Comparison of Psychology Bachelor Degrees in Singapore: Version 3

This is a third and latest version of Comparison of Bachelor Degree programs in Singapore

Programs are categorised into country of origin: Singaporean / Australia / UK / US, with their respective PEIs (Private Education Institutes) mentioned beside them.  The overseas programs provided by the respective PEIs are as permitted by the CPE (as of 05 Feb 2016). 
Even though these programs are permitted by CPE, do make sure you read this post about accreditation of overseas programs as well. You may also wish to consider these factors when considering the institutions.

To help you in your decisions for your choice of university degree, here is the pathway for psychology training in Singapore.
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You may want to compare this model with the US system and the Australian system to have a better understanding of the training pathways of the different countries.  You may also want to do an indepth comparison between the local universities, as well as comparison between the Australian and UK degrees.
To end off, here is the post for Masters programs in Singapore, if you wish to do your postgraduate studies.

1)  There is no affiliation or advertisement or endorsement by SGPsychStuff towards any of the institutions. PEIs are mentioned just for the ease of further research for interested students.  
2)  The author of the blog will not be responsible for the errors / changes as they were checked on the posting date.
3)  Any differences in the proposed duration could be a result of exemptions of your earlier (relevant) studies, e.g. diploma.
4)  The Australian degrees mentioned above are accredited as well by APAC
5)  * Top-up Honours indicates that this is a top-up program from their existing diploma programs, hence the short duration.

If there is any errors or changes or updates to the above information, please contact me below or at and I will update the changes.

Specialisations of Diploma Programs in Singapore: 2016 Update

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Finally here's an update from the previous post from 2012 November!!!  It has been slightly over 3 years and I thought it is about time I did a revision on this topic.

Like the previous time. this is a huge task, as there are a lot of psychology diploma programs around, so the focus of this post would be on the specialisations of the programs.  But as usual, this post is only focused on Singaporean diplomas available in the local polytechnics and the private schools. 
This information is valid as at 16 January 2016.  There is a total of 52 diplomas, 8 polytechnic programs and 44 programs in PEIs.

PEI Programs
(In alphabetical order)
For the list of courses, please refer to the CPE website or search via this link using the keyword of "psychology" in the Course Search and selecting all the respective levels of "Diploma", "Specialist Diploma", "Higher Diploma", and "Advanced Diploma".  The below programs are permitted by CPE as at 16 January 2016.

ACC School of Counselling and Psychology:  Applied Psychology  /  Counselling Psychology
Advent Links-SAUC Education Centre:  Psychology (Guidance and Counselling)  /  Psychology (Early Years Education)
Arium School of Arts and Sciences:  Child Psychology  /  Counselling Psychology  /  Educational Psychology  /  Forensic Psychology  /  Organisational Psychology  /  Psychology Studies  /  Sports Psychology
Aventis School of Management:  Applied Psychology
Beacon International College:  Counselling Psychology
College of Allied Educators: Counselling Psychology / Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology  /  Psychology
DIMENSIONS International College:  Psychology
East Asia Institute of Management:  Applied Psychology  /  Counselling Psychology
Kaplan Higher Education Institute:  Applied Psychology
MDIS:  Psychology
Raffles College of Higher Education:  Applied Psychology
SHRI Academy:  Organisational Psychology
SMF Institute of Higher Learning:  Business Psychology  /  Counselling Psychology  /  Early Childhood Psychology
Stansfield College:  Psychology
The School of Positive Psychology:  Applied Psychology  /  Applied Positive Psychology  /  Psychology and Positive Psychology  /  Psychology and Psychotherapy
TMC Academy:  Psychology with Counselling

The blog author do not guarantee the quality of any of the above diplomas, or indicate any benefits or disadvantages of having a psychological diploma with no specialisations or one with multiple specialisations.  It is also not a guarantee that you will be eligible for a undergraduate degree after completion of the diplomas.  Please also take note that diploma programs are awarded by the respective institutions and there are no accreditation by any accrediting bodies

2016 Update: Academic requirements for local psychology diplomas and degrees

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As mentioned previously, the cut-off scores are the scores of the lowest ranked students who entered that program, and is only a general indication of the next year's intake, and hence does not guarantee that you will be given a spot even if you get that similar score.

Here are the cut-off for psychology and psychology-related programs from 2015 for your application in 2016:

For the diplomas:
These cut-off points are based on ELR2B2: (Please refer to the respective websites for more details)
EL=English Language; R2=Two relevant subjects; B2=Any two other subjects excluding CCA

SP:  Applied Drama and Psychology (Cut-off: 12)  /  Human Resource Management with Psychology (Cut-off: 12)
NP:  Psychological Studies (Cut-off: 9)  /  Child Psychology and Early Childhood (Cut-off: 11)
NYP:  Social Sciences (Social Work) (Cut-off: 14)
RP:  Human Resource Management with Psychology (Cut-off: 16)  /  Consumer Behaviour and Research (Cut-off: 18)
TP:  Psychological Studies (Cut-off: 9)
The results are also available here for more general information.

For the degrees: 
This are represented by their current year entry students' 3H2/1H1 and polytechnic GPA grades and stated by 10th % - lowest minimum; and 90th % - safest to be confirmed percentile

NUS (2015/16):  3H2/1H1:  10th - BBB/B, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.74, 90% - 3.94
(Additional criteria - Students must obtain at least a B-grade in each of these modules during their first year of the program: PL1101E and PL2131)
NTU (2015/16):  3H2/1H1:  10th - ABC/B, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.71, 90% - 3.94
SMU (2014/15):  3H2/1H1:   10th - BBC/C, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.70, 90% - 3.90
[The SMU Indicative Grade Profile has yet to be published for AY2015/2016 at the time of this post]

For last year's academic requirements, please view here!!

Good Luck for your 'O' Levels results and your polytechnic and university applications!!!

SGPsychStud: How to be Happier in the New Year of 2016

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Everyone wants to be happy.  This is a definite thing.  However, what is happiness?

According to the dictionary, happiness is a emotional state where one experiences positive emotions, such as contentment and elation.  Other than the common positive emotional states in the English language, there are other types of happiness not available in English as described by Nancy Etcoff, such as fiero (the pride in accomplishment of a challenge), schadenfreude (the happiness in another's misfortune, a malicious pleasure) and naches (a pride and joy in one's children).

The science of happiness is very straight-forward and easy to understand.  What really happens when we feel happiness is the creation of dopamine by your brain, resulting in your emotions of happiness.  But it is really the situations that create the dopamine. Through the experiencing of the situations, we feel happy as dopamine is created in our brains.
Can we have happiness all the time? Is that possible?
Honestly, happiness is not achieved by constantly being happy or to be in happy situations, as most people may think.  You can experience the state of happiness by feeling happy momentarily, but you cannot feel happy all the time.
So how we can be happier in 2016??
Here are some suggestions:
1)  Have a sense of fulfillment and contentment.  Be grateful for your experiences and what you have in your life.
"We experience something that's valuable to us.  Something is given to us that's valuable to us.  And it's really given.  These two things have to come together...  And when these two things come together, something that's really valuable to me and I realize it's freely given, then gratefulness spontaneously rises in my heart, happiness spontaneously rises in my heart.  That's how gratefulness happens."

2)  Be open to new opportunities and experiences.  I have written on this previously in 2013.
This concept of not having the fear of new opportunities and experiences require a few conditions:

  • Thirst for Knowledge - Gaining more knowledge also helps you understand things better, and through understanding yourself and your fears better, it will help in reducing them.
  • Curiosity - With curiosity, it will make you ask more questions, get the answers, and then asking more questions, leaving no stones unturned.  Curiosity might also serve as a motivation to understand the situation better, than the focus on the negative thoughts relating to the fears.
  • Positive Mindset - When experiencing the fear, it is inevitable that one will have negative thoughts. Always having a positive mindset will help face these negative thoughts better, as staying positive in the face of fear will help you deal with it more rationally and calm. As we start to calm down, it will allow us to react better towards the situation and enjoy the experience much more.

3)  Being mindful through your experiences of everyday life.  Being mindful will make you more aware and open to your experiences.  This will help you understand yourself and the situations better, and hence reducing your unhappiness.
Here's my previous post on Mindfulness.
"Which leaves the question, what are the big causes of happiness?  I think that's a question we haven't really answered yet, but I think something that has the potential to be an answer is that maybe happiness has an awful lot to do with the contents of our moment-to-moment experiences."

4)  Maintain good social interaction with people.  It will also help you live longer, according to Robert Waldinger.
"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period."

5)  Having neutral thoughts.  Most people will have the perception that we should not have negative thoughts at all.  This is quite impossible not to have negative thoughts.  The issue is  "How do you manage your thoughts"?  
Having too much and/or extremely happy and negative thoughts all the time is not good for your well-being.  Having too extreme thoughts may cause one to have over-expectations for the experiences, hence maintaining a positive mindset and having neutral thoughts would help better overcome most stressful situations..
Enjoy the song!!  All is well!!!

All Izz Well [Song]  - 3 Idiots Movie

Hope you like my five tips of achieving happiness in 2016.  Happy New Year Everyone!!!

SGPsychStud: Top 10 and Bottom 10 of 2015 posts

This post is a little late, unlike the usual Saturday when most posts will be published.  This practice has been started since 2013 where I announce the top 10 and bottom 10 posts of the year.  I believe this practice not only shows everyone the most popular posts, it also shows people some of the most underrated posts of the year.  This summary also shows the types of posts everyone is interested in, which can help me writing better and more interesting posts.
This year, there is a total of 43 posts, with this final post of the year being the 44th (Bad omen??), so here goes the two lists.

Top 10 views of 2015:
  1. SGPsychStud: Career Planning for a Psychological Career (Part 1) - October
  2. SGPsychStud: Applying I/O Psychology Knowledge to Get a Job - April
  3. SGPsychStud: Review on Upcoming SPS Career & Networking Forum - August
  4. 2015 Update: Academic requirements for local psychology diplomas and degrees - February
  5. SGPsychStud: Career Planning for a Psychological Career (Part 3) - October
  6. SGPsychStud: Current Trends in Psychology - March
  7. Miss Psychobabble: How to Improve Your Sleep to Save Your Career - January
  8. SGPsychStud: Staying Competitive in the Psychology Job Market as a New Graduate - May
  9. SGPsychStud: 5 Things Students can do during the Holidays - May
  10. SGPsychStud: Psychology Facebook Pages to Follow - July
From the Top 10 list, it seemed like most of them (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9) are inclined towards career planning and working in the psychological industry.  Other posts include the topic of studying psychology (4, 10) and other other topics (6, 7).  This might be the result of a week of advertising on Facebook, and a focused topic for the posts for the whole month of October.  This whole series was originated from the No. 2 post of the year.  
So here's some possible ideas:  
Should I continue the topics of career planning and psychology education and training (top topics of 2013 and 2014)?  Should I have a fixed topic for certain months?      
Bottom 10 posts of 2014:  (1 being most viewed and 10 being the least viewed)
  1. SGPsychStud: Networking on Social Media - November
  2. Mastering APA style #1: Formatting and Referencing - January
  3. Miss Psychobabble: How Junk Food Control Our Eating Behavior - March
  4. SGPsychStud: SPS Student Forum Conversations - December
  5. Miss Psychobabble: Day-to-day Activities that Improve Cognition For Older Adults - July
  6. SGPsychStud: Finding the Fun in Studying and Learning - June
  7. SGPsychStud: The Cause for Most Arguments and the Solutions - November
  8. SGPsychStud: The "Nothing Box" and Mindfulness - June
  9. Miss Psychobabble: Dogs Can Make You More Attractive Instantly - August
  10. Miss Psychobabble: Psychology Of Money - How To Gain Positive Feelings When Spending - December
It is quite expected that the November and December posts would be of a lower viewership, however it is quite unexpected that there are posts from January and March that are lower too.  It seemed like these posts are of random topics and not like the above Top 10 list.  This is even in spite of having topics relating to career planning (1, 4), psychology education and training (2, 6) and topics of interest to many such as relationships and communication(1, 7), mindfulness (8),  animals (9), and money (10).  I do hope that everyone will read these posts if they are of interest to you!!!

For this year, I would like to sincerely thank Miss Psychobabble (13 posts) and MY Psychology (collaborated post) for their contribution over this year.  Hope that we can bring even more interesting posts for our viewers!! 
Lastly I would like to apologise that I have discontinued the Events page as I am unable to manage the page regularly.  However, I will be posting or sharing events on Facebook whenever I see them, so make sure you stay tuned!!!

Happy New Year!! Hope everyone is enjoying the double long weekends!!!