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Upon completion of this degree the candidate qualify for registration of the additional qualification in Nursing Science with the South African Nursing Council and will be in possession of a degree at an advanced level.

Type of qualification

PhD in Nursing: this is an advanced degree in nursing science indicating that the candidate completed independent research that contributes to the knowledge base of nursing.

Aim of the programme

This degree aims to provide a career-oriented, educational programme that will prepare candidates to become nursing leaders who will be able to conduct independent research in the field of nursing science.

Admission requirements

  • An approved masters degree
  • Registration as a nurse with the South African Nursing Council
  • Approval from the Faculty Management of Health Sciences, on recommendation of the Head of the Department of Nursing Science
  • Proof of personal professional indemnity insurance coverage
  • The student must give proof of having attended a post graduate research methodology course

Articulation possibilities

The degree and credits obtained are recognized by the South African Nursing Council as having met the national standards required for the qualification.

Obtaining the degree

The degree shall be obtained by completing the prescribed research project. A thesis shall be approved only if it makes a substantial contribution to the scientific knowledge and insight into the subject of nursing science and affords evidence of independent original thought.

Duration of study

The programme extends over a period of at least two academic years.