Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM): Masters in Clinical Psychology

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

The UKM course is one of the oldest courses in the country. The Masters in Clinical Psychology at UKM is a full-time course that starts in January and runs for 2 years. It has links with local government hospitals which means there are a wide range of clients to see. However, this also means many of the clients will expect you to be able to speak Malay fluently.

Historically, UKM used to prioritise places for applicants who were already employed by the government.

Course description

The course description below is from UKM’s website. Please do check this information by accessing the course website.

The Master of Clinical Psychology prepares students to practice as Clinical Psychologists. A clinical psychologist is involved in preventing, assessing, diagnosing and treating psychological disorders, as well as emotional, personality, learning and behaviour issues that affect daily living and social functioning.

The program consists of structured coursework, research, and clinical training. Students will undergo clinical placements and training at the UKM Health Psychology Clinic as well as mental health clinics in regional government hospitals, private practices, and NGOs.

They are also required to carry out a research project in the areas of clinical psychology, psychological medicine, psychogeriatric, psychological interventions or psychotherapy, psychosexuality, substance misuse and abuse, quality of life and psychological rehabilitation under close supervision of faculty members.

Course Structure

Year I

Semester I                                                     
NNNC6032     Ethics and Professional Practice in Clinical Psychology
NNNC6013     Research Methodology & Statistics
NNNC6033     Psychological Testing and Assessment
NNNC6053     Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
NNNC6073     Adult Clinical Psychology
NNNC6093     Psychotherapy I

Semester II
NNNC6042     Psychopharmacology in Clinical Practice
NNNC6023     Neuropsychology
NNNC6043     Health Psychology and Community Mental Health
NNNC6062     Psychotherapy II
NNNC6065     Clinical Placement I

Year II

Semester I
NNNC7014     Clinical Psychology Research Project I
NNNC7015     Clinical Placement II

Semester II
NNNC7024     Clinical Psychology Research Project II
NNNC7025     Clinical Placement III

Website:

UKM’s Master of Clinical Psychology Course Website

Address:

Centre for Graduate Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, DarulEhsan, Malaysia

One of your placements is likely to be Klinik Psikologi Kesihatan, FSK UKM Klaras 2, Bangunan Yayasan Selangor, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Course Length:

Two‐year full time postgraduate programme.

Fees:

Total fees for Malaysian Students :  Approx RM 6,725. This information is from 2018 so it may have changed.

Total Fees for International Students: Approx: RM 14,485 (note unless you have permission to work in Malaysia it is probably not possible for you to take the course. You would also need to check if the Malaysian qualification is recognised in your own country).

Places available:

Approximately 10 students per year.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who wish to apply for the program should fulfil the following entry requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology with minimum 3.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA); or Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Counselling from any Institution of higher learning recognized by the Senate; and
  • Pass the intake interview conducted by the program; and
  • International applicant should get a minimum score of TOEFL (580 TOEFL Paper; or 230 TOEFL-CBT; or 90-91 TOEFL-IBT) or Band 6.5 for IELTS

Selection process:

The selection process includes an interview session, and aptitude test. Applicants are expected to pass both the interview and test for entry into the programme.

Any questions or comments?

The details on this page are correct as of the publication date. If you have any questions or you notice any changes in this information please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this page. I’ll reply to you as soon as possible. It would also be good to read any comments or opinions you may have.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Dr Dan Seal.
    I’m interested in clinical psychology, I have a degree in medical doctor (MD).
    Do I need to have a degree in psychology first before entering master school in UKM?
    Thank you.

    • HI, yes, I think you need a psychology degree before you can study clinical psychology. However, you could always call UKM to check with them directly. As a medical doctor have you considered becoming a psychiatrist? You could do extra training in talking therapy after you qualify.

  2. Hi Mr Dan Seal
    I have a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Sociology wherein Psychology is a large component. Does this allow me to try applying for the Masters course?
    Thanking you in advance

    • I’m not sure whether UKM will accept a Major in Sociology when you’ve studied a lot of psychology. I guess it will depend on which Psychology subjects you took during the degree. Perhaps you can check with them directly to find out for sure.

  3. Hi Dr Dan Seal
    I have a Bachelor in Psychology with total CGPA 2.94 and going to graduate November 2019..is it possible for me to take Master in Clinical Psychology this year?

    • I’m not sure – that will be a decision for the admissions tutors on the course. I think they usually prefer some work experience too (but again it’s their decision).

  4. Hi Dr Dan Seal , I have my masters and PhD in Educational Psychology. Can I do Clinical Psychology at UKM? Whom do I get in touch with for further information?

  5. Hi, Dr Dan Seal.
    Good day.

    I have BA (Hons) Psychology but my graduation will be on next year August. Therefore, I would like to know if I can be able to apply using my current transcript.

    • Hi Santhiya, I don’t know whether UKM requires that you have the certificate or whether they will accept a transcript. You could ask them directly or just apply and see what happens. However, they are likely to want you to have some work experience before you apply.

  6. Hi Doctor,

    I have a masters in business psychology from Heriot Watt in Malaysia, my average is 52/100 (C). Im from Syria and I don’t speak much Malay, do you think I’m able to apply for PhD in psychology at UKM?

    • Hi, I don’t know about the criteria for a regular research PhD. That will depend on the PhD supervisor who you are applying to. Most clinical psychology programmes require the equivalent of an upper second class honours (above 60). Perhaps you can contact UK directly to make enquiries.

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