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Masters and Doctoral Programmes

MASTER OF NURSING PROGRAMME (MNSG01)

DURATION
The course shall extend over a period of two (2) years. Except with the special permission of the Senate the duration of the course shall not be longer than four (4) years. The course can be taken on part-time or full-time basis.

SELECTION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Selection
Only a limited number of applicants can be admitted to the programme. Applicants are selected on merit by a SHSC selection committee

Admission requirements
Applicants must have
(a) a four-year BCur degree or equivalent qualification;
(b) obtained an average of 60% in the Bachelor’s degree on the area of speciality;
(c) proof of registration as a Professional Nurse with the South African Nursing Council
(d) two (2) years clinical experience in the specialty of his/her choice.
Working in specialty of choice will be a strong recommendation

Registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC)
Registration with the SA Nursing Council is compulsory.
Applicants with foreign qualifications must submit the proof of SAQA evaluation and SANC registration

Indemnity required for clinical programmes
Students registered for a clinical master’s degree should acquire indemnity cover and renew this on a yearly basis.

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M OCC THER DEGREE PROGRAMME (MOT01)

SELECTION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Selection
(i) All applicants must have at least one year of work experience in occupational therapy after community service.
(ii) Applicants who have been refused re-registration in a University of Health Sciences at any other University are not eligible.

Admission requirements
Applicants must be in possession of a B OccTher, OR an equivalent qualification, and be registered as an occupational therapist with the HPCSA according to the rules and regulations regarding university admission requirements.

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MSc (Dietetics) DEGREE PROGRAMME (MDIA01)

SELECTION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Selection
For practical reasons, only a limited number of applicants can be admitted to the degree programme. Students are therefore selected on merit by a Selection Committee and notified accordingly by the Office of the Registrar.

Admission requirements
Applicants must be in possession of a four-year qualification or an honours degree in nutrition/dietetics or have received status from Senate according to the rules and regulations regarding such Admission.

Duration
The minimum duration of the degree programme is 2 years and the maximum 4 years.

Curriculum
The degree is obtained by completing a full dissertation (MDIA01 Dissertation)

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MSC PHYSIOTHERAPY DEGREE PROGRAMME

Selection
For practical reasons, only a limited number of applicants can be admitted to the degree programme. Students are therefore selected on merit by a Selection Committee and notified accordingly by the Office of the Registrar.

Admission requirements
Applicants must be in possession of a four-year qualification or an honours Physiotherapy or have received status from Senate according to the rules and regulations regarding such Admission.

Duration
The minimum duration of the degree programme is 2 years and the maximum 4 years.

Curriculum
i) The degree is obtained by completing course work and mini-dissertation of the following:
1. Master of Science in Physiotherapy (Sport Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation)
2. Masters in Community Physiotherapy
ii) All students registered for MSc Physiotherapy shall enroll and pass
1. REME801 Research Methodology
2. The candidate shall submit a mini-dissertation on completion of his/her studies.

Registration with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
All students must be registered with HPCSA and registration renewed annually. Students who complete and obtain their degree with SMU shall be able to register withHPCSA for the recognition of the postgraduate degree obtained.

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MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE PROGRAMMES (MPUA01)

Admission
An applicant must have
(i) A relevant 4-year bachelor’s degree; or
(ii) a three-year bachelor’s degree PLUS a relevant honours degree; or
(iii) a 3-year bachelor’s degree PLUS a Postgraduate Diploma in a health-related or social science field; and
(iv) a minimum of two years’ experience in the relevant field.
The selection of applicants will be based on a scoring and ranking system that takes into account previous academic performance as reflected in the academic records, work experience (minimum of two years is required), the motivation submitted by the student, previous health and/or social work-related experience, the area of specialization if applicable, and the availability of academic mentors/supervisors with required competencies in case of doctoral applicants.
For foreign students, the following additional requirements also apply:
(i) A certificate of evaluation of their qualifications by the South African Qualifications Authority stating the equivalence of their qualifications for admission and selection requirements for study purposes
(ii) Proof of proficiency of the English language

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MASTER IN AUDIOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAMME (MAUD01) / MASTER IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAMME (MSLP01)

SELECTION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Selection
For practical reasons only a limited number of applicants can be admitted to the degree programme. Students are therefore selected on merit by a Selection Committee and notified accordingly by the Office of the Registrar.

Admission requirements
Applicants must be in possession of a qualification as a speech-language therapist and/or an audiologist.
Applicants must be registered at the HPCSA as a speech-language therapist and/or an audiologist and the registration of selected applicants must be renewed annually.
Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.
Applicants must submit a concept paper which will be scored and ranked.
For foreign students, the following additional requirements also apply:
(i) A certificate of evaluation of their qualifications by the South African Qualifications Authority stating the
equivalence of their qualifications for admission and selection requirements for study purposes
(ii) Proof of proficiency of the English language

Renewal of Registration and Progress
Full attendance of on campus weeks is compulsory. Candidates who fail to attend the research methodology course will not be allowed to continue with the protocol development.
The renewal of registration is dependent on satisfactory academic progress.
Candidates must obtain 50% for the protocol to continue with the research and dissertation. The research protocol must be approved by SMUREC before the data collection can commence.

DURATION
The minimum duration of the degree programme is 2 years and the maximum 4 years.

CURRICULUM
The degree courses shall be a:
MAUD01 Master’s degree in Audiology by research OR
MSLP01 Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology by research

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DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMMES (DHMA03)
  • PhD (Occupational Therapy – DHMA03)
  • PhD (Dietetics – DHMA03)
  • PhD (Physiotherapy – DHMA03)
  • PhD in (Nursing Science – DHMA03
  • DPH (Doctor of Public Health – DPU01)

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