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BSc Honours Psychology with Counselling Skills

BSc Honours Psychology with Counselling Skills

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Start
September
Duration
3 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Fees (Total)
167,100
September 2020
Year 1 - 55,700 Year 2 - 55,700 Year 3 - 55,700

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the human mind. At Middlesex University Dubai, we offer a solid grounding in modern psychology – a body of theoretical and practical knowledge concerning human behaviour and experiences. This programme combines a broad education in psychology with a specialist strand to develop counselling and interpersonal skills together with an understanding of the theory and practice of counselling.

You will focus on the systems and theories that underpin both psychology and counselling, culminating in the submission of a portfolio of research and knowledge. Graduates of the programme will be eligible and well-prepared to undertake specialised postgraduate training to become qualified to practice as clinical or counselling psychologists.

Combining Psychology with Another Discipline

This Honours degree programme offers students a solid grounding in Psychology but also allows some specialisation in complementary areas through the various pathways available. The programme is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career within clinical or counselling occupations where a detailed understanding of human behaviour is important. The psychology programme has a strong focus on the practical investigation of human behaviour, culminating in the opportunity to undertake an independent piece of research in the final year.

Why Study BSc Honours Psychology with Counselling Skills?

Psychology and Counseling are disciplines that incorporate a great many approaches to the understanding of human behaviour. Your programme combines a broad education in Psychology with a specialist strand that focuses on Counselling skills, theory and practice. Successful completion of the programme confers the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychology Society, which is an important first step for those who wish to pursue further training in areas such as clinical, counselling, educational, forensic or health psychology.

This programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career where an in-depth understanding and knowledge of human behaviour is essential, and counselling skills are an important asset. It is important to note that though as a graduate of this programme you will not be qualified to practice as either a counsellor or psychologist, but you will be eligible and well-prepared to undertake specialised postgraduate training leading into these professions.

The degree provides sound understanding of basic core courses that start at foundation level in year one and develops in depth and details in year 2 and 3. The main focus of various modules is to enhance critical thinking and evaluation of taught concepts and theories, the development of basic counselling skill and self awareness, preparation for taking up future studies in clinical forensic or other applied fields, acquiring numerical and analytical skills which culminate into developing capacity to carry out independent research project. In addition to all other basic core modules students must complete a dissertation which is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to carry out a research oriented piece of work and to relate the theoretical knowledge gained through the programme to empirical data. For the dissertation, the focus is on independent, self-managed, self-directed study within a framework of supervision.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

  • Year 1

    • Mind & Behaviour in Context (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module introduces the five core areas of psychology (cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences).
    • Preparing for Academic Success (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you with skills and knowledge about psychology, and the University, that contribute to academic success. The module also aims to help you to develop plans for your future development within and beyond your programme of study. The 'process' of being a student can be difficult and confusing. The educational institution and the academic discipline both have many assumptions and processes that can be hard to uncover and understand without some guidance.  This module will explain how relevant aspects of Psychology and Middlesex University 'work', so that you can gain the maximum benefit from your studies. It will also show you how you can apply psychological knowledge to your own development as individuals and learners, and stimulate preparations for future careers.

    • Psychological Statistics (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to introduce you to quantitative statistical analysis as they are employed in psychological research.
    • The Counselling Relationship (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module introduces a range of counselling concepts and skills.
    • Research Methods and Design in Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. Students will develop skills in searching literature and generating hypotheses with a sound rationale, understand the principles of sound research design and data collection and be able to interpret findings and critically assess research output in psychology. They will also be provided with opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work
  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Psychological Therapies (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides an overview of the major psychological theories and findings underpinning the practice of counselling and psychological therapy. The module also extends basic counselling skills developed in PSY1021 and encourages students to develop a reflective stance on the development of these skills. The module additionally explores the diversity of counselling in action, professional issues and opportunities for further training.

    • Therapeutic Applications of Cognitive Psychology & Neuroscience (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides equips student with an appreciation of the relevance of theory and

      research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and individual differences to the practice of

      psychological therapies. Students will be encouraged to adopt a critical perspective of the

      application of concepts from cognition, neuroscience and individual differences to the

      understanding of the dynamically changing interpersonal and intersubjective processes of

      psychological therapy.

    • Social, Personality and Development Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This BPS core module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students’ understanding of primary and contemporary theory and research in three essential areas: social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences. The subject matter is introduced and investigated through topic-focused lectures, research workshops and collaborative investigations. A focus on developmental psychology will see students study the biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes and changes of infancy and childhood as these are the periods during an individual's lifespan when the most change occurs. In social psychology, fundamental interpersonal and intergroup processes will be studied with the objective of developing students’ understanding of human sociality. Throughout the module, several aspects of psychological approaches to understanding individual differences will be considered such as humanistic theories of development and social learning theory.

    • Applied Psychology and Research Methods Ethics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The module enables students to understand, evaluate and conduct applied psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with skills in a variety of analytical methods and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research.
  • Year 3

    • Social, Cultural & Community Mental Health (15 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Psychology Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Within this module, you will pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. It will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation, and it will provide the opportunity for you to become competent and self-sufficient researcher.
    • Lifespan Issues: Impact of Life Experience (15 Credits) - Optional
      The module aims to (a) to develop students’ understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding life experience and psychology and (b) to encourage students to think reflectively about the psychological relevance of social norms, expectations, stereotypes and issues of personal identity and nurture on life experience and development
    • Lifespan Stages: Adult stages of development (15 Credits) - Optional
      The module aims to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. It considers how psychological knowledge of ways in which development can be investigated and observed using research can be undertaken from a variety of perspectives, as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of lifespan development and can be practically applied to Lifespan investigation.
    • The Psychology of Stress, Motivation and Work-Life Balance (15 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to introduce students to the area of occupational psychology particularly in relation to stress, motivation and work-life balance. The module will introduce theories which underlie stress with a strong focus on the role of stress in the workplace. The students will also gain an understanding of work-life balance and the real-world applications of promoting good work-life balance. The topics will be covered in a variety of ways which will allow the students to engage with some of the critical debates around area. This will range from the complexities surrounding the conceptualisation of work-life balance, to the impact it can have on the health of employees, whilst also incorporating the role of the employer. Although, motivation and stress in the workplace are areas which have been traditionally researched in relation to workplace psychology, both of the areas, along with work-life balance are currently yielding a lot of innovative research. The module will allow students to critically engage with an emerging and increasingly popular area of occupational psychology and it will appeal to students who have an interest in occupational psychology, but specifically the links between work and home life, and how psychology has helped to shape this discipline. Since work based stress, motivation and work-life balance are all employment based topics, the content will be relevant to students beyond their degree and can be carried into their chosen areas of employment. Particularly those who are planning to go into Human Resources, Occupational Psychology or wish to pursue a postgraduate course in this area.
    • Key Issues and Controversies in the Psychology of Elite Sport Performance (15 Credits) - Optional
      This module will aim to introduce students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of elite sport performance, to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of elite sport performance and the applications of sport psychology, from a practitioners perspective, to working with skilled performers.
    • Death, Separation and Loss (15 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to shed light on death. Put simply, death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism, however this module is concerned with the complex processes surrounding death, and related issues of separation and loss. It aims to understand the psychological processes involved not only after someone dies, but also to identify the different kinds of losses humans can experience and the factors involved in grief and mourning. Separation and loss are core to the notion of disenfranchised grief, where the griever or the loss itself may not be recognised (e.g. a ‘broken heart’ from a relationship break-up or divorce, miscarriage, a child as a griever, terminal illness). Classical and contemporary theories of death and bereavement will be covered (e.g. Mourning and Melancholia, Grief Stages, Dual Process, Continuing Bonds and Terror Management Theory). Students will be introduced to both evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence in the area, which will highlight expertise in the faculty, from quantitative research on death and video games, to qualitative research on suicide, to practice areas including bereavement counselling and emerging technologies for end of life management.
    • New Directions in Cognitive Science (15 Credits) - Optional
      We all have the experience of an internal dialogue; linguistically phrased commentary and reasoning that pertains to our actions in the here and now or to actions we might wish to execute. But do those sentences truly reflect how our brains collate and process information? For many years the assumption was that they do, but of late this view has been challenged.
      Cognitive science is a multidisciplinary approach to studying and understanding internal causal states for the production of behaviour (thoughts). The primary aim of cognitive science is to provide a mechanistic (how things work) and functional (why things work) account of cognition. Cognitive science has traditionally been grounded in a ‘symbolic account’ of mind – the notion that the brain, much like a computer, manipulates abstract information that has representational content (is about something). However, recent changes in our understanding of behaviour, cognition and neuroscience have challenged these underlying assumptions. This module will outline the underlying assumptions of cognitive science, how they have been challenged by recent developments and whether cognitive science can incorporate these new developments within its existing framework. Importantly, this module will teach topics from different areas of science including; psychology, ecology, neuroscience, and computer science.
    • Creativity & Imagination (15 Credits) - Optional
      The module explores psychological aspects of creativity and imagination. Students' will develop a critical understanding of psychological theory and research relating to creative productivity across a range of contexts. Additionally, students will apply theory and research to plans for developing, enhancing and/or utilising creativity and imagination in real-world contexts.
    • Critical Forensic Psychology (15 Credits) - Optional
      The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention.
    • Applying health Psychology to behaviour change (15 Credits) - Optional
      The module aims to introduce students to health psychology and the work of Health Psychologists in practice. It covers the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness, before focusing on health behaviour change interventions and chronic illness and its management. It aims to help students apply knowledge and skills to real-world health problems.
    • Neuropsychology: The healthy brain and what can go wrong with it (15 Credits) - Optional
      To introduce students to the history, principles and methods of neuropsychology with a particular emphasis on case studies
      * To introduce the causes and symptoms of major neuropsychological disorders of language, vision, memory, emotion, personality, olfaction and development, and the theories accounting for each
      * To demonstrate the extent to which case studies (in combination with data from brain imaging) inform us about the functioning of the healthy brain in these cognitive functions
      * To describe and evaluate how the effects of brain damage are assessed
      * To encourage critical thinking and oral presentation skills
      * To prepare students for postgraduate study within neuropsychology
    • Coaching Psychology (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in coaching psychology. It offers students a blend of academic study, practical knowledge, and personal development. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate students’ development of critical thinking, independent learning, reflective learning, listening and communication skills. It provides an introduction to basic skills of Coaching Psychology. The module may encourage students to explore further training in Coaching and Coaching Psychology as part of their professional and career development.

Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus Sunday to Thursday between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions may be scheduled over the weekend or holiday periods and you should expect to receive notice of these in advance.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. These approaches ensure that you are involved and engaged by placing you at the centre of your own learning. You will be required to actively participate in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively. Faculty increasingly use existing and emerging technologies and your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging in e-learning you will also be developing skills of which are essential for your learning and highly valued by employers. Such skills including flexibility, communication, IT skills and team work.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 60% overall
Minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,B,C (three subjects), or with A*, A* (two subjects)
You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.

Students who have completed their GCSEs are eligible to join our International Foundation Programme – a one year programme to prepare students for entry onto our Undergraduate Programmes. Please note that students must meet the British AS and A Level entry requirements in order to gain entry into the First Year of any one of our Undergraduate Programmes. Grade C in Maths

UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** or equivalent programmes
Completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Students with American High School Diploma are eligible to join our Foundation programme. However, if you have passed the American High School Diploma with the university required GPA and SAT or ACT or AP Scores you may be eligible for direct entry into Year 1 of the undergraduate programme. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.
BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 65% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 5 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“

TOEFL-IBT home-based test

 

Accepted for September 2020 only and in territories where standard version of the test is not available due to test centre closure  
UG: 72

Duolingo

Accepted for September 2020 only
UG: Overall 95

 

IELTS Indicator 

Accepted for September 2020 only and test certificate must be dated after 20 May 2020.

Note: this test is accepted only in territories where IELTS test centre is closed.  


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

Equipped with a wide range of academic, practical, counselling and research skills, graduates may take up roles in various clinics and organisations related to the counselling and health professions, or continue their studies to specialise in specific areas of interest within Psychology or the Social Sciences. Students who have studied Psychology can seek British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and are then eligible to take a conversion diploma in the United Kingdom after graduation. Postgraduate study and training is essential for those wishing to pursue the Chartered Psychology careers including: counselling; clinical; organisational; educational and forensic psychology. Our Careers and Employability Service will offer students a range of support throughout their studies and this continues after graduation.  

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