Midrand Graduate Institute Bachelor of Psychology

Midrand Graduate Institute Bachelor of Psychology

Bachelor of Psychology Degree

Bachelor of Psychology (SAQA ID number 74169)


4 years full-time

Start date

February. Two semesters per academic year: February (1st semester) and July (2nd semester).


Midrand Graduate Institute Bachelor of Psychology, The Bachelor of Psychology qualification is a professional and intensive degree that prepares you for work in the psychological sciences and it offers you a direct route to practise as a registered counsellor.

You will immediately focus on psychology subject areas and you can complete this degree in four years. You will gain substantial theoretical knowledge in the core principles, methods and theories of psychology and human behaviour as well as practical experience in modules such as Counselling, Developmental, Community Psychology and Assessment. The fourth year curriculum has a strong experiential component and you have to complete a research project as well as a work-based practicum.

Midrand Graduate Institute Bachelor of Psychology, Apart from psychology being a fascinating field of study, we believe the success of our BPsych lies in its application based focus that is driven by the needs of the profession, our teaching staff of highly dedicated academics and professionals, state-of-the-art counselling-specific facilities and a learning environment that allows you to develop your counselling skills and professional insights. This blended approach ensures that you graduate with essential work skills such as critical thinking, being innovative and adaptable to change, effective problem solving, collaborating in groups and communicating effectively.

Entry requirements

  • You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) for degree purposes with at least 50% in English.
  • Or if you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to qualify for matric exemption from the Matriculation Board. MGI will assist with your exemption application to the Board for evaluation.
  • And you need at least 25 MGI admission points.
  • You will undergo a selection interview.
  • Students and graduates from other institutions of higher education may transfer to this programme but must meet certain criteria and attend the selection process.

Qualification accreditations

  • Accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
  • Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • Accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Career options

The careers for you, as a Bachelor of Psychology graduate, are varied and include:

  • Working in counselling environments in government, NPOs or business.
  • Academia and research

Qualification structure

Teaching methods and assessment

  • We use a blend of lecture-led learning and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and in your fourth year, Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
  • You are issued with a tablet for learning and research.
  • Our smaller class sizes allows for individualised attention.
  • Our teaching staff is a mix of full-time academics and working professionals to ensure you benefit from quality academic and industry-specific inputs.
  • You have access to campus resource centres, computer labs and WiFi.
  • You have access to psychology facilities like assessment and evaluation centres, one-way glass observation rooms and counselling rooms.
  • You attend lectures, small group sessions, workshops and guest presentations.
  • Throughout the programme, you have to demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding via application-based assessments such as written exams, presentations, case studies, group and individual research projects and assignments.
  • As a fourth-year student, you will need to complete a 720-hour practicum with an industry appropriate organisation.
  • On completion of your degree, you must pass the HPCSA board exam to become a registered counsellor.

Year 1

  • Communication Science 1
  • Computer Skills
  • English Language Studies 1
  • General Psychology 1
  • Political Science 1

Year 2

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental Psychology 2A
  • Developmental Psychology 2B
  • Personalities Theories 2A
  • Personalities Theories 2B
  • Research Methodology
  • English 2 or Political Science 2

Year 3

  • Abnormal Behaviour 3A
  • Abnormal Behaviour 3B
  • Assessment and Evaluation 3
  • Health and Community Psychology
  • Individual Therapy
  • Law for Psychology Students
  • Leadership and Management of Non-profit organisations (NPOs) and Non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research in Social Science
  • Social Psychology

Year 4

  • Progressing from third year to fourth year is not automatic. You must meet the minimum performance requirements and you may need to undergo an interview.
  • Assessment and Evaluation 4
  • Community Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology 4
  • Practicum
  • Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Therapeutic Methods
  • Trauma and Treatment

Midrand Graduate Institute Bachelor of Psychology