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Advanced Diploma in Psychology* (Awarded by Management Development Institute of Singapore)

About the Course
Course Curriculum


*The Programme is under teach-out, currently not recruiting new students.


  • To equip participants with more in-depth understanding of psychology and the principles involved
  • To enhance the effectiveness of participants' practical skills and techniques through action-based training

Assessment Methods

Modules will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations depending on the individual module objectives.


Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded with the Advanced Diploma in Psychology awarded by MDIS.




Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.


Statistics I

This module emphasises graphic and numerical descriptive statistics for summarizing characteristics of data distributions and the use of EXCEL spreadsheets for the recording of data and for data analysis. Students also learn correlational techniques, the inferential statistics of three varieties of t tests and the two forms of chi square inferential tests. Throughout, a practical and functional understanding of the use of statistics is emphasised.

Psychological Research

The primary focus of this module is psychological research, tests, and measurement as applied to psychology, particularly the understanding of interpretation of epidemiological techniques and data analysis

Motivation and Human Conduct

This module is a study of fundamental psychological principles, with special emphasis on understanding of self and others and the development of values, thoughts, emotions and behavior. An Eastern perspective is emphasised throughout. This course surveys a variety of psychological perspectives, largely as an experimental scientist, investigating physiological, cognitive, developmental, social, and personality aspects of human behavior.

Organisational Psychology and Group Dynamics

In this module, students learn about the human dynamics that create successful organisations and those dynamics that impede efficient functioning and attainment of goals. The relationship of group dynamics to organisation dynamics is explored and the similarities and differences studied from a psychological perspective.

Comparative Politics

The discipline of political science attempts to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of government by comparing the varying forms of government of major countries or regions of the world. Representative countries are: Singapore and other Southeast Asian states, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria. Comparisons include an historical analysis, examination of government institutions, political parties, interest groups, the media and public policy.

Personality and Abnormal Psychology

In this module, students examine the primary theories of human personality and theories and descriptions of abnormal behavior, particularly as related to clinical/ health psychology. The focus is on various treatments for and the prevention of common clinical/health related problems in the context of personality theory. Severe mental disorders are NOT considered. Special consideration is given to World Health Organisation writings on these topics.

Graduation Project

A culminating project consists of a substantial literature review with the focus on clinical / health or organisational psychology issues that prevent full achievement of the potential of persons or institutions. Possible solutions based on the integrated material of the Advanced Diploma programme complete the project. The topic should be chosen in consultation with a project supervisor and guidance during the writing process should be available. The topic cannot be one that is substantially similar to the graduation project topic chosen for completion of the Diploma sequence.

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (tutorial)

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Duration of Course | Full-time: 9 months, Part-time: 12 months


Local students:
+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International students:
+65 6796 7660


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