Psychology

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Psychology studies in depth about perception, cognition, attention, emotion, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships.

Knowledge gained from such studies is then applied to various elements of human activity including issues relating to mental health problems, self-help, performance enhancement and many other areas affecting health and daily life.

Pathway

A psychology degree takes 3 years to complete. Most institution which has a psychology program provides training in the broad area of basic psychology with opportunity to study some specialized courses in applied psychology discipline. It prepares students for employment in areas related to psychology and the pursuit of postgraduate studies in a specialized area.During your first year you will be introduced to the core areas of psychology. The second year explores greater depth and the final year allows you to choose from a variety of advanced topics to research on.

Most research project lasts throughout the year and, acting under the supervision of lecturers, you will be expected to take the initiative in designing and carrying out the research yourself, and completing a full research project report.

Subject Focus

SPM

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • MUET

University Level

  • English
  • Computing
  • Physiology
  • Different kinds of psychology and their levels
  • Research Methodology & Statistics
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Communication Skill
  • Practical Methods in Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
Personality Type

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ISA (Investigative, Social, Artistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Clinical psychologists in Malaysia, although few in numbers, have great potential in providing significant services in the treatment of psychologically-related disorders in almost every level of sub-specialities of medicine.

  • Life Coach
  • Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Marketing
  • Institute counsellor
  • Postgraduate studies (Masters; PhD)
Salary

The salary you earn depends on the factors of:

  • Field: Some specializations (like clinical psychology) pay more than others, mainly because of the demand for certain type of psychologists.
  • Private/Government organizations: Government health centers/institutions/agencies pay less because they are regulated by the government compared to private organizations.

In Malaysia, clinical psychologists are paid more because it’s more recognized. They can earn anywhere between RM150 to RM250 an hour.

A reliable field for psychology graduates everywhere remains to be the academic field. However, the job outlook for psychology-related fields is still not very good compared to other more developed countries like the United States or the United Kingdom.

Job Demand

In Malaysia: The Mental Health Advisory Council acknowledges that there is a need for more psychiatrists and psychologists for hospitals and clinics. Currently in Malaysia, the ratio of clinical psychologists in the Ministry of Health (MOH) to the population is quite low. Therefore the opportunities in Malaysia for a psychology graduate is bright.Overseas: Psychologists make decent amount of salary in Malaysia. However there are a lot of job prospects overseas that provide experience and justified salary. Bear in mind that in some countries, like the United States and Canada for example, requires a doctoral degree in order to be a licensed psychologist.

Useful Links

Ministry of Health
Psychology Matters Asia
Malaysia Psychology Centre

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