Requirements For Unisa Psychology Courses

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If you're interested in pursuing a qualification in Psychology from the University of South Africa (Unisa), then are the requirements you'll need to meet before you can begin studying. 


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Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour, as well as the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena which includes feelings and thoughts. 

Different Fields In Psychology

The study of Psychology is quite broad, as there are multiple fields to venture into and specialise in. These fields include (but aren't limited to): 

  1. Clinical Psychology
  2. Climate and Environmental Psychology
  3. Neuropsychology
  4. Counselling Psychology
  5. Experimental Psychology
  6. Developmental Psychology
  7. Forensic and Public Service Psychology
  8. Health Psychology
  9. Human Factors and Engineering Psychology
  10. Evolutionary Psychology
  11. Occupational Psychology
  12. Social Psychology 

Psychology Courses Offered By Unisa

The University of South Africa's (Unisa's) Department of Psychology offers programmes for both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. 

At the undergraduate level, UNISA offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, which covers topics such as developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, social psychology and research methods. Additionally, UNISA offers a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, both of which include courses in psychology.

At the postgraduate level, UNISA offers a range of programmes in psychology, including a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching with a specialisation in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, a Master of Social Work with a specialisation in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.

To pursue a qualification in Psychology at Unisa, you first need to gain acceptance to the institution. 

Requirements for a Psychology Qualification:

  1. Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  2. Re-registering students must register for the academic year during the relevant registration period.
  3. The university provides all registered students with a free myLife e-mail address. It is your responsibility to activate your myLife e-mail account as soon as your registration has been finalised. Your myLife e-mail account will be the only e-mail account recognised by Unisa for official correspondence to and from the university, and will remain the official primary e-mail address on record at Unisa.

Currently, a Bachelor of Arts (Health Science and Social Services) in Psychology is not on offer due the restructuring of the qualification that is ongoing. 

Instead, you can pursue a BA General and major in Psychology. 

To qualify to study towards a BA General with a major in Psychology, you need: 

  1. A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree Endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, or 
  2. A Senior Certificate (SC) with matric exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning. 

Once you're ready to submit your application, be aware of the application fees. 

Unisa's Department of Psychology is only available at the Muckleneuk Campus in the Winnie Madikizela Mandela Building in Pretoria. 

UNISA's psychology programmes are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in psychology theory and research, as well as practical skills that can be applied in a variety of settings, including clinical, educational and research contexts.

Find our more details about UNISA on this link.


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