Nursing & Midwifery

Nursing & Midwifery

We offer innovative researched-based programmes aimed at preparing specialist nurse practitioners.

The Division of Nursing & Midwifery’s Research focus areas:

  1. Women and Child Health
  2. Challenges, preparation and utilisation of nurse specialists
  3. Early detection and management of health problems to prevent negative sequelae


The Masters in Nursing programmes aim to prepare graduates who will be able to demonstrate competence in the research process, understanding of the main approaches and paradigms – both qualitative and qualitative – in health sciences research.

The programmes aim to: facilitate the development of reflective practice and the utilisation of an appropriate theoretical foundation for nursing practice for identifying researchable nursing or midwifery problems within our three research focus areas which will contribute to the advancement of nursing/ midwifery practice.

Programmes are based on adult educational principles. Coursework is designed to foster leadership, clinical, research and educational expertise and critical thinking, interpretive and motivational skills, and evidence based practice.


MM002 M Sc Nursing (dissertation only)

Candidates who wish to pursue in-depth research study may enrol for the MSc Nursing by dissertation (MM002). This programme includes a semester course in Research Methods, compulsory for students who have not successfully completed an approved postgraduate level course or a course within the last 5 years. Evidence of such coursework must be submitted. The main component of this programme is a discrete research project and writing up of the dissertation.

MM017 M Sc Nursing (coursework and minor dissertation)

The coursework and dissertation programme (MM017) comprises course work (modules must total 90 credit weighting) and a minor dissertation (90 credits). Two compulsory modules: AHS5014F Research Methods and AHS5022S Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice must be taken. Elective modules may be taken from a range offered in the Faculties of Health Sciences or Humanities. Details of these will be made available on acceptance into the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS [full details in Faculty student handbook]


  1. A four-year Bachelors degree in Nursing
  2. Current registration with the SA Nursing Council [] as a Nurse/ Midwife.
  3. submit, with the application, a brief outline of approximately 500-1000 words indicating the purpose, design and scope of the proposed research project to be undertaken for the degree.


  1. A four-year Bachelors degree in Nursing or a qualification recognised by the Senate as equivalent to the above (relevant postgraduate diploma).
  2. Current registration with the SA Nursing Council as a Nurse/ Midwife.

Alternative access to the coursework and dissertation programme:

A registered nurse and midwife not meeting the admission requirements as set out above may be considered for admission through recognition of prior learning.

A candidate shall be required to:

  1. Have a 3 or 4-year Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery and have at least a postgraduate diploma in nursing
  2. Have extensive, approved relevant experience
  3. Submit for evaluation a full portfolio of prior learning, a curriculum vitae and supporting letters of reference.

Further information may be obtained from the programme convenor.

Computer literacy is a requirement. Computer literacy programmes are offered at UCT. These course fees are not included in the MSc programme fees. Students should have regular access to a computer and to email/internet if not on campus.



A minimum of one (1) year full time and two (2) years part-time.

The MSc Nursing by coursework and dissertation or by dissertation only must be completed within three years full-time or four years part-time.