The undergraduate courses offered by the department prepare students for entry into both clinical and research based postgraduate programmes. The undergraduate psychology degree from UCT is internationally recognized, and the many of the department's graduates have gone on to postgraduate studies in other universities around the world.
The available courses cover the department's four principal areas of expertise: Social psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology and Cognitive and Neuropsychology. All courses are taught by internationally published and recognized experts in the relevant areas. Students are encouraged to sample as many of these areas as possible during their undergraduate degrees as possible, as UCT does not recognize specialization at the undergraduate level.
The department offers Psychology courses to students in all faculties. Students from faculties other than the Faculty of Humanities are advised to enquire from their home faculties how courses from the department of Psychology can contribute towards their degrees.
Please note that for purposes of entry into honours and other postgraduate programmes in the department, no particular mix of undergraduate psychology courses gives an advantage. Students are encouraged to focus on their areas of interest.
Details on the degree structure and rules can be found in the Faculty Handbook.
FORMS AND RESOURCES FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR PSYCHOLOGY 1004f and 1006f
MAJORING IN PSYCHOLOGY
To major in psychology a student must complete at least the following courses:
Students are free to take more than these courses during their degrees as electives.
Click on a course name below to view the handbook entry for that course. Detailed information regarding the course content, required readings, etc. is provided on the first day of lectures, and may be available by contacting the course convener directly (see the handbook entry for the course convener).
First year courses:
Second year courses:
Third year courses:
TEACHING DAYS AND TIMES
The department usually teaches all courses from Tuesday to Friday, during the lecture period indicated at the back of the Faculty Handbook. The exception to this is courses taught in the Meridian (M) period - these courses are taught Monday - Thursday. All courses also have an additional tutorial or practical program, which typically runs once a week - students will be given information of these programs during the first day of lectures.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES
The following are available (details can be obtained by email). Generally, prizes are only available on completion of a degree.
Additionally, the top scoring student in each course receives the class medal for that course.
OBTAINING A DISTINCTION IN PSYCHOLOGY
To receive the degree with a distinction in psychology, a student must obtain, on their first attempt at each course, first-class passes (75% or more) in PSY2006F and one other second year psychology course, as well as a first class pass in PSY3007S and one other third year psychology course.