Overview

Industrial psychologists focus on the behaviour of employees in the workplace to improve the quality of work-life and to optimise productivity. It involves enhancing the relationship between employer and employee. Furthermore, it involves the study of organisational behaviour to benefit both the employee and the organisation. Labour relations is a supportive practice that specialises in the relationship between the management of a company and its workforce. Scholars in this field will have an understanding of labour legislation, human rights and labour practices in South Africa.

Typical tasks include:

  • Selection and placement of members of staff
  • Staff training
  • Job evaluation
  • Motivation and performance evaluations
  • Manage employee and employer relationships
  • Manage organisational behaviour
  • Identify and development talent
  • Research the work environment and its impact on employees
  • Assess employee wellbeing

Core subjects

Industrial Psychology

  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology
  • Occupational Health and Ergonomics
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Career Psychology
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Research Methodology

Labour Relations

  • Introduction to Workplace Relations
  • Diversity Management
  • Workgroup Dynamics
  • Theory and Practice of Labour Relations
  • Management of Labour Relations

Degree options

BCom in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with Labour Relations Management

Degree duration: 3 years, full time 

Offered at: 

  • Potchefstroom [P]
  • Vaal Triangle [V]

BA in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with Labour Relations Management

Degree duration: 3 years, full time 

Offered at: 

  • Potchefstroom [P]
  • Vaal Triangle [V]

BAdmin in Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Degree duration: 3 years, full time 

Offered at: 

  • Mahikeng [M]

BAdmin in Industrial and Organisational Psychology - Extended Programme

Degree duration: 4 years, full time 

Offered at: 

  • Mahikeng [M]

Admission requirements

BCom in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with Labour Relations Management

  • APS: 24
  • Mathematics: Level 3 (40%) or
  • Mathematics Literacy: Level 6 (70%)

BAdmin in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with Labour Relations Management

  • APS: 22

BAdmin in Industrial and Organisational Psychology

  • APS: 21
  • Mathematics: Level 3 (40%) or
  • Mathematics Literacy: Level 4 (50%)

BAdmin in Industrial and Organisational Psychology - Extended programme 

  • APS: 20
  • Mathematics: Level 3 (40%) or
  • Mathematics Literacy: Level 4 (50%)

Professional Accreditation Bodies

 

Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of SA

For more information visit their website:

https://www.siopsa.org.za/

 

 

 

Career opportunities

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution