A psychology degree course helps students hone skills such as communication and leadership, which are useful for jobs in the fields of research, human resource and recruitment consultancy, just to name a few. If you are considering a career path in any of these fields and you think you’ll make a good fit, find out about the psychology programmes at MDIS.
PREPPING FOR A CAREER
Students who are new to the field of psychology can start with the entry-level Professional Certificate in Psychology, which is awarded by MDIS. The MDIS School of Psychology offers a progression pathway from certificate to the Bachelor of Science (in Behavioural Studies with concentration in Psychology) degree with Oklahoma City University (OCU), USA. OCU’s programme emphasises the scientist/practitioner model set forth by the American Psychological Association, providing a firm foundation in research and critical thinking. OCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. OCU ranked 24th in the Regional University West Ranking (US News and World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings 2014) and 39th in Best Values in Private Colleges 2013 (Kiplinger, a Washington,D.C. leading financial advisement firm). Fulltime and part-time students of the degree programme at MDIS are fully taught by senior faculty members from OCU and undergo a three-week on-campus residency.
PUTTING THE SKILLS TO GOOD USE
Nur Atikah Bte Jamil, 24, became interested in psychology when she was studying for her nursing certificate at the Institute of Technical Education. So she enrolled in the Diploma in Psychology course at MDIS. Although the diploma holder still has some work to do before she can start practising, she is already putting the skills she learnt at psychology school to good use.“In my own business as a wedding planner,the ‘Business Psychology’ module has taught me about leadership, motivating employees,and the international business climate from a psychological perspective. The ‘Psychology of the IndividuaI’ module helps improve my ability to manage and interact with my clients.”
Thanks to a supportive environment and knowledgeable and approachable lecturers, Nur Atikah describes her experience at MDIS as “amazing and fun”. Her time at MDIS has been a learning curve. “It allows me to motivate myself and manage my stress better. It also helps me with decision making and motivate others more effectively,” she says.
The MDIS School of Psychology offers full-time and part time programmes with these entry requirements:
Three GCE ‘O’ Level credits*, full GCE‘N’ Level with English grade 1-5, or ITE COS, NTC and NITEC
Five GCE ‘O’ Level credits*, partial GCE ‘A’ Level, Professional Certificate in Psychology from MDIS or other recognised local/overseas Polytechnics or professional institutes,or ITE Higher NITEC, CBS or ITC
Partial GCE ‘A’ level; five GCE ‘O’ Level credits*; Professional Certificate in Psychology from MDIS or other recognised local/overseas Polytechnics or professional institutes; ITE Higher NITEC, CBS or ITC; or other applications can be considered on a case-by-case basis
Full GCE ‘A’ Levels with average C grade and excluding language subjects; Diploma in Psychology from MDIS; Diploma from other recognised local/overseas polytechnics, or professional institutes; or other equivalent qualification may be considered on a case-by-case basis
Advanced Diploma in Psychology from MDIS, Polytechnic Diploma in any discipline, or other relevant diplomas may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis
*With a minimum C6 grad in English at GCE 'O' Level or other criteria
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