Honours Degree in Nursing


The Honours degree is one of the postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Nursing. This degree can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. It is seen to be at the same level as the fourth year of the professional degree. As a result many of the courses are therefore taken with under-graduate students.


This degree completes the four years of study that makes it possible to continue with a Masters degree. People who have a three-year degree have to take this degree if they want to continue with a research Masters degree, to give them the research background they need. The Honours Degree also caters for all candidates who have a basic degree which did not include the career option they want to pursue, such as nursing education or nursing management. It is also provided to students from 3-year programmes and the graduates who completed Bachelor of Social Science degree before Community Health Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing was incorporated.

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to students who have attained a sufficiently high standard in the final undergraduate course in Nursing, average of 60%. The candidates are advised that at least two course in two or more of the following are desirable prerequisites: Psychology, Sociology, Social Anthropology; Industrial Sociology; Industrial Psychology.

Duration and Structure of Curriculum

The programme shall extend over at least two semesters and consist of a total of 128credits.
The programme requires completion of six approved courses.

Degree Structure
Compulsory Modules

  • Research Methods offered in the Faculty [16] or Nursing Research
  • Nursing Philosophy [16]
  • Research Project [32]
  • Electives worth a total of 64 credits from the following options:
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing ManagementPsychiatric Nursing
  • Specialised Nursing

NB: Any of the modules listed under the B Nursing (Adv Practice) or
from other Schools in the Faculty or University, may be selected with approval from the relevant Heads of Schools.


Please make adequate arrangements regarding payment prior to arrival. Fees are increased regularly, and candidates must contact the university fees division for updated figures. Tel: (031) 2602277. Additional costs include traveling to and from Durban, board and logging in Durban, books, and photocopying of reading material. Please make adequate arrangements for finances so that this does not become an added stress during a very demanding academic programme.

Contact Details

For more information contact Carol Dhanraj
Tel: +27 (0) 31 2602255

Fax: +27 (0) 31 2601543

email: dhanrajc@ukzn.ac.za

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