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The main purpose of the Master of Nursing Science is professional, knowledge, positive attitudes, practical managerial and educational skills as well as ethical values needed to contribute to the development of nursing and nursing in the country.

This qualification is a post graduate qualification and allows candidates to work in the health industry in various capacities upon successful completion of the master Degree of Nursing Science a student may thus progress to the Doctoral Degree of Nursing Science.

Thus qualification recognises the need for further training and education of nurses who are career focused and ready to tackle the health industry’s expectations out there. It is no doubt that the students will fit in and transform management and education of this dynamic industry. The reason being that the nursing profession, the health industry and the nation need manpower that are in possession of post graduate qualifications to enhance the profile of the nursing profession as well as the health industry in Namibia.

This qualification will not only enable graduates to meet professional needs but also ensure effective management of nursing services and education of students as well as sustainability of the nursing profession for later generations as envisaged by Namibia vision 2030.


The programme is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue nursing knowledge and skills at a higher level. The degree seeks to empower and prepare registered nurses as a nurse manager or nurse educator. It improves the practising nurses’ knowledge, skills and values while assuming leadership roles in the healthcare system. The qualification will empower Namibian nurses to take advantage of a rapidly changing global environment and to transform social and health structures to benefit all Namibians. Including the development of health through building of capacity.

The development of the Master of Nursing Science is in response to the Government of the Republic of Namibia`s Vision 2030. This Vision 2013 envisages high quality education that prepares Namibians to take advantage of a rapidly changing global environment including the development of health and health related professions while through building of capacity transform social and health structures to benefit all communities in the Namibian society. In addition, the nursing profession requests the development of the profession through empowerment of their leaders.

Admission Requirements

To be registered for the Master of Nursing Science the candidate must

  • a Bachelor Honours Degree in Nursing at NQA Level 8 equivalent or
  • a Diploma in Nursing & Midwifery with an additional post graduate qualification in nursing or midwifery.
  • Recognition of prior learning in the relevant field could be considered. In keeping with the work-based approach to this programme, new entrants:
  • Must have a minimum of two years of working experience in nursing. The above are essential requirements as the instructional design of the programme and course assessments will be integrated with work place experience.

Qualification Duration

The qualification is studied over a minimum period of two years and not more than a maximum of four years.

Programme outcomes

Upon completion of the qualification holders are able to:

  • Apply comprehensive knowledge and skills in different disciplines of nursing.
  • Apply of research principles and methods applicable to the field of practice.
  • Demonstrate cognitive skills of theoretical knowledge and reflect critically on theory and its application.
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise, challenges and to apply theoretical frameworks to different aspects of nursing.
  • Apply cognitive and technical skills to design, conduct and evaluate research studies.


Holders of the Master of Nursing Science are eligible for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing area of specialization and any other related qualifications at NQF level 10.

Credit transfer

Holders of academic qualifications obtained from other bona fide educational institutions may be granted exemptions on the subjects sat for and passed. The subjects for which exemption is sought must have been sat for and passed in one sitting and the qualification must have been obtained within a period of five years. The subjects for which exemption is sought must have been studied and the qualification obtained at an NQA accredited institution or equivalent. Credits from other universities and/or institutions may be awarded up to fifty percent of total credits for the qualification at IUM.

Special Delivery Requirements

The delivery methods for this qualification comprises of the e-learning and face to face teaching. Blended learning) Face to face teaching will be in the form of block teaching. Contact hours will be made up from both delivery methods.

Subjects shall be delivered in the form of lectures, seminars and LMS BB) and practical simulation.

Assessment Arrangements

Assessment arrangements are based on the following:

  • Course-related knowledge and skills (including prior knowledge, recall and understanding; analysis and critical thinking skills; synthesis and creative thinking skills; problem solving skills; and application and performance skills)
  • Student attitudes, values, and self-awareness (including students' awareness of their own values and attitudes; students' awareness of their own learning processes; and course-related learning and study skills awareness)
  • Reactions to instruction methods (including student and peer reactions to lecturers and lecturing, class activities, assignments, and materials

Both Formative and Summative assessment techniques are used. Formative assessment techniques are used to monitor student learning during the learning process. The feedback gathered is used to identify areas where students are struggling so that instructors can adjust their teaching and students can adjust their studying.

Summative assessment techniques are used to evaluate student learning. These assessments are appreciated at the end of a course to measure the extent to which students have achieved the desired learning outcomes. The major components of this technique are:

Qualification Duration

The qualification is studied over a minimum period of two years and not more than a maximum of four years.

  • Examinations. This includes final examinations, and tests at the end of course units.
  • Papers, projects, and presentations. These give students the chance to go deeper with the material to put the knowledge they have acquired to use or create something new from it.
  • Portfolios. These give students a chance to spell out the concepts or techniques used with each course, the themes addressed, and hurdles faced so as to bring a sense of completion to the learning process.


The assessment system comprises two components:

  • Continuous Assessment (CA) 40% of the final grade.
  • Formal Exams (FE) 60% of final mark.
  • To pass a course, a candidate must obtain a composite mark of at least 50%

Teaching methods/strategies

The delivery methods for this qualification comprises of the e-learning and block system mode. Contact hours for the block system mode are face-to-face encounters on monthly basis. Subjects shall be delivered in the form of lectures, seminars and practical simulation.

Quality assurance

Commitment is made to ensure that the courses remain relevant, current and provide students with a high-quality learning experience. An earnest effort is made to ensure meeting the course quality assurance requirements is a continuous process through incorporating regular monitoring, review, benchmarking, and improvement.

The evaluation system comprises of the following components:

  • Students will be asked to complete evaluation sheets for each subject studied.
  • An external evaluator will evaluate the qualification in terms of course content teaching methods, course resources and assessments.

Course Outline
Contemporary Issues in Nursing
Research methods
Health Informatics for Nursing
Electives Courses (choose one)
Health Service Management
Nursing Education
Research Dissertation
Practicals: Nursing Education and/or Nursing Management
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