Master of Arts in Nursing Science

Study Discipline: Medical & Health Sciences
Study Programme Details
Country: South Africa
Admission Sessions:Summer Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


36 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a transformative journey with the Master of Arts in Nursing Science program at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Our commitment to excellence in nursing education is reflected in a program that goes beyond traditional boundaries, offering a unique blend of academic rigor and practical application.

Uncover the latest advancements and future possibilities in the dynamic field of nursing through our innovative curriculum. At UNISA, we cultivate a learning environment that inspires, engages, and empowers our students to become leaders in the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare.


The Nursing Science curriculum at UNISA is designed to empower aspiring healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the field. This program is centered around a comprehensive dissertation that includes a research proposal and a manuscript based on the candidate’s research, submitted for publication in a recognized accredited journal. Proof of manuscript submission is a mandatory requirement for the conferral of the degree.

Admission Requirements

Professional nurses with an appropriate bachelor honours degree or an appropriate postgraduate diploma, or professional nurses who completed a 4 year basic nursing degree programme or, professional nurses with a 4 year basic nursing diploma programme or professional nurses who completed a 3 year basic nursing diploma with an additional qualification in a post basic field such as Nursing Education, Nursing Management, Community Nursing or any clinical field, and applicants should have obtained an average mark of at least 60% for the latest professional qualification and In the absence of an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma the applicant will be required to complete a one year research methodology module at post graduate level e.g. PPH4805 (Theory and Principles of Health Research) for NDP before he/she will be allowed to register for the dissertation.
All students with foreign qualifications, including those with qualifications from African countries, must have their qualifications evaluated at SAQA. (

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a transcript or an academic record, as well as a document describing their intended research. Students will be accepted on the following criteria:
Suitability and viability of the intended research;
adequate supervisory capacity and research expertise in the discipline or department.
There is an approved selection procedure which is in line with Unisa’s policies on equality and diversity in the discipline or department.

Coursework master’s degree: A maximum of three years with an option to apply for one additional year.

For more information, please visit respective university web page link.

Future Career Outcomes

Witness the success stories of our alumni who have seamlessly transitioned into impactful roles within the healthcare sector. The Master of Arts in Nursing Science at UNISA not only aligns with industry demands but also equips graduates with the essential skills for a dynamic and rewarding career. From shaping healthcare policies to contributing to groundbreaking research, our alumni are at the forefront of positive change.

Visa Requirements:

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