Why study at the Department of Psychology at the BUE?

The BUE programme of Basic and Applied Psychology offers students comprehensive specialisations that incorporate basic and applied practices. This includes an awareness of regional and international media context, cultural sensitivity, exposure to international communication perspectives and familiarity with ethical and managerial frameworks. The BUE is one of the few universities in the region that offers a final year project module which seeks to develop students’ research skills and their abilities to manage a major project independently. This requires students to submit a substantial product, which they will work on over a period of two semesters under the supervision of a faculty member.
And now, what can we learn from psychology?    

Psychology can help you better understand yourself. 
·         Studying psychology can give you a better understanding of the people around you. 
·         Psychology can help you become a better communicator. 
·         Studying psychology can also give you greater insight into mental illness.

Psychology can help you better understand yourself.  

How development occurs, how personality forms, and how factors like society and culture impact behavior, you might find yourself, gaining a deeper understanding of the many influences that have impacted your own life.

What are benefits of self-understanding?

 -   Knowing exactly what is bothering you instead of feeling bad without knowing why. This in turn will allow you to take the first step towards happiness. 
-   Not feeling lost because you will know exactly where you fit in life. Whether it’s a career or a relationship; you will be able to know where you should go.
-   A solid understandng of others, the more you understand yourself the  more will you understand others. For example if you understood where self confidenceComes from you will know how lack of confidence feels like and you will be able to understand shyness even more. 
-   Fewer bad moods, I am not saying that self understanding will solve your problems but it will help you feel better instead of feeling that you are fighting an enemy that you don’t know.
Studying  psychology  can  give  you a better  understanding  of  the  people  around  you.

By learning about aspects of human behaviour that will help you in daily life, including your interactions with others. 
What are the factors that affect someone's behaviour?  
The factors are: his personality, his background and his values. If you were able to determine some of these variables at your first meeting with someone then you will not only be able to understand him but you will even be able to predict his next move. 
The music that you listen to, the way you walk, the way you talk, your body language, your face features, your doodling, your hand writing and everything else that is related to you reflects hidden parts of your personality. By learning how to look for those clues and how to interpret them you will get this superior self-understanding of others and of yourself.

Psychology can help you become  a better communicator. 

Simply talking doesn’t make anyone a good communicator just like hearing someone doesn’t make us good listeners.In fact, being a good communicator means being a good listener.It also means being mindful of your words and tone, and not taking someone else’s tone personally, he said. Studying subjects such as emotion, language, and body language can help you fine tune your interpersonal communication skills. 
By learning more about these things, you can gain a greater understanding of other people and what they are trying to say. Good communicators “choose to ask questions to gain understanding, rather     than give explanations to force agreement. They choose to make the implied feelings explicit by responding to the emotions behind the words.”

Studying psychology can also give you greater insight into mental illness. 

Mental illnesses can take many forms, just as physical illnesses do. Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people, but the fear will disappear as people learn more about them. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there is good news: all mental illnesses can be treated.  Besides, studying psychology can help you better understand how psychological conditions are diagnosed and treated. You can also discover how mental wellness can be enhanced, how to reduce stress, how to boost memory, and how to live a happier, healthier life.

What about psychology careers?

 There are plenty of exciting careers in psychology that you might want to explore, but studying the subject can help you in many other professions as well. For example, if you want to become a business manager, understanding human behavior can improve your 
ability to manage and interact with your employees.Also there are careers in law, family court, private clinical practice, life coaching, Addiction Treatment,social services, education, 
Intellectual Education Schools and business (HR)

What are the career requirements of the psychologist in the Family Court?

·         Solve dissolution of a marriage: many of the problems that led to the dissolution of the marital relationship are now manifested in the decision-making for the children and how the children’s relationship with their parents will be maintained. These are the cases that end up in the Family Court system and often require the input of a single expert witness. And this is where psychologists often become involved in Family Court matters. 
·         Psychologists also have the training and experience to provide important recommendations that can help these fractured families to achieve positive relationships post-divorce. 
·         This is also one of the main functions of psychological assessments for child custody – to develop parenting plans that allow children to have positive and meaningful relationships with their parents.

What are the career requirements of the clinical psychologist? 
A clinical psychologist's primary tasks are the assessment and treatment of  mental health issues, including emotional or social disorders. The APA's  Society of Clinical Psychology indicates that clinical psychologists may use  a variety of methods for treatment including psychotherapy, marriage and  family counseling, behavioral analysis and biofeedback. A clinical  psychologist's job responsibilities may also include development and  supervision of mental health programs. Clinical psychologists can work in  private practices, mental health organizations and hospitals, with individuals, families, couples or groups of all ages and socioeconomic statuses. 
Skills Required 
Clinical psychologists must have outstanding communication skills, reporting  Skills and interpersonal skills. They should demonstrate self    awareness, objectivity, a strong desire to help others and thorough knowledge  of psychology and treatment options available to patients. The ability to collaborate with other medical professionals is also very important.

Psychological Affairs Armed Force  Center

 You can also work a psychologist in Psychological Affairs Armed Forces Center responsible for:
·         Prepare psychological and mental questionnaires and scales to assess Students applying for the Military College.
·         Developing abilities for leaders and staff in the Military field.
·         Design programs for improving personal, leadership and mental for leaders at higher levels. 
·         Political analysis for events from psychological perspective.

Our Mission  

•      To provide an intellectually stimulating experience of learning and studying.
•      To promote the understanding of human cognition, emotion and behaviour in different settings, including clinical, educational and organisational, and across the life span.
•      To help students to implement research methods and statistical measurements with consideration to the ethical code of practice.
•      To provide students with the opportunity for an internship to introduce them to employment and to give them the required practical experience to pursue their careers after graduation. •      To guarantee validation by a UK university and award of a UK degree on successful graduation.

Department Philosophy

The BUE delivers Basic and Applied Psychology programme based on a British philosophy of education that implies:
-  Creativity and Problem Solving
-  Independence
-  Team work
-  Professionalism
-  Diligent and ethical working practices
-  Practicality 

Aims of the Programme

The general aims of Basic and Applied Psychology Programme are to:
1.      Provide students with:
                   ·       An intellectually stimulating experience of learning and studying; 
                   ·       The ability to be self-directed and innovative in tackling and solving problems;
                   ·       The ability to learn independently to be life-long learners;
                   ·       The ability to describe, explain, and predict behaviour
                   ·       An understanding of how people's biology and environment shape their minds and personalities.
                   ·       An understanding of how people change throughout their life-span
                   ·       Exposure to various fields in psychology including social, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, and organisational psychology
                   ·       High level key and transferable skill sets;
                   ·       The ability to maintain independently a high level of professional and subject specific competence (often through Continuing Professional Development);
                   ·       Diligent and ethical working practices;
                   ·       The ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
                   ·        Flexibility and the ability to apply their subject specific knowledge to fields outside their own.
2.      Develop a wide range of subject-specific and generic skills of value in graduate employment, including high-order critical, analytic and research skills, as well as competence in oral and written communication.
3.      Provide a learning environment that enables students to reach their full potential, personally and academically, so that on graduation they are capable of and free to choose from many different career opportunities.
4.      Provide a programme that meets the educational requirements of appropriate professional bodies, both nationally and in the UK.

BA Degree: Basic and Applied Psychology

Preparatory Year – Introductory Modules. Semester 1: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
ENGL English (04-07) 10
PSYC01P Introduction to  Psychology 10
PSYC02P Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence 10
PSYC03P Introduction to Computing/ICT-1/ 10
PSYC04P Arabic Language and Grammar 10
PSYC05P Study Skills 10
Semester 2: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
ENGL English (04-07) 10
PSYC06P Social Psychology 10
PSYC07P Psychology of Adjustment 10
PSYC 08P Introduction to Sociology 10
PSYC09P Biological Psychology   10
PSYC10P Basics of Statistics 10

Students have to do the relevant English modules below as per the GAR depending on their level on entry.
 Module Code Title Module Weight
16ENGL04 Intermediate English 10
16ENGL05 Upper-Intermediate 10
16ENGL06 Advanced English 10
16ENGL07 Advanced Writing 10
Level 4 - Foundation modules - Semester 1: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
PSYC01C Experimental Psychology 10
PSYC02C Descriptive Statistics in Psychology 10
PSYC03C The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging   10
PSYC04C The Psychology of Learning  10
PSYC05C Physiological Psychology 10
PSYC06C Psychological Research Methods 10

Semester 2: (total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
PSYC07C Family Psychology 10
PSYC08C Cognitive Psychology 10
PSYC09C The Psychology of Women  10
PSYC10C  Motivation and Learning 10
PSYC11C The Psychology of Violence 10
PSYC12C Group Dynamics and Leadership 10

Level 5 -  Core Modules Semester 1: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
PSYC01I Psychological Testing 1 10
PSYC02I Theories of Personality 10
PSYC03I Inferential Statistics in Psychology 10
PSYC04I Selective topics in Psychology 10
PSYC05I Reasoning and Decision Making 10
PSYC06I Elective 10

Students select one of the elective courses below to complete the 60 credits for Semester 1.
Module Code Title Module Weight
15BHRM02C Personal Effectiveness 10
15POLS07P Introduction to Political Psychology 10
ALNG041 Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics 10
Semester 2: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
PSYC07I Psychological Testing 2 10
PSYC08I Educational Psychology 10
PSYC09I Abnormal Psychology 10
PSYC10I Organizational Psychology 10
PSYC11I Counselling Psychology 10
PSYC12I Laboratory Practice 10
Level 6 -  Applied Modules Semester 1: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
PSYC01H Clinical Psychology (1) (Diagnostics) 10
PSYC02H Psychological Assessment 10
PSYC03H Health Psychology 10
PSYC04H Neuropsychology 10
PSYC05H Internship1 20
Semester 2: (Total modular weight 60)
Module Code Title Module Weight
PSYC06H Clinical Psychology (2) (Therapeutic) 10
PSYC07H The Psychology of Children with Special Needs 10
PSYC08H Integrations of the Exceptional Child 10
PSYC9H Community Psychology 10
PSYC10H Internship 2 20

What will I study?

Preparatory Year

You will be introduced to basic psychology topics, and most importantly, to a wide range of study skills necessary for the higher level of your undergraduate education. You will also have the opportunity to develop your Arabic and English language skills required for successful undergraduate study.

Degree Year 1

This provides the foundation for the study of basic and applied psychology generally. Furthermore, you will be introduced to basic research techniques and statistical analysis so that you know where and how to source and use information.

Degree Year 2
You will get a deeper perspective on the human behaviour through a range of core modules that cover personality, human cognition, emotions and motivation along with more sophisticated assessment and research skills.

Degree Year 3

You will get the opportunity to apply the wide range of skills that you have acquired in two 20-credit internships in one of the following fields of application: clinical, organizational or educational psychology.

How will I learn and be assessed?

The key characteristic of our teaching and learning method is enhancing students’ experiential learning through developing their competencies in self-discovery and leadership. We support our students with access to a variety of computing and experimental equipment to bring top-notch national and international standards together. The main focus of our curriculum is to lead students towards a path of creation, innovation and critical thinking. Our teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, group work, private study, field trips, practical classes, workshops and experimental work conducted in the labs to help students gain fundamental research skills and hands-on experiences. This will be facilitated by our full-time academics, teachers, and support staff who supports students’ experiences in all disciplines. Since our learning and teaching strategies promote collaboration and mutual exchange of ideas, assessment involves coursework exams, final exams, presentations, seminars and projects.

What career and further education opportunities are open to me when I graduate?

Psychology is a specific-subject area focusing on the human cognition, emotion and behaviour, the relationship between thought, feelings and behaviours and the variety of social and cultural situations and contexts. In addition, students of Psychology are engaged in multiple forms of research methods and statistical measurements; they are also trained on using theories to reflect critically on their own learning and thinking. Students of Psychology also learn to communicate well, use statistical software, initiate and take responsibility of their own work and evaluate the work of others. The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation to those who are looking for a future career in a wide range of roles in: • teaching, publishing and research, • clinical interventions in clinics, hospitals, and special needs centers,
• school interventions,
• consultation and organisational interventions
• military, intelligence and police institutions
• legislation system especially in family court and forensic psychology in addition to
• human development and non-governmental organizations The programme is tailored to suit the demands of the job market which opens for our graduates a range of opportunities in renowned local and international organisations and institutions. Our graduates have a solid foundation of analytical, methodological and communication skills which enables them to employ the skills and expertise gained through the years of study. Thus, they can proactively contribute to the development of the society.