Master in Nursing, Stellenbosch University
Contact Person: Dr Mariana van der Heever
Tel: +27 21 938 9295

Master of Nursing (Structured & Thesis Options) 

Specific admission requirements 

One of the following qualifications:

  • a four-year undergraduate professional bachelor’s degree in Nursing (NQF level 8); 
  • an international equivalent of the four-year professional bachelor’s degree in Nursing, e.g., R174 
  • a four-year basic Diploma in Nursing for students who graduated before the implementation of the HEQSF, with proof of successful completion of appropriate prior learning on NQF 8 or 9 levels that focus especially on preparation of appropriate research skills. Regarding this qualification, your application will be considered by the Committee for Postgraduate Teaching of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences according to the Policy on Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning of the University, and final approval lies with Senate. You must also have at least a one-year postgraduate tertiary qualification in Nursing; 
  • another qualification deemed adequate by Senate 

The Master of Nursing is a selection programme. The following selection criteria apply: 

  • an average mark of at least 65% for the last qualification obtained; and 
  • at least two years’ experience as a professional nurse. 

Application procedure and closing date 

Apply online at by 30 September of the every year. 

The Master of Nursing programme is a selection programme. 

Duration of programme 

The programme extends over two years. 

Programme description 

The primary purpose of the master’s programme in Nursing and Midwifery is to equip the student to conduct independent research in the field of Nursing. 

As a master’s degree student, you must demonstrate self-direction and originality in identifying and solving problems, act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks with a theoretical underpinning, and continue to advance your knowledge, understanding and skills. 

You can follow one of two streams within the Master of Nursing programme, namely: 

  • Master of Nursing (structured option); and 
  • Master of Nursing (thesis option).