psy·chol·o·gy | \sī-ˈkä-lə-jē

1. The science of mind and behavior

2.a. The mental or behavioral characteristics of an individual or group
    b. The study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity

Psychology comes from the Greek word psychē, meaning “soul” or “mind,” and –logia, which means “study” or “account.”

Welcome to Cognition & Co.

This website was created in order to provide information about studying psychology in South Africa; what it is, what it entails, the routes that can be taken, and what you need to become a psychologist.


“Mental Health is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer

Every year thousands of students around South Africa will apply and register at tertiary institutions in hopes of pursuing a career in psychology and mental health. While this may seem like simple and solid career choice, the path to becoming a psychologist is not as straightforward as one might think. The road is long and mostly uphill; even when you’re going the right direction, you’ll still feel as though you’re lost.

However all is not lost. We have created this network to help those wanting to study, and are already studying, psychology in South Africa.



Cognition & Co strives to create awareness about studying psychology in South Africa and give students an understanding of what it entails, along with the policies, protocols and procedures that shroud the field. Our main goal is to facilitate students in any way we can;

South Africa needs trained individuals working in mental health.


  • The main objective of this current platform is to create an information hub for potential and current psychology students around South Africa. We want to cover every aspect of the process and provide an empirical understanding of the current climate of psychology at a tertiary level.


  • The platform lends itself towards opportunities for networking with other psychology students but also professionals in different psychological fields. We aim to host networking events throughout the year in order to promote the development of students and professionals alike.


  • As part of empowering students through providing information about psychology, Cognition & Co is determined to help seek job opportunities that can enable students to find meaningful work experience in fields related to psychology.


  • We want to help find assistance for those studying psychology that need support of their own. Asking for help is one the first steps towards better mental health and daily functioning.


  • Finally, we aim to promote mental health and wellness in South Africa.


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