ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It has become one of the most important and widely applicable disciplines with its popularity being largely due to the discipline’s authority in unraveling one of the most frequently asked questions in our society, ie., why do people do the things they do?

Psychology encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects including biology, physiology, sociology, anthropology and statistics. Persons trained in psychology can contribute significantly in a variety of settings. For example, in a clinical environment, psychologists work with other medical personnel to study, manage, treat and prevent physical and psychological disorders. In corporate organisations, psychologists are involved with the recruitment, counselling or training of employees. In the area of education, psychologists identify and assist people who need help with learning issues and support teachers in the implementation of learning strategies. A sport psychologist works with athletes to maximise their physical and mental abilities. Regardless of the context in which psychologists work, all psychologists are trained to use principles of psychology to observe, assess, analyse and provide appropriate evidence-based interventions for the needs of our society.

Due to the versatility of the discipline, psychology is fast becoming one of the most sought after subjects among University students in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia. A similar trend is being observed in Southeast Asia as the contributions of psychology to the health, education and corporate sectors become more widely recognised. The small group teaching in IMU along with the individualised attention positively enhances students’ learning. Undergraduate study in psychology at IMU also provides a sound basis for further professional training and research at the MSc or PhD level in psychology. Our graduates have successfully transferred to both local and international universities to further their education in their specialised fields. The psychology programme at IMU provides the important intellectual and applied tools for those considering careers in management, law, education, social work, public relations, and other health-related professions.

KEY FACTS

Degree

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology (IMU)

Psychology Degree from Partner Universities

Commencement

February and September

Total Duration

3 years
(Degree from IMU)

4 – 4½ years
(Degree from Partner Universities)

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EXAMINATIONS
REQUIREMENTS
A-Levels EE
STPM CC
Australian Matriculation 60% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 70
NCEA Level 3 50%
Canadian Grade 12/13 50% aggregate in 6 subjects
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjetcs
Australian University Foundation Programmes 50% aggregate in 4 best subjects or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 70 or GPA 2.00
Indian Pre-University 60%
Ministry of Education Matriculation# cGPA 2.00
International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 points
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.70 (2 science subjects must be AP courses)
Foundation * # cGPA 2.00 or 50% (Foundation in Arts, Foundation In Biosciences, Foundation in Engineering, Foundation in Sciences)
Degree cGPA 2.00
Diploma cGPA 2.00
 Minimum credit in Mathematics and Science and a pass in English at SPM or equivalent level (applicable to MOE Matriculation, Foundation, STPM and Diploma)
^ Students from both Arts and Science streams can apply.
# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution.
* IMU does not accept any foundation in science courses from other colleges/universities for its dentistry programme except for foundation in science by IMU.
Foundation in Science qualification from other colleges/universities will be considered on case by case basis for admission into the Medicine & Pharmacy programme. In addition, it is only applicable for application into the IMU local programmes and not for all credit transfer options. Student with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into the IMU programmes with credit transfer option (except for medicine & dentistry), upon meeting eligibility of the required entry requirement of the intended programme.
Please contact IMU for more details and before embarking on any foundation in science programmes. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, kindly contact 03-2731 7272.

 

English Language Requirement

Applicants are required to have this at the point of entry:

MUET Band score of 3 (for Malaysian students only)*
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 (for Malaysian students)*
Overall band score of 6.0 (for International students)*
Those who opt for overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0.
TOEFL* Overall score of 513 (PBT) / 183 (CBT)/ 65 (iBT)

* ONLY applicable for those who are completing the entire degree in IMU, Malaysia.

  • Students without IELTS or MUET can opt to sit for the Password English Test which is available only in IMU and must obtain the equivalent score required for IELTS. Students who have successfully enrolled using the Password English Test are still required to sit for MUET and (or) IELTS exam within the first year of their studies in IMU. This is ONLY applicable to those who are completing the entire degree in IMU, Malaysia. Please contact Admissions Office for further details or to register for the test.
  • The entry requirements and English requirements are subject to change.

PARTNER UNIVERSITIES

As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in psychology, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia and United Kingdom.

Australia

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United Kingdom

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APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees 79,200 81,900
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students will have to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM1,000 and Medical Health Check fee of RM250 and Visa endorsement fee (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • International students will also be required to pay Student Visa Renewal Administrative fee of RM140/year and Medical Health. Check fee of RM250/year.
  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

PROGRAMME TOTAL DURATION (YEARS) AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (IMU) AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY (PU) GRAND TOTAL (RM)
YEARS TOTAL SEMESTERS TUITION FEE ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY
PER SEMESTER TOTAL YEARS SEMESTERS TUITION FEE PER YEAR TOTAL ($)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology 3 3 6 long semesters 10,600 79,200 - - - - -
3 long semesters 5,200
Credit Transfer to University of NewcastleBachelor of Psychology 3 6 long semesters 10,600 79,200 3 A$25,385 A$38,078 193,433
3 long semesters 5,200
Credit Transfer to University of StrathclydeBSc (Hons) Psychology 4 2 6 long semesters 10,600 52,800 2 4 £15,300 £30,600 218,040
3 long semesters 5,200

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

PROGRAMME TOTAL DURATION (YEARS) AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (IMU) AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY (PU) GRAND TOTAL (RM)
YEARS TOTAL SEMESTERS TUITION FEE ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY
PER SEMESTER TOTAL YEARS SEMESTERS TUITION FEE PER YEAR TOTAL ($)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology 3 3 6 long semesters 10,850 81,900 - - - - -
3 long semesters 5,600
Credit Transfer to University of NewcastleBachelor of Psychology 3 6 long semesters 10,850 81,900 3 A$25,385 A$38,078 196,133
3 long semesters 5,600
Credit Transfer to University of StrathclydeBSc (Hons) Psychology 4 2 6 long semesters 10,850 54,600 2 4 £15,300 £30,600 219,840
3 long semesters 5,600
  • International rates based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.0, €1 ≈ RM4.5, £1 ≈ RM5.4, C$1 ≈ RM3.1, USD1 ≈ RM3.2
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.
  • IMU offers lock-in rate for tuition and ancillary fees to its students. This rate is applicable to semesters in IMU only.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The International Medical University (IMU) has introduced a new scholarship programme for 2015. Scholarships will now be available for most IMU programmes. There will be two types of scholarships available:

1. Full Tuition Fee (100%) for full duration of programme
2. Partial Tuition Fee (50%) for full duration of programme

Scholarships application will be strictly by invitation only upon submission of admission application to a specific programme at IMU.

These scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating outstanding academic excellence, extra curriculum participation and leadership qualities. Scholarship application will be strictly by invitation only upon receiving an offer letter for admission into the specific programme at IMU.

 

Scholarships Available

Programmes
Intake
Full Tuition Fee (100%)
Partial Tuition Fee (50%)
Application Closing Date
Psychology Feb 9 Jan 2015
Sep 21 Aug 2015

Pre-U Grades Required for Scholarship Eligibility

Pre-U Qualification A-LEVELS
Grades
CPU
%
STPM
cGPA
MOE Matrikulasi
cGPA
IB
Points
UEC
Grades
Australian Matriculation
ATAR
Approved FiS
cGPA
IMU FiS
cGPA
Psychology ABB 91 – 100 3.34 – 4.00 3.80 – 4.00 38 – 45 B3 B3 A2 A2 A2 95 – 100 3.80 – 4.00 3.50 – 4.00

How to Apply

  1. Make an online application for the programme of your choice at www.imu.edu.my/slim-oaa.
  2. Upon successful application and meeting the scholarship’s eligibility requirements, student will be invited to apply for the scholarship via email.

Scholarship Details

  1. Scholarships will be awarded with bonding subject to the programme awarded.
  2. All scholarships will only cover the tuition fees and no allowance for living expenses, books and study-related equipment.
  3. The amount will be disbursed on a semester to semester basis
  4. Students are required to maintain the required minimum cGPA of 3.50 per semester in order to continue with the scholarship. Failing which, the scholarship may be discontinued with immediate effect.
  5. Students who withdraw (academic and non-academic reasons) without completing the programme will be required to repay the amount that has been disbursed for the financial award given.
  6. Repeat modules will not be covered and continuation of the financial award will be on a case by case basis.
  7. IMU Scholarship Committee may vary the selection requirements as and when it deems necessary.

Other Scholarships

For more information on other financial aid, please click here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why choose this particular programme?

The IMU Psychology Programme is designed to meet the aforementioned needs. This programme plays a pivotal role in training well-qualified personnel with skills in line with the healthcare needs of the nation. IMU’s psychology graduates are competent in understanding health behaviour from a holistic and evidence-based perspective. Consequently, they will contribute significantly to the promotion of health and prevention of mental health problems in Malaysia.

What is the structure of the programme?

In order to foster the best integration of theory and practice, students are provided with a challenging academic environment as well as opportunities to observe psychology being applied in real-life settings. Supervised practical attachments to various government and non-government organisations such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres and care-homes enable students to further consolidate their understanding and application of psychology. In addition, these attachments will provide students with the invaluable experience of working with various communities. One key distinguishing feature of the IMU psychology programme is the specialisation it offers and the enriching student experience via attachment (a 12-week attachment with industry or NGOs). During this attachment period, no other courses/modules will be offered as the attachment is designed for students to get maximum exposure with supervision from the faculty.

YEAR MODE OF DELIVERY
First year Mainly Teacher-led
Second year Teacher-led + Student-led
Third year Mainly Student-led
What are the aims and key features of the programme?

The programme aims to produce students who are capable of:

  • Understanding the scientific and dynamic interrelationships between mind and behaviour
  • Interpreting theories and concepts from an eclectic perspective
  • Applying psychological principles to real life contexts, particularly in health-related settings
  • Critically evaluating the development, application and revision of empirical data
  • Mastering the process of developing, conducting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating research
  • Conducting themselves ethically and professionally while working with clients, other professionals and the community at large
What are the distinguishing features of the psychology programme?

Focus on Health
As noted previously, the programme focuses on preparing students to work in health-related fields or pursue postgraduate studies in psychology, particularly clinical, health or counselling psychology. Students will then opt for an additional specialisation area in either Counselling Psychology or Industrial / Organisational Psychology.

Evidence-Based Practice
Students will be rigorously trained to embrace an evidence-based practice. Throughout the programme, students will be challenged to critically evaluate existing theories, research methods and findings with the aim to foster decision-making based on facts rather than mere intuition or personal opinions.

Communication Skills Training
Having good verbal and written communication skills is essential for all psychologists. IMU graduates will be competent in oral presentation, written communication and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

Interdisciplinary Culture
Due to the recent changing needs in healthcare, there is a trend towards multidisciplinary management of health. As a medical institution that trains various medical personnel including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other allied health professionals, IMU provides its psychology students with the environment to experience and appreciate the benefits of interdisciplinary practice. Students enrolled in the psychology programme are given ample opportunities to work with students from other disciplines.

Collaborations with International Universities
IMU is forging meaningful links with a number of international universities to enable credit transfer, staff exchanges and collaborative research opportunities.

International Perspective
Psychology staff come from many countries and are therefore able to inject a unique international perspective into their teaching, enabling IMU students to have a global, multicultural outlook.

What are the modules of the programme?
Elective Modules
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Communication
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Infancy and Childhood
  • Biopsychology
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Intelligence
  • Memory
  • Adolescence
  • Personality
  • Adulthood
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics I
  • Statistics II
  • Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Testing
  • Health Psychology
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Learning
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorder
  • History and Trends in Psychology
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychology
  • Thesis I
  • Thesis II
  • Industrial Attachment: 12-week attachment with industry or NGOs
  • Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • Positive Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
Specialised Modules
      (Choose either Option A or B)

Option A: Counselling Psychology

    • Counselling Skills
    • Counselling Practicum 1: Individual Counselling
    • Counselling Practicum 2: Group Counselling

Option B: Industrial & Organisational Psychology

  • Introduction to Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Strategic Staffing and Talent Management
  • Leadership
What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

Students learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials role-plays, debates, discussions, presentations and self-directed learning activities.

TEACHER-LED ACTIVITIES STUDENT-LED ACTIVITIES
Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Tutorials and Labs Role-play, Debates, Discussions, In- class presentations, Health campaigns, In-house conference and E-Lab
Who are the teaching staff?

The multi-cultural staff teaching this programme are specialised in these areas:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through:

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Poster Presentations
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Oral Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Conducting campaigns
  • Essays
  • Dissertations
What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students who come from a system of education in which the medium of instruction is not English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English by making their own arrangements to attend additional English Language classes before entering the IMU.

Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology degree is awarded by IMU. The partner universities will award their respective degrees to students who transfer to their schools.

What sort of jobs/careers can be undertaken with this degree?

The Graduates in Psychology from IMU will be well qualified for professional employment in health management, social research and other human services. They can also pursue further studies towards becoming, for example, a clinical, organisational or forensic psychologist or working in other specialist fields of psychology.

Graduates in psychology from IMU can embark on a wide range of careers. These include:

  • Management training in industry and the public sector
  • Management consultancy
  • Human resources management
  • Journalism
  • Recruitment consultancy
  • Work in the financial sector
  • University administration

A large proportion can go on to postgraduate training, leading to professional careers as psychologists in various specialist areas, such as:

  • Occupational psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Counselling psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
When do I apply for a place in IMU?

You can apply using forecast or actual results

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Interested in applying for one of our programmes?

You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  2. Evidence of English language proficiency
  3. A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.

We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

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“The psychology programme at IMU provides students with a unique combination of academic knowledge and professional skills based on leading international research and best practice to prepare students at an optimal level for their future careers. A psychology degree from IMU is the essential step towards a career in the applied fields of psychology, such as Clinical, Health, Organisational, and Counselling Psychology, or into any one of the diverse range of related career pathways available.”

JANANEZWARY KANAPATHY
Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
BSc (Honors) Psychology (Middlesex University, London), MSc (Health) Psychology (City University, London)

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