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Undergraduate Psychology Courses 2024

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Over the past two decades, psychology has become one of the most popular degree topics in the world. It is a fascinating subject that helps us to understand the ways in which our minds, brains, relationships and societies work.

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 behaviours and 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 have the chance to study abroad at our UK campus for a semester or a year, contingent upon achieving satisfactory grades, quota availability, and a successful application. Additionally, several internships are available during the summer break after the first and second years of study. These internships can be university-based, where students work on research projects with top researchers at either the UK or Malaysia campus, with some offering an allowance. Alternatively, students can choose external internships at institutions like assessment and autism centres or NGOs.

Career prospects

A psychology degree equips graduates with a diverse set of skills that are in high demand across various fields of work.

Many of our graduates will go on to choose psychology-related careers – as researchers and educators, 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.

Business-employed research psychologists work on a variety of interesting projects like developing advertising strategies, developing artificial intelligence systems, and evaluating new drugs for mental health treatment.

Recent statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (UK) show that 88% of psychology graduates are employed and/or pursuing further education after graduating.


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?

Undergraduate degrees offered by UNM include Psychology BSc (Hons) and Psychology and Neuroscience BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate psychology courses at UNM include Psychology MRes/MPhil/PhD and Developmental Disorders MSc

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?

Yes, it is. The Malaysian government has established the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and the Malaysian Psychological Association to regulate the profession, ensuring that practitioners adhere to ethical standards of practice. 

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. 


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