BCur Hons (Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science)

BCur Hons (Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science)


Upon completion of the programme the candidate will qualify for registration of the additional qualification of Advanced Psychiatric Nursing with the South African Nursing Council and will be in possession of a degree at an advanced level in the clinical field of Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing Science.

The programme consists of practical work, a treatise and the following modules:

  • Clinical Pharmacology (Nursing)
  • Nursing Dynamics
  • Advanced Aspects of Mental Health Care
  • Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Skills
  • Advanced Nursing Aspects of Psychopathology


Requirements for admission

(Please note that these are the specific programme admission requirements – the university has its own minimum admission requirements.)


  • Subject to the specific admission requirements below, candidates shall be admitted to the studies for the degree if they hold a four-year diploma in Nursing Science and Midwifery that is obtained at a college of nursing in co-operation with a university.
  • Prospective students shall be admitted to the studies for the degree only if a pass mark of at least 60% is obtained in the major modules of the diploma. Candidates may be required to supplement their knowledge of a particular topic to the satisfaction of the Head of the Department.
  • Candidates must occupy an approved post and possess at least two years of appropriate experience.
  • Applicants shall not be admitted as candidates for the degree except with the approval of the Faculty Management of the Faculty of Health Sciences, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Nursing Science.
  • Candidates must hold a professional qualification in the field of study in which research is being done for the research essay.
  • Unless Senate decides otherwise, candidates must be registered with the South African Nursing Council as general nurses and must hold a recognised basic qualification in psychiatric nursing.

Career fields

  • Nurse