BSc Psychology(N/311/6/0074)(07/2020)(MQA/FA6235)

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 will 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. You will also 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 on real life practices in education, health and industry.

According to the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2019, the Psychology programme at University of Reading is in the top 150 in the world. 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.

Year 1
Core modules include:

  • Biopsychology
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Skills for Psychology

Optional modules include:

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

Year 2
Core modules include:

  • Cognition
  • Perception and Neuroscience
  • Social and Differential Psychology
  • Typical and Atypical Development
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Careers in Psychology (with work placement)
  • Practicum / Industrial Training

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.

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

Dr Rachel
Dr Rachel Pye | Head of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences and Academic Director of Teaching & Learning
Dr Rachel Pye was awarded a PhD in Psychology by the University of Reading in 2008, for her thesis on predicting improvement in reading in dyslexic children. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Reading with Dr Carien van Reekum and Prof Patricia Riddell, before taking a lectureship at the University of Winchester. She returned to the University of Reading in 2014, and took on the role of Director of Teaching and Learning for undergraduate psychology programmes.Read More...

Dr Chung Kai Li
Dr Chung Kai Li | Deputy Head of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences and Psychology Programme Lead
Dr Chung Kai Li joined University of Reading in 2017 after completing her PhD in Psychology from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Kai Li’s main research interests lie in psychopathology and individual differences, where her PhD thesis focused on aversive personality traits, particularly three traits collectively known as the Dark Triad – psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism.Read More...

Dr Marat Zagidullin
Dr Marat Zagidullin | Lecturer in Psychology
Dr Marat Zagidullin comes from an interdisciplinary background with his Master’s degree in English from Bergen University, Norway (1999), and his Doctoral degree from the interdisciplinary PhD programme in social psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA (2009).Read More...

tan kok wei
Dr Tan Kok Wei | Lecturer in Psychology
Dr. Tan Kok Wei obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham in 2016, where he studied the effects of skin condition, specifically its colour and texture, on health perception in Asian faces.Read More...

Vashnarekha Kumarasuriar
Vashnarekha Kumarasuriar | Lecturer In Psychology
Vashnarekha Kumarasuriar graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from University of Queensland, Australia, and obtained her Masters in Counselling from the University of South Australia in 2005. Rekha has more than 15 years of experience teaching Psychology at higher education institutions in Malaysia and Singapore.Read More...

Shumeta Kaur Sidhu
Shumetha Kaur Sidhu | Lecturer in Psychology
Dr Shumetha Sidhu received her PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2020. Her thesis was in the field of human visual perception, specifically investigating the mechanisms of figure-ground segregation of orientation-based texture stimuli. She uses psychophysical paradigms, computational modelling, and eye-tracking techniques in her research to explore early vision in humans. Read More...

Nur Hamizah Hj. Ramli
Nur Hamizah Hj. Ramli | PhD in Psychology Student
Hamizah Ramli, a Bruneian, joined University of Reading Malaysia in 2019 to pursue her PhD in Psychology as soon as after she obtained her Master of Child Psychology from UCSI University, Malaysia.Read More...

anantha krishna sivasubramaniam
Anantha Krishna Sivasubramaniam | PhD student, Psychology Graduate Research Technician
Anand has a BSc In Neuroscience and a MSc Medical Neurosciences. He has a background in the anatomy and sensory transduction of the pain and gustatory system.Read More...

Ling Chih Chong
Ling Chih Chong | PhD student / Sessional Lecturer
Ling obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bangor University (2012), after earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Leeds University, UK. She gained her professional certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2014 and became the first BCBA based in Malaysia.Read More...

International Foundation Programme:

SPM, IGCSE and equivalent holders can enrol onto the Foundation in Business as a pathway to this programme.

STPM/A Levels:


*We also (subject to conditions) accept Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), International Baccalaureate (IB), Australian Matriculation and Exams, Canadian Pre-U and Exams, Internationally Recognised Diploma and Foundation and other relevant qualification accredited and recognised by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Kindly contact us for further details on the entry requirements

English Language Requirement:
Grade B or higher at SPM English 1119/IGCSE English
IELTS: Band 6.5 with no component below 5.5 or equivalent.

University English courses are available for students with English grade below B or IELTS 6.5

3 years

July and September

RM 37,600 per annum

International Students:
RM 45,200 per annum

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.

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