This programme provides integrated professional and advanced academic training equipping the student to function as a Clinical Psychologist and leads the student to be able to apply for an internship in Clinical Psychology and, thereafter, undergo a Professional Board Exam in Clinical Psychology. After successful completion of a Professional Board Exam, the student can then apply to the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for registration as a Clinical Psychologist. Such registration will be subject to any professional conditions and requirements stipulated by the Professional Board for Psychology and the HPCSA at the time of registration.
Closing date for applications: 31 May annually.
The degree comprises one year of full-time academic study and one year of professional training: 50% of the programme entails advanced theoretical and practical coursework; and 50% entails a research component, which takes the form of a mini-dissertation. In addition, the degree entails a period of professional internship in Clinical Psychology.
A. Coursework - Component A (Year I): Advanced Theoretical Education and Training
Each student must participate in and successfully pass a core curriculum of coursework modules. A pass mark of at least 50% must be obtained in all the coursework modules.
B. Coursework - Component B (Year I): Advanced Practical Education and Training
Each student must participate in the clinically supervised assessment, management, treatment, and case presentation of patients in clinical and therapeutic settings, arranged by the Department of Psychology.
C. Research Component (Year I & II): Mini-dissertation (KLS 895)
A mini-dissertation on an appropriate topic as approved by the Head of Department of Psychology and the Postgraduate and Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Humanities must be completed and passed before the MA degree in Clinical Psychology can be conferred. A pass mark of at least 50% must be obtained in the mini-dissertation module. A draft article for publication in a recognised scientific journal must be submitted together with the completed mini-dissertation.
D. Internship Component (Year II): Internship in Clinical Psychology (KLS 896)
Each student will be required to independently secure and successfully complete a professional internship in Clinical Psychology with an internship site accredited and recognised by the Health Professions Council of South Africa for such an internship. For the internship, each student will be required to meet all the standards of professional and clinical competence outlined by the Professional Board for Psychology and the Health Professions Council of South Africa, as applicable at the time of the internship.
- BSocSciHons in Psychology or BAHons in Psychology or relevant honours degree
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% for the honours degree
Examinations and pass requirements
?i. In order to pass a module, a final mark of at least 50% must be obtained.
ii. Progress in modules is assessed through a variety of theoretical as well as practical and applied activities in a process of continuous assessment.
iii. The final results for the coursework and mini-dissertation 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
General Requirements for Progression to Year II of the Programme:
i. All requirements for Year I of the programme must be met before proceeding to Year II of the programme.
ii. 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.
iii. Should the student wish to continue, they will have to reapply for admission in accordance with the rules applicable to the selection process for all new applications.
iv. No coursework module may be carried over from Year I to Year II.
Specific Requirements for progress to internship Progression to an Internship in Clinical Psychology:
i. The rules and regulations as laid down by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), as amended, will apply.
ii. All programme and pass requirements of the MA (Clinical Psychology) degree must be successfully completed and the assessment thereof processed through the necessary committees of the University.
iii. All coursework modules must be completed within Year I.
iv. The mini-dissertation module must be completed within two academic years, with sufficient satisfactory progress demonstrated by the end of Year I.
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, code of conduct, or legislation as laid down by the Professional Board for Psychology or the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), or the legislation governing the conduct and training of Clinical Pyschologists (as health professionals) the student may be required to present themself before the executive management committee of the Department of Psychology and the Deanery of the Faculty of Humanities for an enquiry in order to ascertain whether or not the matter should be referred to the Professional Board for Psychology, the HPCSA, or the appropriate statutory authority, for a further investigation.
Discontinuation from 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 the management committee of 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 them.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.