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 first 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 5.25 (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
The aims of this course are to develop knowledge of the factors influencing human behaviour and experience, and to provide skills for the application of this knowledge to issues in the real world. Graduates will develop core knowledge in psychological theory and research to prepare them for possible entry into an Honours program in psychology.The course provides comprehensive knowledge of such fields as learning, motivation, personality, emotion, development across the lifespan, social and cultural influences, biological influences, and mental health. Also integral to the course is the development of critical thinking and research skills, and an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of researchers and psychology clinicians.

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

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

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 1

Any of the following:

  • SAM with a minimum ATAR of 70.
  • A-Levels with 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).
  • STPM with a minimum of 2 or 3 subjects, with a minimum score of 7 for best 3 subjects
  • UEC with a maximum score of 25 for best 5 subjects and a minimum of 5 Bs
  • CPU with a minimum score of 65%
  • HELP Foundation in Arts/Foundation in Science with a minimum GPA of 5 out of 7 (with credit in Advanced English)

Local Programs have to be MQA-approved. The standard entry requirement of 3 SPM/O-Level Credits (including credits in 1 Math subject & 1 Science subject) still applies to all students. Malaysian students also have to attain a Pass in SPM Bahasa Melayu. 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.
Intake Date:

January, May and August