Honours

Honours

Psychology Honours

The course provides a full-time, in-depth year of study for students interested to pursue careers in clinical, counselling, and research psychology. Entrance into the Honours programme will normally be restricted to students who have a good result in Psychology 3 in their final year of undergraduate study. Students write one compulsory paper in Research Methods and three elective papers (which include aspects of practical work); and do a research project guided by staff interests. The elective paper options on offer in any given year may vary due to staff availability and student interest, and may inter alia include papers in the fields of Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sport Psychology, and Community Psychology. The honours programme does not have the required supervised practicum that would lead to professional registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Registered Counsellor or Psychometrist; however, it does qualify students to apply for professional training Master’s degrees in Clinical and Counselling Psychology.

Organisational Psychology Honours

The course provides a full-time, in-depth year of study for students interested in careers in organisational psychology, human resource management, or research psychology. Entrance into the Honours programme will normally be restricted to students who have a good result in Organisational Psychology 3 in their final year of undergraduate study. All five papers in the Organisational Psychology Honours programme are compulsory; these include Research Methods, Assessment, Career and Personnel Psychology, Occupational Health and Well-being, and Organisational Development. These papers may vary in any given year due to staff availability. Students also do a research project guided by staff interests. The honours programme does not have the required supervised practicum that would lead to professional registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Registered Counsellor or Psychometrist; however, it does qualify students to apply for a professional training Master’s degrees in Organisational Psychology (not currently offered at Rhodes University).

Honours Admission Application Process:

Applicants must complete a University Official Application Form and attach relevant information about their academic record. Application forms can be obtained from the Registrar's Office or online at https://www.ru.ac.za/postgraduategateway/honours/honoursapplication/. Applications can be made electronically, or via completion of application forms, in which case applicants should send the completed application form to the Student Bureau (Academic Administration, Registrar's Division), along with the application fee. The application forms will then be scanned and entered onto the university’s system so that a decision can be made.

The Department will make a provisional decision regarding acceptance once the applications are processed and students will be notified shortly afterwards. This will take the form of "Accepted", "Waitlisted", or "Declined" The department is normally only able to make a final decision once the final mark in Psychology/Organisational Psychology 3 is available. For this reason, most applicants are only finally accepted in mid-December, although we do try to provisionally accept students so that they can be in a better position to plan for the next year. Students who are provisionally accepted and then achieve a mark of below 65% (or below the stipulated mark) for Psychology/Organisational Psychology 3 will lose their places in the programme. In December, the list of accepted students will be finalised and the indications of places offered and applications declined will be updated on the ROSS system. Some students who have performed well enough to be accepted will remain on the waiting list because places on the programme are limited. These students may be offered places in the programme if, for any reason, students on the final accepted list do not accept the offer of a place in the programme. All decisions are reflected on ROSS and prospective students are encouraged to check the system regularly. Please update your responses on the system in good time because a delay in rejecting an offer of a place in the programme negatively impacts those on the waiting list.

Applications close 30 September.

Further information and assistance contact:

Mr Werner Bohmke

Honours Course Co-ordinator
Telephone: 046 603 8508
E-mail: w.r.bohmke@ru.ac.za

Funding

The Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) programme offers four bursaries to black South African students (including people designated as Coloured, Indian and African by the Department of Labour) studying Psychology or Organisational Psychology Honours. The amount of the bursary is R40 000 per annum. Successful applicants are expected to:

  • conduct their research project on a topic specified by the head of the CSSR;
  • ensure that they abide by the agreed upon timeline for the completion of various elements of their research;
  • provide research assistance work to the CSSR over and above the research project they are conducting (6 hours a week an academic year, to a maximum of 27 weeks).

Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending the following to the CSSR on cssradmin@ru.ac.za by 30 September:

  • covering letter specifying why you are interested in the bursary and special skills you bring;
  • copy of your CV;
  • copy of your academic record;
  • proof that you have applied for Psychology or Organisational Psychology;

Successful candidates will be informed by letter; however, the bursary will only be released once the National Research Foundation, which funds the CSSR, has approved the candidates’ nomination as a recipient of the bursary. For more information on the research programme, visit www.ru.ac.za/criticalstudies/

 

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