"Combining broad education in Psychology with a specialist strand"
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.
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.
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.
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:
GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Math’s with a minimum of Grade C are required.
Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes
***** 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).
This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to advise you further.
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
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)
72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:
(as a first or second language)
Grade C or Higher
CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards
Minimum grade of 70% in English
Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)
West African/Nigerian Curriculum
Minimum grade “C6“
Equipped with a wide range of academic, practical , counselling , and research skills the psychology with counselling skills graduates have significant career options such as joining variety of helping professional institutes/department such as Dubai Autism Centre, school counselling, early intervention centres etc. They are hired by various clinics and organisation related to counselling and health profession.
Some graduates from this subject undertake further academic study often developing specific areas of interest within Psychology or Social Sciences. Students with Psychology majors who seek British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation are 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, which include counselling, clinical, organisational, educational and forensic psychology. Our Careers and Employability Service will offer you a range of support both while you are studying with us - and after you have graduated.
Michelle Mounsdon, BSc Psychology with Counselling
"I came for an open day and the facilities available in the Hatchcroft Psychology building were better than any other University I had seen. The lecturers were inspiring and enthusiastic about the courses on offer and the campus was modern and very welcoming.
"I've really enjoyed the practical workshops offered as part of the Counselling Skills course; a chance to learn and practice new techniques which helped me to gain a voluntary counsellor job with the charity 'Place2Be.' I have also enjoyed learning about new aspects of psychology such as 'neuropsychology' and 'lifespan development'."