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Candidates shall be admitted to the degree only if they have obtained an Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent 4th year BPsych degree at a level considered satisfactory by the Department of Psychology. All candidates are subject to selection and the programme shall extend over a minimum of two academic years of full-time study.

  • Applications Close: 29 June 2018 - please see NMU online applications.
  • Shortlisting: 17 - 20 July 2018
  • Interviews: 15 - 22 August 2018
  • (Invited students will be notified via email after short listing)

Please ensure all required documents and links are completed for a successful application.

The degree shall be obtained on completion of all theoretical modules, practical work, treatise and the internship. Practical work amounts to 20 hours per week in the first year of study and is prescribed by the Professional Board for Psychology. Candidates shall be admitted to the internship in the second year of study after the successful completion of all theoretical modules and satisfactory demonstration of required practical and theoretical competencies including sound ethical principles and behavior. Internship training shall extend over a period of not less than 12 months and must be undertaken at an institution accredited for this purpose by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The University Clinic in collaboration with the Elizabeth Donkin Hospital is accredited for the training of Clinical and Counselling Psychology Interns.

Please note you may only apply for one of the following Master's programmes:
Masters in Clinical Psychology
Masters in Counselling Psychology

First year modules:

  • Psychopathology of adulthood and ageing
  • Assessement of children and adolescents
  • Individual psychological intervention A (PCT, Crises Intervention, Griffiths Mental Development Scales)
  • Individual psychological intervention B (Object Relations; TA; CBT)
  • Individual psychological intervention C (Child Therapy)
  • Individual psychological intervention D (Assessment of Adults)
  • Child neuropsychology
  • Professional issues in psychology
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Psychopathology of childhood and adolescence
  • Assessment of adults
  • Group psychological intervention A (Community Psych; Systems Theory)
  • Group psychological intervention B (Family & Marital)
  • Couple counselling
  • Integrative models of individual and group psychological intervention
  • Adult neuropsychology
  • Sport, exercise and health psychology
  • Research planning and presentation
  • Treatise

*This programme is presently undergoing extensive re-curriculation and module names and content may differ


Each Masters student is expected to undertake an individual research project. This project forms the basis of a treatise which must be submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Masters Degree. In order to assist students to complete their research projects successfully in the minimum period of time, expert guidance concerning methodology, quantitative or qualitative analysis and research report writing is offered by staff members, especially by those registered as research psychologists.

The following are currently the main areas of research focus in the Department, namely:

  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Human Eco-Systems
  • Psychobiographical
  • Standardization and Development of Psychological Tests
  • Neuro-Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Cyber Psychology
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Community Psychology
  • Political Psychology

Second year:

  • Internship

The internships for students in each registration category (clinical and counselling) is individually tailored to allow the student the opportunity of getting the most out of the internship experience. During the internship in clinical psychology, the student will have the experience of working at Uclin, the Elizabeth Donkin Hospital (a psychiatric hospital), the Provincial Hospital, Livingstone Hospital, and various Mental Health clinics in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage. Students in counselling psychology do their internship at Uclin, the NMU Student Counselling Centre, the Missionvale Psychology Centre, and Life Health Care.

Professional Board Requirements:

Timing of Internship:

The internship must commence within two years of completing the first year of a directed Master's degree. 

Community Service:

The Minister of Health has implemented 12 months Community service for clinical psychologists as from 1 January 2004.

National Examination:

As from 1 January 2002 any person who enrolled at a University for a Masters degree in psychology will be required to pass the Board's National Examination prior to registration as psychologists. Candidates are required to obtain a minimum of 70% in the examination and sub-minimum of 70% to the question on ethics. This examination will be conducted in February, June and October of each year.

Those persons required to do community service, will be permitted to either write the examination prior to commencement with community service, or after successful completion of the 12 month’s community service, but prior to their registration for independent practice.

For more information on the above, please contact the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Professional Board for Psychology, at (012) 338-9300 / (012) 338-9300 or visit their website at



Candidates shall be admitted for this degree only if they have obtained an Honours or equivalent degree in Psychology, of which the course content and the candidate's level of achievement are considered satisfactory by the Department of Psychology. All candidates are subject to selection. This degree consists only of research and shall extend over a minimum of one academic year. See List of Registered Research Areas under MA Clinical/Counselling.

Note: This degree does not lead to professional registration with the Professional Board for Psychology.  


All students with International qualifications need to apply via our Office for International Education.

Tel: +27 41 504-2161 or



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Mrs Yvonne Smith
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