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Psychology: The science of the mind

If you are also captivated by the human mind, specialising in Psychology could be the right career for you.

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The human mind and its workings, possibly the most mysterious things in the world, have remained a fascinating topic attracting the attention of many scientists for centuries. If you are also captivated by the human mind, specialising in psychology could be the right career for you.

The science of human mind has allowed scientists such as Sigmund Freud to develop theories and bring us closer to conclusions about our thinking and behavioural patterns. However, despite interesting developments in the subject, any final conclusion is still far away from our reach.

But how can we study something as complex and mysterious as the mind? We cannot read people’s thoughts, nor can we observe their emotions, or memories, or dreams. So how do psychologists come closer to any conclusion about the human mind?

Psychologists adopt a similar approach to scientists in other fields. Psychologists apply scientific methodology. They formulate theories, test hypotheses through observation and experiment, and analyse the findings with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings. These methods are applied in order to explain individuals’ behaviour, and this behaviour itself becomes data for scientists.

 

What about other disciplines?

Psychology lies at the intersection of many other different disciplines, including biology, medicine, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Thant’s why any attempt to explain why humans think and behave in the way that they do will inevitably be linked to one or several different disciplines. Students aiming to pursue a postgraduate  degree in psychology could come from different disciplines and are encouraged to use their knowledge of other disciplines to expand the scope of what psychology studies.

However, specialisation through a postgraduate degree in psychology would require you to choose a path, even though the different disciplines of psychology can be extremely wide-ranging, here are a few examples:

 

Entry requirements

Generally, you will need to have good scores in your BA, at least to a second class honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a degree in which psychology comprises a good part of the programme of study; or in some cases a degree in a science or social science discipline.

You must be able to demonstrate good mathematical competence as you will need to handle loads of quantitative data and you will need to draw conclusions from them.

Applicants, whose first language is not English, must meet the set language requirements. An IELTS score of 6.5 overall is the minimum required, but this varies according to the university you are applying to.

 

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