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The Department of Psychology

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Academic and professional-training programmes are offered. These provide students with: 

  • A good research base 
  • Critical knowledge application  
  • Flexible skills development 

Undergraduate Courses 

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