Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology

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BSocSci (Hons) in Psychology

The curriculum for the BSocSci (Hons) in Psychology is designed as a four-year programme.  Over the course of study, students will complete core and elective psychology courses in conjunction with a series of broadening courses in other academic disciplines. ​

Psychology is the study of behaviour and cognition, and is both a social science and life science. The broad-based undergraduate programme reflects this dual nature. Humans are studied in interaction with others. Students will learn to answer questions about how we perceive our world, learn, formulate goals, react to stress, and interact with others.

Psychology is highly interdisciplinary as well, drawing on neurophysiology, sociology, philosophy, and mathematics. A student with varied interests can frequently find their place in psychology.​

Level 1000 and 2000 courses provide broad overviews of major areas of psychology. They serve as the basic foundation for more advanced studies in psychology. 

Level 3000 courses are lecture-tutorial courses on more specialised fields of psychology.

Level 4000 courses are divided into four types: Laboratory courses, Professional courses, Seminars and Graduation Project/FYP (for eligible students).

Laboratory courses focus on the hands-on training of research skills in psychology. All students who intend to complete a Graduation Project/FYP in Psychology are required to complete one laboratory course before starting the Graduation Project/FYP. The fulfilment of at least one laboratory course is a requirement for graduation regardless if students are eligible to do the Graduation Project/FYP.

Professional courses offer students knowledge about the actual work of professional psychologists in applied settings.

Seminars are discussion-based courses on an advanced research area. These courses often involve both undergraduate and graduate students in in-depth discussion of the up-and-coming research in a specialized area.

Level 5000 courses are only offered as GER-PE (LA).

The Graduation Project/FYP is undertaken during a student’s final year and over two consecutive semesters. Students who successfully pass the Graduation Project/FYP will be awarded 8 AUs. Students who are planning to go for exchange are not allowed to register for Graduation Project/FYP.

The objective of the Graduation Project/FYP is to expose students to the elements that are inherent in independent research work in psychology. With the guidance of an advisor, the student will learn to identify a research issue in an area of psychology, conduct empirical, meta-analytical (use of secondary data), or library research, and write up a research report of about 9,000 to 10,000 words. 

Before beginning, the Graduation Project/FYP students should have their project approved by the relevant Ethical Committee.  Please find information regarding the Psychology Programme Ethical Committee  here

The Programme's Graduation Project/FYP Coordinator is Assoc Prof Michael Gumert ([email protected])

The Opt-in Graduation Project/FYP system will apply to students admitted in AY2013-14 and onwards.
To obtain a Honours (Highest Distinction) or Honours (Distinction) degree, students must read and complete their Graduation Project/FYP. Graduation Project/FYP is thus compulsory for students with CGPA of 3.90 and above. Students with CGPA within the holding band of 3.75 to 3.89 will be allowed to opt-in to do Graduation Project/FYP at the discretion of the Programme. 
Students below the required CGPA of 3.75 will not be allowed to complete Graduation Project/FYP but must read two 4000-level courses to fulfill the 8 AUs requirement. 

Please refer to your respective HP4099 NTUlearn course site for details.

Please submit the softcopy of  your Graduation Project/FYP to DR-NTU:

DR-NTU Submission Guidelines:

For enquires on DR-NTU submission, please email [email protected]

The School of Social Sciences (SSS) offers our students more choices to take Major-PEs in other fields of study other than those related to their own major programmes, that they may have the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary training within the humanities and social sciences discipline. The School has carefully selected a set of interdisciplinary Major-PEs, so as to provide students with​ a broad-based curriculum within the School.

This list of Interdisciplinary Major-PEs are for students who are interested and confident to take modules outside their Major of Study. If students wish to focus on taking Major-PEs from their own major programme, they can still do so. 

The following modules are part of a common pool of Interdisciplinary Major-PEs that all SSS students can register for, regardless of their offering Programme with effect from Semester 2, AY2016-2017.

Modules with pre-requisites are indicated in red below.

Offering ProgrammeExisting courses
HISTHH1007 The Making of Civilizations
 HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science
CHINHC3001 Modern Chinese Literature (will remain as Core for CHIN students)
(Pre-req: B4 and above in O-Level Chinese or equivalent)
 HC3003 Southeast Asian Chinese (will remain as Core for CHIN students)
(Pre-req: B4 and above in O-Level Chinese or equivalent)
PSYHP1000 Introduction to Psychology (will remain as Core for PSY students)
 HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research (will remain as Core for PSY students)
PPGAHA3016 China's Foreign Policy (Pre-req: HA1004)
 HA3010 Mass Media and Public Policy (Pre-req: HA1004)
ECONHE1004 Introduction to Statistical Theory and Methods
(will remain as Core for ECON students)
 HE9092 Economic Theory (Pre-req: HE9091)
SOCHS2007 Understanding Globalization (Pre-req: HS1001)
 HS2028 Graying society: Issues and Challenges (Pre-req: HS1001)
PHILOHY1001 Introduction to Philosophy (will remain as Core for PHIL students)
 HY3001 Existentialism: Freedom, Being, Death
LMSHG1001 Fundamentals of Linguistics: Mind and Meaning
(will remain as Core for LMS students)
 HG2020 Language in Society (will remain as Core for LMS students)
(Pre-req: HG1002)
ELHHL1001 Introduction to the Study of Literature
HL1005 Singaporean Literature and Culture (Pre-req: HL1001)

Please note that: 

  1. Students are allowed to take not more than 2 courses from the common pool of Major-PEs courses as substitute of their own Major-PEs.

  2. ​​A waiver of the pre-requisites for SSS students will be granted to students who wish to register any of these 18 modules. They will be advised that they need to put in more effort when attempting higher level courses in the list with pre-requisite.

Current Course Offering for AY2024-2025, Semester 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Coordinator (s)
HP1000   Introduction to Psychology   Darren Yeo
HP1100   Fundamentals of Social Science Research   Tan Chin Hong / Olivia Choy
HP2200Biological PsychologyYu Junhong
HP2500Introduction to Personality and Individual DifferencesPaul Victor Patinadan
HP3201Evolutionary PsychologyMichael David Gumert
HP3204An Ape's Guide to Human LanguageSuzy Styles
HP3205Animal BehaviorMichael David Gumert
HP3303Geropsychology     Wayne Chong 
HP3502Psychology of EmotionToh Wei Xing
HP3702Child PsychopathologyTanisha Sheena Vanen
HP3703Health PsychologyEvelyn Au
HP3708Biopsychosocial CriminologyOlivia Choy
HP3901Cultural Psychology Albert Lee
HP4012Applied Multivariate Methods for Psychological ResearchRingo Ho
HP4021Laboratory in Human and Animal NeuroscienceVictoria Leong
HP4041Laboratory in Social PsychologyCatherine Wan
HP4061Laboratory in Cognitive PsychologyCharles Or
HP4063Research Lab in Language in Perception and ThoughtSuzy Styles
HP4081Laboratory in Industrial & Organisational PsychologyKoh Chee Wee
HP4106Mental Health in the CommunityLin Hong Hui / Melanie Liang
HP4107Industrial-Organisational Psychology in PracticePaul John Englert
HP4108Psychological Therapies and CounsellingMelissa Cang
HP4242Advanced Topics in Social CognitionCatherine Wan
HP4251Human MotivationJoyce Pang
HP4261Seminar in Perceptual & Cognitive NeurosciencesCharles Or
HP4262Psychology of Self-RegulationXu Hong
HP4273Introduction to Functional NeuroimagingLuo Lizhu
HP4274The Last Dance: Psycho-socio-cultural Perspectives of Death, Dying and BereavementAndy Ho
HP4281Seminar in Selected Topics: Psychology LeadershipPaul John Englert




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