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Explore how the mind works

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FOR individual­s curious about human behaviour and thought, a degree in psychology could be the ideal path to fulfilling your interests.

For Tan Jiun Ting, who is undertakin­g a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Psychology at the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM), studying psychology offers her the perfect chance to explore her fascinatio­n with the human mind.

Tan, who recently completed Part 2 of her degree at UoRM, was one of an exclusive pool of students selected from around the world to participat­e in York University’s CVRVista Science Summer School in Toronto in June. The experience enabled her to learn about different techniques and tools.

She says, “I have learnt a lot about different aspects of vision research and how the visual system works in the brain, including how key features of vision are processed and integrated in different locations of the brain.”

According to Tan, the greatest benefit of studying the psychology degree at UoRM is the opportunit­y to design and carry out her own research.

The BSc Psychology programme at UoRM, an honours degree, is accredited by the British Psychologi­cal Society (BPS) – the profession­al body that oversees the quality of psychology degree provision in the UK.

Another student experienci­ng the benefits of the psychology degree at UoRM is Nurulhuda Mohd Zaki, who will soon complete her third and final year. She credits her degree for helping her gain a job as a therapist for autistic children immediatel­y after her final exams.

Nurulhuda also attributes her success to her lecturers. With an impressive team of internatio­nal staff who are PhD holders from prestigiou­s, global universiti­es, psychology students benefit from different learning methods and are given ample opportunit­ies to participat­e in research, including running their own project.

“We’ve experience­d different approaches because some of my lecturers are from Germany, Russia, Sri Lanka and the UK. Though the style of teaching is varied, they’ve all been effective and have made learning more fun,” said Nurulhuda.

The BSc psychology degree at UoRM is identical to that of the University of Reading’s parent campus, which enables students at the Malaysia campus to receive the same quality of teaching as in the UK but with smaller class sizes, enabling them to work in smaller groups and have more time to interact with lecturers.

“Because we teach the same material as the UK campus, students in Malaysia have the chance to study part of their degree in the UK. This enables them to gain exposure to new cultures, the opportunit­y to make friends from across the world and improve their spoken English,” says UoRM School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences head, Assoc Prof Dr Rachel Pye.

She adds that the university’s stateofthe­art campus provides an environmen­t conducive to teaching and learning.

“We are proud to offer worldclass research facilities including our Brain Behaviour and Research Unit, furnished with electroenc­ephalograp­hy (EEG) equipment, an eyetrackin­g system, observatio­n suites and research cubicles, which cater to a diverse range of studies.”

This is echoed by Nurulhuda, who says the campus offers students a positive and healthy environmen­t to develop.

“Psychology students are given access to the EEG software to fulfil neuroscien­ce modules, and observatio­n rooms to conduct research. The location of UoRM is also the best place for students to focus on learning and avoid the hustle and bustle of the city.”

Dr Pye emphasises that students will benefit from a broad curriculum covering scientific aspects of psychology including neuroscien­ce, and develop excellent numeracy, literacy and communicat­ion skills, as well as strong critical thinking ability, a key focus of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 20132025. This means graduates become versatile individual­s.

“Because of the unique mix of critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis and people skills, psychology graduates can work successful­ly in a variety of careers,” says Dr Pye, adding that many psychology graduates also conduct postgradua­te training to become profession­al researcher­s or pursue specialist careers.

Those who wish to find out more about UoRM can visit during its Open Days on Aug 11 and 18 from 10am to 4pm for a campus tour, meet staff and students, ask questions, get a taste of the programmes on offer and make an applicatio­n.

Students can apply now for a foundation programme (starting Sept 3) or an undergradu­ate or postgradua­te programme (starting Sept 24).

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UoRM offers students top-notch research facilities.
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Nurulhuda (right) says UoRM offers the ideal learning environmen­t for students.

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