Psychology in SSS offers scientific and practical training to introduce students to the field of psychology. It introduces students to the professional practices of psychologists and prepares students with the required skills and training for postgraduate studies should they prefer to carry on their education as a psychologist or behavioural researcher. Currently, the School has 18 full-time Psychology faculty members with postgraduate degrees from prominent universities in North America, Europe, and Asia. The School educates some 1,500 NTU students each semester within our core and elective psychology modules, and we have about 500 undergraduate students and 40 graduate research students currently enrolled in the psychology undergraduate and graduate programmes.
The BSocSci in Psychology Programme
The School offers a Bachelor of Social Sciences (with honours) degree for undergraduates who major in psychology. The 4-year major curriculum provides students with comprehensive education in the main fields of psychology. Striking a balance between breadth and depth, our core courses provide students with basic knowledge of the main fields of psychology, whereas our elective courses provide students with opportunities for focused study in more specialised research areas.
For students from other disciplines, our second major and minor programmes offer opportunities for students to acquire more in-depth knowledge in psychology beyond an introductory psychology course. In our broadening courses, we involve students from all disciplines in exploring the relevance of psychology in everyday life.
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The Psychology Undergraduate Experience
Psychology students share a common curiosity about human emotions, behaviours and thoughts. At the same time, students develop varied interests in the specific fields of psychological research and their applications – from the biological to the socio-cultural basis of psychology, and from basic scientific discovery to mental health and business applications.
Through opportunities within and beyond the Programme, our students further their intellectual and professional skill development in their chosen areas of interest. This allows them to tailor their undergraduate experience to match their personal interests and life goals.
Students choose from a wide range of psychology electives according to their interests. Examples include brain and biology, human development, culture and social processes, personality, memory and cognition, evolutionary psychology, clinical psychology, and industrial and organisational psychology.
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Students interested in conducting psychology research will work closely with faculty members as research assistants, graduation project students, or research students under the university’s Undergraduate Research Experience on CAmpus (URECA) programme. Our undergraduate student research projects have resulted in research grants from research funding agencies, undergraduate thesis awards from the Singapore Psychology Society, international awards and conference presentations, and publications in academic journals.
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Psychology experience beyond NTU
Our students gain further educational and working experience in psychology through volunteer work, internships, and professional attachments in psychology-related settings. Some organisations where our students have been attached to include the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Ministry of Education (MOE), National Youth Council (NYC), Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS), Singapore Boy’s Home, and Movement of the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).
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