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​​​​Honours Programme Coordinator :  Dr Anthea Lesch

Honours Programme in Psychology 18414 - 778

Please note:

Outcome of the Honours Selection Process Message:

Dear BA Hons Applicant 

The BA Psychology Hons Selection committee has concluded the selection process.  The candidates who have been notified that they have been selected, has accepted their places.

​We wish to  thank all the Applicants who submitted their applications for the programme.  

On behalf of:

Dr AM Lesch (Honours Coordinator) & Professor Kruger (Chair: Department Psychology)

The Honours programme in Psychology is a one-year full-time programme and is presented in English. It is a full-time academic programme which may lead to further postgraduate studies in Psychology, both in South Africa and internationally. The programme cannot be completed on a part-time basis and does not lead to registration as a Counsellor or Psychometrist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. 

PS.   (For International recognition, please consult with our Postgraduate International Office about the institutions abroad requirements for recognition -​

Admission and selection requirements

For admission into the Honours programme in Psychology a Bachelor’s degree, with a major in Psychology which was passed with at least 65%, is required. A higher performance cut-off for Psychology 3 may be set in a given year, depending on the number and achievement level of applicants. Admission into the programme is dependent upon selection based on academic achievement.​

Closing Date for Applications

  • South African Students:​​
    • Apply by 31 August 2020
  • ​International students:
    • Apply by 31 July 2020

Programme structure and contents
The Honours programme in Psychology can only be attended as a one-year full-time programme. The programme is presented during the day in English.

Nature of the programme
The programme focuses on advanced knowledge of human behaviour, intrapsychic as well as interpersonal, normal as well as abnormal, individually as well as in group contexts. It also encompasses the application of such knowledge in the multi-cultural South African society, particularly with regard to the understanding of specific psychosocial problems and the development of intervention and preventative strategies. In addition, the programme also focuses on the development of critical-analytical and problem-solving thinking skills, as well as social-scientific research knowledge and skills.

Module description
Based on the credit values of modules (indicated in brackets after each module) a selection of modules is made to a minimum of 120 credits for the programme. The module in Research Methodology as well as the Research Assignment are compulsory for all students.


The modules offered in a given year ​may differ from modules offered during previous years. In order to obtain the degree, a student must obtain a minimum of 120 credits

711 Psychotherapy (13) (1st Semester)
Theory and practice of different psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic therapies, person-centered therapy, existential therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy; research in psychotherapy; psychotherapy in the South African context.
742 Psychopathology (13) (2nd Semester)
Assessment of psychopathology and culture-bound syndromes; diagnostic formulations according to the DSM-IV classification system; description of the nature, aetiology and maintenance of psychopathology from different theoretical perspectives; a South African perspective of abnormal behaviour and mental health.
741 Psychometry (13) (2nd Semester)
Psychometric properties of psychological tests; cultural variables and psychological measurement; different types of tests and their application; ethical principles for the construction and application of psychological tests.

771 Research Methodology (25) (1st & 2nd Semester)
Quantitative methods (including naturalistic observation, case-study research, survey research, correlational and differential research, field research, research designs); qualitative methods (including phenomenology, ethnography, action research, interviewing, focus groups, observation, quality control); data-analysis (including statistical models, data exploration, non-parametric methods, multiple regression analysis, ANOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis).

745 Social Psychology (13) (2nd Semester)
Existing approaches in social psychology and its relevance in understanding current social issues in South Africa; racism, violence, poverty, consumerism, nationalism and globalization, cultural and political identity, crowds and collective action.

712 Career Psychology (13) (1st Semester)
Theories of vocational psychology, including those of Super, Holland and Gottfredson; application of these theories in vocational psychology and on aspects of human resources management such as recruitment, selection and placement; career choice and development in the South African world of work.
714 Community Psychology (13) (1st Semester)
Historical context and development of community psychology; theoretical models and core values underpinning community psychology; psychosocial problems in the South African context; needs assessment; planning, implementing and assessing community interventions.
716 Child Psychology (13) (1st Semester)
Development and problems of normal children in normal families; children within the context of all the social systems in which they function; psychopathology, assessment and interventions for children.

​741 Psychology, Health and Disability (13) (2nd Semester)

This module will introduce students to key debates, theories and methods in conremporary health psychology.  We will focus on their application to understanding, researching and designing interventions to address health problems that affect individuals, groups and communities in South Africa.

772 Compulsory research assignment (30) (1st & 2nd Semester)
A research assignment, based on independent research, under supervision.
Modules are assessed by means of practicums, written assignments and written evaluations in June and November. A minimum of 50% is required as pass mark for every module.
Direct 2021 Application enquiries to :  (Miss Gaynohl Andrews)
Programme co-ordinator: Dr Anthea Lesch