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Professional Masters Programme in Clinical Psychology

The Masters Courses in Clinical Psychology at Rhodes University is a professional training programmes that provides the foundation that will lead to registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. To achieve registration you are required to complete the following components to a satisfactory standard:

  • One year of academic and practical training;
  • A research dissertation;
  • A one year internship at an accredited training site;
  • The national examination set by the Professional Board for Psychology;
  • One year in a community service placement, a government paid post.

Professional training at Rhodes was first offered in 1975 — to a single clinical psychology student — under the direction of Professor Dreyer Kruger. At that time, it was one of only two such programmes offered by English-medium universities. We now train twelve students annually, six in Clinical Psychology and six in Counselling Psychology.

The clinical psychology course coordinator is Professor Lisa Saville Young.

Definition of Clinical Psychology

The shape and form of Clinical Psychology at Rhodes University is influenced by the Scope of Practice of the Profession of Psychology and the Scope of Practice of Clinical Psychologists promulgated in 2011 by the Professional Board of Psychology of the HPCSA, as well as South African literature on clinical psychology training (Ahmed & Pillay, 2004; Kagee, 2006; Pillay & Kritzinger, 2007; Pillay, Ahmed & Bawa, 2013) and recent reviews of mental health services in South Africa (e.g. Lund, Peterson, Kleintjes & Bhana, 2012). In particular, our vision is that the domains of practice of clinical psychology include: assessing, diagnosing and intervening with clients experiencing life challenges, in particular those in psychological distress and/or with forms of  psychopathology; the holistic management of serious mental disorders; applying evidence based psychological interventions to people with psychological or psychiatric conditions; developing practice and research in line with increasing access to humane mental health care which involves recognising the value of short term models of psychotherapy, systemic understandings and interventions, prevention of mental health problems alongside remediation, and a focus on social justice and social betterment as permanent agendas; the promotion of community mental health through less traditional roles such as providing support and training to primary mental health workers, and getting involved in advocacy initiatives, public information campaigns and policy work; and research practices that are locally relevant and directly influence clinical psychology practice. 

Applications for the Clinical Psychology Programme starting in 2021

The application process for the 2021 Programme in Clinical Psychology is now open.

Each year we select six student clinical psychologists.  There is a great deal of competition for these places and applicants are advised to prepare their applications well in advance of the closing date.

The 2020 Clinical Masters Booklet is available to give you a sense of the academic programme.

The closing date for applications is 19 June 2020. No late applications will be considered.

The provisional dates, should you be shortlisted, of the selection week in Makhanda (Grahamstown) will be on 17 to 21 August 2020. However, with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the selection dates and process are subject to change.

This year the application form should be completed online. Please read the Application Letter for the Professional Programme in Clinical Psychology 2021. and complete the initial application form by following the link below.  


Good luck. 

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