The discipline of psychology not only focuses on helping people in their different life situations but is also widely accepted as a science. As a science, psychology seeks to understand human behaviour in different contexts. However this in itself would not be enough, it is also essential to apply this knowledge to the practical problems of daily life. Therefore in its professional application, psychology aims to improve people's quality of life in the wide variety of contexts in which they might find themselves.
Prerequisites for the Undergraduate Programme
Students who want to major in Psychology at postgraduate level must start with a Baccalaureus Artium (BA Own Choice) or BSc Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology degree.
There are no specific prerequisite school subjects before applying for the BA Own Choice Degree, but you need an AP-score of at least 30. However for requirements for the BSc Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology degree to to the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences website.
Furthermore you should adhere to the admission requirements as stipulated by the University of Pretoria and qualify for admission to the Faculty of Humanities (click HERE for the Faculty Brochure) and the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
Prerequisites for the Postgraduate Programmes
For information on our Honours and Masters programmes, please follow the links on the left.
To prevent plagiarism, all proposal have to be submitted to superviros and the committee together with a TunItIn report. For more information, contact your supervisor.
These are the five Categories of Registration in Psychology (according to the HPCSA):
http://www.hpcsa.co.za/board_psychology.php (click on scope of practice)
Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and intervene in order to alleviate or contain relatively serious forms of psychological distress and psychopathology, or what is commonly referred to as "abnormal" behaviour.
Counselling psychologists assist relatively well-adjusted people in dealing with normal problems of life concerning all stages and aspects of a person’s existence in order to facilitate desirable psychological adjustment, growth, and maturity.
Research psychologists address any of the above professional categories, not to render services to the public in that field, but to apply research methods and techniques in order to contribute to the knowledge base of that particular field.
Educational psychologists assess, diagnose and intervene in order to facilitate the psychological adjustment and development of children and adolescents within the contexts of family, school, social or peer groups and communities.
Industrial psychologists apply the principles of psychology to issues related to the work situation of relatively well-adjusted adults in order to optimise individual, group and organisational well-being and effectiveness.