The Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology [CM037BUS028] is aligned with the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s scope of practice for the professional training of industrial/organisational psychologists. The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to perform the role of scientist-practitioner.


The programme is aimed at people with an Honours degree in Organisational Psychology or Industrial Psychology. Please note that we do not accept candidates with Honours degrees in any other field of study.

You must have completed at least four years’ worth of Organisational Psychology to be selected for this programme.

To qualify for the programme, applicants should have a minimum average mark of 65% for their honours degree.

Please note that admission is by selection only.


Classes are scheduled from 17h00-19h00‚ three days per week. Coursework assignments‚ research dissertations‚ presentations, and supervisory meetings are scheduled to suit people who work full-time.


This is a one-year‚ full-time programme, which starts in January and ends in December. Both the coursework and the dissertation are completed within the same year of study.


No‚ we do not offer this programme online or part-time.


The programme comprises coursework and a research dissertation. The coursework component consists of the following compulsory modules:

  • Theories of Work
  • Research Methods
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Counselling, Coaching and Consulting
  • Occupational Health Psychology

For the research dissertation‚ students choose a research topic offered by a supervisor in this focus area. The research dissertation is aligned with the Research Methods module and structured so students complete it within one year. The dissertation is limited to 20‚000 words.


The programme is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as contributing to registration as an Industrial Psychologist.

The programme is recognised by the South African Board of People Practices (SABPP) as contributing toward professional training in Human Resource Practice.


Applications must be completed using UCT’s online application portal. Applications open on 1 April and close on 31 October of the year preceding study.

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Please ensure you upload the supporting documentation (official transcripts‚ degree certificates, and SAQA qualification equivalence) when you apply.


Please consult the Fees Handbook for the cost of the programme under the relevant course codes (BUS5033W and BUS5034H). 

Limited financial support is available through scholarships, bursaries, and student loans. Please contact the Postgraduate Funding Office for more information. 

Please note that some scholarships require application by June of the year preceding study. You are advised to apply in June even if you do not know by then whether you have been selected into the programme. International students should note that funding is limited and are advised to apply for sponsorship in their own countries.

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Please contact the programme convener, Zonke Zungu.   

For more information, please refer to the Commerce Postgraduate Handbook.