School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

With over 90 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 nearly 100 years. 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.


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 Rachel
Assoc. Prof. Dr Rachel Pye | Head of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences and Academic Director of Teaching & Learning
Assoc. Prof. 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...


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


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
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