University Of Cape Town (UCT) Nursing Requirements
Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences. The faculty is recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution for the training of health care workers, research and clinical service.
Undergraduate application forms for admission in 2023
Key dates for FHS applicants to remember
- Open Day is held on Upper Campus, UCT. It is a good opportunity for you to access important information about your application from various parts of the university. (It’s also a good time for younger siblings to start thinking about UCT Faculty of Health Sciences opportunities!)
August 2023: Applications for Admission and Housing close for Faculty of Health Sciences programmes
- Applications close for ALL Faculty of Health Sciences applications.
- Deadline for writing the Health Sciences National Benchmark Tests (NBTs)- 31 August 2023
August 2023: Deadline for Applicants to Request to Programme Choice
- You may elect to apply for a different programme until the 31st August 2023.
- You can do so by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitting a written request to the Central Admissions Office.
October 2023: Submission Deadline of Interim Results to Central Admissions
- For applicants finishing secondary school in 2023: all grade 12 interim results, or predicted scores in the case of non-NSC applicants are due.
- For students currently studying at a tertiary institution: certified photocopied transcripts containing results for all years of study as well as 2023 interim results are due.
- No emailed documents will be accepted.
November 2023: Deadline for Offers to International Undergraduate Applicants requiring a Study Visa
- Last date on which the Faculty of Health Sciences can make an offer to an international undergraduate applicant requiring a study visa.
November 2023: National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Application Deadline
- Applications for funding to NSFAS close.
December 2023: Submission Deadline of Final Transcripts and Non-NSC Results to Central Admissions
- Non-NSC school leaving final results (except CIE, ZIMSEC and NSSC): must be submitted as certified paper documents.
- For students currently studying at a tertiary institute: submission of final transcripts as certified paper documents.
- No emailed documents will be accepted.
January 2023: Final Results from 2023 due
- Final CIE, ZIMSEC and NSSC results from the November2023 sessions are due.
- Results need to be submitted as certified paper documents to Central Admissions.
More detailed information can be found in the ‘2023 Directions for Undergraduate Applicants’ document.
Please ensure to check the key dates for other UCT Faculties in the ‘2023 Directions for Undergraduate Applicants’ document.
Undergraduate study programmes
Please consult the Faculty of Health Sciences section of the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus for 2023, which sets out the following undergraduate study programmes on offer:
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
- Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
- Bachelor of Science in Audiology
- Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
- Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
- Higher Certificate in Disability Practice
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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]
- A four-year Bachelors degree in Nursing
- Current registration with the SA Nursing Council  as a Nurse/ Midwife.
- 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.
- A four-year Bachelors degree in Nursing or a qualification recognised by the Senate as equivalent to the above (relevant postgraduate diploma).
- 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:
- Have a 3 or 4-year Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery and have at least a postgraduate diploma in nursing
- Have extensive, approved relevant experience
- 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.
DURATION OF PROGRAMMES
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.