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


At undergraduate level you should have passed at least six of the undergraduate Industrial Psychology modules (or equivalent modules from other institutions) with an average mark of at least 60%, but not less than 55% in each module, of which 32 credits need to be at NQF Level 5, 32 credits at NQF Level 6 and 32 credits at NQF Level 7

Application forms for prospective honours students:

For more info

Ronel Kleynhans
T: +27 51 401 2846


All prospective students should contact the research coordinator, Prof Ebben van Zyl, and inform him of their intention to enrol for this degree. You will receive a letter containing all the information needed for your proposal.

For more info:
Prof ES van Zyl
T: +27 51 401 3345

Closing date for applications:  30 October


Lizette Pretorius
+27 51 401 2173
+27 51 444 5465


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

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