Accreditation reports of Australian programs

As you understand, programs have to accredited / approved, especially if they are programs that you are taking from the PEIs.  So in Singapore, we have the CPE overseeing this; in Australia, this is strictly overseen by the APAC.  APAC accredits all psychology programs that origins from Australia, regardless of where they are taught to students.

If you like to understand the reason for accreditation, please read this post.  There are three Australian degrees in Singapore offered by different PEIs.  Here are the most recent accreditation assessment reports from APAC (arranged by chronological date):

University of Wollongong (dated 08 October 2012)
Murdoch University (dated 10 December 2012)
James Cook University (dated 3 December 2015)

You may take this reports as a form of consideration for your choice of Australian programs, as they do evaluate on the teaching quality, content, and structure.  But the choice is still yours, with the many other factors to consider as well.

SGPsychStud - The name

If you look at the bottom of every post, it will write "Posted by SGPsychStud". So why the name SGPsychstud?

Originally, I go by the pseudonym psychstud, which pretty much is the short form of "psychology student". I only found out, after I used it for a few months, that stud also meant "animals for breeding" or a slang for "a sexually active man", according to However, I do not intend to use the word like that; PsychStud = Psychology Student. Period.

As for SG, everyone would have guessed it. As I am based in Singapore, SG would mean "Singapore". So if you would like to communicate with me, you could call me PsychStud, or SGPsychStud, or SGPS (not Singapore GPS, but SG Psych Stud in short). Also please do not call me SPS; as I mentioned before, I am not affiliated to any psychological association or societies (such as the SPS or SRP in particular).

Hope to hear from all of you if you have any comments or questions!!! My email is, or you could contact me on the Facebook Page.

SGPsychStud: When does Thinking become boring??

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Psychology is usually never boring to me. Just thinking of things, mostly related to personality and development of people, and analysing those around me excites me. I can sit at a train station platform and watch people walk by, thinking about why their choices of clothes and accessories and their behaviour, and time can pass by so quickly. Probably it's just a habit created over time through my training in psychology, to analyse things and break them down in order to understand them from a psychological perspective. I love the question "Why?". However...

Some days, when there is nothing to do and seriously nothing to do, assignments all done, exams not here yet, no one asking out for meals and other stuff, I will sit in front of my computer and go through Facebook (my personal page and the SGPsychStuff Page), and Youtube for interesting videos. And when all are done, and the day is not over, and not even time for another meal, things start to get boring..Just a lack of stimulation I guess..Humans live on stimulation, and with modern technology, it becomes more evident. The questions are "Do you need technology to survive? Is technology your only source of stimulation?"

Not saying that being bored is bad, I always have my self to analyse - which is to analyse my self. Who else better, as I know myself best? However there is the problem of ruminating, or unproductive ruminating, where you start looking too much into your past and previous mistakes and cannot climb back up to the present again. Introspection is good, but not unproductive or negative rumination. For a clearer picture of the difference of introspection and rumination, read this.

I guess my stimulation is from my analyses and thinking about things that I do constantly; moments of pausing and staring blank may be boring, but may not be a bad thing...

Stage 3 (Part I): Stuck in a rut - Job hunting troubles

First of all, why the words "Stuck in a rut"? Well this is the current situation I'm in now...

I've just graduated from the course and waiting for my Psychology Bachelors degree results.

The process of job hunting has been a tiring and arduous one. There were several times I felt like giving up. Staying at home would have been way easier. But I wish to fight for my future and do something about it.

Been applying for jobs, and went for some interviews. But I've been wondering "What could have gone wrong during the interviews?" "Why can't I get a job, why is it so difficult here in Singapore?" (Though I know the answers to those questions, I refuse to give in & keep persisting.)

All I just want is to get a job. A job that's related to Psychology. I do not mind starting from scratch, but this is clearly not something that can be done overnight.

I don't wish to waste my time. I need to be out there, doing something productive, contributing to the society. But right now, I'm still stuck in the rut. Troubled. The fear of being unemployed. What can I do?


Request from blog author for reflection contributor: 
To everyone and organisations reading this, if you have any job or internship position offers from the public or private sectors, especially for counselling or applied work, please leave a comment below with your contact details and the reflection contributor will contact you directly. Thanks!

2013 Update: Academic requirements for local psychology diplomas and degrees

Again, this post is only for students who are thinking of applying to study psychology this year in local diplomas and degrees. It is really timely as the 'A' levels results are just out and students are considering which to apply; though this might be a little late for the polytechnic applicants.

Hope this helps as a summary for students considering psychology!

For the diplomas:
These cut-off points are based on ELR2B2: (Please refer to the websites for more details)
EL=English Language; R2=Two relevant subjects; B2=Any two other subjects excluding CCA
SP Programs:  Applied Drama and Psychology(Cut-off: 13) / Human Resource Management with Psychology (Cut-off: 12)
NP ProgramsPsychological Studies (Cut-off: 9) / Child Psychology and Early Childhood (Cut-off: 12)
TP ProgramsPsychological 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 (2012/13)3H2/1H1: 10th - BBB/B, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.68, 90% - 3.90
(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 (2012/13)3H2/1H1: 10th - BBB/C, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.63, 90% - 3.95
SMU (2012/13)3H2/1H1: 10th - BBC/C, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.61, 90% - 3.84 

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