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Psychology is one of the University’s three largest departments 

The discipline remains a popular choice for students from a variety of faculties including:  

  • Humanities 
  • Health Sciences 
  • Science 
  • Engineering 
  • Built Environment 
  • Commerce, Law and Management 

The Department is flourishing and is home to a large and increasingly diverse group of staff and students. 

It offers specialist training in all categories recognised by the Professional Board of Psychology and the Health Professions Council of South Africa   

  • Annually the Department trains more than 50 professionals at Masters level.  
  • Approximately 200 new postgraduate students register every year 


The Department has not remained untouched by the historical political climate of South Africa  (and there is evidence of research and practice that sought to address many of the ills of Apartheid) and still remains sensitive to the current imperatives of transformation.  

The history of the department reflects some major paradigm shifts in the fairly young discipline of psychology. 


To build upon the best of the past 

To sustain areas of excellence  

To remain contextually sensitive  

To continue to be internationally competitive