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Overview of Graduate Programmes

Several programmes are available, at various levels. Click on the program names below for more information:

Honours in Psychology - B.SocSci (Hons)

Masters degrees

  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology - This degree leads to registration as a Clinical Psychologist. Students are required to complete coursework, a dissertation, and a clinical internship. The degree takes two years to complete.
  • M.A. in Psychological Research - This is a degree by coursework (25%) and dissertation (75%). An honours degree in Psychology, with an overall average mark of 70% or more, is a requirement for admission.
  • M.A. in Neuro-Psychology- This degree requires coursework and a dissertation and takes two years to complete. 
  • M.SocSci in Psychology - This degree is by dissertation only, and takes between eighteen and twenty-four months to complete. An Honours degree in Psychology, with an overall mark of 70% or more, is a requirement for admission.

 

PhD in Psychology - Ph.D. - This degree is open to all applicants with a suitable academic background, typically a Masters degree in Psychology, but postgraduate degrees in other disciplines may be recognised for this purpose as well. The degree is by dissertation only, and typically takes between three and five years to complete.

Professional Registration

To become a Psychologist in one of the recognised areas of Psychology, namely Clinical,Counselling, Educational, Organisational and Research Psychology, a student must complete a recognised Masters degree in Psychology and an appropriate practicum at recognised training institution. The duration of practicum is 12 months.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town provides training leading towards registration in Clinical Psychology. The School of Management Studies in the Faculty of Commerce provides training leading towards registration in the fields of Organisational Psychology.