Master of Nursing (Research) (Qualification Code 65000)

Availabe: either Full Time/Part-Time


This programme has been approved in terms of the new Higher Education

Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQSF).


Purpose of the Qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to support and guide nurse specialists, in different nursing disciplines, to evaluate and/or critique existing knowledge and practices in nursing. They will provide scientific evidence for nursing practice and grow the scientific and professional body of knowledge of their discipline, by utilizing advanced scholarship and research methods. 


Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a relevant Bachelor of Nursing degree on NQF/HEQSF Level 8 or another qualification deemed to be equivalent thereto.
  • The candidate must have obtained an average of at least 60% for such a degree.
  • The candidate must be registered at 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 and/or an interview panel.

Candidates must provide evidence that they have completed a formal qualification (to ensure that they have the foundational knowledge) in the speciality that they intend doing their masters degree in e.g PG Dip in Critical Care Nursing if they want to do research on a topic related to Critical Care Nursing.

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 600 word essay

All candidates must submit:

  • a detailed CV with their application
  • the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom must be a senior university lecturer who is able to report on the candidate's suitability for undertaking a research Master's Degree.
  • an essay of 600 words relating to their research topic.  Please see the information/requirements of the essay below.


The admission process generally follows the below three steps:

  • Step 1: The admission is done by the NMU Admissions and Faculty of Health Science Administration Offices as well as the International Office (for international applicants).
  • Step 2: The screening is done Departmental and communicated to the Faculty of Health Science Administration Office.
  • Step 3: Communication of the application outcome is done via the Faculty of Health Science Administration Office.


Kindly note: 2025 applications for Master in Nursing open.

The application process is handled online through the NMU Admissions Office. You can access the 2025 application form by following this link:

To complete the online application, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A completed U24 (application) form
  • A full (comprehensive) CV with a detailed description of your clinical experience
  • The names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be a senior university lecturer capable of providing insights into your suitability for undertaking a research Master's degree.
  • An essay of 600 words relating to your chosen research topic (including a brief autobiographical sketch) - candidates must choose a topic within the ambit of the departmental research themes and acknowledge that their proposed research topic is subject to change.
  • Certified copies of your previous tertiary diploma/degree certificate(s), matric certificate and certificate(s) of conduct (not older than 3 months)
  • Stamped academic records from your previous tertiary institution(s)
  • A certified copy of marriage certificate (if applicable and if your previous qualification(s) are in your maiden name) (not older than 3 months)
  • A certified copy of your ID (not older than 3 months)/passport and visa (if applicable, for applicants that are international/non-permanent residents)

Please note that upon the screening of your completed application, you may also be requested to provide the Department of Nursing Science with:

  • A copy of your final Honours’/undergraduate research project and proof of any research publications to date
  • A certified copy of your latest South African Nursing Council (SANC) receipt/SANC practise certificate/SANC e-Register (not older than 3 months) OR certified copy of a foreign Nursing Council/Board certificate/proof of registration (for international applicants)
  • Proof of having completed a year of community service (not applicable for international applicants/those with foreign nursing qualifications)
  • Proof of having attended a postgraduate research methodology course if required

The following research themes have been identified as focus areas for the Department of Nursing Science at Nelson Mandela University (see Qualification details - Nelson Mandela University):


For more information on the Master in Nursing qualification, you can visit this link:
Qualification details - Nelson Mandela University

Please feel free to explore the provided links for more detailed information. For enquiries, kindly contact


Requirements for the Masters Essay (600 words).

A 600 word essay for the Master of Nursing (Research) 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 Master’s Degree.

The rest of the essay must include:

  • a possible research topic,
  • a rationale for the study and
  • three 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.