Bachelor of Psychological Science
Developed and awarded by University of Wollongong, Australia.
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This programme* provides you with
- Comprehensive training in the scientific study of human behaviour and experience;
- Physiological, sensory and cognitive processes;
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- Ability to look at problems from different perspectives;
- Interpersonal & environmental awareness and sound professional ethics.
*previously known as Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Covering Spectrum of Psychology Discipline
Students are introduced to the whole field of the discipline, from personality to social influences on behaviour; from biological bases of behaviour to cognitive process; and from psychopathology to perceptual processes.
Faculty leverage on their research experience when teaching basic concepts to students.
Accreditation & Professional Recognition
The Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). As such, you will be eligible to apply for student membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates of the programme are eligible for Affiliate Membership of the APS.
Study Opportunities (offered by UOW in Australia)
Students in the UOW programme at SIM are eligible to transfer to Wollongong campus but subject to separate application and enrolment process.
Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Science are eligible to apply for a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This programme is an accredited 4th year which is needed to apply for PhD or Masters, and for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia while graduates undertake supervised practice. SIM graduates who are accepted into the honours programme in Australia will be offered a discount on the UOW international course fees (excluding service fees and Overseas Student Health Care).
Our graduates are employed in a range of environments including professional practice, academia, school teaching, school counselling, marketing, the public service, and research positions.
Potential careers include:
- Personnel Services
- Human Resources
- Organisational Psychology
- Market Research with government agencies or private organisations
This programme is taught in Singapore by local academics and/or practitioners as well as UOW academics.
Mode of Delivery
The scheduled classes include a blended mode of delivery that include both face-to-face and web-based lectures, and tutorials for the final year of study.
Classes are typically in 3-hour blocks: 8:30 – 11:30am, 12noon – 3pm, or 3:30 – 6:30pm.
Classes delivered by UOW academics are conducted in an intensive mode in 2 blocks for each module, and occasionally will be held on Saturday.
Students typically study 4 modules per semester. Each year comprises of 2 semesters.
Core Modules (Year 1)
PSYC121 : Foundations in Psychology A
PSYC122 : Foundations in Psychology B
PSYC116 : Psychology of Physical Activity & Health
PSYC120 : Critical Thinking and Communication Skills in Psychology
PSYC123 : Research Methods and Statistics
Core Modules (Year 2)
PSYC231 : Personality
PSYC250 : Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC241 : Developmental & Social Psychology
PSYC236 : Cognition & Perception
PSYC251 : Psychology of Abnormality
PSYC234 : Biological Psychology & Learning
Elective Modules (Year 1 & 2)
STS112 : The Scientific Revolution
PHIL107 : Introduction to Philosophy
EDEC302 : The Psychology of Exceptional Children
BCM110 : Introduction to Communication & Media Studies
ELL182 : Effective Writing Communication
Core Modules (Year 3)#
PSYC345 : Advanced Topics in Cognition
PSYC354 : Design & Analysis
PSYC348 : History & Metatheory of Psychology
PSYC347 : Assessment & Intervention
PSYC350 : Social Behaviour & Individual Differences
PSYC356 : Topics in Applied Psychology
PSYC355 : Forensic Psychology
PSYC361 : Child Development
# these modules are taught by UOW Academics, supported by local tutors.
For module descriptions, click HERE.
The above modules are subject to changes by the university and subject to availability.
Maximum 3 times the duration for completion under a standard full-time load, subject to meeting ongoing course progression rules.
There will not be any refund should the student fail to complete the course within the maximum allowed period. Students who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University.
Minimum Class Size
Minimum class size to commence: 24 students
In the event that the minimum number is not met, the intake may not commence. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.
Full Programme (3 Years Study Duration)
3 GCE ‘A’level /3 H2 passes plus 1 H1 pass with a minimum aggregate of 9.5 points where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (for H1 apply half the value)*
A 3-year non-psychology diploma from local polytechnic may be able to obtain up to 4 module exemptions with approval from the university
A 3-year psychology diploma from recognised polytechnics may be eligible for module exemptions with approval from the University of Wollongong :-
Ngee Ann Polytechnic - Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education**
Singapore Polytechnic - Diploma in HRM with Psychology**
Republic Polytechnic - Diploma in Consumer Behaviour & Research**
- Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology**
Advanced Standing (1.5 Years Exemption)
Temasek Polytechnic – Diploma in Psychology
Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Diploma In Psychology Studies (previously known as Diploma in Psychology & Community Services)**
Advanced Standing (0.5 Years Exemption)
Singapore Polytechnic – Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology
** Programme duration will be extended for applicants who are required to undertake additional module(s)
For information on Overseas Qualifications, click HERE
English Language Requirements
Applicants with international qualification must meet the University's English requirement:
- IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) or ;
- TOEFL iBT 88 (with each band no less than 18) or ;
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 64 (with no band less than 59).
Full Programme (3 years): S$42,800.00 for 24 modules, payable over 6 semesters
- Fees quoted are valid for Jul 2019 intake only.
- Modules delivered by local academics: S$1,605.00 per module
- Modules delivered by UOW academics: S$2,140.00 per module
- The total fees may vary depending on the advance standing and/or number of exemptions granted.
- Above fees exclude textbooks and repeat fee of failed module. Not all modules will be offered in every semester.
- First semester fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent semester fees payable before commencement of the semester.
- All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.
Scholarships & Awards
Exemptions are normally granted automatically to students with relevant background. Block exemptions may be granted to students with relevant diplomas from the local polytechnics and universities.
All modules previously studied will be evaluated and compared with the requirements of the student’s programme of study and a block exemption granted where appropriate.
Due to variations in diploma programmes within a polytechnic, the same qualifications may receive different credit exemption.
Average teacher-student ratio 1:36
Assessment & Exams
All teaching and assessment materials are approved by academic staff at UOW and are consistent with the materials used in other locations where the same degrees are delivered. The materials are developed and delivered in a manner in accordance with the relevant accreditation bodies in Australia and Singapore.
- Continuous assessments such as:
- Laboratory exercises
- Tutorial exercises
All assessment may have a minimum achievement requirement necessary to pass the module. Students are expected to pass all modules within the current year of study before being allowed to proceed to the next year of study.
The normal load for students is 24 credit points per semester.
Local students: 80%
International students: 90%
Award & Graduation
Students who successfully complete all academic requirements of the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Psychological Science by the University of Wollongong, Australia.
A degree conferral ceremony will be held in Singapore.