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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology



APU-DMU DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME

Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

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This programme is specifically designed to enable students to:

  • Apply problem-solving, critical, analytical, and scientific research skills to resolve complex, applied and unpredictable issues in the different areas of psychology.
  • Perform a range of appropriate psychological measurements using software and technological tools.
  • Relate ideas and research findings, both effectively and fluently, by written, oral and visual means.
  • Identify a broad range of information, media and technological applications for psychological research.
  • Demonstrate leadership in social settings, including understanding and communicating the role of evidence when making critical judgements about psychological issues and arguments.
  • Demonstrate competence in problem solving and scientific research skills including generating research questions or hypotheses and devising ways of testing these using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Malaysian Fees:
Year 1
RM 31, 000.00
Year 2
RM 32, 200.00
Year 3
RM 33, 400.00

International Fees:
Year 1
RM 32, 000.00
Year 2
RM 33, 100.00
Year 3
RM 34, 400.00

Total: Malaysian - RM 96,600 | International - RM 99,500

• 25 Jul 2024
• 24 Sep 2024
• 21 Nov 2024

Degree awarded by APU, Malaysia

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM • 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0), a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM Level or its equivalent.
A-LEVEL • 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
UEC • 5 Grade B’s in UEC with a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
MATRICULATION/
FOUNDATION
• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in Mathematics and Science/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
NoteStudents without a Credit in Mathematics AND/OR a Credit in Biology/ Physics/ Chemistry/ General Science/ Applied Science at SPM/ IGCSE level or equivalent can be admitted but are required to attend special enhancement course(s) as Pre-Requisite. Students must obtain CREDIT in the Mathematics and Science enhancement courses at APU as a Pre-Requisite to related core courses taught in English.
ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA • A Diploma and its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 and a Credit in Mathematics and Science/Chemistry/Physics/Biology, and a Pass in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.

• Diploma in Psychology with a minimum CGPA of 2.0.

Note: Fulfilment of requirements for Credit Transfer is subject to approval by the APU Academic Board.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS • IELTS : 5.5
• TOEFL IBT: 46
• Pearson (PTE) : 51
• MUET: Band 4

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents. 

Note:  The credit requirement at SPM/IGCSE level can be waived should the grades obtained at the STPM/STAM/Diploma/Matriculation/Foundation level are equivalent/higher.

The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

DEGREE LEVEL 1

Students will be equipped with knowledge about the theoretical and conceptual framework of psychology as a discipline. In addition, students will also be given a basic understanding of the practices and applications of psychology generally, and within the context of the mental health industry.

Common Modules
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Trends and Visual Thinking
  • Core Concepts in Communication Theories


Specialised Modules
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • Social Psychology


DEGREE LEVEL 2

A broader range of skills will be learnt, enabling students to describe systematic knowledge of influences on psychological functioning, an understanding of the core areas of the discipline, and how they interrelate. They will be able to apply problem-solving, critical, analytical and scientific research skills to resolve complex applied and unpredictable issues in the different areas of psychology. They will also demonstrate leadership, professionalism and ethical behaviours in the field. The students will be nurtured to display sensitivity, and to react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in social groups and teams, including working co-operatively, and responsibly to make contributions to team objectives.

Common Modules
  • Social Media
  • Political Communication


Specialised Modules
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology


INTERNSHIP (16 WEEKS)

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.


DEGREE LEVEL 3

Students will make use of their previous studies and industrial experience to decide which areas of Psychology to specialise in for their final year elective modules. The students will be able to critically analyse and monitor their own learning as well as turn ideas into an action plan.

A final year project requires students to take a hands-on approach to different areas in psychology and to apply all the expertise and skills acquired from both the classroom and internship settings to their research project. They will also develop good skills in the use of media and technology for psychological research. The successful completion of the final year project is a testament of the student’s ability to combine psychological knowledge, communication skills, critical thinking and analytical skills to produce a personal achievement portfolio.

Common Modules
  • Investigations Module
  • Project Module


Specialised Modules
  • Counselling Principles and Philosophy
  • Psychological Testing & Measurement
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology


Elective Modules (Choose 2)
  • Health Psychology OR Cyberpsychology
  • Educational Psychology OR Human Factors Psychology



MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Philosophy and Current Issues
  • Workplace Professional Skills
  • Integrity and Anti-corruption
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)


Advantage of APU Psychology Programme

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology looks at the person, the mind, thoughts, emotions and behaviour using scientific methods. As our society continues to progress with technology, it is evident that a large percentage of our lives are online - how technology influences our thoughts and behavior, and ultimately how it shapes us as individuals and as a society are key focus areas for human behaviour experts today.

As the modern society places more emphasis on mental health and psychological wellbeing, there is no better time for you to consider a career in psychology. You can explore careers in education, social services, human resources, training & consultancy, social science researcher, counterintelligence analyst, social media threat analyst etc.

As a graduate of the APU Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology programme or the APU/DMU dual award Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology programme, you will be equipped with knowledge from technology-infused psychology modules such as cyberpsychology, which is a scientific inter-disciplinary domain that focuses on the psychological phenomena which emerge because of human interaction with digital technology. Because here at APU we believe that in this digital era, a career in human mental health will require both the human touch like structuring of mental health assessments as well as technological know-how, using modern technology tools for psychology assessments and analysis. This will offer you a stronger edge in the modern and technology-driven world, in addition to the more conventional psychology teaching.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology programme is specifically designed to provide a solid understanding of psychology and its concepts in the contemporary environment for students to be able to articulate what they have learned as a human scientist. This three-year undergraduate programme will provide a clear understanding of the human mind, behaviour, and different types of personalities. This programme is offered as a Dual degree programme in partnership with De Montfort University (DMU) and is recognised both locally and internationally.


PSYCHOLOGY FOR A DIGITAL WORLD


Digital Mental Health Tools

Social media is about sociology and psychology, more than technology
- Brian Solis


Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
- J.G. Ballard





BREAKING THE PSYCHOLOGY BARRIER

“Employment for all psychologists is expected to grow by 14% in the decade from 2016-2026, which is faster than average. ”
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, US



"Insufficient number of psychologists in Malaysia. The counsellor-to-individual ratio is 1:52,000 when the ratio should be 1:500."
- Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Noor Hisham, Director-General of Health Malaysia



"There are not enough clinical psychologists to go around in Malaysia. If someone needs to see a mental health professional, the waiting period can be between eight months and a year.”
- Dr Nur Anuar Abdul Muthalib, 2017, Vice President of Yayasan Hasanah



WHAT IS DISTINCTIVE ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME?

The psychology programme at APU is designed to produce graduates who are ready for a career in the fields of psychology, with the added advantage of having specialized knowledge to accurately identify and utilize technology to aid the field of mental health and enable enhanced understanding of human behaviour. Students learn about how psychology is evolving through practical and theoretical understanding of human behaviour and mental health. The Psychology Centre is also equipped with high tech equipment and software that students have the advantage of using in practical lab sessions.





CENTRE FOR PSYCHOLOGY AND WELL-BEING AT APU

 
 
In Malaysia, mental disorders estimated to be responsible for about 8.6% of total DALYs. National Health Morbidity Survey in 2015 reported the prevalence of mental health problem among adult and children were 29.2% and 12.1% respectively. The prevalence of suicidal attempt was apparently increasing.
- Malaysian Mental Health Statistics
 

 

USP for APU’s Psychology Programme



 

  • Psychology Research Assistant
  • Academician
  • Educator
  • Behavioural Aide
  • Social Science Researcher
  • Counter Intelligence Analyst
  • Social Media Threat Analyst
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Human Resource Executive
  • Talent Management Consultant
  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation Consultant
  • NGO Executive / Manager
  • Psychology Lab Manager
  • Corporate / Career Consultant
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Social Worker