Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) specialising in Psychology

Although useful in itself, the Psychology Honours degree also provides an essential bridge between the undergraduate programme and several specialised Masters programmes in the field of Psychology.

Students who wish to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology need an Honours degree in Psychology in order to be eligible to apply for any professional training. This training happens at Master’s level through an MA(Clinical Psychology) both at UCT and at most other universities where it is offered.Students who complete a UCT Psychology Honours programme will be well qualified to apply for this training either at UCT or anywhere in the country.

Programme Structure

The Honours programme comprises six semester courses and a research project.

Compulsory courses

  • Philosophical & Theoretical Issues in Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Statistics for Psychological Research

Elective courses

The remaining three courses may be selected from the list of electives set out below.

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology and Law
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social Psychology of inequality
  • The Critical Psychology of Gender 
  • Affective Neuroscience
  • Political Psychology
  • Prevention Science
  • Counselling Theory and Practice
  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

All of the above elective courses may not be on offer due to unavailability of staff

For more information see the Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Handbook here, and read more about the course here.