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Study Guide: Psychology in Malaysia

Do you think one needs to be in good physical and mental health in order to be truly healthy? Do you have knowledge of or a desire to learn more about mental illness? Have you always wished that your chosen career would allow you to help others? If so, psychology might be a good option for you to consider.

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists are actively involved in the study and understanding of mental processes, brain functions, and behaviour. A psychology course entails studying human behaviour, looking into how people think, learn, and develop emotionally and socially. They employ a variety of approaches to perform study on huge groups, specific populations, and individuals. Controlling lab research, assessing clients on-site, or evaluating school assessments for learning difficulties are all part of psychology. It also dives into issues such as assisting persons suffering from trauma, mental problems, or substance abuse.

Psychology is a vast field that includes a variety of industries and applications. It can be challenging for students to decide amongst the different psychology fields and courses available. The major branches of psychology are listed below.

Branches of Psychology

Addiction Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Educational Psychology

Media Psychology

Counselling Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Entry Requirements to Study Psychology

These are the general entry requirements to pursue a psychology degree.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.​​

requirements

SPM/O-Level

  • A pass with minimum 5 credits including Mathematics and Science and a pass in English (applicable to STPM/Government Matriculation and Pre-U programmes)

  • A pass with minimum 3 credits including Mathematics and Science and a pass in English (applicable to diploma qualification)

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Pathway to Study Psychology

This is the general pathway to study psychology after completing your SPM or IGCSE.

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Step 1: Complete STPM/UEC/Pre-university programme for 1-2 years. You can also opt to be enrolled in Diploma in Psychology for 2.5 years.

Step 2: Once you graduate with a diploma, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Step 3: If you want to pursue a psychology degree, enrol in a 3-year degree programme.

Step 4: Once you've completed your degree, pursue a Master of Psychology to be a psychologist

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Subjects in Psychology Degree

Psychology courses in Malaysia adhere to professional standards. This is essential if you wish to work as a chartered psychologist in the field of psychology. Scientific research and/or applied psychology might be the focus of courses. Depending on your field of study, the subjects you encounter will differ.

  • Intercultural Communication

  • Trends and Visual Thinking

  • Principles of Public Relations

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Ethics in Psychology

  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Managing Creativity & Innovation

  • Psychological Disorders

  • Biological Psychology

  • ​Personality Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Counselling Principles and Philosophy

  • Psychological Testing & Measurement

  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology

  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology

  • Health Psychology 

  • Cyberpsychology

  • Educational Psychology

  • Human Factors Psychology

Job Prospects with A Psychology Degree

In Malaysia, you can discover a variety of psychological employment, as well as counselling positions. Salaries and prospects for future employment growth are determined by your psychology degree and specialisation. Keep in mind that some of these jobs demand at least a Master's degree in Psychology, and many require a doctorate.

  • Clinical psychologist

  • Industrial-Organisational psychologist

  • Counselling psychologist

  • School psychologist

  • Forensic psychologist

  • Health psychologist

  • Sport and exercise psychologist

  • Life coach

  • Market researcher

  • Psychotherapist

Universities to Study Psychology

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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Intake: September
Annual Fees: RM41,100
Duration: 3 years

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Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Intakes: January, March & August
Annual Fees: RM95,306
Duration: 3 years

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SEGI University

BSc (Hons) Psychology (3+0)

Intake: N/A
Annual Fees: N/A
Duration: N/A

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HELP University

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Intakes: January, May & August
Annual Fees: RM74,400
Duration: 3 years

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Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Intake: September
Annual Fees: RM35,000
Duration: 3 years

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Monash University Malaysia

Bachelor of Psychology

Intakes: February, July & October
Annual Fees: RM39,000
Duration: 3 years

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