Path­way to psy­chol­ogy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - COURSE FOCUS -

A QUAL­I­FI­CA­TION in psy­chol­ogy presents more op­por­tu­ni­ties than just a ca­reer in psy­chol­ogy.

Psy­chol­o­gists study such phe­nom­ena as per­cep­tion, cog­ni­tion, emo­tion, per­son­al­ity, be­hav­iour and in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

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

Psy­chol­ogy grad­u­ates can choose to spe­cialise in the sci­en­tific as­pect and be­come a clin­i­cal psy­chi­a­trist.

Al­ter­na­tively, stu­dents with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy can pur­sue ca­reer op­tions in con­sul­tancy, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, education, busi­ness man­age­ment, so­cial ser­vices, hu­man re­source, re­search, mar­ket­ing and coun­selling.

Its fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing a deep un­der­stand­ing of the hu­man mind and be­hav­iour makes it rel­e­vant to many fields.

There­fore, hav­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in psy­chol­ogy pro­vides one with the av­enue to en­ter a wide va­ri­ety of fields.

“Psy­chol­ogy is an im­por­tant sub­ject be­cause func­tion­ing suc­cess­fully at work and in so­cial sit­u­a­tions de­pends very much on our abil­ity to un­der­stand oth­ers.

“The Govern­ment’s push for hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment has led to the re­al­i­sa­tion that hu­man po­ten­tial can only be max­imised by un­der­stand­ing and em­pow­er­ing its peo­ple,” says Prof Dr Hamzah A. Rah­man, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity of Malaya- Wales ( IUMW).

Stu­dents with Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia ( SPM) qual­i­fi­ca­tions can en­rol in the IUMW Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence ( Hons) in Psy­chol­ogy af­ter com­plet­ing a one- year foun­da­tion pro­gramme.

IUMW of­fers two types of foun­da­tion pro­grammes – Foun­da­tion in Arts and Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence.

The Foun­da­tion in Arts is for stu­dents who wish to pur­sue de­grees in busi­ness, fi­nance, mar­ket­ing and other busi­ness­re­lated dis­ci­plines.

The en­try re­quire­ment is a min­i­mum of five cred­its in SPM, O- Lev­els or equiv­a­lent.

The Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence arms SPM- hold­ers with a strong base in sub­jects re­quired to pur­sue stud­ies in the ar­eas of ac­count­ing, psy­chol­ogy, busi­ness, biotech­nol­ogy, com­puter sci­ence and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

An­other ad­van­tage of do­ing the foun­da­tion at IUMW is the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to stu­dents, in­clud­ing a li­brary that boasts think- tank rooms and elec­tronic re­source as well as a broad­band Wi- Fi en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­grammes al­low them the priv­i­lege of con­duct­ing their prac­ti­cal stud­ies in state- of- theart sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries at the Cen­tre for Foun­da­tion Stud­ies in Sci­ence, Univer­sity of Malaya.

The pro­grammes are ap­proved by the Higher Education Min­istry and are ac­cred­ited by Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ( MQA).

Apart from the core sub­jects for each stream, stu­dents at IUMW are taught study skills and are re­quired to sit for the IUMW English Place­ment Test.

Stu­dents who have com­pleted the foun­da­tion pro­gramme with suit­able grades are able to fur­ther their stud­ies in the Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence ( Hons) Psy­chol­ogy or any of IUMW’s de­gree pro­grammes.

IUMW of­fers a wide range of cour­ses at the foun­da­tion, bach­e­lor’s, mas­ter’s and PhD level to Malaysian and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

De­serv­ing stu­dents who have fi­nan­cial con­straints need not fret as IUMW of­fers schol­ar­ships for foun­da­tion pro­grammes. IUMW also as­sists in ap­ply­ing for study loans pro­vided by PTPTN.

You can visit IUMW Open Day on March 19 at the IUMW cam­pus to find out more about the pro­grammes avail­able.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for the March in­take.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit iumw. edu. my or call 03- 2617 3000.

What do you want to study and what are your ca­reer plans? Es­tab­lish­ing a long- term plan for your ca­reer and the life you want to lead will help you fig­ure out ex­actly what you want to study and where.

This will in turn help you de­ter­mine what kind of schol­ar­ship you re­quire.

Know why you are do­ing this

What is the ba­sis of your ap­pli­ca­tion? It may be your good grades, spe­cial skills in sports or arts,

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.