UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Postgraduate Programmes in Nursing

The Wits Department of Nursing Education is situated in the heart of Johannesburg, surrounded by some of the busiest and best hospitals, clinics, and medical centres.

We offer a variety of postgraduate courses that are clinically relevant, to suitably qualified registered nurses. Courses are offered on a 1-day a week basis, interspersed with seminars, clinical work and research breaks. You must be employed or actively involved in the speciality area elected.

A. Diploma in Advanced Nursing

By coursework over one year of full-time OR two years of part-time study. You may elect to study in ONE of the following specialties:

  • Intensive Care Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Trauma and Emergency Nursing
  • Nephrology Nursing
  • Advanced Psychiatric Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the Diploma in Advanced Nursing, you must be registered with the South African Nursing Council, as a general nurse and midwife. You should have had at least one year of appropriate post-registration clinical nursing experience in an institution, which has been accredited by the South African Nursing Council..

B. Master of Science in Nursing (MSc Nurs.)

Master's degree studies are offered in ONE of the specialty areas listed below:

  • Intensive Care Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Trauma and Emergency Nursing
  • Nephrology Nursing
  • Advanced Psychiatric Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Advanced Midwifery
  • Advanced Psychiatric Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Management

You must select ONE specialty proceeding by:

coursework, which requires the completion of three courses, and a research project, with submission of a research report, over one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. ALTERNATIVELY, you may enroll for research only, which requires advanced study and research with submission of a dissertation, over not less than one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Admission Requirements

Any of the following will be considered for admission as a candidate for the degree, provided that you are registered as a general nurse and midwife with the South African Nursing Coucil, and provided tnhat you have satisfied the Senate, that you are qualified to undertake the line of study/research proposed:

  • The holder of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Nursing of the University. A graduate of any other university who has satisfied the Senate that he/she is qualified to undertake the line of study or research proposad, or a person other than a graduate who has satisfied the Senate in the manner set out above.

Completion of coursework and all practical requirements of the specialty elected will enable the registration of an additional qualification with the South African Nursing Council.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A candidate reading for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is required to prosecute original research for at least two years under the guidance of a supervisor, and submit a thesis.

Admission Requirements

Any of the following may be admitted as a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy:
The holder of a Master's degree in Nursing
By special permission of the Senate, a gradute of any other university or by means of an assessment mode determined by the Senate. It is further a requirement that you must have published at least one research article in an accredited journal.

How do I apply?

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