School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

With over 100 years of experience, we are at the forefront of teaching and research.


The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences can trace its origins to the formation of the Department of Psychology in 1921, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. Our Psychology courses have a long-standing reputation for excellence in experimental psychology which spans 100 years. The School celebrates its centenary this year.

SPCLS Centenary

Psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviour, from how the brain functions to the ways individuals are affected by membership of a group. Explore how you can make a difference to people’s lives with a degree in psychology.


The University of Reading ranks in the Top 150 in the world for psychology according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2022.


The degrees offered in Malaysia mirror those awarded on the UK campus, and the programmes follow the same rigorous curriculum and quality standards, all taught by highly-qualified faculty. Students and parents can be assured that the education they receive in Malaysia is just as good as what they would receive on the UK campus.

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which means upon graduation you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Furthermore, all degrees are accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in the UK, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and carry appropriate recognition by professional bodies.



Our faculty have a wealth of international experience and all are committed to giving students the best possible learning experience.

Dr Chung Kai Li
Assoc. Prof. Dr Chung Kai Li | Head of Psychology
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 focussed on aversive personality traits, particularly three traits 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 colour and texture on health perception in Asian faces.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...

Vashnarekha Kumarasuriar
Vashnarekha Kumarasuriar | Lecturer In Psychology and Psychology Programme Lead
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 Read More...

Shumeta Kaur Sidhu
Dr 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, Read More...

Jasmine Lee Kar Wye
Dr Jasmine Lee Kar Wye | Lecturer in Psychology
Dr Jasmine Lee received her PhD from University of Nottingham in 2023. Her thesis was in the field of face recognition, specifically exploring the cognitive mechanisms (i.e., perception & attention) involved in self-face recognition. She used eye-tracking techniques and behavioral experimental paradigms Read More...

Putri Nurain Shazana
Dr Chong Kai Hao | Lecturer in Psychology
Dr Chong Kai Hao did his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia, specialising in language sciences, social, and educational psychology. His work focuses on examining the sociolinguistic aspects of learning a second language and applying these in a classroom context. Read More...

YiShan Wong
Wong Yi Shan | PhD in Psychology Student
Yishan graduated with BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Nottingham and obtained her MSc in Psychological Medicine from University Putra Malaysia in 2020. Read More...

Jasmine Lee Kar Wye
Juliana Hoo Ju Yun | PhD in Psychology Student
Juliana graduated with an Honours Degree in Psychology from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in 2023. Her current research interests are in cognition and perception, specifically exploring how nature exposure has an impact on cognition and affect.Read More...


Psychology students at University of Reading Malaysia have access to some of the very best equipment available in Malaysia. The stunning modern campus building located in Educity, Iskandar Puteri, is a reflection of the future. The campus houses IT-enabled classrooms, lecture theatre, learning resource centre and student social areas conveniently under one roof. Our Brain Behaviour Research Unit (BBRU) houses an ActiCHamp EEG unit, two Tobii eye-trackers, preferential looking facilities, photographic studio and testing booths for computer-based experiments.


Our staff are active researchers across the various disciplines of psychology, often working with colleagues in the UK and across Malaysia, and supervise PhD students in their area of expertise. Undergraduate students experience real research through participation, placement opportunities, and as researchers themselves in the final year.

Areas of expertise:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Cognition and nutrition
  • Applied social psychology
  • Reading and dyslexia
  • Visual perception


Our staff and students are active both academically and socially. Please click here for the upcoming and past events within the School and beyond.  


Every year our students and staff receive recognition from within the School, the University, and a larger community. Please click here to see the list of recent award recipients


Chung, K., Morshidi, I., Yoong, L., & Thian, K. (2019). The role of the dark tetrad and impulsivity in social media addiction: Findings from Malaysia. Personality and Individual Differences, 143, 62–67.

Tan, K.W., & Stephen I.D. (2018). Skin texture and colour predict perceived health in Asian faces. Evolution and Human Behavior. 39(3): 320-335

Valentini, A., Ricketts, J., Pye, R.E and Houston-Price, C. (2018) Listening while reading promotes word learning from stories. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 10-31. doi: 10.1016/jecp.2017.09.022.


We offer internship opportunities to registered students of psychology, with priority given to students at our partner institutions University of Malaysia Sarawak (UniMAS) and James Cook University Singapore (JCU). These are generally available between June to September, though we will consider applications for other times of the academic year. Interested students should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a one-page CV and a brief explanation of areas of interest and times available. Applicants are encouraged to read our staff profiles before application.



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University of Reading Malaysia
Persiaran Graduan, Kota Ilmu, EduCity, 79200 Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia.

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