The School of Psychology is consistently ranked amongst the top schools in the United Kingdom and is among the leading centres for research and teaching in the world. Our teaching was rated as ‘excellent’ and many of our staff conduct field-leading research across a wide spectrum of psychological investigation.
Why study psychology?
Psychology is the science of mental processes. It covers the
perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions of people from infancy to old age, ranging in focus from individuals to groups, organisations and societies. It is multidisciplinary, involving biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics and philosophy, and has a vast number of realworld applications. It also provides a gateway to many diverse and well-paid careers. Cognitive neuroscience is a related scientific discipline concerned with the study of the biological substrates underlying cognition, perception and action.
In the School of Psychology some of the research we do is ‘pure’, with the aim of testing and developing theories; and some is ‘applied’, with the aim of understanding how we learn, how accidents happen and what causes mental disorders. Approaches to investigation range from field surveys to laboratory experiments. These include studies that employ the latest brain imaging techniques and eye-tracking facilities. At The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus we offer the following undergraduate degree programmes in psychology.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
How you are taught
Teaching is research-led, meaning that you will benefit from internationally-recognised scientists determining your curriculum and presenting lectures, tutorials, practical classes and seminars. On completion of your course you will have acquired a range of knowledge and skills including the ability to analyse and assess contemporary theories, empirical studies and practical applications.
Your knowledge of specialised areas of contemporary interest within psychology will be developed through your selection of special options and project work. Practical and project work will also develop your problem-solving skills, including the ability to design, conduct and analyse various types of psychological research. Additionally, the course will improve your oral and written communications skills, and your ability to use information technology and information retrieval systems. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including formal exams and coursework.
Study abroad and summer internships
As a student at the Malaysia Campus you will have the opportunity to spend a semester or year abroad at our UK campus (subject to satisfactory grades and successful applications). Additionally, a number of summer internships are available in the vacation between the second and third year. These would allow you to work directly with world-class
researchers on a research project at the UK or Malaysia Campus, with a living allowance provided.
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-related careers – 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.
Graduates of our psychology course in Malaysia 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 mental health disorders.
Are there any scholarships available for students who want to enrol in a psychology degree in Malaysia?
Yes, there are several scholarships offered by the government, private organisations and foundations. You can also apply for financial aid and scholarships offered by UNM. The eligibility criteria and application process vary depending on the scholarship you’re applying for.
What kind of research opportunities are available for psychology students in Malaysia?
At UNM, students have the opportunity to conduct research in the areas of cognitive psychology, social psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical psychology. As part of our psychology course, students are taught about various aspects of conducting research in their first two years of undergraduate study that they apply in their independent research during their final year. Apart from that, monthly research talks and several workshops are organised to promote learning of research techniques. Opportunities to work as research assistant are also available (at the discretion of the researcher).
What are the psychology course requirements in Malaysia?
The admission requirements for a psychology degree in Malaysia vary depending on the university and level of study. However, students are generally expected to have a pre-university qualification to enrol in a degree programme. At UNM, students are required to have a minimum of BBC in their A Levels or STPM in order to enrol.
Students who have completed their high school education and want to take up psychology can consider our Foundation in Science programme which gives a direct pathway to undergraduate degrees in the Science Faculty.
What are the psychology courses offered by the University of Notthingham Malaysia?
Can I pursue postgraduate studies in psychology after completing a Bachelor’s degree in another field?
Yes, it is possible to pursue a postgraduate degree in psychology upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree in another field. However, you may have to take additional courses or subjects in psychology to meet the prerequisite requirements.
Is psychology a regulated profession in Malaysia?
Can I work as a psychologist in Malaysia with a degree from a foreign university?
Yes, it is possible to work as a psychologist in Malaysia with a psychology degree from a foreign university. However, a Master’s degree in psychology in addition to a Bachelor’s degree is required, and the degree must be recognised by the Malaysian Government. The individual must also meet the requirements for professional registration.
What are the different areas of specialisation in psychology?
At UNM psychology course subjects prepare students to specialise in fields such as clinical psychology, counselling psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, forensic psychology and neuropsychology, among others.