Postgraduate Diplomas

 Programs on offer
 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for professional registration as a forensic psychologist.  This is in fact a post-professional Master’s degree program, therein that students must already hold professional registration and licensure as a psychologist to be able to enter this specialty field.  The difference between this Master’s Diploma and a Master’s degree lies therein that the Master’s Diploma does not require a dissertation (research component), while a Master’s degree has a research component to be fulfilled in the form of a dissertation.  Hence, upon application for admission, applicants may wish to enroll for a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, with the understanding that one (1) additional academic year will be added for purposes of dissertation completion.

Forensic psychology is the interaction of the practice or study of psychology and the law. Psychologists interested in this line of applied work may be found working in prisons, jails, rehabilitation centers, police departments, law firms, schools, government agencies, or in private practice, to name a few. They may work directly with attorneys, defendants, offenders, victims, pupils, families, or with patients within the state’s corrections or rehabilitation centers. Other psychologists interested in forensic psychology focus on the study of psychology and the law. They may work in colleges, universities, government agencies, or in other settings interested in researching and examining the interaction of human behavior, criminology, and the legal system.

Psychologists working in forensic psychology often come from a wide variety of education, training, and work experiences. All hold at least a professional master’s degree in psychology. Some of these psychologists also have education or training in the law. Most working in applied settings such as a private practice or prison also hold a license to practice granted from their board of psychology following the successful completion of training years, and passing scores on a series of board examinations. The exception to this is that some governmental agencies are considered exempt settings, which allows unlicensed psychologists to practice with supervision for a period of time.

Psychologists working in applied forensic psychology settings may provide a multitude of services, too many to fully describe here. Generally though, psychologists working in corrections may attend to the mental healthcare needs of inmates including, screening, psychological assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, anger management, crisis management, court-ordered evaluations, or daily inpatient rounds. They may also consult with prison staff, inmate attorneys, advocates, and court systems on a variety of mental health related topics or recommendations garnered as a result of psychological assessment.

Psychologists working directly with attorneys may provide psychological assessment, personality assessment, assessment of mitigating factors, assessment of sexual offenders, competency evaluations, and recommendations for parental custody or visitation, to list just a few. Psychologists working in police departments often provide services for the department employees, such as counseling or crisis management.

Psychologists working in forensic psychology research or academic settings may teach or research on any topic in which psychology and the law interact. The field seems limitless. To name a few popular areas: criminal profiling, crime trends, effective mental health treatment for offenders, effective treatment for substance abusers, techniques for jury selection, impact of divorce, custody, separation, visitation on children. The list goes on.

This is a two-year stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study at Master’s level within the following fields of study:

*     Psychology
*     Psychiatry

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Postgraduate diploma:  minimum of 240 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 8/9 (Master’s level)
Duration: minimum of two (2) academic year’s full time study or four (4) years of part-time study

RULES OF ACCESS TO POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM:
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(a)     Candidates must already hold professional registration and licensure as a Psychologist
or Psychiatrist to be eligible to enroll for this program;
(b)     General Regulation G1 apply mutatis mutansis.
(c)     Faculty of Health Sciences admission criteria (1) to (4) apply mutatis mutandis.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
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Registration as Psychologist or Psychiatrist with the Namibian Health Professions Council.  Students must pass the final licensing examination prior to professional admission to this specialty category of registration.  Students must also complete the prescribed number of practical hours under the supervision of a senior forensic psychologist.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, with compulsory face-to-face contact sessions and practical hours under the supervision of a senior forensic psychologist.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as mental health counselors.  Mental health is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers, and potential resolutions. Accurate assessment of these and other variables is dependent on the practitioner’s capability and can change or evolve as the practitioner acquires greater experience, knowledge, and insight.

Mental Health Counselors are required to create a therapeutic environment, which is characterized by a free yet secure climate that enables the client to open up. The degree to which client feels related to the counselor may well depend on the methods and approaches used by the counselor.
Mental Health Counseling often includes techniques to increase awareness and the capacity for self-observation, change behavior and cognition, and develop insight and empathy.

Desired results may be to enable other choices of thought, feeling or action, and to increase the sense of well-being and to better manage subjective discomfort or distress. Perception of reality is hopefully improved. Grieving might be enhanced producing less long term depression. Counseling can improve medication response where such medication is also needed.  Counseling can be provided on a one-to-one basis, in group therapy, conjointly with couples and with entire families.

Counseling may address specific forms of diagnosable mental illness, or everyday problems in managing or maintaining interpersonal relationships or meeting personal goals. Treatment in families with children can favorably influence a child’s development, lasting for life and into future generations. Better parenting may be an indirect result of therapy or purposefully learned as parenting techniques. Divorces can be prevented, or made far less traumatic. Treatment of everyday problems is more often referred to as counseling (a distinction originally adopted by Carl Rogers) but the term is sometimes used interchangeably with “psychotherapy”. Therapeutic skills can be used in mental health consultation to business and public agencies to improve efficiency and assist with coworkers or clients.

Most forms of counseling use only spoken conversation, though some also use other forms of communication such as the written word, artwork, drama, or narrative story. Counseling occurs within a structured encounter between a trained counselor and client(s). Because sensitive topics are often discussed during counseling, counselors are expected, and legally bound, to respect client or patient confidentiality.
Mental Health Counselors are often trained, certified, and licensed, with a range of different certifications and licensing requirements depending on the jurisdiction.

A Mental Health Counselor may work in private practice, or he/she may be employed by psychologists, psychiatrists, or he/she may work within schools, hospitals, correctional services, et cetera.
This is a two-year stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Humanities (social work)
*     Nursing
*     Education
*     Health Sciences

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Postgraduate diploma:  minimum of 240 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 7; NQA level 7/8
Duration: minimum of two (2) academic year’s full time study or four (4) years of part-time study

RULES OF ACCESS TO POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM:
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(a)     A 4-year professional degree is required, e.g. BS Nursing Science, Education, Psychology, Medical Scientist (4-year program), Dietetics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, et cetera.
(b)     General Regulation G1 apply mutatis mutandis.
(c)     Faculty of Health Sciences admission criteria (1) to (4) apply mutatis mutandis.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
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Registration as a student in Mental Health Counseling is required with the Namibian Health Professions Council;  A minimum number of practical hours under the supervision of a registered senior psychologist is required.  A 1-year internship program may be required by the Namibian Health Professions Council.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, in combination with blocks of compulsory practicum.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a professional career as special needs educationist.  Candidates holding a four (4) year professional qualification in education may enroll for:

*     Postgraduate Diploma Special Needs Education:

This postgraduate diploma program is offered over two (2) years full time study, or four (4) years part-time study;  no research component is required, i.e. the candidate does not have to submit a dissertation towards fulfillment of postgraduate diploma requirements;

*     Master’s Degree Special Needs Education:

This Master’s degree program covers the same content as in (a) above, but candidates have to submit a dissertation towards fulfillment of degree requirements;  the Master’s degree program is therefore offered over three (3) years full time study, or five (5) years part-time study;  completion of a research project (dissertation) is compulsory for the awarding of a Master’s degree.

Special education or special needs education is the education of children/adolescents with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.

Common special needs include challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders.  Children/adolescents with these kinds of special needs are likely to benefit from additional educational services such as different approaches to teaching, use of technology, a specifically adapted teaching area, or resource room.

Intellectual giftedness is a difference in learning and can also benefit from specialized teaching techniques or different educational programs, but the term “special education” is generally used to specifically indicate instruction of children/adolescents whose special needs reduce their ability to learn independently or in an ordinary classroom, and gifted education is handled separately.

In most developed countries, educators are modifying teaching methods and environments so that the maximum number of children are served in general education environments. Special education in developed countries is often regarded less as a “place” and more as “a range of services, available in every school.”  Integration can reduce social stigmas and improve academic achievement for many children/adolescents.

These stand-alone qualifications allow vertical alignment with programs of study at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Psychology
*     Education

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Postgraduate diploma:  minimum of 240 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 7; NQA level 7/8 (master’s diploma level)
Master’s degree:  minimum of 360 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 9 (master’s degree level)

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, with compulsory face-to-face contact sessions and supervised practical hours within a school, educational, or psychological setting.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for professional registration as a psychometrist.  A psychometrist can be employed within any health setting, within the Department of Education, or as a psychometrist employed in private practice by a Psychologist or Psychiatrist.  Psychometrists are in high demand, and can also find employment with private firms having a Human Resources Directorate.

As defined by the British Psychological Society, a psychometric test is an instrument designed to produce a quantitative assessment of some psychological attribute or attributes. Such tests are basically tools for measuring the mind and are frequently used by employers as part of their selection process, to assist them in providing an accurate assessment of whether an individual is able to do the required job and whether the person’s character is suited to the work. A meaning of the word ‘metric’ is measure, and ‘psycho’ means mind.

The two main types of psychometric tests used are aptitude tests and personality questionnaires. Aptitude tests, which include ability and intelligence tests, are designed to assess a person’s abilities in a specific or general area, while personality questionnaires help to build up a profile of an individual’s characteristics and personality. 

In contrast to specific proficiencies or aptitudes, intelligence tests (IQ tests) are a standardized examination devised to measure human intelligence as distinct from attainments.  On the other hand a personality test is, by definition, designed to assess personality characteristics and/or forecast interpersonal difficulties.  This is a two-year stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Humanities
*     Education
*     Health Sciences

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Postgraduate diploma:  minimum of 240 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 6; NQA level 7
Duration: minimum of two (2) academic year’s full time study or four (4) years of part-time study

RULES OF ACCESS TO POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM:
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(a)     Bachelor’s degree with Psychology as major (i.e. Psychology III)
(b)     General Regulation G1 apply mutatis mutandis.
(c)     Faculty of Health Sciences admission criteria (1) to (4) apply mutatis mutandis.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
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Registration as Psychology Student (Psychometrics) with the Namibian Health Professions Council.  Students must pass the final licensing examination prior to professional registration.  Students must also complete the prescribed number of practical hours under the supervision of a senior psychologist.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, with compulsory face-to-face contact sessions and practical hours under the supervision of a senior psychologist.

Total number of credits: 240 Credits at NQF level 7/8

 Any candidate who wishes to enroll for a postgraduate program, must hold a prior qualification within the related field at the preceding NQF exit level, e.g. for Postgraduate Diplomas, a Bachelors degree is required; for a Masters degree, a Honors degree is required; for a PhD, a Masters degree is required.  Applicants should note that a four (4) year professional degree exits at Honors level, and these candidates are entitled to seek admission to a Masters program of study, without holding a stand-alone Honors qualification.

Selection into any of the research programs is based on merit, the preceding program of study and the quality of the research proposal submitted during application.

It is very important to note that candidates will be penalized for poor grammer/spelling within a research proposal.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to have the proposal language edited prior to submission.

 Graduate Programs

 Bachelor of Psychology

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students in basic medical sciences as precursor for postgraduate studies in Psychology.  This is a stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Psychology
*     Health Sciences

The first 2 years of B.MedSci studies comprise of compulsory modules in basic medical sciences.  In the third and fourth years of study, candidates have the option to graduate in the Psychology Stream.

 A candidate who wishes to enroll for the B.MedSci (Psychology stream) degree program within the School of Psychology, must comply with the following admission criteria:

*     A candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
*     A candidate must have obtained at least 25 points according to the APS scale.
*     A candidate must have obtained a minimum symbol D in English at Grade 12 level.

All students admitted to the 1st year of study who have obtained less than a (C) or (3) in the Grade-12 final examination for English, must register for the module Academic English, OR pass the WU English Exemption Benchmark test prior to commencement of the respective academic year (i.e. commencement of the Spring or Fall academic year) as proof of Academic English Proficiency;

All students admitted to the 1st year of study must register for the module Computer Literacy, OR pass the WU Computer Literacy Benchmark test prior to commencement of the respective academic year (i.e. commencement of the Spring or Fall academic year) as proof of Computer Literacy Proficiency;

All students admitted to the 1st year of study must register for the modules Study Methods (STU 101) and Critical Thinking (CRI 102);

The modules Academic English, Computer Literacy, Study Methods, and Critical Thinking, are academic prep modules and therefore not credit bearing towards the B.MedSci program of study;

All assessments within the Kubler Ross School of Psychology are done via online testing.

Credits earned by exam for prep-modules are reflected on the academic record of the student and a student may be exempted from having to re-do these modules in future, should such a student transfer to another program of study at WU;

Prep-modules mentioned above are bearing five (5) credits each, and these modules are offered during a period of block lectures prior to commencement of lectures reflected in the B.MedSci curriculum in order to equip all students and get them on par with their peers prior to commencement of the academic program;

Selection to the B.MedSci program is based on merit, including any aptitude tests that may be required.

Postgraduate Programs

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a specialist in Learning Disorders.  The difference between this Master’s Diploma and a Master’s degree lies therein that the Master’s Diploma does not require a dissertation (research component), while a Master’s degree has a research component to be fulfilled in the form of a dissertation.  Hence, upon application for admission, applicants may wish to enroll for a Master’s degree in, with the understanding that one (1) additional academic year will be added for purposes of dissertation completion.

Learning disorders affect how a person understands, remembers and responds to new information. People with learning disorders may have problems:

*     Listening or paying attention
*     Speaking
*     Reading or writing
*     Doing math

Although learning disorders occur in very young children, they are usually not recognized until the child reaches school age. About one-third of children who have learning disabilities also have ADHD, which makes it hard to focus. Evaluation and testing by a trained professional can help identify a learning disorder.

The next step is special education, which involves helping your child in the areas where he or she needs the most help. Sometimes tutors or speech or language therapists also work with the children. Learning disorders do not go away, but strategies to work around them can make them less of a problem.
This is a stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study completed at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Psychology
*     Health Sciences

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Master’s diploma:  minimum of 240 to 360 credits required by SAQA and NQA
Master’s degree:  minimum of 480 to 520 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 9

SIGNIFICANT RELATIONS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
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Successful completion of the Master’s degree program may lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.  The diploma does not lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format.  Internet connectivity is required, as well as access to a computer.  Students receive online supervision with contact supervision sessions intermittently.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a specialist in Pediatric Disorders, allowing candidates to provide counseling services within the pediatric ward of a health setting, or on out-patient basis at a health clinic.  The difference between this Master’s Diploma and a Master’s degree lies therein that the Master’s Diploma does not require a dissertation (research component), while a Master’s degree has a research component to be fulfilled in the form of a dissertation.

Hence, upon application for admission, applicants may wish to enroll for a Master’s degree in, with the understanding that one (1) additional academic year will be added for purposes of dissertation completion.

Pediatric Disorders include genetic disorders, birth defects first evident at birth (neonatal), as well as pervasive development disorders such as autism.
This is a stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study completed at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Psychology
*     Health Sciences, e.g. Nurses

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Master’s diploma:  minimum of 240 to 360 credits required by SAQA and NQA
Master’s degree:  minimum of 480 to 520 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 9

DURATION
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Master’s degree – minimum of three years (3) academic year’s full time study (taught) or five (5) years of part-time study for the Master’s degree.  The first two years of study is a taught program, followed by one year of research (master’s dissertation).
Master’s diploma – minimum of two years (2) academic year’s full time study (taught) or four (4) years of part-time study for the Master’s diploma, without a research (dissertation) component.

SIGNIFICANT RELATIONS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
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Successful completion of the Master’s degree program may lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.  The diploma does not lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format.  Internet connectivity is required, as well as access to a computer.  Students receive online supervision with contact supervision sessions intermittently.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a specialist in Medical Psychology.  The Master’s Diploma allows the candidate to work as a medical psychological counselor with in- or outpatients in a hospital or primary health care setting.  The Master’s degree program allows the candidate to register as a professional medical psychologist with the respective health board (council).  Medical Psychologists receive similar training as psychiatrists, with the exception that such candidates are not trained as physicians.  The program of study includes subjects such as Pharmacology, Psychopharmacology, diagnosis and treatment in addition to training at hand of the DSM-IV.

The difference between this Master’s Diploma and a Master’s degree lies therein that the Master’s Diploma does not require a dissertation (research component), while a Master’s degree has a research component to be fulfilled in the form of a dissertation.  Hence, upon application for admission, applicants may wish to enroll for a Master’s degree in, with the understanding that one (1) additional academic year will be added for purposes of dissertation completion.  Candidates following either one of the programs must pass the professional board exam prior to registration and licensure.  Medical Psychologists must complete a compulsory intership program under the supervision of a senior medical Psychologist or Psychiatrist.

This is a stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study completed at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     B.MedSci with Psychology III
*     A Health Sciences qualification with Psychology III, e.g. Nurses

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Master’s diploma:  minimum of 240 to 360 credits required by SAQA and NQA
Master’s degree:  minimum of 480 to 520 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 9

DURATION
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Master’s degree – minimum of three years (3) academic year’s full time study (taught) or five (5) years of part-time study for the Master’s degree.  The first two years of study is a taught program, followed by one year of research (master’s dissertation).
Master’s diploma – minimum of two years (2) academic year’s full time study (taught) or four (4) years of part-time study for the Master’s diploma, without a research (dissertation) component.

SIGNIFICANT RELATIONS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
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Successful completion of the Master’s degree program may lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.  The diploma does not lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format.  Internet connectivity is required, as well as access to a computer.  Students receive online supervision with contact supervision sessions intermittently.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as an Educational Psychologist (degree program) or as an Educational Psychological Counselor (diploma program).  Both qualifications are subject to registration and licensure with the Namibian Health Professions Councils.  The Master’s Diploma allows the candidate to work as an Educational Psychologist in educational settings and/or independent private practice, while the diploma candidates are not entitled to independent private practice.  Candidates may enter the program from either a 4 year professional education background with Psychology III, plus an honors degree in Psychology, or from a humanities background with Psychology III (general), plus an honors degree in Psychology.

The program of study deals with normal and abnormal educational psychology settings, i.e. the areas of childhood, adolescence, and young adults and their interaction with their families.  Diagnoses are limited to a mix between the scope of the DSM-IV, emotional, behavioral and learning problems.  Family therapy is also a primary focus, with parenting therapy and counseling as a vehicle to restore the equilibrium of dysfunctional families.  Treatment and intervention focus on individual, group, and family psychotherapy, excluding pharmacological treatment.

The difference between this Master’s Diploma and a Master’s degree lies therein that the Master’s Diploma does not require a dissertation (research component), while a Master’s degree has a research component to be fulfilled in the form of a dissertation.  Hence, upon application for admission, applicants may wish to enroll for a Master’s degree in, with the understanding that one (1) additional academic year will be added for purposes of dissertation completion.  Candidates following either one of the programs must pass the professional board examination prior to registration and licensure.  Educational Psychologists must complete a compulsory internship program under the supervision of a senior Educational Psychologist.

This is a stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study completed at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Four (4) year bachelor’s degree with Psychology III and Honors Psychology
*     A Health Sciences qualification with Psychology III, and Honors Psychology

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Master’s diploma:  minimum of 240 to 360 credits required by SAQA and NQA
Master’s degree:  minimum of 480 to 520 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 9

DURATION
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Master’s degree – minimum of three years (3) academic year’s full time study (taught) or five (5) years of part-time study for the Master’s degree.  The first two years of study is a taught program, followed by one year of research (master’s dissertation).
Master’s diploma – minimum of two years (2) academic year’s full time study (taught) or four (4) years of part-time study for the Master’s diploma, without a research (dissertation) component.

SIGNIFICANT RELATIONS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
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Successful completion of the Master’s degree program may lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.  The diploma does not lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format.  Internet connectivity is required, as well as access to a computer.  Students receive online supervision with contact supervision sessions intermittently.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a Clinical Psychologist (degree program) or a Clinical Psychological Counselor (diploma program).  Both qualifications are subject to registration and licensure with the Namibian Health Professions Councils.  The Master’s Diploma allows the candidate to work as a clinical psychological counselor with in- or outpatients in a hospital or primary health care setting (i.e. mostly mental health settings), but the candidate is not entitled to independent private practice.

The Master’s degree program allows the candidate to register as a professional clinical psychologist with the respective health board (council), and such candidate is entitled to independent private practice.  Clinical Psychologists do not have training in basic medical sciences, such as the Medical Psychologists, and commenced with their studies in a Bachelor’s program of study, with Psychology as the major (i.e. Psychology III). 

The program of study deals with normal and abnormal psychology within the areas of childhood, adolescence, and adults.  Diagnoses are limited to the scope of the DSM-IV.

Treatment and intervention focus on individual, group, and family psychotherapy, excluding pharmacological treatment.  The difference between this Master’s Diploma and a Master’s degree lies therein that the Master’s Diploma does not require a dissertation (research component), while a Master’s degree has a research component to be fulfilled in the form of a dissertation.  Hence, upon application for admission, applicants may wish to enroll for a Master’s degree in, with the understanding that one (1) additional academic year will be added for purposes of dissertation completion.

Candidates following either one of the programs must pass the professional board examination prior to registration and licensure.  Clinical Psychologists must complete a compulsory internship program under the supervision of a senior Clinical Psychologist.

This is a stand-alone qualification, which allows vertical alignment with programs of study completed at honours level within the following fields of study:

*     Four (4) year bachelor’s degree with Psychology III (exit at honors level)
*     A Health Sciences qualification with Psychology III, e.g. nurses (exit at honors level)

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Master’s diploma:  minimum of 240 to 360 credits required by SAQA and NQA
Master’s degree:  minimum of 480 to 520 credits required by SAQA and NQA
SAQA level 8; NQA level 9

DURATION
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Master’s degree – minimum of three years (3) academic year’s full time study (taught) or five (5) years of part-time study for the Master’s degree.  The first two years of study is a taught program, followed by one year of research (master’s dissertation).
Master’s diploma – minimum of two years (2) academic year’s full time study (taught) or four (4) years of part-time study for the Master’s diploma, without a research (dissertation) component.

SIGNIFICANT RELATIONS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
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Successful completion of the Master’s degree program may lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.  The diploma does not lead to admission to doctoral level studies (i.e. PhD) offered at this University.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format.  Internet connectivity is required, as well as access to a computer.  Students receive online supervision with contact supervision sessions intermittently.

 The stipulations of the General Regulations and Rules apply mutatis mutandis.  The PhD in Medical Psychology is focused on specialization within the Medical Psychology/Psychiatry field.  The PhD program of study depends on the candidate’s Masters qualification in Psychology and the PhD research project must base on the prior scientific knowledge gained at Masters level.

This is a research based program of study, and there are no taught modules.  Applicants applying for admission to the PhD program must prepare a research proposal submitted with the application for consideration.  Please contact us via email at research@welwitchiauniversity.com for the outline of the research proposal.  WU may request the applicant to submit his/her Masters dissertation in PDF format for consideration of the PhD program of study.

The mode of instruction of this program is via supervision of a research project and thesis.  The majority of consultations with the supervisor will be conducted via email/internet with intermittent face-to-face contact sessions.

Total number of credits:  960 credits.

 The stipulations of the General Regulations and Rules apply mutatis mutandis.  The PhD in Neuropsychology is focused on specialization within the Neuropsychology.  The PhD program of study depends on the candidate’s Masters qualification in Neuropsychology and the PhD research project must base on the prior scientific knowledge gained at Masters level.  This is a research based program of study, and there are no taught modules.

Applicants applying for admission to the PhD program must prepare a research proposal submitted with the application for consideration.  Please contact us via email at research@welwitchiauniversity.com for the outline of the research proposal.  WU may request the applicant to submit his/her Masters dissertation in PDF format for consideration of the PhD program of study.

The mode of instruction of this program is via supervision of a research project and thesis.  The majority of consultations with the supervisor will be conducted via email/internet with intermittent face-to-face contact sessions.

Total number of credits:  960 credits

 The stipulations of the General Regulations and Rules apply mutatis mutandis.  The PhD in Forensic Psychology is focused on specialization within the Forensic Psychology field.  The PhD program of study depends on the candidate’s Masters qualification in Forensic Psychology and the PhD research project must base on the prior scientific knowledge gained at Masters level.  This is a research based program of study, and there are no taught modules.

Applicants applying for admission to the PhD program must prepare a research proposal submitted with the application for consideration.  Please contact us via email at research@welwitchiauniversity.com for the outline of the research proposal.  WU may request the applicant to submit his/her Masters dissertation in PDF format for consideration of the PhD program of study.

The mode of instruction of this program is via supervision of a research project and thesis.  The majority of consultations with the supervisor will be conducted via email/internet with intermittent face-to-face contact sessions.

Total number of credits:  960 credits

 Any candidate who wishes to enroll for a postgraduate program, must hold a prior qualification within the related field at the preceding NQF exit level, e.g. for Postgraduate Diplomas, a Bachelors degree is required; for a Masters degree, a Honors degree is required; for a PhD, a Masters degree is required.  Applicants should note that a four (4) year professional degree exits at Honors level, and these candidates are entitled to seek admission to a Masters program of study, without holding a stand-alone Honors qualification.

Selection into any of the research programs is based on merit, the preceding program of study and the quality of the research proposal submitted during application.

It is very important to note that candidates will be penalized for poor grammer/spelling within a research proposal.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to have the proposal language edited prior to submission.