Postgraduate Information

IMPORTANT!

Dear visitor, the recommended Internet Browsers for this website are Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, & Microsoft Edge. Sadly Internet Explorer is no longer supported or recommended.

Diploma Programmes

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling

The primary purpose of this 18-month Diploma is to enable working professionals, particularly those working with children and youth, to develop their skills in psychological counselling, assessment, community development, and research. The programme is full time and requires students to attend all lectures using a blended approach (depending on the UKZN policy). Classes are attended in block sessions, and we expect a confirmation letter of release from the work for employed students. The following modules are covered in this 128-credit point Diploma (refer to Annexure A for more details of the content of the module):

Module Code

Name of Module

Semester Offered

PSYC621

Fundamentals of Psychological Assessment (16 credit points)

2nd Semester 2024

PSYC622

Community Interventions (16 credit points)

1st Semester 2024

PSYC623

Counselling Psychology: Theory and Practicum (32 credits)

2nd Semester 2024 & 1st Semester 2025

PSYC624

Developmental Psychology and Applied Psychopathology (16 credit points)

1st Semester 2024

PSYC6RM

Research Methodology (16 credits)

1st Semester 2024

PSYC6RS

Short Research Project (32 credits)

1st Semester 2024 & 2nd Semester 2024

Registrations

Registration with the Health Professions Council

Completing this qualification allows eligibility to apply for registration as a Registered Counsellor to practice in settings you have been trained. Students will be expected to complete a 6-month practicum within the 18 months of training under a registered psychologist’s supervision with at least three years of experience. The practicum may be completed in a school counselling programme, a non-profit organisation offering psychological counselling, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Child and Family Centre or a similar approved working environment. You may complete your practicum at your place of work, provided this is an approved learning environment and you are appointed an appropriate supervisor.

Registration and selection

The minimum requirement for the programme is a psychology major at the undergraduate level. Students should have completed a Bachelors degree regarded as appropriate by the college. Students who are still completing their undergraduate qualifications will not be considered. We DO NOT offer a 6-month stand-alone practicum if you have completed honours or any other postgraduate degree in psychology. The programme integrates the practicum. We have no mechanisms to credit you for the modules you have completed in another postgrad qualification.

The programme is offered for over 18 months for all students. The PGDip programme is equivalent to an Honours degree but does not translate to the same degree. The PGDip is an accredited professional programme and requires students to undergo a more in-depth theory and practice that will allow them to register with HPCSA. Honours graduates will still need to undergo full 18 months of training.

A postgraduate degree and work experience in the related field puts the applicants at an advantage but not guarantee admission. The selection is competitive and considers several factors such as academic performance, suitability for training, broad research knowledge, work experience, etc. 

The call for applications for the 2024 cohort will be open from:

APPLICATION OPEN: 01 JULY 2023

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 11 AUGUST 2023

NB: Please note that this is a self-funded programme, and the School does not offer financial assistance.

STEP 1:

COMPLETE THE PG DIP Application form.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM 

STEP 2:

APPLY VIA THE UKZN ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

(Upload the completed PG DIP Application form with your online application)

Upload the following documents:

  1. PG Dip Application form
  2. Copy of degree certificate/s
  3. Statement of results
  4. Copy of Matric certificate
  5. Copy of ID

Link to the online application form:

applications.ukzn.ac.za/applications/online-applications/

SYLLABUS

  • Fundamentals of Psychological Assessment – PSYC621 PC (30L-0T-6P-0S-70H-10R-20F-0G-24A-15W-16C)Aim: To expose students to the theory underlying assessment, highlighting some of the critical debates in the field.Content: The module comprises a theoretical and practical component that will provide students with a broad understanding of approaches to assessing individual behaviour in adults and children through standardised tests. Students will develop expertise in administering, analysing, interpreting, and reporting selected psychological assessment measures.

    Assessment: Coursework (including assignments and various practical exercises) and an examination.

    DP Requirement: Class mark minimum of 50%.

  • Community Interventions – PSYC622 PC (0L-0T-0P-24S-94H-0R-12F-6G-24A-15W-16C)Aim: To introduce students to the central concepts of Critical Community Psychology and equip them with the knowledge and skills to apply them to a broad range of psycho-social issues relevant to the South African context.Content: The module comprises theoretical and practical components. The theoretical part introduces the students to the concepts of Critical Community Psychology and will cover critical skills required to implement a community intervention. The students will be given a broad introduction to the various themes. The practical component will provide students with (in groups) the opportunity to visit a relevant community organisation or school. They will do a needs assessment around one of the critical themes using the skills they have been taught.

    Assessment: Coursework (including assignments and various practical exercises) and an examination.

    DP Requirement: Class mark minimum of 50%.

  • Counselling Psychology: Theory and Practicum – PSYC623 PC (30L-0T-6P-0S-70H-10R-20F-0G-24A-15W-16C)Prerequisite Requirement: A completed undergraduate degree with a good psychology major.Aim: To introduce students to the multidimensional definitions, goals and principles of counselling psychology. It also aims to provide context-based theoretical models of psychological counselling, considering the various roles of registered counsellors’ and their interventions in community centres and schools.

    Content: The module comprises a theoretical and practical component. The theoretical component introduces major psychological counselling theories and the basic principles and philosophy of psychological counselling. The module provides an opportunity to apply theoretical understanding of psychopathology and management of barriers to human development.

    Assessment: Coursework (including assignments and various practical exercises) and an examination.

    DP Requirement: Class mark minimum of 50%.

  • Developmental Psychology and Applied Psychopathology – PSYC624 PC (15L-0T-0P-0S-51H-10R-210F-0G-34A-30W-16C)Aim: To provide the learner with the opportunity to develop core competencies in their focus area within an appropriate work environment.Content: The module comprises both a theoretical and practical component. The practical component involves the development and practice of counselling and therapeutic skills, restorative counselling on a monthly basis with students and university staff, instruction and development of group counselling, counselling technology and micro counselling skills.

    Assessment: Test and Examination (30%), Submission of Practicum Report that would embrace Case Presentation and Case Study (70%).

    DP Requirement: Class mark minimum of 50%.

  • Research Methodology – PSYC6RM PC (13W-32C)Prerequisite Requirement: A completed undergraduate degree with a good psychology major. The student may be required to demonstrate competence in basic qualitative and quantitative research methods.Aim: To equip students with research and data analysis skills appropriate for completing an applied research project.

    Content: The module Research Design introduces students to a range of methodologies used by psychologists and social scientists and explains when to use different methods appropriately. Data Analysis is an advanced theoretical and practical course on analytical methods and field research.

    Assessment: Coursework (including assignments and various practical exercises) and an examination.

    DP Requirement: Class mark minimum of 50%.

  • Short Research Project – PSYC6RS PC (32C)Prerequisite Requirement: A completed undergraduate degree with a good psychology major.Aim: To engage students in research by focusing on a chosen area of specialist study under the supervision of a staff member.

    Content: Students are required to review the available knowledge in the field, devise appropriate methods to describe and investigate an issue of social and psychological interest, evaluate their research by the ethical and scientific criteria used in the area, and produce a research report in the form of a report or publishable article. Students are strongly encouraged to select a research topic in a staff member’s field of research interest. Group research projects are encouraged.

    Assessment: Research proposals, and/or presentations and a research report/article.

    DP Requirement: As per School of Psychology rules

Honours Programmes

Bachelor of Social Science Honours

The School of Applied Human Sciences offers Honours Programmes with the following majors:

  1. Criminology and Forensic Studies (Howard College Campus ONLY)
  2. Culture, Communications and Media Studies – CCMS (Howard College Campus ONLY)
  3. Industrial Psychology (Howard College Campus ONLY)
  4. General Psychology (Howard College Campus and PMB Campus)

ADMISSION

Admission into the honours programme is based purely on academic merit. A minimum of 50% average across all modules of the relevant major at level 3 is required for an application to an Honours degree. All disciplines have limited capacity and practice a competitive selection through which places will be allocated on the basis of high academic achievement as well as considerations of equity.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HONOURS 

The qualification requires a minimum of 128 credits. This is a one-year full-time coursework programme with research project component.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for open: 01 AUGUST 2023

Applications close: 30 November 2023

Please ensure you upload all required supporting documentation:

  1. Academic record (if qualification is external to UKZN)
  2. Matric Certificate
  3. Copy of ID Document

Please follow STEP 1 BELOW:

STEP1:

APPLY VIA THE UKZN ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Apply Online Now!

Honours Administrators:

Ms Priya Gayadeen (PMB Campus)

Ms Ayanda Ntuli (Howard College Campus) Email: sahshonours@ukzn.ac.za

Masters Programmes

Master of Social Science: Social Work

Social Work Masters by Research

The Discipline of Social Work offers Masters by Research on a full-time and part-time basis

Admission

A minimum of 60% average across all modules of the Honours degree. The discipline has limited capacity and practice a competitive selection through which places will be allocated on the basis of high academic achievement as well as considerations of equity.

Requirements for the Masters Programme

The qualification requires a minimum of 192 credits and requires a minimum of two semester with a research project component.

Masters by Research: Full Time

  • SOWK8FM Dissertation: Social Work (192C)
  • SOWK8FR Dissertation: Social Work Subsequent Years (192C)

Masters by Research: Part Time

  • SOWK8MD Dissertation: Social Work (192C)
  • SOWK8MS Dissertation: Social Work Subsequent Years (192C)

PhD Social work by Research

The Discipline of Social Work The Discipline of Social Work offers PhD on a full-time and part-time basis.

Admission

A minimum of 60% average for a relevant Masters degree. Many disciplines have limited capacity and practice a competitive selection through which places will be allocated on the basis of high academic achievement as well as considerations of equity. Some disciplines may require a portfolio of work as a
prerequisite for selection.

Selection

Candidates are subject to selection and the selection process will be based on the candidate’s record of academic work or academic and professional work acceptable to the Senate and may include academic ranking and other criteria as approved by Senate and Council.

Requirements for the PhD Programme

The qualification requires a minimum of 384 credits and requires a minimum of four semesters.

Full Time

  • SOWK9FD Doctoral Thesis: Social Work (384C)
  • SOWK9CY Doctoral Thesis: Social Work Subsequent Years (384C)

Part Time

  • SOWK9DO Doctoral Thesis: Social Work (384C)
  • SOWK9DS Doctoral Thesis: Social Work Subsequent Years (384C)

Postgraduate Administrator

Ayanda Ntuli

Email: ntulia@ukzn.ac.za

Master of Social Science: (Coursework) Professional Psychology Programme

ABOUT

The School of Applied Human Sciences offers the following Professional Psychology Masters programmes:

  1. Clinical Psychology (Howard College Campus and PMB Campus)
  2. Counselling Psychology (Howard College Campus and PMB Campus)
  3. Educational Psychology (PMB Campus ONLY)
  4. Industrial Psychology (Howard College Campus ONLY)
  5. Research Psychology (PMB Campus)

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ON APPLICATIONS:

Clinical Psychology (Howard College Campus and Pietermaritzburg Campus)

Applicants can submit only ONE application to EITHER the Pietermaritzburg campus OR the Howard College campus for Clinical, Counselling, OR Educational Psychology Professional Masters.

If an applicant submits one application to the Pietermaritzburg campus and the other to the Howard College campus for Clinical, Counselling, or Educational Psychology Professional Masters Programme, all your applications will be disqualified.

Counselling Psychology (Howard College Campus and Pietermaritzburg Campus)

Educational Psychology (Pietermaritzburg Campus ONLY)

Industrial Psychology (Howard College Campus ONLY)

You are permitted to apply for Industrial AND the Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychology Professional Masters programme. In this case, you must complete separate applications for each professional masters programme.

Research Psychology (Pietermaritzburg College Campus ONLY)

You are permitted to apply for Research AND the Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychology Professional Masters programme. In this case, you must complete separate applications for each professional

ADMISSION

A minimum of 60% average across all modules of the Honours degree. The disciplines have limited capacity and practice a competitive selection through which places will be allocated on the basis of high academic achievement as well as considerations of equity.

SELECTION

The following is taken into consideration during the selection process:

  • Academic results
  • Relevant experience
  • Proficiency in African Language
  • Equity
  • Referee reports
  • Research interests
  • Knowledge of the profession

REQUIREMENTS

The qualification requires a minimum of 192 credits and requires a minimum of two semester with a research project component.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications Open: 17 July 2023

Applications Close: 11 August 2023

To apply for admission into one of the Master of Social Science Professional Psychology Programmes, click the following link in order to apply directly to UKZN:

 

https://applications.ukzn.ac.za/applications/online-applications/

 

PLEASE NOTE: You are also required to complete:

  1. The Discipline of Psychology Application form (this must be uploaded with the UKZN Online Application)

Disciple of Psychology Application Form 2024

Documents you will need:

Please ensure you upload the following supporting documentation to the online application link (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  1. Degree Certificates (certified)
  2. All academic record (if qualification is external to UKZN)
  3. Matric Certificate (certified)
  4. Copy of ID Document (certified)

REFEREE REPORTS

Three referee reports are required. Referees should be able to comment on your academic ability, and should not be a family member or friend.

Applicants are required to complete Section One of the Referee Report Form and email the form to their three referees.

The referees must complete Section Two of the Referee Report form and return the form to CHUM_PG_SAHS@ukzn.ac.za before the closing date, 11 August 2023.

Referee reports received after the closing date cannot be included in an applicant’s application, and the application will be considered incomplete.

Duplicate referee reports (i.e. one referee completing more than one referee report for the same applicant) will be disregarded.

Selected referees will be contacted to verify information they have provided on applicants.

It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they advise their referees accurately about the programme and campus they are applying for admission to

Download Referee Report

When communicating with administrators please indicate your discipline and campus in the subject line so that we can identify you.

POSTGRADUATE ADMINISTRATOR:

Master of Social Science: (Coursework) Industrial Organisational Psychology

Pursuing a master’s in industrial organizational psychology takes you a step closer to becoming an Industrial Organisational Psychologist. Our programme explores advanced topics, theoretical issues and practical applications that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the field and advance your problem solving, critical and analytical skills. We employ a contextual ‘scientist-practitioner’ method of inquiry.

We approach teaching and learning as interactive and student centred with the academic lecturer and the students linked into an organic relationship with constant mutual interaction.

Our programme is aligned with the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA) Minimum Standards for Training of Industrial Psychology. The minimum standards aim to “produce competent, ethical and professional industrial psychologists who can meet the psychological needs of the people in South Africa” (Page 1). We embrace this aim and our programme addresses, at its core, the contextual interface between social psychological processes and organisational systems and how these shape the experiences, well-being and performance of individuals and organisations.

Our core identity translates to the following foundational principles:

  • Draw on relevant evidence-based knowledge and research from the global north and extend and enhance understandings of organisations and individuals contextually and through the lens of African-centred psychology.
  • Advance theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding human behaviour and organisational dynamics that draw on and promote critical social scientific and African scholarship from the global south.
  • Critically engage and challenge the over-emphasis on profitability and efficiency by adopting a critically reflexive approach to individual and organisational realities and its effects.
  • Nurture and advance health, well-being, and effectiveness at the individual and organisational levels.
  • Understand the factors and difficulties that impact the individual employee and the organisation by our continued networking with organisations to ensure that we provide contextually relevant knowledge and responsive skills and interventions that are context-driven and transformative.
  • Develop scientist-practitioner translators from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who are imbued with the core values and ethical conduct, matched by academic and research competencies and skills to respond to the challenges that employees and organisations face.
  • Significantly contribute to the extension of the discipline of Industrial/Organisational Psychology through meaningful and relevant research.
  • Demonstrate IOP’s social, community, and environmental responsibilities towards South African society through practical training and community service.

 

The programme consists of two parts: coursework and a short research dissertation:

  • The coursework modules of the programme consists of six compulsory modules:
PSYC861HCConflict Resolution
PSYC863HCIndividual Counselling Intervention
PSYC867HCHuman Resource and Organisational Development
PSYC870HCPsychological Assessment
PSYC857HCWorkplace Well-being
PSYC814HCResearch Methods in Psychology

 

  • The short research dissertation is aligned with the Research Methods in Psychology module.

Industrial Organisational Psychology Staff:

  • Shaida Bobat ( Masters Programme coordinator)
  • Shanya Reuben
  • Ruwaida Petrus
  • Zandile Madlabana-Luthuli
  • Anna Meyer-Weitz ( Professor Emeritus)
  • Johanna Hendrina Buitendach ( Professor Emeritus)

 

Staff Research interests:

These appear under academic staff (navigate to profiles) in the School of Applied Human Sciences webpage.

For further information, please contact Shaida Bobat at bobats@ukzn.ac.za

PhD Programmes

Research Thesis in Cultural and Media Studies

Click here for more information on PhD Research Thesis in Cultural and Media Studies

Psychology (Howard College Campus)

Click here for more information on PhD in Psychology Howard College Campus

Psychology (PMB Campus)

Click here for more information on PhD in Psychology Pietermaritzburg Campus.

Social Work

PhD Social work by Research

The Discipline of Social Work The Discipline of Social Work offers PhD on a full-time and part-time basis.

Admission

A minimum of 60% average for a relevant Masters degree. Many disciplines have limited capacity and practice a competitive selection through which places will be allocated on the basis of high academic achievement as well as considerations of equity. Some disciplines may require a portfolio of work as a
prerequisite for selection.

Selection

Candidates are subject to selection and the selection process will be based on the candidate’s record of academic work or academic and professional work acceptable to the Senate and may include academic ranking and other criteria as approved by Senate and Council.

Requirements for the PhD Programme

The qualification requires a minimum of 384 credits and requires a minimum of four semesters.

Full Time

  • SOWK9FD Doctoral Thesis: Social Work (384C)
  • SOWK9CY Doctoral Thesis: Social Work Subsequent Years (384C)

Part Time

  • SOWK9DO Doctoral Thesis: Social Work (384C)
  • SOWK9DS Doctoral Thesis: Social Work Subsequent Years (384C)

Postgraduate Administrator

Ayanda Ntuli