Course Details

HELP University’s Department of Psychology and Flinders University’s School of Psychology jointly offer the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree. This historic joint degree, the fi rst of its kind in Asia, allows students to complete a three-year degree or a four-year honours degree in Malaysia which is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This accreditation allows graduates of this program to apply directly to any Australian or New Zealand university to continue with their PhD or Masters studies.

This program is available for students who have completed their pre-university studies and also for HELP Bachelor of Psychology students. HELP Bachelor of Psychology students are eligible to apply to transfer into Year 2 or Year 3 of this program. Students who obtain a minimum GPA of 5.5 (out of 7) in the third year of the Bachelor of Psychological Science degree will be eligible to enter into Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Course aims
Course aims The aims of the Honours course in psychology are to build on earlier training to provide a broad base in contemporary psychological theory and research, to bring diverse psychology subject areas together by pointing to shared themes, issues, problems and techniques, and to enhance students’ understanding of methodological and data analysis issues.

It aims to better acquaint students with the process of research, to show how Psychology can contribute to understanding and solving real-world problems, and to promote critical or evaluative thinking (e.g., about theory, methods, applications).

For more information on entry requirements, program pathway, subjects listing and to get to know the faculty, please click on download brochure

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) (Flinders-HELP Joint Degree)

The subjects in Year 1 and Year 2 of the Bachelor of Psychological Science program are identical to the subjects in Year 1 and Year 2 of the HELP Bachelor of Psychology program.

The Year 3 subjects of the Bachelor of Psychological Science program are as follows:

Students must complete the following:

Year 1

Core Topics

  • PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 1
  • PSY 112 Introduction to Psychology 2
  • PSY 105 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • PSY 106 Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • PSY 113 Psychology of Personal and Academic Development
  • PSY 110 Career Exploration

Plus

3 MPU Topics* as listed below

Year 2

Core Topics

  • PSY 201 Advanced Quantitative Methods 1
  • PSY 202 Advanced Quantitative Methods 2
  • PSY 205 Social Psychology
  • PSY 207 Human Personality
  • PSY 208 Biopsychology
  • PSY 221 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 222 Learning and Cognition
  • PSY 200 Industrial Training

Elective Topics

Choose two topics from the following:

  • PSY 209 Counselling Skills
  • PSY 210 Conflict Theory and Resolution
  • PSY 211 Human Services
  • PSY 212 Educational Psychology
  • PSY 215 Group Process
  • PSY 216 Exceptional Children: Developmental Disorders
  • PSY 218 Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
  • PSY 219 Understanding Children in a Changing Society
  • PSY 223 Understanding and Managing Emotions
  • PSY 224 Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring
  • PSY 225 Psychology of Reading
  • PSY 226 Psychology and Pop Culture
  • PSY 227 Language and Development

Plus

2 MPU Topics* as listed below

Year 3

Core Topics

  • PSYC 331 Research Methods
  • PSYC 332 Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology
  • PSYC 333 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 334 Psychological Assessment: Basic Principles
  • PSYC 300 Undergraduate Thesis
  • PSYC 337 Interviewing and Counselling

 

Elective Topics

Choose four topics from the following:

  • PSYC 338 Child Development in a Cultural Context
  • PSYC 339 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 340 Atypical Development
  • PSYC 341 Psychology of Work
  • PSYC 342 Human Factors
  • PSYC 343 Introduction to Neuropsychology

MPU Topics*

Year 1

Malaysian students to take:

  • MPU 3123 Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (Islamic and Asian Civilization)
  • MPU 3113 Hubungan Etnik (Ethnic Relations)
  • MPU 3223 Leadership and Life Skills or MPU3213 Bahasa Kebangsaan A** (Malay Language A)

International students to take:

  • MPU 3173 Malaysian Studies 3
  • MPU 3143 Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (Communication in Malay Language)
  • MPU 3223 Leadership and Life Skills

** It is compulsory to take MPU3213 Bahasa Kebangsaan A if a Credit was not obtained for

Bahasa Malaysia in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Malaysian Certificate of Education)

 

Year 2

All students are to take:

  • MPU 3343 Career Pathways in the Field of Behavioural Sciences in Malaysia
  • MPU 3422/MPU 3432 Co-Curriculum

* Mata Pelajaran Umum (General Subjects)

 

Year 4 (Honours Year)
Core Topics

  • Psychology Honours Thesis
  • Research and Practice in Psychology: Part 1
  • Research and Practice in Psychology: Part 2
  • Research and Practice in Psychology: Part 3
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology
Year 1

Any of the following:

  • Completion of SAM with a minimum ATAR of 70.
  • Completion of A Levels
    • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 2 A Level and 2 AS Level subjects, with a minimum score of 7 for best 3 subjects (General paper and first language subjects to be excluded from this calculation).
    • Calculation of score for A Level subjects: A = 5,  B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1
    • Calculation of score for AS Level subjects: A = 2.5, B = 2, C = 1.5, D = 1; E = 0.5
  • Completion of STPM
    • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 2 or 3 subjects, with a minimum score of 7 for best 3 subjects (General paper and first language subjects to be excluded from this calculation).
    • Calculation of score: A or A- = 5,  B+ = 4, B = 3, B- or C+ = 2, C = 1
  • Completion of UEC.
    • Applicants must have completed UEC, with a maximum score of 25 for best 5 subjects (General paper and language studies to be excluded from this calculation). Students must also obtain a minimum of 5Bs.
    • Calculation of score: A1 = 1, A2 = 2, B3 = 3, B4 = 4, B5 = 5, B6 = 6, C7 = 7, C8 = 8
  • Completion of CPU
    • Applicants must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of 6 Grade 12 University (U or 4U) courses or University/College Preparation (U/C or 4M) courses, with a minimum score of 65%. College Preparation (4C) courses are not accepted for this purpose.
    • The minimum score of 65% is calculated by computing the average score of the best six subjects.
  • Completion of HELP Foundation in Arts / Foundation in Science with a minimum GPA of 5 out of 7.
    • In addition, applicants must obtain a score of Credit of better for Advanced English.

And 3 SPM / O-Level credits (all students); with a pass in Bahasa Melayu (for Malaysians only)
** Applicants with equivalent qualifications may submit their certificates and transcripts to be considered for entry.

Year 2

Completion of HELP’s Bachelor of Psychology Year 1 (Pass grade for all subjects)

  • May 05 – Aug 07 intakes: PSY 101-PSY 106, MC100, LLS 101, 2 1st yr electives
  • Jan 08 – Aug 09 intakes: PSY 111, PSY 112, PSY 105, PSY 106, MC100, LLS 101, PMG101, PSY 110a, 3 1st yr electives
  • Jan 10 intake onwardss: PSY 111, PSY 112, PSY 113, PSY 105, PSY 106, MC100, LLS 101, PSY 110a, 3 1st yr electives
Year 3

Completion of HELP’s Bachelor of Psychology Year 1 and Year 2 (Pass grade for all subjects)
For Year 1 subjects, please refer to the subjects listed under “Entry into Year 2” (please refer to the correct intake)
For Year 2 subjects:

  • May 05 – Aug 07 intake: PSY 201-PSY 208, 2 2nd yr psychology electives, 2 2nd yr general electives.
  • Jan 08 – Aug 09 intake: PSY 201-PSY 208, PSY 220, 2 2nd yr psychology electives, 1 2nd yr general elective.
  • Jan 10 intake onwards: PSY 201, PSY 202, PSY 205, PSY 207, PSY 208, PSY 221, PSY 222, PSY 220, 3 2nd yr psychology electives, 1 2nd yr general elective.
Year 4

Entry into the 4th year of the program is not automatic and is contingent on students obtaining a grade point average of 5.25/7 in their 3rd year module

Intake Date:

January, May and August

Malaysian
International