To become a Clinical Psychologist in Singapore you will need a degree in psychology (or a closely related subject) and evidence of research experience via an Honours Degree or by publishing in a journal.
You will then need to complete a postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) in clinical psychology which includes professional training and supervision. The postgraduate qualification will need a minimum of 2 years of full time study.
Currently, the only Clinical Psychology training course available to international applicants is the National University of Singapore’s Master of Psychology (Clinical).
Do I need to be licensed or registered to practise as a psychologist in Singapore?
There is currently no official statutory regulation of the practice of psychology in Singapore. It is not compulsory for you to be licensed or registered with a government agency or professional board to practise as a psychologist.
However, employers and clients are likely to request evidence of your ability to practice so in practice it is important to be accredited by a reputable organisation.
The Singapore Psychological Society is actively working towards the regulation of psychology professions. You can read more about their efforts and get the most up-to-date information on their website.
Who accredits psychologists in Singapore?
The Singapore Psychological Society is the only professional society for psychologists in Singapore. Psychologists providing psychological services are encouraged to apply to be listed on the register.
For more information please visit the following link: www.singaporepsychologicalsociety.com/sps-membership/singapore-register-of-psychologist/
If I train as a Clinical Psychologist in Singapore will I be able to practice in my home country?
It is advisable to check with relevant authorities or potential employers in your home country to determine whether a Singaporean qualification will be recognised.
How much will it cost?
The National University of Singapore list their fee for a 2 year Clinical Psychology Masters is SGD $75,300 (SGD 37,650 per year).
You should also consider how much it will cost to live in Singapore. The National University of Singapore gives advice on expected living costs here.
Which Universities currently offer places for international students to study clinical psychology?
There are only two clinical psychology courses in Singapore. One course, James Cook University specifically states that only Singaporean Citizens or Permanent Residents can apply.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) does accept international candidates. Their website can be found here:
This was written on 27th October 2021. It is my opinion based on information available online. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest amendments.
How can I get a taste of what it’s like to be a Clinical Psychologist?
What does a psychologist do when they meet with clients? What happens during therapy? If you would like to find out for yourself then you could join our ‘Manage Emotions Live Life Program.
Our program is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy which is a well regarded evidence-based approach that many psychologists use (our director Dr. Dan Seal uses it as his primary approach). It is regarded as a ‘third-wave therapeutic approach’. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is thought of as a ‘second wave therapeutic approach’ whereas Behaviourism is an example of a ‘first wave approach’.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and therefore our program, is transdiagnostic. This means that it can be helpful for everyone. You can benefit from it whether you are finding it difficult to manage emotions such as sadness or anxiety or if you’re finding it difficult to stop behaviours such as overeating or overusing social media. It’s also useful if you don’t have any particular problems but you want to learn how to make life even more fulfilling.
If you join the program you’ll meet our facilitators one-on-one so we can tailor the program to your needs. Our facilitators are either recently qualified clinical psychologists or clinical psychologists who are about to finish their training and qualify as clinical psychologists. This means that, in addition to teaching you skills based on ACT, they can also answer any questions you may have about training as a clinical psychologist.
The full program consists of six meetings and costs RM150 per meeting. You can meet our facilitators in-person at Colony KLCC or the Hub SS2 in PJ or online via Zoom. There’s no obligation to complete the program if you don’t like it and you don’t have to pay for meetings you don’t use. However, we hope you will complete the program because in the later weeks we teach mindfulness (which we call Attention Training on our program) and we introduce the concepts behind Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) which is another third-wave evidence based therapy.
If you would like to join the Manage Emotions Live Life Program please contact Vivian who will schedule a time for you to meet one of our psychologists.