University of Nottingham Malaysia

Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience BSc (Hons)


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Qualification: BSc (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM39,900 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM46,900 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

During your first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of biological, cognitive, develop mental and social psychology. As well as theoretical principles, the modules cover the applied aspects of these subjects, for example in clinical, education and engineering settings. You will learn statistical methods of analysis and how to plan, carry out and report on psychological or cognitive neuroscience experiments. You will also have the flexibility to select up to two modules from other schools.

The BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience courses are identical in the first year to give you a good grounding in psychology. It is possible to change between the two degree courses at the end of first year. Both degree courses offer equally good career opportunities. The main difference between the two degrees is that psychology and cognitive neurosciences more focused on biological processes, whereas the psychology course is pure psychology.

In your second year, you will expand your understanding, deal with more advanced theoretical problems, continue training in relevant research methods and be given greater independence in undertaking research. Practical sessions run in a series of five-week group projects and are accompanied by further statistics courses. Psychology and cognitive neuroscience students have specialist practical classes, focusing on neuroscience-based topics, as well as a series of extra lectures focusing on contemporary neuroimaging techniques.

There are opportunities to spend one or two semesters in your second year at our campus in the UK. The final year allows you to choose from a variety of advanced topics. If you are studying for the cognitive neuroscience degree, you will need to take 40 credits of cognitive neuroscience modules and the remaining credits can be any of the other modules on offer. However, psychology students have the flexibility to choose from both psychology and cognitive neuroscience modules.

You are also required to conduct an independent research study during your final year. Acting under the supervision of lecturers, you will be expected to take the initiative in designing and carrying out the research yourself, and completing a full research project report.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements

A Level

BBC in either arts or science subjects, excluding critical thinking and general studies. A levels with a strong academic component will rank higher than those without and Psychology A level is not required

IB Diploma

28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level, including 5 points in mathematics at Standard Level


B+B+B, excluding Pengajian Am


1 A and 4 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

SAM or other Australian Matriculations

ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

77% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements.

Advance Placement (AP)


4,4,3 in relevant subjects. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions 

Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.33 (out of 4) or 75% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions  Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation Successful completion of any foundation programme and meeting the mathematics requirements.

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/High School Diploma or equivalent must have grade B in mathematics and at least a credit in a science subject.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements


6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

GCE A Level English Language and Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language and Literature:

grade C

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)


grade A-
1119 (GCE O): grade B


first language - grade C 
second language - grade B

GCSE O Level

grade C


grade A2

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):  

4 points 

IB English B HL: 

4 points 

IB English B SL:  

5 points 


Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


The Foundation in Science is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Science. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills.  

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as chemistry, ecology, computer programming or psychology.


Year one

Typical core modules

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Practical Methods in Psychology
  • Statistical Methods 1

Typical optional modules

  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Language programmes
  • Linguistics

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Cognitive Psychology 2
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Practical Methods in Psychology 2
  • Practical Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Statistical Methods 2

Year three

Typical core modules

  • Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Active Vision
  • Autism
  • Autobiographical Memory
  • Bilingualism
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Neuropsychology A and B
  • Neuroscience of Illusions A and B
  • Scientific Computing with Matlab


A recent report by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit found that psychology graduates are among the most employable, and least likely to be unemployed, of any degree course. A psychology degree helps prepare graduates for many different types of work, providing an impressive range of skills that make them highly sought after.

Psychologists work in many areas in the public and private sector, from schools and hospitals to management consultancies, high-tech industries and even professional sports teams. Many of our graduates will go on to choose psychology as a career – as researchers and teachers of the subject, or as practitioners in a range of sub-disciplines of psychology, such as clinical and counselling, educational and school, engineering, sports, forensic, health, and industrial/organisational.

Psychology graduates can also progress to a career in research, in either the public sector or the private sector. Research psychologists employed by businesses may work on a wide variety of projects, including creating new ways of targeting advertising campaigns, developing new forms of 3D cinema, and assessing new drugs to treat depression.


School of Psychology
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005  
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