WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,895 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Student Intake:50 Students
Final Award:Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNur)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus:Prinshof Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

The Department of Nursing Science strives for excellence in its teaching, research and community outreach programmes, and is focused on the promotion of the intellectual, cultural and personal development of all its students. The nursing profession equips people to serve others and enrich their lives. A considerable number of nursing graduates from the University of Pretoria occupy managerial positions in and outside South Africa.

The Bachelor of Nursing Science [BNur] degree is a four-year, professional, career-oriented whole qualification that allows graduates to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as: Professional Nurse; and Midwife/Accoucheur

Successful completion of the degree programme will present graduates with the opportunity to further their studies in Nursing Science at the postgraduate level.

Candidates who comply with the necessary admission requirements will follow the prescribed curriculum.

The compulsory practical and clinical hours of training over a four-year period will be determined by the competency-based framework and related regulations and circulars of the South African Nursing Council.

Due to the compulsory practical and clinical training component as well as professional development, the curriculum cannot be completed in less than four years.

The training institutions in question will grant vacation and sick leave according to the applicable requirements of the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

Admission Requirements


English Home Language
AS/A Level – D

– Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
– International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
– The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria; and a candidate who is currently in university.
– Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
– Grade 11 final examination results, the National Benchmark Test (NBT) results as well as a Value-added Form will be used for the provisional selection of prospective students.
– For selection purposes the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, Mathematics and Physical Science, is calculated.
– Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
– Candidates, please note that your conditional admission will be revoked if your APS drops by more than two points in your final school examination results.
– PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
– Mathematics, Physical Science or Life Sciences are not compulsory, but they will be an advantage for selection purposes.
– Selection queries may be directed to

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 31st May
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st May

Career Opportunities

The following fields of nursing specialisation are available:
– General medical and surgical nursing
– Trauma nursing
– Theatre nursing
– Community nursing
– Psychiatric nursing
– Midwifery
– Paediatric nursing
– Neonatal nursing
– Nursing management
– Nursing

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,895
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,789

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

Celisa Anthony
Undergraduate Enquiries
Mientjie Esterhuizen
General Enquiries