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Course overview

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes in both humans and other species, and it focuses on individuals, groups, organisations and societies. Cognitive Neuroscience is concerned with the study of the brain and its mechanisms which determine those behaviours and mental processes. This programme is relatively more focused on ideas and research methods in Cognitive Neuroscience than the BSc Psychology programme, and it requires students to choose 40 credits of cognitive neuroscience related modules in their final year of the degree. However, both programmes are largely overlapping and aimed at giving you a good grounding in Psychology. Psychology has a broader application in the wider world with regard to individuals and societies alike, as well as clinical and non-clinical (typical) populations.


Psychology ranges enormously, for example how does a child with barely any knowledge of the world grow into a communicating, skilled and knowledgeable adult? It looks to the latest societal trends, for example understanding the role of social media for individuals and society or looking at how vulnerable and/or clinical populations like autistic individuals function in the changing world. Psychology is a rigorous science and our students develop skills and confidence in analytical thinking, statistics and the evaluation of scientific evidence. Our students learn to comprehend, conduct and present scientific research along with learning how to be an effective communicator and proficient scientific writer.

Why choose this course?

The University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience degree appeals to students for a number of reasons:

  1. Broader applications to real life allows broader career prospects,
  2. High quality degree accredited by the British Psychological Society,
  3. Unparalleled teaching staff, all lecturers have a PhD and are experts in their respective research domains,
  4. Availability of courses, our Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience degree is not offered by any other university in Malaysia,
  5. Programmes provide knowledge and skills in psychology whilst improving professional and soft skills for future employability.


Typical core modules

  • Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Practical Methods in Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analyses 1

Typical optional modules

  • Identifying and Understanding Special Educational Needs
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology
  • Language modules
  • Reading, Film and Television
  • Understanding Learners and Learning

Typical core modules

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

Core Modules

  • Research Project

Typical optional modules

(Students must choose at least 40 credits from modules marked with *)
  • Active Vision*
  • Autism*
  • Bilingualism*
  • Data Visualization with R*
  • Face Perception and Recognition*
  • Neuropsychology A*
  • Neuroscience of Illusions A*
  • Scientific Computing with Matlab*
  • Autobiographical Memory
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychology and Sustainable Society

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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.


BBC+, 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.

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 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects. 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 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects. Previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme.
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation Successful completion of any foundation programme and meeting mathematics requirements.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, applicants must have grade B in mathematics and at least a credit in a science subject at SPM/ GCSE/ IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained similar or equivalent grades at a higher level.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we are also reviewing and accepting grades based on the minimum acceptable (and those who are holding grades with near misses). 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.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


90 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C


CEFR level B2

GCSE O-Level:

grade C / 4

IGCSE (first language):

grade C / 4

IGCSE (second language):

grade B / 6


Band 4.5


grade A2

IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Standard Level):

5 points

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two 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.

Foundation progression options

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 choose 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.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes
  • Field trips
  • Supervision
  • Lab sessions
  • Computer labs

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical write-ups
  • Essay
  • Dissertation


Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for undergraduate courses.

How to apply


Malaysian studentsRM41,100 per year
International studentsRM48,400 per year

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


Many students initially choose our degree programmes to enter a career in Clinical psychology. However, by understanding the broader applications of psychology throughout their course, a range of careers in public and private sectors present opportunities. Graduates undergo careers as researchers or teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary establishments as well as special education institutions around the world. Many of our Alumni have secured scholarships for PhDs straight after graduating, and have become lecturers and researchers at reputed higher education institutions across the globe. Some Alumni have chosen careers in the clinical and counselling sectors, e.g. Clinical Psychologists. Many graduates from Nottingham take the corporate route with institutions such as Google or the BBC in a range of divisions such as media, human resources, data science, marketing and advertising. While some students join professional positions straight after their degree, others choose to pursue further education (e.g. MSc, PhD) before starting their professional career.

The University has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provides students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers or training opportunities.

Throughout your degree, the school offers a range of workshops and training programmes to help students explore different career pathways. Sessions are offered by our Alumni to share their experiences regarding working in different professions along with employers to provide career coaching. Workshops and clinics target specific employment related skills such as CV writing and employability skills.

As a psychology graduate, you can expect to find work in fields from education, engineering, forensic science and healthcare through to industry and sport. Our graduates go on to careers with job titles such as researchers, teachers, practitioners and counsellors. Those Psychology graduates choosing to further their career in research can expect opportunities in both the public and private sector working for companies such as Google, Facebook and Oculus. Some less typical yet potential options in the corporate sector include careers in human resources, marketing, media and advertising.

This content was last updated on 10 July 2024. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.