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South Africa is home to a number of excellent universities, and many international students decide to study here. Our country is known for its diverse population and cultural mix, which makes it a unique location for studying social sciences and conducting research. And there is a reason why South Africa is known for its beautiful, natural landscapes and friendly population – it is true!
The academic year begins in late January/early February, and continues until October/November. Most postgraduate degrees are (slightly) more flexible with their registration dates, but this does depend on the degree and whether it includes coursework or not. There are two long holidays during the year: the June/July holiday that divides the academic year, and the December/January holiday at the end of the academic year. Even though there are 11 official languages in South Africa, if you can speak English relatively well, you will manage without any difficulties. Most universities teach in English, or are bilingual (English-Afrikaans).
In collaboration with Maastricht University, the University of Portsmouth, and the University of Gothenburg, the EAPL is proud to announce new, funded, PhD programs in Europe! Find out more on their website: http://legalpsychology.eu/
The key objective of The House of Legal Psychology is to prepare a new generation of high calibre researchers in Legal Psychology who will obtain cross-European expertise in legal, forensic and security domains. Through its central focus on the psycho-legal domain in Europe, the programme will have a critical carry-over effect for research on issues relevant to the European research agenda, such as criminal networks, human intelligence gathering, preventing miscarriages of justice, analysis of terrorist threats, and the effects of extended punishment. This research is vital as there are a number of misconceptions that need to be addressed. The focus of the PhD projects will be on these research domains (see Application Procedure for specific themes).
The House consists of three consortium members, i.e., Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law and Faculty of Psychological Neuroscience in The Netherlands led by prof.dr. Peter J. van Koppen and prof.dr. Harald Merckelbach, the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom led by prof.dr. Aldert Vrij, and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden led by prof.dr. Pär-Anders Granhag. The consortium is coordinated by Maastricht University, Faculty of Law. The House brings together the three centres of excellence in the European field of Legal Psychology.
Hello fellow job-seekers! You are about to embark on an epic journey through the deep catacombs of the university system. You will encounter friend and foe, experience anticipation and frustration, and generally be a complete mess throughout this endeavor. But, fear not! We are here to help with some useful advice on getting a job in forensic psychology (a.k.a. psychology and law, legal psychology). Be sure to check out all of the articles in this series!
This article features useful information on finding an academic job in forensic psychology in South Africa, and was written by Annelies Vredeveldt.
Working and living in South Africa is fantastic. South Africa has a mild climate, interesting cultures, stunning nature, and plenty of outdoor activities. It is still a developing country, but it is developing fast and the academic level of universities is becoming higher and higher.
A hurdle in finding academic jobs in South Africa is that many jobs are not advertised online. I am not aware of a central online database to look for academic jobs in South Africa, except maybe Careerjet.co.za, which does not seem to include all jobs on offer. You could target specific universities instead (e.g., for the University of Cape Town), but again not all jobs might be listed here. It seems that people typically hear about academic jobs through word of mouth, or through faculty sending out e-mails to their local and international contacts. If you know someone in South Africa that you would be interested in working with, it would probably be best to send them an e-mail to see if they know of any academic jobs going. Requirements and qualifications for academic posts vary widely, so it is best to enquire with the institution advertising the job as to what the requirements are.