The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (N/311/6/0081)(PA8056) 04/21
Delivery type
3 years
Intake date

Our Psychology degrees equip you with an understanding of human behaviour and the skills to apply your knowledge to an inclusive and productive society.


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    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

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    +603 8894 3888

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Our psychology graduates have a strong record of employment building careers in business, teaching, counselling, nursing, probation work and market research.

Psychology is the science of behaviour and the mind. It uses a variety of scientific methods to explore key areas, including: the influence that our biology has on behaviour; the ways in which we develop from early infancy to adulthood; the ways in which we perceive, think, solve problems and make decisions; and the way we interact with each other. All of these approaches enable theories to be developed and tested within psychology. Our programmes focus on problems in the real world and consider how psychology can help us to address it.

Psychologists work in settings such as education, health and mental ill-health, sport and exercise, systems design, the environment, and forensic and criminological analysis, where theory and practice come together.

Teaching assessment

Learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical experimental classes,
  • web-based and computer-based work


This programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). In accordance with our normal practice our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions. In addition to recognition within Malaysia, we seek accreditation by the relevant UK or international professional bodies in accordance with their standard procedures.

BSc Psychology is taught across Heriot-Watt University’s three main global campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai, and Malaysia. This means our students can easily transfer for one semester or more across our campuses and continue to study the same content whilst enjoying extremely beneficial life experiences. At least two years must be studied at the Edinburgh campus in order to gain British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation.

Course content

Year 1

  • Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Human Intelligence
  • Research Methods and Analysis 3 and 4
  • Social Psychology
  • Philosophy and History of Psychology

Optional courses:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour

Year 2

  • Cognition Across Life Span
  • Research Method and Analysis 5
  • Research Method and Analysis 6
  • Intelligence at Work
  • Psychobiology
  • Social Cognition and Personality

Optional courses:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Health Psychology and Professional Practice  

Year 3

  • Theoretical Research Project 1 and 2

Optional subjects

  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Consciousness
  • Psychology and Mental Health

Students work closely with a staff member in devising and conducting their research project in psychology.  Students also select optional psychology courses.  Coursework applies the information from these courses to employment-related settings and ‘real-world’ problems.

*Information correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change


Psychology graduates generally progress to a wide variety of careers, including business, teaching, counselling, nursing, social work, probation work and market research. Psychology graduates may also progress in the profession itself by training as clinical, educational, forensic, health or sports psychologists.

Entry requirements

  • Foundation year Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science or Foundation in Business: CCCC
  • A-Level/STPM: CCC*
  • CPU: 70%
  • UEC: 20 points or less (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 7.5
  • IB Diploma: 25 points
  • Diploma recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.
  • any other relevant qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government.

*with minimum C in Science and Maths at SPM/O-Level or equivalent

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


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Scholarships and bursaries

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