PhD Educational Psychology

PhD in Educational Psychology

PhD in Learning Support, Guidance and Counselling

As only a selected number of students can be accommodated, a rigorous selection process is followed for these programmes. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit a complete academic record as well as an acceptable research proposal in a theme that falls within the research foci of the Department. Selected students are encouraged to conduct research within one of the broader research projects in the Department, or as part of research projects undertaken by the Centre for the Study of Resilience which resides in the Department.

All students who hold non-South African qualifications, need to submit these to the South African Qualifications Authority ( to be evaluated. The evaluation certificate must accompany the application.


Closing date for applications:                31 August

Medium of presentation (language):      English


Entry requirements:  

  • PhD in Educational Psychology: MEd degree in Educational Psychology.

  • PhD in Learning Support, Guidance and Counselling: A MEd degree other than in Educational Psychology, or a qualification considered as equivalent by the Dean.

  • A mark of at least 60% for the master’s dissertation.

  • Computer literacy.


Basic requirements and duration of the PhD programme:

  • Successful completion of a research proposal and presentation in the Department during the first year of registration.

  • Attendance of research support sessions on four occasions during the first year of registration, usually presented during school holidays. 

  • Preparation and submission of an article to an accredited journal.

  • Completion of the study within three years after the first year of registration.


Enquiries about the programmes

Enquiries about administration

Prof Ronél Ferreira

'  +27-12-420 5504

  [email protected]

Ms Bronwynne Swarts

'  +27-12-420 5864

  [email protected]


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