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International :31 Mar 

BA Psychology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
17100 SGD
National
8050 SGD

Application fee

International 20 SGD
National 20 SGD
Department
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
SAT (avg)1225
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

The objective of the Psychology major is to provide students with a basic academic grounding in Psychology. Topics include human development, social and cognitive processes, mental health and adjustment of individuals, and the applications of psychology.

The objective of the Honours degree in Psychology is to provide the additional academic breadth and depth of coverage needed as the foundation for further research, applied or professional degrees, or for supervised employment or training in psychology. It also aims to provide training in thinking and analytical skills, and content useful to honours graduates in general, whether or not they intend to pursue psychology-related careers.

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Eligibility Criteria

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. Prospective students who would like to major in Psychology at NUS must meet the prerequisites for Psychology and obtain a grade of B- or better for the PL1101E Introduction to Psychology and a grade of B- or better for the PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I modules. 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.

The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.

Please note that only IELTS and/or TOEFL scores obtained in the two years leading up to 1 March of the year of application will be considered. For instance, for applications closing on 1 March 2016, the validity period for the scores is from 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2016 (both dates inclusive).

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Course Modules

Single Major 
Pass at least 60 MCs of PL or PL-recognised modules, which include the following: 

  • PL1101E Introduction to Psychology
  • PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I
  • PL2132 Research and Statistical Methods II
  • PL3232 Biological Psychology
  • PL3233 Cognitive Psychology
  • PL3234 Developmental Psychology
  • PL3235 Social Psychology
  • PL3236 Abnormal Psychology
  • PL3231 Independent Research Project OR one of the PL328x lab modules
  •  a minimum of 24 MCs at Level-2000 or higher (excluding the modules above), with
  • a maximum of one other PL328X lab module
  • a maximum of 1 PL-recognised module

Note 1:
Students are not allowed to read Level-5000 PL modules. 

Note 2:
The following are PL-recognised modules:

  • PH2201 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
  • PH2241 (former module code PH3212) Philosophy of Mind
  • PH3201 Philosophy of Social Science
  • LSM3215 Neuronal Signaling and Memory Mechanisms
  • LSM3216 Neuronal Development and Diseases

Note 3:
Students may use only one out of the above PL-recognised modules to fulfil a Level-3000 PL module equivalent.

Note 4:
PH2201, PH2241 or PH3201 can be double-counted to fulfil requirements for students who are majoring in both Psychology and Philosophy, or who are doing a major-minor in Psychology and Philosophy.

Note 5:
Students who are majoring in both Psychology and Life Sciences are allowed to double‐count a maximum of 8 MCs towards both majors.

Second Major
Pass at least 48 MCs of PL or PL-recognised modules, which include the following: 

  • PL1101E Introduction to Psychology
  • PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I
  • PL2132 Research and Statistical Methods II
  • PL3232 Biological Psychology
  • PL3233 Cognitive Psychology
  • PL3234 Developmental Psychology
  • PL3235 Social Psychology
  • PL3236 Abnormal Psychology
  • a minimum of 16 MCs at Level-2000 and Level-3000 (excluding modules above), with a maximum of 2 PL328X lab modules
  • a maximum of 1 PL-recognised module

Note 1:
Students are not allowed to read Level-4000 modules. 

Note 2:
The following are PL-recognised modules:

  • PH2201 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
  • PH2241 (former module code PH3212) Philosophy of Mind
  • PH3201 Philosophy of Social Science
  • LSM3215 Neuronal Signaling and Memory Mechanisms
  • LSM3216 Neuronal Development and Diseases

Note 3:
Students may use only one out of the above PL-recognised modules to fulfil a Level-3000 PL module equivalent.

Note 4:
PH2201, PH2241 or PH3201 can be double-counted to fulfil requirements for students who are majoring in both Psychology and Philosophy, or who are doing a major-minor in Psychology and Philosophy.

Note 5:
Students who are majoring in both Psychology and Life Sciences are allowed to double‐count a maximum of 8 MCs towards both majors.

Minor
Pass at least 24 MCs of PL modules, which include the following:

  • PL1101E Introduction to Psychology
  • PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I

A minimum of 16 MCs from the following:

  • PL3232 Biological Psychology
  • PL3233 Cognitive Psychology
  • PL3234 Developmental Psychology
  • PL3235 Social Psychology
  • PL3236 Abnormal Psychology

Note 1:
A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor. However, the credits for these modules will be counted ONCE. FASS students will still need to fulfil the MCs required for the UE outside major requirements.

Note 2:
GEMs that are within the basket of modules offered by the Minor can now be used to fulfil both the minor and GEM requirements.

Note 3:
Double counting of PL3236 and SW3217 is not allowed. 

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How to Apply

Applicants are allowed to submit only one application online. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your 8-digits application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. Please save or print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

  • Payment of Application Fee (S$20)
  • A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application.
  • Electronic submission of Application Checklist and supporting documents

Print and complete the Application Checklist. Attach the checklist with a clear set of supporting documents and upload it electronically at the Online Application Status Facility.

List of Supporting Documents required:

  • National level High school examination results slip (if applicable)
  • School examination results slip e.g. Year 11 High School transcripts/ SPM/ IGSCE/ Indian Standard 10
  • University academic transcripts (only applicable to applicants applying for 3-year Law Programme)
  • Additional results slip (if scores are indicated in application form) e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subject Test scores, AP, ACT etc.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card (clearly reflecting your Full Name and Date of Birth)
  • Medical report(s) if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
  • Criminal record(s) (if applicable)

Supporting documents must be arranged in the above order with full name and application number written on the top right hand corner of all copies.

Passport-sized photograph, extra-curricular activities records and recommendation letters are not required. All non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation, except for applicants submitting the Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas or STPM result slips. Indonesian and Vietnamese applicants are required to translate Prizes/Awards documents before submission of documents.

All applicants are encouraged not to submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.

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