The Department of Psychology offers three research-related MA degrees:
MA in Psychology by Research (Dissertation)This degree requires that the student completes a research dissertation. The student works with a supervisor on a topic of their choice. This degree is usually selected by students who enjoy working independently and wish to pursue their interest in a particular topic. Students are expected to complete the degree within 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time.
*PLEASE NOTE that prospective applicants should contact the Course Coordinator, Prof. Jill Bradbury, prior to submitting an application to establish whether a suitable potential supervisor is available.
MA in the field of Psychology by Coursework and Research Report
This degree focuses on developing advanced conceptual and research expertise in a particular field of Psychology, with two primary clusters of cognate courses on offer: A) Psychosocial Studies and B) Cognitive Science. The degree requires students to complete three coursework modules and a research report.
The MA in Psychology by Coursework and Research Report may be done as a full-time or part-time degree. Students are expected to complete the degree in one year if registered full-time, and in two years if doing the course part-time. The degree equips students to work in specialised conceptual or research-related areas, or applied work in NGOs or other sectors (depending on the modules completed for the degree), and can serve as a basis for an academic career.
Three coursework modules must be completed (together accounting for 50% of the toal credit for the degree, with the Research Report accounting for the remaining 50%). The available modules are organized around two distinct clusters:
Cluster A: Psychosocial Studies
PSYC7031 – Gender in Psychology
Cluster B: Cognitive Science
PSYC7037 – Cognitive Neuropsychology
A minimum of two courses must be chosen from the above lists but students may choose to substitute the third module with one of the following methods modules from the MA in Social and Psychological Research programme:
PSYC7025 - Multivariate Research Design and Analysis
MA in the field of Social and Psychological Research by Coursework and Research Report
This degree focuses on developing practical research expertise in quantitative, qualitative and applied research methods. The degree requires students to complete three coursework modules, all of which are compulsory, and a research report.
The MA in Social and Psychological Research by Coursework and Research Report may be done as a full-time or part-time degree. Students are expected to complete the degree in one year if doing the course full-time, and in two years if doing the course part-time. The degree equips students to be multi-skilled social science researchers, and can serve as a basis for an academic career. This is the only degree offered by the Department that leads to registration as a Research Psychologist with the HPCSA (and only if followed by an accredited one year internship). However, the degree is also suitable for students from related social science disciplines who wish to pursue research careers, but are not eligible for registration with the HPCSA.
Coursework modules (all compulsory):PSYC7025 - Multivariate Research Design and Analysis
PSYC7027 - Qualitative Methods
PSYC7032 - Research in Context
In order to apply for one of these programmes, the following must be submitted by 30 September 2015:
These documents can be submitted (electronically, as hard copies, or by fax) to:
Ms. Lauryne Lokothwayo
Telephone number: 011 717 4541
PLEASE NOTE that applicants who have obtained their previous degrees from a non-South African university need to apply to SAQA for accreditation before submitting an application.
Information about the programmes and modules is available in the Application Booklet.
Queries can be directed to the Course Coordinators, Prof. Jill Bradbury (MA by Dissertation and MA in Psychology; firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prof. Kevin Whitehead (MA in Social and Psychological Research; email@example.com), or the Postgraduate Administrative Officer, Ms. Lauryne Lokothwayo (Lauryne.Lokothwayo@wits.ac.za).