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Recognised Qualifications in South Africa

Degree? Undergrad studies? Postgrad studies? NQF Level? Diploma?
Pretty confusing? It is! But once again, research is important. In a nutshell, the following recognised qualifications are available in South Africa.


A degree takes three to four years to complete and is offered by universities. These are referred to as undergraduate degrees and may be followed by postgraduate qualifications such as Honours, Masters or Ph.D.

Examples of Available Degree Programs in South Africa


Undergraduate Degrees

 Graduate Degrees

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 Medicine         Bachelor of Medicine Masters in Medical Science General Medical Practitioner 
Bachelor of Medical Sciences Master of Medicine: Surgery Medical Scientist
Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences   Anatomist / Physiologist
Bachelor Degree in Emergency Medical Care Master of Medicine in Pathology Specialist Pathologist
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Master of Medicine in Anaesthesia Specialist Anaesthetist
  Master of Medicine in Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist Cardiologist
  Master of Medicine in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist
  Master of Medicine in Paediatrics Specialist Paediatrician
  Master of Medicine in Dermatology Specialist Dermatologist
  Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology Specialist Ophthalmologist
  Master of Medicine in Emergency Medicine Specialist in Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Surgeon
Dentistry    Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS) Master in Dentistry Periodontics Dentist
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD) Master of Science in Dentistry Specialist Orthodontist
Bachelor of Dental Therapy   Specialist Periodontist
Bachelor of Science in Oral Health   Specialist Prosthodontist
    Dental Hygienist
    Dental Therapist
Allied Health Sciences     Bachelor of Science in Psychology Master of Medicine in Psychiatry Pyschologist, Addictions Counsellor
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Master of Clinical Pharmacy Pharmacist
Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care Master of Medicine in Emergency Medicine Ambulance Officer/ Emergency Service/ Paramedic
Bachelor of Nursing   Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Optometry   Optometrist
Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science   Medical Laboratory Technician
Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology  
Bachelor of Audiology   Audiologist
Bachelor of Technology in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics   Orthotist and Prosthetist
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Podiatry   Podiatrist
Bachelor of Technology in Clinical Technology   Dialysis Technician, Anaesthetic Technician, Cardiac Technician, Intensive Care Technician
Bachelor of Technology in Radiography   Medical Radiation Therapist
Bachelor of Physiotherapy   Physiotherapist / Physical Therapist
Bachelor of Biokinetics   Biokineticist
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry   Biochemist
Bachelor of Engineering Science   Biomedical Engineer
 Veterinary          Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (BVetNurs) Master of Science in Veterinary Tropical Diseases Veterinary Nurse
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) Master of Science in Veterinary Industrial Pharmacology Veterinarian
Bachelor of Technology in Veterinary Technology Master of Science in Animal/Human/Ecosystem Health Veterinary Public Health Professional
  Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology Veterinary Technician
  Master of Science in Veterinary Reproduction  
  Master of Science in Ruminant Health  
  Master of Veterinary Medicine: Veterinary Public Health (MMedVet)   
  Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Science  
  Doctor of Veterinary Science  
Healthcare Administration  Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Health Master of Technology in Environmental Health Health and Safety Manager
  Master of Science in Medical Informatics Clinic Manager
Alternative and Complementary Medicine Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (BSc Complementary Medicine) Master of Technology in Homeopathy Acupuncturist, Homeopath
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine( BHSc CM)  Masters of Technology in Chiropractic Natural Remedy Consultant, Naturopath
 Social Work   Bachelor of Social Work Master of Technology: Child and Youth Care Professional Social Worker, Auxiliary Child & Youth Care Worker,
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development Master of Social Work  
Bachelor of Technology in Child and Youth Care   Child and Youth Care Worker

Advanced Diplomas

An advanced diploma is a type of qualification designed to provide students with more comprehensive vocational or professional training.

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree yet, an advanced diploma can be used to gain admittance into a bachelor’s degree program.

On the other hand, if you already have a bachelor’s degree and are looking to pursue more specialised careers, an advanced diploma can provide you with the qualification you need to gain admittance into a postgraduate diploma program or find employment as a specialist in your chosen field.

Examples of Advanced Diploma Programs in South Africa



Nursing Advanced Diploma in Critical Care Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Medical and Surgical Nursing Science
Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Preoperative, Operating Room and Surgical Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Trauma and Emergency Nursing
Advanced Diploma: Operating Theatre Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Community Dentistry
Allied Health Sciences Advanced Diploma in Hearing Aid Acoustics
Advanced Diploma in Health Services Management and Leadership
Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health
Advanced Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Advanced Diploma in Public Health
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Services
Advanced Diploma in Applied Physiology
Healthcare Administration Advanced Diploma in Health Management
Advanced Diploma in Health Services Management and Leadership
Social Services

Advanced Diploma in Social Work

National Diplomas

A National Diploma, that combines both theoretical and practical training takes three years to complete and is offered by a University of Technology. After obtaining a National Diploma, students may enrol for a Bachelor of Technology degree that takes a year to complete.

Examples of Available National Diploma Programs in South Africa



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Nursing National Diploma in General Nursing  
National Diploma in Nursing  
Dentistry National Diploma in Dental Therapy Dental therapist
National Diploma in Dental Technology Dental technician
Allied Health Sciences National Diploma in Occupational Safety Health and Safety manager
National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practice  

National Diploma in Community Health


National Diploma in Animal Health

Veterinary technician
National Diploma in Animal Production  
Healthcare Administration National Diploma in Business Studies: Medical Secretary Medical Secretary
Social Services National Diploma in Early Childhood Development Child care worker


Diploma qualifications are offered by an accredited higher education provider. The duration of the courses may vary according to the field(s) of study.

Examples of Available Diploma Programs in South Africa



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Nursing Diploma in Nursing Nurse
Diploma in Nursing Education
Diploma in Community Nursing Science
 Dentistry Diploma in Oral Hygiene Dental hygienist
Allied Health Sciences Diploma in Clinical Technology  
Diploma in Biomedical Technology  
Diploma in Opticianry  
Diploma in Radiography in Nuclear Medicine  
Diploma in Radiography Therapy  
Diploma in Emergency Medical Care Paramedic
Diploma in Environmental Health  
Veterinary         Diploma in Veterinary Technology  
Healthcare Administration Diploma in Health Services Administration  
Alternative and Complementary Medicine Diploma in Holistic and Natural Therapies  
Social Services

Diploma in Community Extension



A certificate takes one year or less to finish at further or higher education level and is offered by an accredited provider.

You can use the tool below to find examples of accredited courses and their corresponding qualifications. Just type in the field you are interested in then hit “search.”