WITS Master of Science Programmes in Nursing Overview

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) Master of Science Programmes in Nursing. Admission requirements, online application process and fees structure.

WITS Master of Science Programmes in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing by coursework and research report is a 2 year degree offered in a specialised field.

Qualification: MSc (Nursing)

SchoolTherapeutic Sciences

FacultyHealth Sciences

Duration: 2 years

Study mode: Full-time


The Master of Science (Nursing) is a clinical learning programme which leads to a clinical nursing qualification in a specialised field. Due to the comprehensive nature of the integrated learning component (practica) the duration of the course shall be two (2) academic years.

Offered in the fields of:

  • Advanced Psychiatric Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Infection Control
  • Intensive Care
  • Nephrology
  • Nursing Education
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Oncology and Palliative Care
  • Trauma and Emergency Nursing

Entry Requirements

Any of the following may be admitted as a candidate for the degree provided that s/he is qualified for registration as a general nurse with the South African Nursing Council and provided that s/he has satisfied the Senate that s/he is qualified to undertake the line of study proposed or research (or both):

(i) The holder of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Nursing of the University.

(ii) A graduate of any other university who has satisfied the Senate by means of a written or oral test (or both) or by means of any other mode of assessment to be determined from time to time by the Senate that s/he is qualified to undertake the line of study proposed or research (or both).

Additional Entry RequirementsContact Department.

Central Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply onlineUpload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees.

The Fees Office website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities.

NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies.

External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.


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