Master of Arts in Neuro-Psychology

Program Requirements

1. An overall average mark of 70% for a Psychology Honours program.

2. A minimum of 70% for Neuro-Psychology (or equivalent) at Honours level.

** We are aware that due to the COVID pandemic, many courses are running later than usual.  If you do not have a final mark for your full Honours degree or for your Neuropsychology (or equivalent) course, you must include
a letter from your course convenor/s confirming the partial marks you currently have for your Honours coursework overall and for the Hons Neuropsychology (or equivalent) course. **


Selection into this program is highly competitive, as we get many more applicants than we can accommodate.  There are only 6 places available each year.  When making the selection we take into consideration academic record (especially at Honours level, but also overall; and appropriate academic background in Neuropsychology and cognate areas), personal suitability for clinical work, and a letter of motivation.  We also conform to UCT policy on equity. 

Please note that the research dissertation comprises a substantial proportion (50%) of the degree mark, so appropriate training in Psychological research is also necessary. 

Please note that a Psychology Honours degree from UCT is not a requirement. 

Also note that the Psychology Honours program at UCT is a single course that includes all content modules and a research component.  It is not possible to register for the Honours Neuro-Psychology module on its own.  Selection into the UCT Honours program is also competitive.

Application Procedure

1.  Make an online application for study through the central UCT admissions office by no later than 31 October.

2.  Complete and submit this application form to the department by no later than 31 October.

3.  Submit a motivational letter, Curriculum Vitae, transcript and two referee letters with your application without these your                      application will be considered incomplete.

4. To apply for funding, please see the Postgraduate Funding Office.

5. Incomplete applications will not be considered

See more in the Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Handbook.

Important Notice

The HPCSA has now opened the Neuropsychology register.  Many of our graduates have taken the Board exam and are now registered.  The uncertainty around the Neuropsychology qualification therefore no longer pertains. Successful completion of UCT’s accredited MA Neuropsychology degree, an HPCSA approved internship, and their Board Exam, should qualify you for registration as a Neuropsychologist. However, ultimate authority to register an individual rests with the HPCSA and not with UCT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am doing Course X at University Y but have not completed Neuro-Psychology at Honours level.  Is my course equivalent?

A: Some Honours level courses that cover brain and behaviour, physiological psychology, or human neuroscience topics may be considered equivalent to Neuro-Psychology at Honours level.  This depends on the particular course’s content and the level at which the course is taught.  Decisions regarding such courses will be made during the application and selection process each year. Please provide details in your letter of application.

Q: How is clinical suitability determined?

A: We use information from various parts of the full application and we interview short-listed candidates.

Q: Is it possible to do the course part-time?

A:  This is a full-time clinical training program.  It is not possible to take it on a part-time basis.

For any additional queries please contact Rosalind Adams. Her contact details can be found here.