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Industrial psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between people and the world of work. In brief, industrial psychology is concerned with the scientific structuring of organisations and work. The aim is to improve the productivity and quality of life of people at work by applying techniques and principles of psychology.

The Department of Industrial Psychology prides itself on being a department suitable for the training of industrial psychologists and human resource practitioners in South Africa. The department is accredited at various professional bodies, including the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) and the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).

While our competent staff members provide students with quality education, they also do research in their various fields of expertise and are actively involved in practice as consultants for industry. Fields of specialisation include organisational development, human resource management, talent management, personnel psychology, career psychology and construction, wellbeing, leadership and ethical behaviour.

The Department of Industrial Psychology strives to prepare students for the world of work by ensuring that the modules offered meet the demands of the business environment. The modules are ideally suited to students with a heart for people and a head for business.

Postgraduate Qualifications


Prospective Students

The Bachelor Honours Degree Programme's applications will open on 1 July 2021 and will close on 31 October 2021.

All Honours applications must be emailed to:

Preconditions for Admission

In order to be considered for admission to the selection process for the Bachelor Honours Degree Programme, a prospective student must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. The student has either already obtained a Bachelor Degree or qualifies to obtain a Bachelor Degree before enrolling in the Bachelor Honours Degree Programme; and
  2. Students must have passed at least six of the undergraduate Industrial Psychology modules (or equivalent modules from other institutions), with a stated average mark of at least 65%, but not less than 60% in each module, of which 64 credits need to be at NQF Level 5 and/or NQF Level 6 and 32 credits at NQF Level 7. Students must have obtained an average mark of at least 65% for their modules on NQF Level 7.

For more information

Honours Programme Coordinator:
Mrs R Kleynhans
T: +27 51 401 2846
Departmental Head:
Mr L Markham
T: +27 51 401 2337

Ms R Simmons
T: +27 51 401 3719


For more information 

Masters in Industrial Psychology
(Professional Masters):

Ms Chene Ward
T: +27 51 401 9204
Masters in Commerce specialising in Industrial Psychology
(Research Masters):

Dr Tatenda Marange
T: +27 51 401 5134


Simone Willams
+27 51 401 2173


Internal Box 11, UFS
PO Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300

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