Psychology and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both their majors in both Linguistics and Multilingual Studies and Psychology, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both the School of Humanities(SoH) and the School of Social Sciences(SSS).
The Psychology curriculum offers rigorous training to students in understanding human emotion, cognition and behaviours using scientific methods. The goals of our program focus on fostering critical thinking, methodological and quantitative reasoning skills. Students will complete a wide range of courses including but not limited to abnormal psychology, biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, personality and social psychology.
The Linguistics and Multilingual Studies curriculum allows students to explore the many interesting facets of language and communication, from the properties of speech sounds to grammatical and discourse structure, from children's language development to communication in bilingual and multilingual societies.
Graduates will acquire valuable intellectual skills, such as analytical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation, and clarity of expression. This means making insightful observations, formulating clear, testable hypotheses, generating predictions, making arguments and drawing conclusions, and communicating findings to a wider community.
Career paths may include areas such as the civil service, marketing, journalism, language therapy, childcare, health and education. 

Curriculum for AY2018 Intake and after

Major Requirements (AUs)
General Education Requirement (GER) (AUs)
Total (AUs)
Prescribed Electives
Final Year Project
GER Core
GER Prescribed Electives
GER Unrestricted Electives
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
 *Students may select one or two Final Year Projects, subject to the approval of the host schools. If they select just one, they have to read two 4000-level courses to fulfill the 8AUs requirement of the other discipline.

Curriculum for AY2016 & AY2017 Intake


I. Psychology Curriculum​

5 courses: 15AU
HP1000 Introduction to Psychology
HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research
HP2100 Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology
HP2400 Social Psychology
HP2600 Cognitive Psychology

Prescribed Electives
10 Courses: 35 AUs

1. Minimum two (2) HP2XXX courses [6 AUs]
    Choose two out of four: 
    -  HP2200 Biological Psychology
    -  HP2300 Developmental Psychology
    -  HP2500 Personality and Individual Differences
    -  HP2700 Abnormal Psychology

2. Minimum two (2) HP3XXX courses [6 AUs]

3. Minimum three (3) HP4XXX level courses [12 AUs], at least one must be a laboratory course  
4. Remaining 11 AUs from HP2XXX/3XXX/4XXX courses

Psychology Prescribed Electives
HP3002 Positive Psychology
HP3003 The Psychology of Everyday Design
HP3004 The Psychology of Food and Eating
HP3100 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3101 Applied Statistical Methods for Psychological Research
HP3200 Selected Topics in Social and Personality Psychology
HP3201 Evolutionary Psychology
HP3203 Conservation Psychology
HP3204 An Ape's Guide to Human Language
HP3205 Animal Behaviour
HP3206 Environmental Psychology
HP3300 Selected Topics in Applied Psychological Sciences
HP3302 Cognitive Development
HP3402 Social Cognition
HP3501 Human Motivation
HP3601 Human Memory
HP3603 Sensation and Perception​
HP3702 Child Psychopathology
HP3703 Health Psychology
HP3704 Introduction to Neuropsychology
HP3708 Biopsychosocial Criminology
HP3802 Personnel Psychology
HP3804 Psychological Testing
HP3805 Managing Organisational Behavior
HP3806 Consumer Psychology
HP3807 Occupational Health Psychology​
HP3901 Cultural Psychology

Laboratory Courses
(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)

HP4021 Laboratory in Human and Animal Neuroscience
HP4031 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
HP4041 Laboratory in Social Psychology
HP4051 Laboratory in Personality and Individual Differences
HP4061 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
HP4081 Laboratory in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
HP4091 Current Research in Cultural Psychology

Professional Courses
HP4102 Trauma Psychology, Crisis Intervention and Management
HP4103 The Forensic Psychology of Crime, Terrorism and Disasters
HP4104 Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology
HP4105 Correctional Psychology
HP4106 Mental Health in the Community

HP4107 Industrial-Organisational Psychology in Practice

HP4002 Qualitative Methods in Psychology
HP4012 Applied Multivariate Methods for Psychological Research
HP4063 Research Lab in Language in Perception and Thought​
HP4201 Technology and Social Behaviour
HP4222 The Neuroscience of Love 
HP4232 Development of Self-Regulation
HP4233 Social Cognition in Childhood
HP4242 Advanced Topics in Social Cognition
HP4243 Intergroup Relations
HP4262 Multisensory Integration
HP4271 Cognitive Neuroplasticity
HP4272 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
HP4273 Introduction to Functional Neuroimaging
HP4274 The Last Dance: Psycho-Social-Cultural Perspectives of Death, Dying and Bereavement
HP4281 Psychology of Leadership
HP4282 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

For course Description, please click here.

Cross-list Courses
These courses are offered by other prorgammes are not only relevant to the study of Psychology but also provide breadth from a different perspective. For the list of courses that could be counted towards the Psychology curriculum, please click here


II. Linguistics and Multilingual Studies Curriculum​


5 courses: 15 AUs
HG1001 Mind and Meaning
HG2001 Morphology and Syntax
HG2002 Semantics and Pragmatics
HG2003 Phonetics and Phonology
HG2034 Structure of Modern English

Prescribed Electives
10 Courses: 35 AUs
1. Minimum three (3) HG3XXX courses [9 AUs]

2. Minimum three (3) HG4XXX courses [12 AUs]

3. Remaining 14 AUs from HG2XXX/3XXX/4XXX 
    Note: Students enrolled in this program MUST read HP1100, and will be exempted from HG2005

Linguistics and Multilingual Studies Prescribed Electives
These courses are offered in five concentrations. These are:

Language, Mind and Multilingualism
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG2012 Cognitive Linguistics
HG2013 Child Language
HG2014 Second Language Acquisition
HG2015 Investigaing Literacy as Social Textual Practice 
HG2016 Language and Music
HG2030 Reading Development and Disorders
HG3005 Statistics for Psycholinguistics
HG3010 Language and Communication Disorders
HG3012 Deaf Culture and Sign Language
HG3015 Psycholinguistics
HG3016 Language and Cognition in Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG3017 Advanced Study of Language and Literacy in Infancy
HG4011 Language and the Brain
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory 

Multilingual Societies and Multiculturalism
HG2020 Language in Society
HG2021 Intercultural Communication
HG2023 Language and Gender
HG2024 XRated Linguistics: Language, Sexuality and Desire
HG2032 Globalisation and World Englishes
HG3021 Language Change
HG3022 Sociolinguistics of a Region
HG3024 A Wor(l)d in Motion
HG3025 Language Variation
HG3031 Methods in Sociolinguistics
HG4020 Languages in Contact
HG4021 Language Shift and Maintenance
HG4023 Language Planning and Policy 
HG4024 Social Theories and Language
HG4031 Multimodality in Situated Contexts

Language Structure
HG2017 Father-and-Mother Tongues: Languages of SE Asia
HG3042 Contrastive Linguistics
HG3043 Malay Linguistics 1 - History and Structure​
HG3047 Experimenting with Spoken Language
HG4012 Structure of Sign Language
HG4040 Phonological Theory
HG4041 Theories of Grammar
HG4042 How and Why Languages Differ
HG4043 Language Universals and Language Types 
HG4045 Field Methods: Structure and Language
HG4046 Malay Linguistics 2 - Dialectology and Language Contact
HG4049 Semantic Analysis
HG4070 Experimental Phonetics
HG4071 The Meat of Speech: The Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking and Hearing

Language and Technology
HG2051 Language and the Computer
HG2052 Language, Technology and the Internet
HG2053 Language Modeling
HG3051 Corpus Linguistics
HG4050 Machine Translation
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition
HG4053 Grammar Engineering

Special Topics

HG2031 The History of English
HG2033 Introduction to Conversation Analysis
HG2093 Discovering Unwritten Stories:A General Introduction to Toponymy and Toponomastics 
HG2094 Word Of Mouth: Transmission of Oral Culture
HG2095 Codes Fr the Past: A General Intro To the Hist Ofcryptography
HG2096 What's in a text? - Analyzing Written Discourse
HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology
HG2098 Gesture and Discourse
HG2099 Languages of the World
HG3023 Anthropological Linguistics
HG3040 Language Evolution
HG3043 Malay Linguistics 1 - History and Structure
HG4022 Forensic Linguistics
HG4032 The Linguistics of Humour
HG4033 Advanced Conversation Analysis 
HG4048 Comparative Chinese Dialectology
HG4060 Special Topics in Linguistics
HG4062 Language, Culture and Society in Southeast Asia
HG4063 Advanced World Englishes

For course Description, please click here.

Cross-list Courses
These courses are offered by other prorgammes are not only relevant to the study of Linguistics but also provide breadth from a different perspective. For the list of courses that could be counted towards the LMS curriculum, please click here.​​