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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 MedicineMasters in Medical ScienceGeneral Medical Practitioner 
Bachelor of Medical SciencesMaster of Medicine: SurgeryMedical Scientist
Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences Anatomist / Physiologist
Bachelor Degree in Emergency Medical CareMaster of Medicine in PathologySpecialist Pathologist
Bachelor of Medicine and SurgeryMaster of Medicine in AnaesthesiaSpecialist Anaesthetist
 Master of Medicine in Cardiothoracic SurgerySpecialist Cardiologist
 Master of Medicine in Obstetrics & GynaecologySpecialist Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist
 Master of Medicine in PaediatricsSpecialist Paediatrician
 Master of Medicine in DermatologySpecialist Dermatologist
 Master of Medicine in OphthalmologySpecialist Ophthalmologist
 Master of Medicine in Emergency MedicineSpecialist in Emergency Medicine
  Specialist Surgeon
Dentistry   Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS)Master in Dentistry PeriodonticsDentist
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD)Master of Science in DentistrySpecialist 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 PsychologyMaster of Medicine in PsychiatryPyschologistAddictions Counsellor
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)Master of Clinical PharmacyPharmacist
Bachelor of Emergency Medical CareMaster of Medicine in Emergency MedicineAmbulance 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 TechnicianAnaesthetic TechnicianCardiac TechnicianIntensive 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 DiseasesVeterinary Nurse
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)Master of Science in Veterinary Industrial PharmacologyVeterinarian
Bachelor of Technology in Veterinary TechnologyMaster of Science in Animal/Human/Ecosystem HealthVeterinary Public Health Professional
 Master of Science in Veterinary EpidemiologyVeterinary 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 HealthMaster of Technology in Environmental HealthHealth and Safety Manager
 Master of Science in Medical InformaticsClinic Manager
Alternative and Complementary MedicineBachelor of Complementary Medicine (BSc Complementary Medicine)Master of Technology in HomeopathyAcupuncturistHomeopath
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine( BHSc CM) Masters of Technology in ChiropracticNatural Remedy ConsultantNaturopath
 Social Work  Bachelor of Social WorkMaster of Technology: Child and Youth CareProfessional Social WorkerAuxiliary Child & Youth Care Worker,
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood DevelopmentMaster 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



NursingAdvanced 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 SciencesAdvanced 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 AdministrationAdvanced 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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NursingNational Diploma in General Nursing 
National Diploma in Nursing 
DentistryNational Diploma in Dental TherapyDental therapist
National Diploma in Dental TechnologyDental technician
Allied Health SciencesNational Diploma in Occupational SafetyHealth 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 AdministrationNational Diploma in Business Studies: Medical SecretaryMedical Secretary
Social ServicesNational Diploma in Early Childhood DevelopmentChild 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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NursingDiploma in NursingNurse
Diploma in Nursing Education
Diploma in Community Nursing Science
 DentistryDiploma in Oral HygieneDental hygienist
Allied Health SciencesDiploma in Clinical Technology 
Diploma in Biomedical Technology 
Diploma in Opticianry 
Diploma in Radiography in Nuclear Medicine 
Diploma in Radiography Therapy 
Diploma in Emergency Medical CareParamedic
Diploma in Environmental Health 
Veterinary        Diploma in Veterinary Technology 
Healthcare AdministrationDiploma in Health Services Administration 
Alternative and Complementary MedicineDiploma 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.”

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