Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) (Research) (Qualification Code 66300)

Purpose of the Qualification

The purpose of the qualification is to enable advanced nursing specialists, academics and nurse researchers to conceptualize new or innovative research initiatives and do independent research, to test and create new scientific and professional knowledge of nursing.

Admission requirements

Candidates must

  • Hold a Masters Degree in Nursing, from an approved/accredited higher education institution, at NQF/HEQSF level 9 that is relevant to the discipline/field of study in which they want to do their PhD. 
  • Be registered with the South African Nursing Council or relevant professional body, as a nurse.


Please Note:

All candidates will be subject to a departmental selection process that will include an interview with the Head of Department (HOD) and/or an interview panel.

Candidates may be required to complete a research methodology module and/or other research-related coursework successfully in preparation for the completion of a dissertation.

The candidate's suitability will be co-determined by the quality of the 1000 word essay

All candidates must submit:

  • a detailed CV with their application
  • the names and contact details of two referees to the HOD, one of whom must be a senior university lecturer who is able to report on the candidate's suitability for undertaking a research Doctoral Degree.
  • proof of having attended a post graduate research methodology course
  • an essay of 1000 words relating to their research topic.  Please see the information/requirements of the essay below.


Duration of study

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


Requirements for the Doctoral Essay (1000 words).

A 1000 word essay for the Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) degree must be submitted with the application form.

The first 200 words must be an autobiographical sketch concerning your professional career and should also indicate why you intend to do a PhD Degree.

The rest of the essay must include:

  • a possible research topic,
  • a rationale for the study,
  • a problem statement,
  • an aim of the study and  
  • six references to support the rationale.

The Department of Nursing Science acknowledges that the research topic is subject to change. Please contact the Department of Nursing Science if you have any questions relating to the above.


For more information on this Programme please follow this link here