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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology


Duration:
3 Years
(6 Semesters)

 


Awarded by:
APU, Malaysia


Intakes:
22 Mar 2023 | 20 Jul 2023
21 Sep 2023

 

  

APU-DMU DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME


Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

To know more about APU-DMU Dual Scheme, please click HERE

 


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM• 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0), a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM Level or its equivalent.
A-LEVEL• 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
UEC• 5 Grade B’s in UEC with a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA

• A Diploma and its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 and a Credit in Mathematics and Science/Chemistry/Physics/Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.

• Diploma in Psychology with a minimum CGPA of 2.0.


Note: The credit requirement at SPM level can be waived should the grades obtained at the STPM/STAM/Diploma/Matriculation/Foundation level are equivalent/higher.
 
The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
 
ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

• IELTS : 5.5
• TOEFL IBT : 46
• Pearson (PTE) : 51
• MUET : Band 3

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PROGRAMME OUTLINE

This programme is specifically designed to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of influences on psychological functioning, have an understanding of the core areas of the discipline, and understand how they interrelate.
  • Apply problem-solving, critical, analytical and scientific research skills to resolve complex, applied and unpredictable issues in the different areas of psychology.
  • Perform a range of psychological and/or physiological measurements appropriate to psychology.
  • Display sensitivity, and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in social groups and teams, including working co-operatively and responsibly to make contributions to team objectives.
  • Relate ideas and research findings, both effectively and fluently, by written, oral and visual means.
  • Identify a broad range of information, media and technological applications for psychological research.
  • Demonstrate competence in problem solving and scientific research skills including generating research questions or hypotheses and devising ways of testing these using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Demonstrating leadership in social settings, including communicating an understanding of the role of evidence when making critical judgements about psychological issues and arguments.
  • Revise, organise, and synthesise information critically and monitor own learning.
  • Organise workload and projects to meet objectives and deadlines, and be able to turn ideas into action and plan.
  • Identify professionalism and ethical behaviours in areas of work.

DEGREE LEVEL 1

Students will be equipped with knowledge about the theoretical and conceptual framework of psychology as a discipline. In addition, students will also be given a basic understanding of the practices and applications of psychology generally, and within the context of the mental health industry.

COMMON MODULES

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Trends and Visual Thinking
  • Core Concepts in Communication Theories

SPECIALISED MODULES

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • Social Psychology

DEGREE LEVEL 2

A broader range of skills will be learnt, enabling students to describe systematic knowledge of influences on psychological functioning, an understanding of the core areas of the discipline, and how they interrelate. They will be able to apply problem-solving, critical, analytical and scientific research skills to resolve complex applied and unpredictable issues in the different areas of psychology. They will also demonstrate leadership, professionalism and ethical behaviours in the field. The students will be nurtured to display sensitivity, and to react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in social groups and teams, including working co-operatively, and responsibly to make contributions to team objectives.

COMMON MODULES

  • Social Media
  • Political Communication

SPECIALISED MODULES

  • Psychological Disorders
  • Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

INTERNSHIP (16 WEEKS)

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

Students will make use of their previous studies and industrial experience to decide which areas of Psychology to specialise in for their final year elective modules. The students will be able to critically analyse and monitor their own learning as well as turn ideas into an action plan.

A final year project requires students to take a hands-on approach to different areas in psychology and to apply all the expertise and skills acquired from both the classroom and internship settings to their research project. They will also develop good skills in the use of media and technology for psychological research. The successful completion of the final year project is a testament of the student’s ability to combine psychological knowledge, communication skills, critical thinking and analytical skills to produce a personal achievement portfolio.

COMMON MODULES

  • Investigations Module
  • Project Module

SPECIALISED MODULES

  • Counselling Principles and Philosophy
  • Psychological Testing & Measurement
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology

ELECTIVE MODULES (CHOOSE 2)

  • Health Psychology OR Cyberpsychology
  • Educational Psychology OR Human Factors Psychology

MQA COMPULSORY SUBJECTS*

  • Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Philosophy and Current Issues
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum
(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency.)


CAREER OPTIONS

  • Psychology Research Assistant
  • Academic Tutor
  • Human Resource Executive
  • Talent Management Consultant
  • Life Coach
  • Corporate Training (Soft Skills)
  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation Consultant
  • NGO Executive / Manager
  • Psychology Lab Manager
  • Corporate / Career Consultant
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Headhunter
  • Educator (Primary / High school / International)
  • Market Research Analyst


ADVANTAGE OF APU PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMME

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology looks at the person, the mind and behaviour using scientific methods.

As the modern society places more emphasis on mental health and psychological wellbeing, it is time for you to take up a career in Psychology - you have an opportunity to explore careers in education, social services, human resources, training & consultancy etc.

As a graduate of the APU Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology programme or the APU/DMU dual award Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology programme, you will be equipped with knowledge from technology-infused psychology modules such as cyberpsychology, which will offer you a stronger edge in the modern world, in addition to the more conventional psychology teaching.

The BSc in Psychology programme is specifically designed to provide a solid understanding of psychology and its concepts in the contemporary environment for students to be able to articulate what they have learned as a human scientist. This three-year undergraduate programme will provide a clear understanding of the human mind, behaviour, and different types of personalities. This programme is offered as a Dual degree programme in partnership with De Montfort University (DMU) and is recognised both locally and internationally.


BREAKING THE PSYCHOLOGY BARRIER

“Employment for all psychologists is expected to grow by 14% in the decade from 2016-2026, which is faster than average. ”

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, US

"Insufficient number of psychologists in Malaysia. The counsellor-to-individual ratio is 1:52,000 when the ratio should be 1:500."

- Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Noor Hisham, Director-General of Health Malaysia

"There are not enough clinical psychologists to go around in Malaysia. If someone needs to see a mental health professional, the waiting period can be between eight months and a year.”

- Dr Nur Anuar Abdul Muthalib, 2017, Vice President of Yayasan Hasanah

WHAT IS DISTINCTIVE ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME?

The programme is designed to prepare students for a career in psychology and mental health industry. Students learn about how psychology is evolving through an examination of behaviors and different mental health studies, as well as its impact on society in various areas. The course links both theoretical and practical knowledge that is needed for a graduate to operate effectively in diverse settings.


In Malaysia, mental disorders estimated to be responsible for about 8.6% of total DALYs. National Health Morbidity Survey in 2015 reported the prevalence of mental health problem among adult and children were 29.2% and 12.1% respectively. The prevalence of suicidal attempt was apparently increasing.

- Malaysian Mental Health Statistics


CENTRE FOR PSYCHOLOGY AND WELL-BEING AT APU

The APU Centre for Psychology and Well-Being. contains state-of-the art equipment and facilities to support student learning and research activities. The facilities include the Eye-Tracking Studio, Psychophysiological Studio, Therapy Suites (for both Individual & Group therapy), Psychological Testing and Measurement Studios, Psychology Group Observation Suite (complete with one-way mirror and AV capture equipment), Activity and Discussion Rooms and teaching classrooms.

EYE TRACKER

The use of eye tracking technology in psychological research has been growing in recent years. APU’s Centre for Psychology and Well-Being at is equipped with the latest state-of-art Tobii Eye Tracker, which provides our students a hands-on experience in using the equipment. Eye Tracking applications is related to research involving information processing, such as reading, scene perception, visual searching, music reading, and typing. The basic tenet is that different eye movement measures can inform us about cognitive activities during learning, which are still not easily assessable by individuals. Over the years, eye tracking technology is believed to deepen our understanding of human behaviour and create new frontiers in fields such as psychology and neuroscience, human development, clinical research, and many more.

ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM (EEG)

The Centre is also equipped with an EEG, which provides students the with the essential opportunity to learn about human mental health states, thoughts, and imagination. The use of EEG involves placing conductive electrodes on the scalp which measure the small electrical potentials that arise outside of the head due to neuronal action within the brain.  EEG is widely applied in neuroscience research, clinical research, neuromarketing, and many more. As a method primarily used to record the electrical activity in the brain, the EEG can also be incorporated into research involving eye tracking technology.


USP for APU’s Psychology Programme


COURSE FEES

Malaysian Students

International Students

Year 1: RM 25,400
Year 2: RM 25,800
Year 3: RM 26,800
Total: RM 78,000

Year 1: RM 28,600 (USD 7,240)
Year 2: RM 29,700 (USD 7,520)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,570)
Total: RM 88,200 (USD 22,330)

​* Fees stated here do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

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All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.