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Psychology - South Africa


Honours research area

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the ‘Requirements’ outlined in the Faculty of Arts of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts


Honours studies in this area will advance students’ knowledge and competencies in the discipline of psychology.

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising of a thesis and research and theoretical units.


Prospective students should note that the minimum requirements for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a psychologist (clinical, counselling, industrial, research, or educational) include completion of a directed master’s degree in psychology, full-time approved internship of 12 months duration, as well as a successful completion of the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology. In addition, the HPCSA requires completion of community service in some specialisations.


Units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Part A. Research (24 points)

Students complete:

  • AZA4440 Psychology research project (24 points)

Part B. Coursework (24 points)

Students complete:

  • AZA4420 Adult psychopathology (6 points)
  • AZA4430 Counselling (6 points)
  • AZA4445 Social Issues in psychology (6 points)
  • AZA4480 Psychological testing and assessment (6 points)


Associate Professor Maria Damianova;

Relevant courses

4087 Honours degree of Bachelor of Social Science