What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour, cognition and emotion.

The curricula taught at NWU consist of a fixed composition of modules that focuses on Psychology as major subject. In compiling the curricula, career opportunities and the manpower needs of our country were considered.

These curricula also prepare the students for postgraduate studies in Psychology.

Career Opportunities in Psychology

There are currently five registration categories recognised by the HPCSA.

These are:

  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Research Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Educational Psychology 

The NWU Department of Psychology offers professional training in Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology.

Admission requirements

University admission for undergraduate studies requires the following:

  • APS Score: 22 (BA-degree) and 24 (BSc-degree - Potchefstroom only)
  • BSc programme: Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) and Physical Science level 4 (50-59%)
  • BA programme: Mathematics not compulsory
  • Language requirements: English and/or Afrikaans level 4 (50-59%)

Manner and presentation of qualifications

3 year undergraduate degree

Qualifications available:

  • BSc Physiology and Psychology 
  • BSc Psychology and IT
  • BSc Psychology and Mathematics
  • BA Psychology and Afrikaans and Dutch
  • BA Psychology and Labour Relations
  • BA Psychology and English
  • BA Psychology and Geography and Environmental studies
  • BA Psychology and Setswana
  • BA Psychology and Sociology
  • BA Psychology and Tourism Management


Postgraduate Studies

Mafikeng Campus




Potchefstroom Campus



Research Psychology

Clinical- and Counselling Psychology


Vaal Triangle Campus

Please contact Ms Kgomotso Kibi (016 910 3413) for more information, or view our available postgraduate fields of study.