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BSc PSYCHOLOGY

Fascinated by the human mind? This course will give you the opportunity to explore the human brain and how it interacts with the environment around us to determine our behaviour.

Understanding people and their behaviour is a complex matter; but once you do, it can be highly rewarding.

At the University of Reading Malaysia, we study psychology at many levels – from how the brain functions to the ways that individuals are affected by membership of a group. Learning from internationally regarded experts, you’ll be introduced to the latest evidence relating to a wide range of topics in the field of psychology, gaining a solid grounding in all the core areas of the discipline. And you will undertake work placements and applied projects that encourage you to link the topics you are studying to the issues experienced in ‘real world’ settings.

Throughout the programme, you will be made aware of current research – its concepts, methods, findings and unresolved issues – and you will learn both how to evaluate others’ research and how to carry it out yourself.

In your final year, you will be able to tailor the course to your own areas of interest and career ambitions. You will study the latest research evidence relating to a selection of topics from psychology and neuroscience in depth. You will carry out an original research project that will add to current knowledge in that field and discover how psychological research can impact real life practices in education, health and industry.

The psychology programme at the University of Reading Malaysia is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the professional body that oversees the quality of psychology degree provision in the UK. This accreditation gives our graduates eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership, and through this access to postgraduate training courses in UK and elsewhere.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules include:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Skills for Psychology

Optional modules include:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology at Work (with work placement)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Debates in Psychology

Year 2
Core modules include:

  • Cognition
  • Neuroscience
  • Personality and Social Psychology
  • Typical and Atypical Development
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Careers in Psychology

Year 3
Core modules include:

  • Project (original research project)
  • Contemporary and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Public Engagement in Psychology
  • A choice of 5 optional modules from a list of specialist topics in staff research areas

Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Please note that all undergraduate degrees from the University of Reading in the UK and in Malaysia are Honours Degrees.

COURSE TESTIMONIES

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - Bsc Psychology

Seok Hui Tan

Having had a particular interest in Literature since my A levels, I was initially planning to read Literature and Linguistics at university. But when I started looking at the subjects available to study, I decided that Psychology and Linguistics would be both more interesting and more practical, and I decided that the University of Reading was the best place to take this course.

I found it really stimulating to have to think about alternative explanations for the results of Psychology experiments. Like any young student of Psychology, I found the courses on Clinical and Abnormal Psychology particularly interesting. But even more fascinating were the courses relating to Cognitive Psychology. My interests in all things language-related lead me to pursue a PhD on infant word learning in the Department of Psychology after I completed my undergraduate degree. This eventually led me to academic research into bilingual language acquisition. I had really enjoyed Linguistics at University – especially a module on Second Language Acquisition, which overlapped with my own interests in simultaneous second language acquisition (which involves learning two languages from an early age). I was able to explore this topic further when I joined the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a full-time academic member of staff.

My background in psychology and linguistics has allowed me to teach a range of courses for the Masters of Speech & Language Pathology at NUS and to supervise research dissertations on aspects of language acquisition in the Singaporean context, which has been a fulfilling and enriching experience.

FACT FILE

Course approval number
N/311/6/0074

Entry requirements
A Level: AAB+ - BBB
STPM: AAB+ - BBB
UEC: 14 points from 5 subjects excluding Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese Language and Bookkeeping & Accounts

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall

OR an equivalent international qualification
IELTS Band 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for those whose education has not been undertaken in English.

Duration
3 years full-time

Intake dates
September

Fee:
Home Fees – RM per annum
2016/17: 36,900

International Fees – RM per annum
2016/17: 42,435

CAREER PROSPECTS

Our Psychology graduates typically enter a wide range of careers, including:

  • Clinical psychology and counselling
  • Education, health promotion and caring professions
  • Advertising, media, marketing and sales
  • Human resources, management and organisational psychology