What will I learn?

Internships and research projects which give you the opportunities to work alongside psychologists and social workers

​​A strong combination of psychology modules and highly applied professional skills in clinical, counselling and research settings

​​Opportunities to implement community programmes locally or overseas

​​Annual overseas study trips to acquire practical knowledge and experiences in a different cultural context

If you have always been fascinated by the human psyche and what makes people tick, the Diploma in Psychology Studies (PCS) will help you hone this passion.

This rigorous diploma gives you the right skills needed to apply psychology in various fields, from education, health care, social services to human resource and development. Psychology can also be used to detect the behavioural symptoms of the mentally ill, counsel people in distress, support individuals to achieve their potential and much more. With the highly practical and relevant professional skills that PCS providers, you will be well-prepared for both work and further studies in this field.

Over the course of three years, you will study the different aspects of psychology. In your first year, you will study about lifespan and social psychology. Following which, look forward to getting a grasp of health psychology, personality and individual differences in the second year. Then in your final year, delve into brain and behaviour as well as community psychology.

In addition to the psychology modules, you will also be taught professional skills in research, counselling, managing conflicts and applying behaviour modification and group facilitation techniques in clinical, counselling and social work settings.

To further hone your skills, you will work on research projects with industry partners right from your first year and go on study trips to countries such as Hong Kong to observe social service sectors in a different cultural context.

In your final year, get the chance to intern and complete a final-year project with key organisations. Our industry partners include government agencies (Ministry of Social and Family Development and Singapore Prison Service), hospitals (Singapore General Hospital and Institute of Mental Health), and voluntary welfare organisations or VWOs (Asian Women’s Welfare Association and Family Service Centres).

Career

PCS graduates are well-placed to become research assistants, psychology assistants, social work associates, statistical officer (fieldwork research), welfare and rehabilitation officers, and VWO programme and administration executives. With further studies and training, you can become a certified psychologist, social worker or counsellor.

Further studies

PCS graduates get to enjoy up to one semester’s worth of exemption for relevant degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore.

You can also enjoy exemptions for the following overseas degree programmes:

The Australian National University (Australia)

- Bachelor of Psychology

University of Adelaide (Australia)

- Bachelor of Psychological Science

Murdoch University (Australia)

- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

University of Wollongong (Australia)

- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Edith Cowan University (Australia)

- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

- Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

You can also gain direct entry into the Bachelor of Education (Special Education) programme at Flinders University, Australia. This programme is offered in partnership with the Social Service Institute, Singapore.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (4,94,265) per year
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

Block 52 #04-01, 535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-B

To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); any three other subjects: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade);

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