Education Pathway to Psychology – Optimising the Human Mind

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    The study of psychology is a fascinating one.

    Being a psychologist is more than giving ‘talk therapy’.

    In fact, the field of psychology is quite diverse itself.

    There are actually more than 20 types of psychologist specialisms!

    So what exactly is psychology and what’s in it for you?

    Read on to find out. 

    Psychology and its Sub-Fields

    There are many fields in the psychology industry for students to explore.

    A psychologist in general studies how the human mind behaves and its impact on our behaviour.

    They treat affected patients through behavioural intervention and psychotherapy. 

    There are sub fields that you can choose to pursue within the industry.

    Among them are:

    Clinical Psychologists prevent and solve psychological distress. They develop treatment plans and perform psychotherapy.

    Counselling Psychologists provide therapeutic treatments that aim to facilitate personal and interpersonal functioning in the presence of others.

    Industrial & Organisational Psychologists focus on the behaviour of employees in the workplace.

    They evaluate to improve a work environment’s performance, communication, safety and professional satisfaction. 

    Educational Psychologists study how people learn and how social, cognitive, emotional and biological factors impact the learning process.

    Professionals in this area identify factors that might interfere with how children learn (e.g. dyslexia or autism).

    Forensic Psychologists work in the areas of criminal investigation and law.

    Psychologists working in criminal courts conduct evaluations of mental competency and perform assessments of offenders.

    Why Study Psychology? 

    Studying psychology enables you to understand how we think and act.

    This is a valuable skillset in the workplace today where communication is key. 

    Psychology graduates not only have career choices in psychology but will find their knowledge appreciated in marketing, banking, communications and management. 

    This field is suitable for you if you possess the following traits: 

    • You are compassionate and able to empathise with others. 
    • The ability to remain patient and understanding.
    • A good listener.
    • Passionate about how the human mind acts and reacts. 

     

    What Does Your Pathway Look Like?

    Depending on the university and its programme structure, students would need to study for at least 3 to 4 years to graduate with a psychology degree. 

    Uni Enrol helps students find a pathway that suits their interests and passion.

    Popular sub-fields in psychology are clinical, counselling, sports and educational.

    If you wish to practice in a certain sub-field, you will need to have a post-graduate degree and that can be in a form of applied or research, which may take 1 to 2 years full time, or 2 to 4 years part-time.

    Minimum Entry Requirements for a Psychology Degree

    To do a psychology degree, it is important to score well in SPM English and science subjects.

    • STPM: Minimum 2Cs 
    • UEC: Minimum 5 Bs
    • A-Level: Minimum 2Cs 
    • Foundation/Diploma in Science: Pass all subjects
    • Canadian Pre-University (CPU): Average of 60% in 6 subjects 
    • AUSMAT/SAM: 5 subjects with minimum ATAR of 60  

    Do note that the above entry requirements serve as a guideline.

    Use Pathway Match to check your eligibility for psychology courses!

     

    Career Prospects and Salary Range

    Find out more about career prospects for psychologists through our Uni Enrol counsellors.

    There is a growing demand for psychology (particularly for the specialised subfields as listed above) to service the many different communities and industries in mental wellbeing issues.

    Psychologist salary in Malaysia:
    Median: RM 49,414 per year
    Salary Range: RM 27,000 to RM 210,000 per year (Source)

    The salary range given indicates the level of experience in one’s career.

     

    Which Private Universities Offer Psychology Courses?

    Here are some of the popular Malaysian universities offering psychology and its estimated fees per year.

    1. HELP University & Colleges

    HELP University & Colleges

    Available courses:

    Estimated tuition fees per year:

    • RM 24,617 – RM 80,727 

    Note: Twinning (1+2 or 2+1) degrees are available from UK and Australian universities. The fee range include twinning programmes.

    2. Taylor’s University

    Available course:

    Estimated tuition fees per year:

    • RM 30,000

    You can read about Taylor’s Psychology course here.

    3. INTI International University & Colleges

    INTI International University & Colleges

    Available course: 

    Estimated tuition fees per year:

    • RM 19,980

     

    4. UCSI University

    UCSI University & Colleges

    Available course: 

    Estimated tuition fees per year: 

    • RM 19,243 – RM 67,753 (include twinning)

    Note: Twinning (1+2 or 2+1) degrees are available from UK and Australian universities. The fee range includes twinning programmes.

    5. University of Nottingham

    Available courses:

    Estimated tuition fees per year:

    • RM 35,700 – RM 38,700

     

    6. Heriot-Watt University


    Available courses:

    Estimated tuition fees per year:

    • RM 34,427

     

    Keep These in Mind

    At present, it is not compulsory to be licensed or registered with a government agency or professional board to practice as a psychologist in Malaysia.

    However, employers and patients are likely to request evidence of your ability to practice so it is important to be accredited or registered as a member with The Malaysian Psychological Association (PSIMA) or The Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP).

    Since 2016, clinical psychologists (they are not medical doctors) are required to register with the Health Ministry under the Allied Health Professions Act. (Source)

    Before signing up, do make sure to check that the degree is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to avoid complications in the future!