The Psychology major and minor programmes are open to all matriculated students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who have obtained a minimum grade of ‘C6’ in GCE 'O' level Mathematics or equivalent. IB applicants are eligible if they have taken at least SL Mathematical Studies.
Psychology is the study of brain and behaviour, and covers a diverse range of topics from biological, cognitive, developmental, social and personality, and abnormal psychology, to specialised topics such as emotion and health psychology.
Careers for students who graduate with an Honours degree in Psychology include employment at institutions such as the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Prison Service, and the Singapore Police Force.
Individuals who would like to pursue a career as a Clinical Psychologist would need a postgraduate degree in clinical psychology. The Master of Psychology (Clinical) Programme at NUS is an example of a postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology. Individuals who would like to pursue a career as an Educational (School) or Forensic Psychologist would also need a postgraduate degree in Educational Psychology or Forensic Psychology respectively. Details about these specialisations can be found at the website of the Singapore Psychological Society.
Prospective students who would like to major in Psychology at NUS have to meet the pre-requisites for Psychology and obtain a grade of B- or better for the PL1101E module and a grade of B- or better for the PL2131 module. Students who achieved the minimum B- grades for PL1101E and PL2131 but have chosen to exercise the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option for these two modules will still eligible to declare Psychology as their major.
Prospective students who would like to major in Psychology at NUS are recommended to take the Introduction to Psychology module known as PL1101E in the first semester of their academic year. In PL1101E, students are introduced to the core topics in Psychology which comprise Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, and Abnormal Psychology. Students who would like to major in Psychology are also recommended to take the Research and Statistical Methods I module known as PL2131 in the first or second semester of their first academic year.
A brief synopsis of the "Introduction to Psychology" module (PL1101E) and the "Research and Statistical Methods I" module (PL2131) are on our website. Students who have matriculated at NUS can obtain more information about PL1101E through the NUS Integrated Virtual Learning Environment: IVLE.
Information about the undergraduate Psychology programme at NUS may also be obtained from the student society for Psychology students at NUS: the NUS Psychology Society.
For further information relating to admission issues, please visit the website of the Office of Admissions.