|Image Credit: http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/course-search/singapore/|
I spoke to some students interested in studying psychology in the last week and they asked a similar question:
Which Australian university should I go to for my undergraduate psychology degree?Step 1: Understanding Yourself
Understand which areas of psychology you are interested in. You may look up and read the respective pages in the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website to learn about the areas of psychology. These areas are the areas of practice endorsements as shown in the image above.
Step 2: Knowing APAC
First and foremost, I would introduce the APAC (Australian Psychological Accreditation Council) and they have the list of accredited programs in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, which includes all accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs. APAC allows you to switch universities from undergraduate level to postgraduate level as a result of their accreditation of the programs, which truly embodies the quote of:
"All schools are good schools"Read this to know more about APAC.
Step 3: Identifying universities of interest
After identifying areas of psychology you are interested in (Step 1), you can go through the list of universities in the different countries (Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia) and states in Australia.
My tip is to go through all of them and have a brief look at the postgraduate programs offered by all the universities.
|From APAC website: Click the Country (Blue Arrow) and/or Australian state, followed by the Postgraduate Courses (Red Arrow)|
You can identify possible universities by seeing which universities offer the areas of psychology (in their postgraduate programs) that you are interested in.
You may ask why postgraduate programs?The postgraduate programs offered are an indication of the specialities that their professors, in the respective universities, major in. It implies that you will be learning from the best and well-respected academia in Australia, by undergoing the undergraduate and possibly the postgraduate degrees in the universities. Why not learn from the best?
Step 4: Making your choice
After identifying the universities that are aligned to your areas of interest, you may then consider the following (not in any specific order):
- Annual tuition fees of programs
- Scholarships available (which means reduction of fees)
- Advanced standings or module exemptions available (if you are articulating from the diploma level) to help you reduce the study time in the university
- Accommodation (on-campus or self-rental) and surrounding factors, i.e. transport and accessibility, surrounding facilities, etc.
- Summary accreditation reports by APAC (to assess the quality of universities and programs by the APAC standards)
- Entry requirements (the minimum 'A' level grades or Polytechnic GPA results to enter the programs)
So, have you made your choice?