Faculties

Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

Why Psychology @ HELP?

  • Largest Asian Undergraduate Psychology Programme
    One of the largest undergraduate psychology programmes in Asia with over 1,300 full time students
  • Distinguished Academics
    A strong faculty of over 50 staff members, with a team of 40 psychology academic staff who specialise in different areas of psychology
  • High Achieving Students
    A facilitative and interactive programme that attracts top student achievers from all over Malaysia and around the world
  • Strong Research Culture
    A strong research culture and infrastructure supported by academic staff who are active international research
  • Practical Work Placements
    Opportunities for practical training through internships with over 300 organisations
  • Specialized Masters Programmes
    Four Masters programmes in psychology for full time students and working adults
  • Flinders-HELP Joint Degree
    The first non-Australian University to attain the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for an undergraduate psychology programme
  • Flexible Transfer Pathways
    Guaranteed transfer arrangements with over 30 top universities in the US, Australia, UK and New Zealand.
  • Vibrant Student Life
    A vibrant student life with active psychology student clubs, sporting events, psychology movie festivals and psychology research colloquiums

What is Psychology?

Come and join one of the largest and the most established Psychology programmes in Asia

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the HELP University Psychology programme. We are proud that our University has become synonymous with the field of psychology in Malaysia and this has been due to the excellence shown by our students and faculty and the vibrant academic culture they have created in our faculty.

Interesting facts

  • We have over 1,300 full time students completing their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology
  • We have over 50 staff members, with a team of 40 psychology academic staff
  • We were the first private university to offer Psychology in Malaysia
  • We were the first non-Australian University to attain Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) joint degree with Flinders University
  • We have partnerships with over 30 top universities in the US, Australia, UK and New Zealand
  • We have 11 research centres and 1 research lab
  • We have placed graduates and interns in over 300 organisations
  • We have 24 hour access to online journal databases that are linked to over 3,000 psychology journals around the world
  • We have 12 psychology student clubs and societies which ensure a vibrant student life
  • We are situated in HELP University’s brand new campus, fully equipped with various facilities for our students.

Our mission is to prepare psychology students to have a significant impact in their communities, and to continue to develop and expand the field of psychology in new and exciting ways. To safeguard our strong academic tradition, we impose high standards on all our students. It will be a hard climb at times, but we will journey with you every step of the way in the end you will have acquired the knowledge, attitude and skills to UNDERSTAND MINDS, EMPOWER LIVES.”

Psychology is the science of behaviours, thoughts and feelings.

In essence, psychology aims to understand how people behave, think and feel. This definition is well captured in the HELP Faculty of Behavioural Sciences motto: Understanding Minds, Empowering Lives.

PSYCHOLOGY IS AN EXCITING FIELD THAT ENCOMPASSES A WIDE VARIETY OF AREAS, INCLUDING:

Organisational and Work Psychology
Helping organisations select, inspire, manage and empower their workers.

Biopsychology and Neuropsychology
How the brain functions and affects people’s behaviour, thoughts and feelings.

Clinical Psychology
Applying psychology to the understanding, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological dysfunctions.

Cognitive Psychology
Understanding how people remember, make decisions and process information.

Counselling Psychology
Helping people deal with adjustment and personal issues.

Developmental Psychology
How people develop physically, socially and emotionally from infancy to late adulthood.

Educational/School Psychology
Understanding how people learn to increase teaching effectiveness.

Forensic Psychology
Applying psychology to legal issues and understanding people who commit crimes.

Health Psychology
Applying psychology to people’s health issues like substance abuse, accident prevention and stress management.

Social Psychology
Understanding how people interact and influence each other.

Career Pathways

Graduates with Bachelor's Degrees

  • Corporate Consultant
  • Talent Management Consultant
  • Corporate Training (Soft Skills)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Manager
  • General Administrative Management
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Consultant
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Advertising and Public Relations Consultant
  • Political Strategist
  • Life Coach
  • NGO worker in the following areas:
    • Disaster & emergency relief
    • Children with special needs
    • Abuse & neglect
    • Impoverished & marginalised communities
    • Youth work
    • Family work
  • Journalist, Media Reporter or Mass Media Consultant
  • Opinion Survey Researcher
  • Academic Tutor
  • Research Assistant

Graduates with Postgraduate Degrees

  • Organisational and Industrial Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Crisis Counsellor
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Academic Lecturer & Researcher
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Ergonomist
  • Neuropsychologist and Neuroscienctist

Internship

Securing internship for HELP PSychology Graduates

An internship at a top organisation can be as valuable to you as the degree itself. The HELP Psychology Programme offers the unique opportunity for you to serve internships with over 300 business corporations and social work organisations in order to develop the work skills and contextual intelligence you need for your future career.

Our mission is to help students find a career that fits their talents, interests, passions and life goals.
This is in line with HELP University’s mission statement: to help people succeed and live a life of significance through education.

Careersense @ HELP

Director: Mr Eric Bryan Amaladas
The mission of this one-stop career guidance, testing and career development centre is to equip individuals and organisations with the relevant knowledge, competencies and skills needed for personal and career success.
Our services include:

  • Employment & Internship Support
  • Career Guidance Testing & Assessment
  • Career Exploration Resource Centre
  • Personal Development & Employability Training

Internships offered for HELP Psychology students

Student Experience

GET A COMPLETE EDUCATION WITH OUR ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

This is an in-house research conference held thrice a year in April, May and November, giving HELP Psychology students the opportunity to present their research to their peers and faculty staff. It reflects our commitment to train students in how to design, implement, analyse, and report research in psychology.

PSYCHOLOGICAL & COUNSELLING SERVICES

With a team of Clinical Psychologists and Counsellors, HELP offers students free counselling and consulting services to ensure a high level of mental health. Career counselling and personal development services are also available to all HELP students.

STUDENT TUTORSHIPS AND THE PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) PROGRAMME

Psychology students who demonstrate academic excellence and good communication skills will be invited to apply for positions as student tutors. Their roles will include giving academic mentoring to students and assisting the lecturers in course preparation. This programme trains high performing students with various facilitation and study skills to empower them to act as Peer Tutors to fellow students.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

This opportunity to work with academic staff on research is the ideal training ground for HELP Psychology students wanting to pursue further studies in psychology.

WORKING INTERNSHIPS

All HELP Psychology students are encouraged to seek work experience in a variety of areas before they graduate. The Department of Psychology will help link students with internship sites in their area of interest.

IN-HOUSE SEMINARS

These seminars are conducted on a weekly basis and are presented by visiting lecturers, professors and speakers from different areas of expertise.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FUND

The department sets aside funding every year for undergraduate students to present their research papers at international conferences.

PRACTICE YOUR SKILLS IN OUR WORLD CLASS FACILITIES

CENTER FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL AND COUNSELING SERVICES (CPCS)

Manager: Mr Ronald Lee

The CPCS provides professional and confidential counselling and psychological services to students and staff of HELP University and members of the public. The clinic facilities provide a wonderful training ground for both postgraduate and undergraduate students to practice the skills they have learned in class.

Student activities

Chinese Cultural Society

Psi Chi (HELP University Chapter)

Child Development Psychology Club

Community Outreach Society

HELP Hiking Club

Research Centre

To further enhance its status as a centre for research excellence, the HELP Psychology Department has established 11 research centres covering a diverse range of research interests.

CENTRE FOR WORK PSYCHOLOGY AND LEADERSHIP

Aim: To examine how psychology can help organisations be more successful and adaptive by better understanding and managing their talents.

Does Appropriate Emotions Display Influence Leadership Effectiveness?

Dr Eugene Tee and Dr Ng Yin Lu’s research examines the effect of expressed leader emotions on followers’ perceived effectiveness of their leader, in collaboration with Dr Neil Paulsen from the University of Queensland.

Work Related Stress in Malaysia

Dr Goh Chee Leong has been conducting research on the root causes of workplace stress in Malaysia involving over 20 organisations.

Leadership and Talent Management Models

Dr Ng Yin Lu and Dr Goh Chee Leong are collaborating with Leaderonomics, a leadership consulting firm, to establish a developmental psychology perspective of leadership.

Understanding and Interpreting the Drivers of the Knowledge Economy

Professor Mohan R. Gurubatham is actively researching and synthesising models in the Knowledge Economy (K-economy) with colleagues in the US and Finland. He examines the drivers that induce the diffusion and adoption of ICT globally.

CENTRE FOR CREATIVE THERAPY

Aim: Create a unique avenue incorporating expressive arts, where supportive relationships are established and where coping skills are enhanced resulting in a happy, resilient and productive citizenry.

Music Therapy

James Yeow, a qualified music therapist who is a leader of the Malaysia Music Therapy Association, runs regular music therapy workshops with students, staff and members of the public.

CENTRE FOR MEMORY

Aim: Understand and improve memory such as working memory and recognition memory.

Testing and enhancing working memory

Dr Gentaro Shishimi aims to study the benefits and limitations of working memory training methods. These research findings will help us to understand and improve working memory.

CENTRE FOR EMOTIONS

Aim: Equip individuals with workable, practical knowledge from the psychological sciences, so they will be able to lead healthier, more meaningful lives

Emotivity Web

Dr Eugene and Dr Choy Tsee Leng have developed a web portal featuring the fascinating science of emotions. For resources, new research and a glosarry of emotion-related terms, check out the website at www.emotivity.my

CENTRE FOR FAMILY & PARENTING

Aim: Provide parents with resources and services to build strong families in the efforts to enhance family relationships, as well as to helping parents support their children in achieving their full potential.

P.A.C.I.F.I.C (Parents And Children In Families and In Cultures)

This project lead by Fatimah Haron and Professor Quek is a collaborative project among researchers in the USA, China, Japan, Taiwan , Thailand and Turkey. The purpose of this study is to examine the socio-emotional development of preschool children and its predictors across these diverse cultural settings.

CENTRE FOR PSYCHOLOGY OF PLAY

Aim: Incorporating psychological principles related to play and cognitive exploration.

Board Game Experiments

Dr Prihadi Kususanto and a team of undergraduates students are currently designing and conducting various studies to understand psychological aspects in games and how they facilitate perspective-taking and teamwork within the games and after playing the games in both competitive and cooperative setting.

CENTRE FOR EXISTENTIAL-HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY

Aim: To face the questions about life,death, meaning and what it means to be human beings, as these are questions intergral to us at some points in our life.

International Conference for Existential – Humanistic Psychology

Ms. Evone Phoo was the chair of the recent International Conference for Existential-Humanistic Psychology. The conference was the second biennial event, and the first to be hosted by HELP University. The conference featured luminaries in the field of existential psychology, international affiliations and partnerships which sought to bridge both Eastern and Western perspectives on what it means to live meaningfully.

CENTRE FOR SCHOOL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Aim: To provide support for schools through the introduction of psychological assessments, improved teaching practices, and the strengthening of school counseling and support systems.

Learning Enhancement Study among Students of Chinese Independent Schools

This on-going research project is a joint effort to explore students’ motivation in academic planning and career planning. The team of researchers comprising Professor Datin Dr Quek Ai Hwa, Bawany Chinapan and Yap Yee Aun have completed intervention programmes for Kuang Hua High School, Klang, Selangor, Pay Fong High School, Malacca and Pei Hwa High School, Muar, Johor.

CENTRE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Aim: To promote inclusion and support inclusive practices in early years settings, primary and secondary mainstream schools and institutions of higher learning nationwide for students requiring Special Educational Needs (SEN).

CENTER FOR UNITY, DIVERSITY AND PEACE

Aim: Advance academic and public understanding of key issues facing Malaysian society from the perspectives of community, social, and political psychology, with a particular focus on intergroup relations and leadership.

The research on assessing the knowledge, beliefs, and perceptions on special educational needs among teachers in Malaysia conducted by Fatimah Haron, Sybella Ng and Dr. Caroline Gomez was completed in 2017 and some aspects of its findings were presented as a conference paper at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology, June 26-30, 2018, Montreal, Canada by Sybella Ng and Jasmine Parrott. The research team is working towards getting the research findings published in a reputable journal.

Project for National Unity and Harmony

In February 2014: all HELP Psychology undergraduate students worked in small groups to develop proposals on how to strengthen unity and harmony between different racial and religious groups in Malaysia using theories in Social Psychology. All in all, over 200 proposals were submitted and the best 20 proposals were compiled into a book, which was delivered to policy makers and leaders.

Understanding the Roots of Intergroup Prejudice and Fear

Elaine Fernandez and Dr Goh Chee Leong are working with the Malaysian Psychology Association to conduct a research examining the roots of stereotypes and fear among different racial groups in Malaysia. The goal is to find ways to prevent and reduce prejudice.

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON AGING

This centre aims to understand issues that pertain to aging and working with older adults and how psychology can facilitate the process of active and healthy aging.

Postgraduate Preperation

A WORLD CLASS PROGRAMME THAT PRODUCES WORLD CLASS STUDENTS

In the last 10 years, we have had over 300 HELP students completing their PhDs and Masters in the top universities around the world.

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