SUSS Psychology vs JCU Psychology Programme | Comparing two Singapore Psychology Degrees (2020)

In this post, I share my internet research on the differences between the SUSS Psychology programme and the JCU Psychology programme.

This is just a comparison post where I try my best not to give any opinions and only compile the information from the Singapore University of Social Sciences and James Cook University websites into one single location for convenience.

The post will the following cover areas:

  • Intakes
  • Application Window
  • Course Duration
  • Mode of Delivery
  • Accreditation
  • Number of Subjects
  • Admission Criteria
  • Financial Aid
  • Fees

Comparison of SUSS and JCU Psychology Programmes

SUSS Psychology JCU Psychology
Intake July March, July, November
Application Window Applications close in March (4 months prior) Applications close 1 month prior to intake commencement
Delivery Mode Part-time only Full-time and part-time, subject to min. class size
Duration Part-time: 36 months
But 3 subjects per semester with 28 or 29 subjects is realistically 4 to 5 years
Full-time: 24 months
Part-time: 48 months
4 subjects per trimester full-time, 2 subjects per trimester part-time
Subjects 28 to 29 depending on modules chosen 24
Accreditation None Accredited by Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC)
Fees Under 40: $15,218.61 – $15,565.29
Over 40: $6,091.51 – $6227.40
No subsidy: $38,338.10 – $39,211.22
Domestic: $59,064.00
International: $61,632.00
Financial Aid Eligible students can use Skillsfuture Credit
Tuition fee subsidy for SG aged 40 and above
Additional subsidies for those eligible for Skillsfuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy.
Merit Scholarship
Sports Scholarship
Admissions Criteria SG, SG PR or SG resident 2 GCE A Level or H2 passes. Poly Diploma, IB Diploma, Other diploma plus SAT or ACT on case by case
2 yrs full-time work experience
21 years old
2 GCE A Level or H2 passes. Poly Diploma, IB Diploma, Other diploma plus SAT or ACT on case by case.

Career as a Registered Psychologist

A bachelor degree from both universities will not meet the registration requirements to be a psychologist. In fact, bachelor degrees from any university including NUS, NTU and SMU will not meet registration requirements.

This is because the minimum qualification required for registration is a Masters in Applied Psychology. For more information, do check out the Singapore Psychological Society’s page on registration as a psychologist.

I won’t go into detail, but do note that Singapore Psychological Society membership is different from being registered under the Singapore Register of Psychologists.


I’m employed at James Cook University on a full-time basis, so please do your own research beyond watching my videos or reading my posts. That way, you can make an informed choice when choosing a psychology programme.

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