The Department of Psychology
Academic and professional-training programmes are offered. These provide students with:
- A good research base
- Critical knowledge application
- Flexible skills development
These give an excellent grounding in psychology, and a degree of specialisation is catered for at the third-year level and above.
Professional Training Programmes Offered Are:
- Nationally competitive and of an international standard.
- Geared towards developing reflective theorists and practitioners, who are sensitive to South African needs
- Personally relevant and socially responsive
Pursuing a Career as a Psychologist
The minimum period of study required is six years.
- Study psychology for three years as an undergraduate
- Take a one-year full-time honours degree
- Enrol for a specialised Masters degree (clinical, community-counselling, industrial/organisational, research, educational)
The full period of study allows for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a psychologist.
In the professional training programmes, the sixth year usually involves a full-year internship and in some specializations, the HPCSA requires completion of a year of paid community service prior to registration as an independent practitioner.
The profession is currently undergoing substantial change which means that requirements for registration as a psychologist may change.
As an institution accredited to train counsellors and psychologists, the University will, if necessary, adapt its programmes to any future changes.