Where to Study Psychology in South Africa

There are a variety of public tertiary institutions in South Africa that offer the opportunity for students to pursue a degree in Psychology. Studying a degree in Psychology will differ depending on various tertiary institutions and the type of Psychology specialisation that a student would like to pursue.



Universities in South Africa offer a wide range of courses to study, with a specialisation in Psychology being one of them. Obtaining a degree in Psychology will not only be a stepping block for a career as a practicing psychologist, but is also a doorway into careers in childcare, social work and legal work.

There are a number of public universities that offer students the opportunity to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. These include: Stellenbosch University, the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Cape Town to name a few.

However, the South Africa College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) is possibly the best option for a student whose passions lie in a specialisation in Psychology. Courses at SACAP range from Diplomas and Certificates in Counselling and Communication Skills, to a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, to a standard Bachelor of Psychology.

In order to study psychology at a tertiary institution, the prospective student needs to have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) meeting the degree requirements for the course. The requirements for each specialisation in psychology will differ between each institution, therefore, the student would have to do their own research, considering the field of Psychology studies that they would like to go into.

High School subjects required for a degree in Psychology will also depend on the institution, as well as the type of degree that the student would like to go into. However, it is recommended that students take Mathematics and Life Sciences to provide a foundation for a degree in Psychology.


Article Category

Other Articles

Those employed in Human Resources are involved in the process of employing people and then training them. If you're looking to build a career in HR, here are 5 places where you can study.

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has stipulated requirements detailing what students need to achieve academically in order to attain a Bachelor's Pass. 

NSFAS provides bursaries to poor and working class students and this includes those that wish to attend or are attending a TVET College. Keep reading to find out which NSFAS allowances TVET students get.

Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode_, sat down with Careers Portal to talk about coding, the importance of cultivating South Africa’s digital talent and tuition-free education. If you're interested in joining WeThinkCode-, we also have insight into how to apply.

With the addition of an online application system, students are now able to apply online to study with False Bay TVET College. Semester 2 classes start 14 July.