This programme provides integrated professional and academic training equipping the candidate to function as a specialist researcher. The candidate can also apply to the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa for registration as a research psychologist. Such registration will be subject to the conditions stipulated by the Professional Board for Psychology at the time of registration.
Closing date for applications: 31 May annually.
The degree comprises two years of full-time study; 50% of the programme entails coursework and 50% entails a research component.
A. Theoretical section
A core curriculum with coursework has to be followed and passed.
B. Mini-dissertation (NSK 895)
A mini-dissertation on an appropriate topic as approved by the head of department and the Postgraduate and Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Humanities must be completed and passed before the MA degree in Research Psychology can be conferred. A pass mark of at least 50% must be obtained. A draft article for publication in a recognised scientific journal must be submitted together with the completed mini-dissertation.
- BSocSciHons or BAHons in Psychology or equivalent qualification accredited by the Council on Higher Education.
- Admission to the MA (Research Psychology) programme is subject to assessment and selection of the candidate based on requirements prescribed by the programme as applicable from time to time.
- Candidates are selected for admission to the MA programme in Research Psychology.
Only a limited number of candidates are admitted to the programme annually. Information about the selection process and criteria must be obtained from the Department of Psychology at the time of application.
Examinations and pass requirements
- In order to pass a module, a final mark of at least 50% must be obtained.
- Progress in modules is assessed through a variety of activities in a process of continuous assessment. Assessment is designed to ensure that all the outcomes of the modules have been evaluated by means of informative assessment.
- The final results for all modules will only be published after confirmation of the results by the examination commission of the Faculty of Humanities. No results will be released beforehand.
Promotion to next study year
Requirements for progress to year II of the programme
- In each programme all requirements for year I of the programme must be met before proceeding to year II of the programme.
- Should all the requirements of year I not be met, year I may not be repeated and the student will have to leave the programme.
- Should the student wish to continue, he or she will have to reapply for admission in accordance with the rules applicable to the selection process for all new applications.
- No module may be carried over from year I to year II.
Requirements for progress to internship
- The rules and regulations as laid down by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and as amended from time to time, will apply.
- All programme requirements of the degree must be successfully completed and the assessment thereof processed through the necessary committees of the University.
- The master’s degree must be completed in two years.
Pass with distinction
A student will pass a module with distinction if a final mark of at least 75% is achieved.
Enquiry with regards to possible professional misconduct within the programme:
Should a student be considered in breach of any professional rule, regulation or code of conduct as laid down by the Professional Board for Psychology or the HPCSA, the student may be required to present him/herself before the executive committee of the Department of Psychology for an enquiry in order to ascertain whether or not the matter should be referred to the Professional Board or the HPCSA for a further investigation.
Discontinuation of participation in the programme:
The dean may, on the recommendation of the head of the Department of Psychology, conduct an enquiry into the alleged conduct and/or fitness of the student to practice. Possible outcomes of this process could include, but will not be limited to, the discontinuation of the student’s participation in the programme during an academic year. This decision will be considered by a committee within the Department and various aspects of the student’s progress and conduct within the programme will be assessed. The student will have the opportunity to respond and make representations regarding the allegations brought against him/her.