Pathway to psychology
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.
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