The Psychology Department within the University of Cape Town prides itself on a history of producing high-quality and socially relevant psychological research, dating back to its foundation in 1920. It continues this tradition by producing reserach which is published and presented in both national and international journals and conferences.

Research is not something done only by postgraduate students and staff; all undergraduate students participate in reserach and engage in various research oriented assignments as part of their normal coursework, and those students intending to major in psychology are given an extensive education in reserach design and data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.


The department specializes and published in the following fields:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive & Neuropsychology
  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychological Trauma & Clinical Psychology
  • History of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Discursive & Critical Psychology (including the Psychology of Difference and the Psychology of Gender)


The department's research productivity is detailed in the University's Annual Research Reports (click to view):