Stellenbosch University achieves its vision through sustained transformation and on its journey of discovery through academia in the service of the stakeholders to:

  • Create an academic community in which social justice and equal opportunities will lead to systemic sustainability;
  • Investigate and innovatively implement appropriate and sustainable approaches to the development of Africa;
  • Align our research with a wide-ranging spectrum of challenges facing the world, Africa, our country and the local community;
  • Maintain student-centred and future-oriented learning and teaching that establish a passion for lifelong learning;
  • Invest in the innovative scholarship and creative ability of all its people;
  • Leverage the inherent power of diversity; and
  • Establish and extend synergistic networks in which the University is a dynamic partner.
Summary of relevant work: 

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country.

SU is cementing its reputation as a world-class institution. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. It also features among the world's elite institutions in 10 of the 36 subjects featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. SU was also included in the 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide.​

SU Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology has some of the most productive academic psychologists in South Africa on its staff, several of whom have won prestigious awards and grants for their teaching and research. We are committed to conducting research, teaching, practice, and community service of the highest possible standard. As such, we continually measure our scholarly output against the best in the world. Our staff and students have published in the highest-ranking international academic journals and several former students have taken up positions in prestigious institutions in South Africa and around the world. Our department offers undergraduate modules in psychology, leading to a major in the discipline, and postgraduate training leading to registration as a psychologist. We also offer thesis-based research training leading towards the masters and doctoral degrees. Our teaching and research programmes focus on key psychosocial issues affecting South Africa and the African continent. As such, we are committed to contributing to the social relevance of psychology as a discipline and as a profession in an academically rigorous manner.


Department of Psychology
2024 Floor Wilcox Building
Ryneveld Avenue

+27 (0) 21 808 3442
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