Clinical Psychology in Malaysia

How can I become a clinical psychologist in Malaysia?

To become a clinical psychologist in Malaysia you need to:

1. Obtain a bachelor’s degree in Psychology

2. Obtain a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology

Unfortunately, there are only two clinical psychology training courses in Malaysia. This means it can be difficult to gain a place on one of the courses.

Some clinical psychologists have, therefore, trained overseas. You will find information about some of the courses available to international students on this website.

Do I need to be licensed or registered to practise as a psychologist in Malaysia?

At present, there is no official statutory regulation of the practice of psychology in Malaysia. Therefore, it is not compulsory for you to be licensed or registered with a government agency or professional board to practise as a psychologist. However, employers and clients are likely to request evidence of your ability to practice so it is important to be accredited by a reputable organisation.

Who accredits psychologists in Malaysia?

The Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP) is a professional society. You can find out more about them on their website or Facebook page.

Can I train to be a Clinical Psychologist in Malaysia if I am not Malaysian?

It is advisable to check with relevant authorities or potential employers in your home country to determine whether a Malaysian qualification will be recognised.


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