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The final frontier is not space. It is the human mind.
Psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, is one of the most exciting disciplines of medical science. It encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects including biology, physiology, sociology, anthropology and statistics.

Psychology Degree

Contrary to popular belief, a psychologist doesn’t only work with ‘crazy’ people. Psychologists work in the diverse fields of business, sports, education and health where the emphasis is not on ‘fixing’ something wrong, but instead, enhancing what is right by incorporating evidence-based techniques and interventions to assist individuals reach their true potential.

The IMU Psychology Degree emphasizes learning in small groups for all students to actively engage and learn from the lecturers as well as from one another. Going beyond the scientific theories, students are challenged on the intricacies of actual practice by delving deeper into a topic. It is a process that adds art to the science of psychology.

Our graduates are in great demand with all of them gaining employment within 3 months after graduation, with many securing jobs before they even complete their internship – a testament to the quality of the teaching and learning in the IMU BSc (Hons) Psychology programme.

Key Facts


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology
  • Psychology Degree from Partner Universities


  • February and September

total duration

  • 3 years
    (Degree from IMU)
  • 4 – 5 years
    (Degree from Partner Universities)

Why Study Psychology at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields.

This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s Psychology curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and has been accepted internationally for further specialisation at the graduate level.

Pathway Towards Postgraduate Specialisations in Psychology

Students are well prepared towards specialising in psychology at a graduate level.

The rigorous training builds a strong foundation while the multiple opportunities to apply what was learned strengthens the understanding of theories and concepts and provides a value-added degree for the students.

Personalised Attention from Lecturers

Students are able to get personalised attention from their lecturers due to an emphasis on small group learning.

This enhances the teaching and learning activities for all students.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Learning
  • Personality
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Infancy and Childhood
  • Adolescence and Adulthood
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • MPU Subjects
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Professionalism and Ethical Issues in Psychology
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Neuropsychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Cross-cultural Psychology
  • Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
  • 2 Psychology Selectives
  • 2 General Selectives
  • Experiential Learning Elective
  • Thesis I
  • Thesis II
  • Industrial Attachment
  • 2 Psychology Selectives
  • 2 General Selectives
  • Experiential Learning Elective
  • Counselling Skills
  • Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Educational Psychology 
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality 
  • Addiction and Behaviour
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Family and Relationship Psychology

Note: Students will take 4 Psychology Selectives in fulfillment of their degree

Entry Requirement

Examinations Requirements
A- Levels EE
Australian Matriculation 60% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 70
NCEA Level 3 50% aggregate
Canadian Grade 12/13 50% aggregate in 6 subjects
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjects
Australian University Foundation Programmes 50% aggregate in 4 best subjects or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 70
Indian Pre-University 60% aggregate
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 Studies # cGPA 2.00 or 50%
(Foundation in Science / Foundation in Arts or equivalent)
Degree BSc in related field:
cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in related field – cGPA 2.00
Diploma in Psychology – cGPA 2.00

# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution and foundation in other disciplines are accepted.

Minimum Credit in Mathematics and Science and a pass in English at SPM level. (Not applicable to students from Diploma in Psychology)

Foundation in Science
  • Foundation in Science qualifications from other higher education institutions will be considered on a case by case basis for admission into the local IMU programmes.
  • Students with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into IMU programmes and programmes with selected credit transfer options, upon meeting the entry requirement eligibility. **
    (Please refer to IMU Foundation in Science brochure for more details)
For admissions into the IMU Foundation in Science programme, students will need:
  • Pass SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects. Note: Specific SPM / O-Levels requirements may be needed for admissions into IMU programmes.

English Language Requirement

MUET Band score of 3;  or

(For Malaysian students)

IELTS Overall band score of 5.5;  or
TOEFL (iBT)* Overall score of 46; or
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE)* Overall score of 162; or
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)* Overall score of 162; or
Cambridge Linguaskill* Overall score of 160; or
Pearson Test of English (PTE)* Overall score of 51, or
Credit Transfer IELTS Overall band score of 7.0

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


Please note that achieving the minimum Entry and English requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees (2022)

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
  • 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.
  • All students who are applying for the NHEF loans are required to pay their semester fees in FULL by the due date stated in the invoice.
  • The fees quoted for partner universities are current estimates only
  • Student must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees
  • All tuition and ancillary fees are subject to annual increases, currency exchange rates, and exclusive of levy and bridging fees (if any).
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students are required to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM2,500 AND personal bond (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • * Overseas fees are indicative and subject to annual increase and currency exchange rate. Fees are exclusive of levy and bridging fee.
  • Exchange Rate as of November 2022:
    – Australia A$1 = RM3.10
    – Canada C$1 = RM3.30
    – China RMB1 = RM0.65
    – Ireland €1 = RM4.70
    – New Zealand NZ$1 = RM2.80
    – United Kingdom £1 = RM5.50
    – United States of America US$1 = RM4.50

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Total Duration (years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee (RM) Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology 3 3 6 long semesters 12,200 30,000
3 short semesters 5,600
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle (PS1)
Bachelor of Psychological Sc
2 4 long semesters 12,200 30,000 3 A$40,270
2 short semesters  5,600
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle (PS2)
Bachelor of Psychological Sc
3 3 long semesters  12,200 30,000 3 A$40,270
1 short semester  5,600
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Counselling or BA (Hons) Psychology
4 2 4 long semesters  12,200 30,000 2 4 £18,950
2 short semesters  5,600
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
BSc (Hons) Psychology &  Counselling and MSc Counselling
5 2 4 long semesters  12,200 30,000 3 6 £16,000 (BSc) and £18,950 (MSc)
2 short semesters  5,600

International Student

Total Duration (years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee (RM) Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology 3 3 6 long semesters 12,500 31,000
3 short semesters 6,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle (PS1)
Bachelor of Psychological Sc
2 4 long semesters 12,500 31,000 3 A$40,270
2 short semesters  6,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle (PS2)
Bachelor of Psychological Sc
3 3 long semesters  12,500 31,000 3 A$40,270
1 short semester  6,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Counselling or BA (Hons) Psychology
4 2 4 long semesters  12,500 31,000 2 4 £18,950
2 short semesters  6,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
BSc (Hons) Psychology &  Counselling and MSc Counselling
5 2 4 long semesters  12,500 31,000 3 6 £16,000 (BSc) and £18,950 (MSc)
2 short semesters  6,000

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.

Views from Our Community

Tee Chen Giap

Student, Medicine

The curriculum emphasises on clinical exposure even during the early pre-Clinical phase of training, which eases the integration of pre-clinical students into their clinical phase of training via hospital visits, exposure rotations in various departments and simulated clinical learning. Online resources like Up-To-Date and AMBOSS also complements our learning within the hospital environment, off-campus and on campus sessions as well. Finally, IMU provides various avenues for students to strive to be better versions of themselves via clubs, societies, conferences, competitions and networking opportunities which further enriched my student experience. All in all, I am glad be part of the School of Medicine in IMU and I am excited to see new frontiers IMU will go into for the coming years.

Clara Rinaldi

Student, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Studying psychology in IMU pushes me to think beyond the limits of pursuing a career to a journey of self-discovery. Being an international student, IMU provides a safe-place of teaching that embraces diversity whilst expanding intercultural understanding. Psychology in IMU is not just a university that teaches, but also a university that transforms.

Lee Rulin

Student, BSc (Hons) Psychology

I am so blessed to sign up as a BSc Psychology student. Although the journey in IMU is not a smooth ride, I am really grateful to have a group of dedicated and professional lecturers that are always working hard to provide the best for the students. Other than that, IMU provides a safe, directive and supportive atmosphere for learning. Besides, throughout my journey in IMU, I have seen myself improve tremendously, in terms of classes activities or discussion involvement, understanding about self, etc. Exploring in Psychology field is not just about changing or altering human behaviour or cognitive process, but it also opens up our minds towards mental health issues in the real world and the variety of professions. It makes me look forward to explore the Psychology field further and also motivates me to strive in this field.

Yohanna Veshanya

Student, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Enrolling as a student in the IMU Psychology programme is truly an unforgettable milestone in my life. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to learn from amazing lecturers who are not only highly knowledgeable, but also approachable, and sincerely care for the well-being of their students. The IMU Psychology department has created the right environment for me to enhance my knowledge and skills in Psychology, as well as my personal growth, character-building, and professionalism in my future career. Thanks to IMU, I am now confident in pursuing my passion and profession in the field of Psychology.

Alexius Cheang

Alexius Cheang, Behavioural Psychologist & Lecturer, BSc (Hons) Psychology

The journey of a Psychology student in IMU is a challenging but worthwhile one. Students will be challenged from day one to self-reflect to discover who they want to be in their life. They will be challenged to learn and apply the skills to be the best version of themselves. They will be challenged to develop and unleash the hidden potential within. However, they don’t have to do it alone. They will be guided and supported by a staff of dedicated professionals in the various fields of Psychology and Counselling who bring real world applied experience not only to the classroom, but also to the lives of each and every student. Will YOU take up this challenge and join us?


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?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

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 semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

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

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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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!

A Word from the Programme Director


Lecturer and Programme Director
PhD Soc & Env Psych (UoE, UK), MSc Soc & Org Psych (UOE, UK), Master in Counselling (HELP), Bac Soc Sc (Hons) Psych (UKM)

“IMU’s Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology provides undergraduates with a unique blend of academic knowledge and applied professional skills. A psychology degree from IMU could open doors to many different opportunities! This degree could be a solid foundation for different postgraduate trainings that lead towards professional careers in the psychology field; a holistic programme that equip undergraduates with diverse knowledge and applied skills in the workplace. Taught, supervised, and mentored by a group of experienced psychology educators, our undergraduates in this programme are equipped to graduate with confidence, compassion and competence to stand out in their future careers.”

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