MA (Psychology) Clinical Psychology

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MA Clinical Psychology – 2023

The Department of Psychology offers the MA (Clinical Psychology) programme, which leads to registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. This full-time programme encompasses the broad spectrum of Clinical Psychology, and is presented in English on the Kingsway Campus in Auckland Park. Due to the demands of this course you will not be able to hold any full time or part time employment.

Following recent restructuring the 2023 programme will consist of one year of coursework and the completion of a minor dissertation. After completing the degree, you may apply for admission to an internship in Clinical Psychology. Following completion of an internship in Clinical Psychology, you also have to do one year of Community Service, as stipulated by the Department of Health.

To gain entrance to the MA (Clinical Psychology) programme, you have to apply online to the University of Johannesburg AND with the Department of Psychology. This means there are two processes in the applications and it is crucial that you do both. Your application will not be processed without these two processes.


Please note you can only apply for either CLINICAL or COUNSELLING – NOT BOTH.



APPLICATIONS OPEN:             1 April 2022

CLOSING DATE:                        6 July @ 12:00pm (midday) – strictly

SELECTION WEEK:                    1 – 5 August 2022



  1. Complete the online UJ application.
  2. Download the Application Guide and the Referee Report (links below).
  3. The Departmental application form will be completed online this year. Once you completed your UJ online application and your UJ online status is “subject to selection process” a link to the online Departmental application will be sent to you via email within 48 hours. Please note the link will not be sent until all online application requirements have been met.
  4. Please note you can only apply for either Clinical or Counselling – NOT BOTH. Please do not make your 1st choice Clinical and 2nd choice Counselling. Your 2nd choice has to be either Research Psychology or with another Department/Faculty.
  5. The closing date is 6 July 2022 at 12:00 (midday).
  6. The following documents must be included with the Online Departmental application :
    1. Completed and signed Departmental Application (done online);
    2. Please upload the following documents with the online application :
      • Certified copy of your academic record and/or progress report indicating marks to date;
      • Proof of Payment.
    3. Please do not password-protect any uploaded documents.
    4. As we receive hundreds of applications, for ease of reference, please label every document as follows: surname, initial, UJ student number, document name e.g.

Surname Initials – 2022111111 – Academic record

Surname Initials – 2022111111 – Proof of payment

  1. Applicants who are still enrolled in an Honours course must provide their provisional results for the first semester (compulsory). Obtained and stamped as an original by the Psychology Department of their university.
  2. TWO referee reports from individuals who are able to comment on your academic and/or professional performance.

Please note: Referee reports must reach the Department of Psychology before 12:00pm (midday) on 6 July 2022. These should be sent by the referees themselves and not the applicant to the address on the referee form.

  1. Compulsory administration fee of R300 (EFT or Direct Bank Deposits only) – non-refundable. This applies to both internal and external students and returning students.


Documents to download:




Further enquiries:

  1. For the online UJ application process, please contact the Student Enrollment Centre on 11-559-4555;
  2. Student Enrollment Centre Online Chat: 
  3. For departmental application queries (only), please contact
  4. Referee reports must be emailed directly by the Referee to


South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

All international students need to have their qualifications evaluated by SAQA, before applying to the University of Johannesburg for any of the programs on postgraduate level.  Please go to for more information.

Note: Admission into the MA (Clinical Psychology) programme is subject to a selection process. See Application Guide for selection process and selection criteria. 

We receive an overwhelming amount of applications each year. As such, some candidates that meet the minimum entry requirements will be declined due to the competitiveness of the course. We also have a limited number of seats to offer in the program. No individual feedback will be given to unsuccessful candidates.

Disclaimer: Should you not follow the UJ application process correctly, we will not be held responsible for incomplete or unprocessed applications.