cultural activities (£20),  food & drink, vaccinations (£20), visa (£40)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 12 June 2019 9am