4 Common Misconceptions about Becoming a Psychologist

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Being a psychology student myself, let me just assure you that there are A LOT of things that I have believed to be true about psychology that I had to find out was in fact a lie. 

A misconception can be defined as a wrong or inaccurate ideology about something. Due to the stigma around the idea of human behaviour and mental health, the psychology industry and becoming a psychologist has been majorly affected by misconceptions. In this article, we will debunk some of these misconceptions for the betterment of fellow psychologists and the society. 

Misconception 1 : Psychologist DO NOT study real science

The debate that has been on-going for decades argues the question of whether Psychology is a form of Science or not. Yes, Psychology is a form of real science. Psychology is a science as it is based on the use of many scientific methods. The study of human behaviour being done is obtained through verified theories and evidence of human behaviour and mental processes. 

Misconception 2 : Psychologist study “common sense” + psychology is easy

Many people consider psychology to be an “easy way out” as it is perceived to be one of the easiest courses offered. Well, every programme and field has its own set of challenges. Psychology may be somewhat easier for you if you have a strong interest in it but keep in mind it includes designing research studies, analyzing data using statistics, reading A LOT of academic journals and writing research papers.

Misconception 3 : Psychology graduates do not have a lot of job opportunities waiting for them

When you tell your peers that you’d like to study psychology, there is a 90% chance that the first thing they would tell you is “Psychology can’t get you a job”. INCORRECT. 

In fact, psychology is one of those fields that allows you a wealthy amount of job opportunities in various industries. Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the understanding of human behaviour is crucial is almost every aspect of the working life. With a psychology degree, you can find yourself from the clinical to the human resource to the communications line. What’s important is for you to constantly develop additional skills whilst earning your degree to further enhance your employability. 

Misconception 4 : Psychologist can read minds

If you think becoming a psychologist can give you the ability to read people’s minds just by looking at them, then unfortunately I have bad news for you. Pursuing a psychology degree will NOT allow you to read minds. Yes, psychology is the study of human behaviour. This basically means that with the knowledge and skills that you learn, you will be able to make a knowledgeable guess of what a person may be feeling or thinking based on their non-verbal communication such as their body language. 

What is Psychology?

Psychology, in Layman’s terms, is the study of the mind and behaviour. It studies how humans think, act and feel is dependent on biological influences, social pressures as well as environmental factors. The field of psychology is mainly based on the concepts of describing, explaining, predicting and changing behaviour. 

Key Skills Needed to Become a Psychologist

As you dive into the world of studying human behaviour, here are a few common skills/traits needed in individuals to become successful psychologists :

1. Communication Skills

As one of the main roles of being a psychologist requires you to work closely with others, having good communication skills is extremely important. Communication skills include verbal, non-verbal communication as well as the ability to receive and interpret messages accurately. Strong communication skills ensure a clear and effective way of doing your job and enabling others to do their job as well. 

2. Problem-solving skills

Psychology is the study of humans. Therefore, things are not always set in stone. Problem solving skills enables us to identify problems, analyse the cause factor for these problems and lastly determine a method of solving those problems. The ability to solve problems in a quick and effective manner will help in the varying contexts of human behaviour that you will face at work. Problem solving skills include the ability to use logic, creativity, imagination and determination. 

3. Research Skills

No matter the field of psychology that you will be diving into, research skills are a must have. This skills helps in a range of potential roles such as conduction of your own experiments, aiding patients with past experiences of other psychologists or even researching previously done experiments. You should be able to effectively find the information that you need through thousands of scientific journals with decades of data and be able to evaluate it accurately for your own benefit. 

Career Opportunities for Psychology Graduates

* To work as a licensed psychologist it is important to note that you would require a Masters Degree/phD 

Psychology Job Opportunities

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselor  
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs Children Therapist 

Other Industries Job Opportunities

  • Human Resource Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Business Developer Executive 

Entry Requirement for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

English Requirements 


Min. 5.0


Min. 34 (Internet Based Test)


Min. Band 3

Academic Requirements 


CGPA 2.00 for 2 subjects with min. C for each subject


Pass with min CGPA of 2.00


Min. 2E’s


Pass with 5Bs including English

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Min. 24 points

*Requirements may vary based on universities being applied to. 

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Top 5 Universities for Pscyhology Degree in Malaysia

1. University of Nottingham

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 



Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 39,500

Non-Malaysians – RM46,000

2. Monash University Malaysia

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychological Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 


February, July and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 36,977

Non-Malaysians – RM42,315

3. Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 


March, August and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 28,900

Non-Malaysians – RM35,800

4. HELP University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 


January, May and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians & Non-Malaysians- RM 73,700 

5. UCSI University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 


January, May and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 21,200

Non-Malaysians – RM23,000 

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Raveena Rakni Suresh Raj
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