Department of Industrial Psychology

Industrial Psychology focuses on the optimal development and utilisation of human resources in the work environment. The Department - the first of its kind in South Africa - has developed a tradition of academic excellence and strives to present top quality graduates to all sectors of the South African economy. The Department would like to see its graduates addressing the prevailing business-related people management issues in such a way that they will earn the trust, respect and appreciation of top management.

Professional registration

The BCom (Industrial Psychology) and BComHons (Industrial Psychology) lead to registration as Psychometrist and the MCom (Industrial Psychology) to registration as Industrial Psychologist with the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). The postgraduate programmes in Human Resource Management comply with the regulations of the South African Board of Personnel Practice (SABPP).

Postgraduate programmes

Honours, master's and doctoral studies may follow on the following undergraduate programmes:

  • BCom (Human Resource Management)
  • BCom (Industrial Psychology)
  • BA (Human Resource Management)

The first two programmes resort under the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and the third resorts under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. All three programmes lead to registration in various categories with the SABPP and/or the HPCSA after postgraduate studies and approved practical work (internship).

The honours programmes are presented full-time in English, which include - 

Whilst the master's degree programmes are presented part-time in English. Students on the part-time programmes visit the Stellenbosch Campus for 5 weeks per year. The structured part of the part-time master's degree programmes is presented over a period of one year. Master's programes include - 

Candidates applying for admission to PhD studies should be in possession of a master's degree in Industrial Psychology or in Human Resource Management, with a final mark of at least 65%. Click here for PhD research proposal requirements.

Important application information

Prospective students applying for Honours or Master's studies, must review  this document prior to submitting a formal online application.



Programme Coordinator: Ms Coreli Cillie

Tel: +27 (0)21 808 3005