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Masters Psychology (Thesis)

​​​​​​Masters Psychology (Thesis) Coordinator :  Dr Chrisma Pretorius

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Masters Psychology (Thesis)
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Admission and selection requirements
For admission into the programme an Honours degree obtained with a minimum average of 65%, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required. Applications must be accompanied by a brief, preliminary research proposal.

•An  Honours  degree  in  Psychology  (with an average of at least 65%) or  an  equivalent  qualification  acceptable  to  Senate  for admission to the programme.

• Applications must be accompanied by a brief, preliminary research topic of the prospective study with clear objectives and a research question (not more than 250 words).

•The departmental form must be completed, along with the Online Application Process at

•Applicants are required to secure a supervisor for their research, by making contact with staff members in the department, based on their research interest. A letter of commitment from the supervisor to accompany above application form.

Programme structure and contents
This programme, which requires a minimum of one year of study, focuses on the acquisition and broadening of knowledge in a specific area of Psychology. It also aims at the development of research skills, particularly with respect to the planning and execution of research and the reporting of research results.

It entails the completion of a thesis (180 credits), the topic of which is determined in consultation with a supervisor. It is preferable that the study forms part of an existing departmental research project and, where possible, focuses on a psychosocial problem within the South African context. The thesis may be written in Afrikaans or English. On completion of the thesis, in consultation with the supervisor, students are expected to prepare a paper for publication which is based on their research.

The thesis is examined according to the University's regulations for the examination of masters theses as stipulated in the section on advanced degrees in Part 1 of the Prospectus.


 International     31 August 2021​

 South Africa​​​​​​       31 October 2021

​​​Application Link

The MA Psychology (by Thesis) Departmental form 2022


Programme co-ordinator:  Dr Chrisma Pretorius


Postgraduation Administrative Officer: ​​ Ms Gaynohl Andrews (email:

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