Nursing at (US) Stellenbosch University

Nursing at (US) Stellenbosch University

Department of Nursing​ and Midwifery

Today the Department of Nursing and Midwifery has strengthened their programme offering in both clinical and non-clinical programmes with an average of 650 postgraduate students and an 85% throughput and completion rate.  Postgraduate programmes include honours, masters and doctorate degrees, and postgraduate diplomas in Primary Health Care, Critical Care Nursing, Operating Room Nursing, Advance Midwifery, Advance Psychiatry, Nursing Education, and Nursing Management.  The Department has an active role in the Basic Nursing Degree offered as a shared degree on a “Common Teaching Platform” in the Western Cape with the University of the Western Cape as the enrolling university and SU an offering university.

Nursing at (US) Stellenbosch University General Information

1. To be considered for selection to the four-year B of Nursing degree programme an
applicant shall hold the National Senior Certificate (NSC), endorsed by Umalusi with
admission to Bachelor’s degree studies, or an equivalent qualification with an aggregate
of at least 50% (level 4) (excluding Life Orientation) and at least 40% (level 3) for
Mathematics, and at least 50% (level 4) for Life Sciences.
On account of the outstanding merit of most applicants, meeting the minimum
entrance requirements is by no means a guarantee for successful selection.

2. Since approximately 25-30% of the selected applicants do not accept the selection offer,
more applicants are selected initially in order to eventually reach the goal of 50 in total.

3. A maximum of two places are reserved for applicants who meet the minimum
admission requirements, and are admitted at the request of the Rector on account of
extraordinary considerations (as determined by the Rector).

4. The annual revision of the number of students admitted to the programme depends on:
• Training capacity in terms of human resources, infrastructure and the clinical
training platform
• Regional and national needs
• Enrolment planning of the University

5. Only applicants who have indicated B of Nursing as a first choice on their application
will be considered.

6. Candidates cannot defer their selection from one year to another. If an applicant is
successful, but does not take up their selection, such an applicant will normally have to
apply anew to be considered for selection in future.

7. As soon as the final National Senior Certificate marks (or equivalent) become available
in January of the following year, these marks and/or the improved NBT results are used instead of the Grade 11 marks and the
original NBT results respectively, and the waiting list order is adjusted accordingly.

Teaching & Learning

Postgraduate Diplomas in Nursing

General Information
Programmes and/or specific modules may be presented by means of interactive telematic education technology.

» Click here to view the brochure of postgraduate programmes

Short courses

Certificate in Basic Midwifery

Applications open on 1 March and close on the following dates:

31 May:  Applications close for the programme MB,ChB in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

30 June:  Applications close for all other undergraduate programmes.

30 June:  Residence applications close.

31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

31 October: Applications close for Diploma in Public Accountability (Telematic Education).

30 November: Applications for NSFAS bursaries close.

​Please note that no late applications will be considered.​


Application fee (R100) can be paid as part of the online application process.

Please note that applicants from schools with a quantile 1 to 3, as well as international students, do not need to pay the application fee. Quantile 1 to 3 schools are schools which are identified by the Department of Basic Education as schools situated in disadvantaged environments. If you are unsure about the status of your school, please ask the school. The online application system will automatically exempt you from the application fee when you apply.

Cash payments may also be made in person at the cashiers at the Administration building A (Stellenbosch Campus).  

Read more about payment options at or contact our Client Service at 021 808 9111 or​

Stellenbosch University’s online application system
Step 1: Before you apply 

Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at Undergraduate Prospective Student website at, or you can contact our Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at .

Step 2: Take note of the closing dates

Undergraduate closing dates for all students, including international students: 
31 May: Applications close for the programme MB,ChB in the Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences.
30 June: Applications close for all other undergraduate programmes.
30 June: Residence applications close.
31 August: Applications for Stellenbosch University financial assistance close. 

Postgraduate closing dates for all students:
Visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website ( for a list of the closing dates of all the postgraduate programmes offered for the intake year. 

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Step 3: Click applicable button for application instructions 

Contact Us

Tel: +27 21 938 9036

Postal address:
University Stellenbosch
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Division of Nursing Science
PO Box 241
Cape Town
South Africa