Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology

Dr Daniel Knobel

Programme description

The BA Honours in Psychology is a one year, full-time, 120 credit, NQF exit level 8 qualification which includes compulsory and elective modules. It provides an important route for progression into further postgraduate studies (Master’s and Doctoral) for those who wish to continue with their studies at the University of Mpumalanga or elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an Honours degree in Psychology are able to work and contribute in many varied facets of the job market and in all areas dealing with people and health. Given the breadth, adaptability, and utility of studying Psychology, employment opportunities abound for graduates. For example, opportunities include being employed in the fields of support and enhancement of health and/or social services, education and training, research, counselling, psychological assessment, human development, government, public sector, etc. Thereby, in general providing employment opportunities in various sectors within the broad field of work, which require care, service delivery, communication and healthy interaction with fellow human beings. 

Admission Requirements:

The minimum admission requirements for the BA Honours in Psychology is a Bachelor of Arts or other first degree at exit level 7, with Psychology as a major subject and a 60% or above average for psychology modules in the final year. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirement of 60% will be considered upon the motivation to the Faculty Board and the Higher Degrees Committee of the university, and subsequent approval by all approved University structures.
Selection of a limited number of candidates to enrol in the programme: A School admission committee will assess eligibility of all applicants. Applicants who exceed the minimum entrance requirements and who have passed the selection criteria will be made an immediate offer. Applicants who have not received offers but meet the minimum entrance requirements as well as selection criteria will be placed on a waiting list, which will be reviewed when offers made are rejected.

Curriculum, Credits and Fees

NQF Level Credits Compulsory/ Elective
Research Report 8 30 Compulsory
Research Methodology in Psychology 8 15 Compulsory
Psychopathology 8 15 Compulsory
Community-Based Psychology 8 15 Compulsory
Cognitive Psychology 8 15 Compulsory
Psychological Assessment 8 15 Compulsory
Total credits for compulsory modules   105  
Students choose one elective from those available below
Developmental Psychology 8 15 Elective
Neuropsychology 8 15 Elective
Social Psychology 8 15 Elective
Therapeutic Interventions 8 15 Elective
Total Credits   120