Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Inspiring minds, changing lives.




Intake Dates

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KPM/JPT(R/311/6/0055) 07/18 MQA(A9145)

The Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at DISTED accords students with broad-based knowledge and transferable skills that are essential in the psychology profession and in occupations where psychology provides a useful base to improve people’s quality of life and work. It also paves the way to exciting and rewarding careers in the following areas:

Applied Psychology

  • Clinical Psychologist*
  • Counselling Psychologist*
  • Child Psychologist*
  • Organisational Psychologist*
  • Forensic Psychologist*

Business and Public Sectors

  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Leadership & Personal Development Training
  • Consultancy
  • Marketing
  • Opinion Survey Researcher
  • Public Relations
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Advertising
  • Media Buyer
  • Newspaper Reporter or Technical Writer
  • Public Statistician
  • Research Assistant


  • Educational Psychologist*
  • School Psychologist*
  • Teaching
  • Special Education

Academic and Research

  • Academic professions*
  • Experimental and Research Psychologist*

Social Work

  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Volunteer Services

* Postgraduate qualification needed

Complete the entire degree locally at DISTED or transfer to HELP University or to over 50 leading universities in New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom.

You must successfully complete the following courses for a total of 124 credit hours to graduate:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • Psychology of Personal and Academic Development
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Career Exploration
  • Leadership and Life Skills

Year 2

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods 1
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods 2
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Personality
  • Biopsychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Careers Pathways in the Field of Behavioural Sciences in Malaysia

Electives (Choose 2)

  • Counseling Skills
  • Human Services
  • Educational Psychology
  • Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Understanding and Managing Emotions
  • Human Sexuality
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring

Students are also required to complete MPU courses (U2 & U3 are HELP University modules)

Year 3

  • Undergraduate Thesis
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Testing
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Career Development and Planning

Electives (Choose 6)

  • Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Psychology of Film
  • Introduction to Neuropsychology
  • Positive Discipline in School
  • Educating the Gifted Child
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Youth Work and Services
  • Comparative Psychology

Students are also required to complete MPU courses as stipulated by MQA (U2 & U3 are HELP University modules)

Assessment System
Assessment will be based on coursework and assignments (40-60%) as well as written examinations (40-60%).

Duration of Study
Intakes are available in January, May and August. The entire 3-year programme consisting of 6 long semesters and 3 short semesters is conducted at DISTED in Penang.

STPM: 2 Cs

A-Level: 1C, 1D

SACE International: ATAR 65

UEC: 5 Bs


HELP Foundation in Arts / Science: Pass

all subjects (Minimum of 4 Credits)

CPU: Average 65 (6 subjects)


Foundation Programmes: Pass all subjects

(50% of which must be Credits and above)

Diploma Programmes: Pass all subjects

(30% of which must be Credits and above with minimum CGPA 2.00/4.00)

The standard entry requirements of 3 SPM/O-Level Credits Mathematics and Science) and Passes in SPM Bahasa Melayu and English(for Malaysians) still apply


English Language Proficiency Requirement (to fulfill one):

IELTS: 5.5


TOEFL: 550 paper-based

(213 computer-based; 80 Internet-based)


MUET: Band 5


IGCSE O-Level: C for English or English Literature


SPM: A for English (A1/A2 or A+/A/A-)


UEC: B for English


HELP Foundation in Arts / Science: Credit for

either Intermediate English or Advanced English


HELP English Immersion Programme:

Minimum of B- in Level 6


SACE International: 14/20 for

English as Second Language


Canadian Pre-U: 65 for ENG4U

Other equivalent qualifications recognised

by the Malaysian Government.

At DISTED, you experience an exciting, practical all-rounded tertiary education conducted in a conducive campus environment. Learning approach includes group classroom teaching, discussions, research projects, structured practical experience and oral-aural activities.

  • Qualified, experienced, dedicated and caring lecturers supported by experienced technical staff.
  • High quality reference resources and access to a wide range of research databases are made available to students.
  • Guidance and tutelage are given in class and via the psychology laboratory to enhance your empirical research skills.
  • Close monitoring of your academic progress.
  • Ideal learning environment at our purpose-built Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus with excellent modern facilities.
  • Scholarships are available to Malaysian students*.

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