• Can I enrol for an undergraduate degree in Psychology?
    NO. Psychology is NOT offered as an independent degree on undergraduate level. Psychology can only be taken as a module (subject) as part of the degree that you are enrolled for.
  • What degree should I enrol for with Psychology as my major?
    The degree that you enrol for will depend on your specific interests. It is advisable to obtain Career Counselling from a registered Psychologist that will be able to advise you on possible career paths and degrees.
  • Are there any subject requirements in order to study Psychology?
    There are NO subject requirements to study Psychology. Matric subjects that may, however, assist you in your studies in Psychology are Biology and Mathematics. It is also important that you familiarise yourself with the subject requirements of the degree you wish to enrol for.
  • What AP score is required for studies in Psychology?
    This will to a large extent, depend on the degree you enrol for. An AP score of 30 or more is generally required for main stream programmes and an AP score ranging between 25 and 29 are sufficient for the extended programmes.
  • What is the extended programme?
    The extended programme was created to assist students that struggle academically and these students are allowed to complete their undergraduate studies over four years instead of three years.
  • How long does it take to complete my studies in Psychology?
    It takes A MINIMUM OF SEVEN (7) YEARS of studying before you can register as a psychologist. Your undergraduate studies generally takes three years to complete, while an Honours degree in Psychology is one year full-time or two years part-time. An Applied Master’s in Psychology (to become a clinical or counselling psychologist) is another three or two years respectively and only thereafter will you be able to register as a psychologist.
  • Are there any selection processes involved when it comes to studying Psychology?
    YES. On undergraduate level there is no selection processes involved, but when you apply for an Honours in Psychology, your application will be subject to selection. The selection will be based on excellent academic performance in all your undergraduate Psychology modules. After completing the Honours degree, you can apply for the Applied Master’s Programme (clinical or counselling psychology), which is also subject to selection. This selection process is quite strict and depends on a number of factors, such as academic performance, emotional stability, maturity and empathy. The selection process also involves various activities, including panel interviews.
  • What are my options when I do not immediately obtain selection for the Applied Masters’ programme in Psychology?
    Students are usually advised to select a second undergraduate major that they can utilise in order to obtain work while waiting to reapply for the Applied Masters’ programme. This second major will, however, depend on your own interests. Some students also choose to continue with research in Psychology.
  • What are the different registration categories offered at the Department of Psychology?
    Clinical and Counselling Psychology forms part of the Applied Master’s Programme. Educational Psychology is NOT offered at the Department of Psychology and forms part of the Faculty of Education. The same applies to Industrial Psychology that is part of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
  • What are the current registration categories for Psychology in South Africa?
    Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Research and Industrial
  • Are there any registration categories for Sport, Forensic or Child Psychology in South Africa?
    NO. Currently, there are no registration categories for these fields of Psychology in South Africa. You may, however, specialise in these fields by completing a PhD which specifically focus on these different fields of Psychology.
  • Does the UFS offer a programme for students to be trained as registered counsellors or psychometrists?
    NO. You can visit the HPCSA website to enquire which universities still provide such programmes.
  • Are there any bursaries available at the Department of Psychology?
    Alternatively, you can visit the Administration Department of the UFS.


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