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Old 07-16-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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As some of you might have known, I got an offer from this school in Bachelor of Arts. But I'm still contemplating between NUS and this school; reason being - the cost of studying there is significantly high.

Hence, I would like to know more about the demerits and merits of studying there against studying in NUS so as to help facilitate my decision-making. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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Go to NUS if you're planning to return to Singapore to work after graduation, in terms of prestige they are equal in the eyes of singaporean employers. Melbourne's school fees are too high to be worth it, one semester is roughly 12k, plus living expenses are around 1.5k to 2k a month.. you do the math. If you are thinking about studying in oz so that you can get a pr and work in oz you are at a disadvantage because a bachelor of arts isn't in the wanted skills list (less points).
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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Go to NUS if you're planning to return to Singapore to work after graduation, in terms of prestige they are equal in the eyes of singaporean employers. Melbourne's school fees are too high to be worth it, one semester is roughly 12k, plus living expenses are around 1.5k to 2k a month.. you do the math. If you are thinking about studying in oz so that you can get a pr and work in oz you are at a disadvantage because a bachelor of arts isn't in the wanted skills list (less points).
you're right that I do intend to apply for PR and work there. But maybe not immediately!

In fact, I did consider majoring in Psychology under Bachelor of Arts and actually Psychologists are included in wanted skills list.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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check properly. psychiatrist or psychologist? psychiatrist is a doctor. psychologist usually refers to an academic research career. a bachelor of psychology alone is not going to cut it.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:36 PM   #5
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anybody looking for flatmates for feb 2011 intake? pm me if interested....
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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check properly. psychiatrist or psychologist? psychiatrist is a doctor. psychologist usually refers to an academic research career. a bachelor of psychology alone is not going to cut it.
YES I'm pretty sure its psychologists that they are referring to. Psychologists do not refer to just the academic aspect ok!

Of course, I would attempt to get a Masters for it for I know I need a total of 6 yrs of academic + work experience in the field of Psychology to be eligible for PR.
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Hi, we are looking for a room mate coming in july 2011 (or earlier) to share our apartment at college square lygon near University of Melbourne. also a short tram ride to RMIT... pm me if interested!
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:57 PM   #8
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check properly. psychiatrist or psychologist? psychiatrist is a doctor. psychologist usually refers to an academic research career. a bachelor of psychology alone is not going to cut it.
I don't mean to be rude, but you are wrong if you think that psychologists are exclusively meant for academic research. I'm studying Psychology in UoM and there are various areas of expertise within Psychology for students, such as Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Although I do agree that psychiatrists are more medicine-oriented (due to them having to complete a medical degree first), psychologists can be considered doctors as well if they have completed a MPsych or PhD, though in Psychology you have to have a PhD to have the title Dr. in your name.

The difference is that psychiatrists are allowed to prescribe medicine, but not psychologists. Though I'm still looking around the possibility of doing Psychiatry after I complete Psychology without completing an MD.

However, it is true that a bachelors degree in Psychology alone is not going to cut it as the Australian Psychology Association (APA) requires at least 6 years of accredited Psychology studies before being able to be recognized as an 'official' psychologist.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:42 PM   #9
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I don't mean to be rude, but you are wrong if you think that psychologists are exclusively meant for academic research. I'm studying Psychology in UoM and there are various areas of expertise within Psychology for students, such as Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Although I do agree that psychiatrists are more medicine-oriented (due to them having to complete a medical degree first), psychologists can be considered doctors as well if they have completed a MPsych or PhD, though in Psychology you have to have a PhD to have the title Dr. in your name.

The difference is that psychiatrists are allowed to prescribe medicine, but not psychologists. Though I'm still looking around the possibility of doing Psychiatry after I complete Psychology without completing an MD.

However, it is true that a bachelors degree in Psychology alone is not going to cut it as the Australian Psychology Association (APA) requires at least 6 years of accredited Psychology studies before being able to be recognized as an 'official' psychologist.
You seem to have misunderstood the academic aspect of things here.

Psychologists can be addressed as "doctor" with a PhD, but so can PhD holders from any discipline. Only PhD holders have the privilege of using the "Dr" prefix, by the way.

Having said that, the prefix "Dr" does not make you an MD (MEDICAL doctor). The nomenclature is similar, but the idea behind it are vastly different. I also believe there is SIGNIFICANTLY more difference between psychologists and psychiatrists than just prescribing medication. Just go to wikipedia (I know, not the most reliable website, but a good starting point) and read the first two lines of 'psychology' and 'psychiatry' and you get the general idea.

I am also pretty sure you can't do psychiatry after your psychology because they are related, but different fields altogether. The former is an entirely specialist field in medicine, just like how O&G is a specialist field in medicine and midwives/nurses don't just do a degree in O&G.

Another example would be biomedical science. Very similar to MBBS, but yet so different altogether. Just like how a helicopter pilot isn't the same as the pilot of an F22 Raptor.

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As some of you might have known, I got an offer from this school in Bachelor of Arts. But I'm still contemplating between NUS and this school; reason being - the cost of studying there is significantly high.

Hence, I would like to know more about the demerits and merits of studying there against studying in NUS so as to help facilitate my decision-making. Thanks!
That's really up to you, as you mentioned, if you know you're going to get a PR to work and stay here (I'm in Melb now), you'd probably want to head to UniMelb. Much easier to ease into society and you've got an OZ local degree to hit the ground running with. It's also much easier to get a sponsored PR by an organisation since they do headhunt from universities.

If you're going to head back to Singapore, I'd recommend to just go for the local institutions. No point paying so much just to head back, especially when the local uni option is open to you. If I'm not wrong, just a year's worth of OZ tuition fees would cover your entire degree costs in Singapore.

There're also other aspects to consider, such as family and other resources. When you're here in Australia, generally the time spent prepping your meal and cleaning the dishes thereafter is longer than the duration spent on the meal itself. So when you're crazily studying for the exams, having a pre-prepared meal by mum or the maid would really take a load off; stop studying, eat dinner, straight back to the books. And if you think of eating out, an item of food could cost you typically about A$8-A$12 per budget main course, excluding drinks. To get an idea of how expensive eating out is in OZ, just pop by the McDonald's website. I don't think they have prices there, but a double cheeseburger meal costs A$6+. The double cheeseburger alone costs A$4+.
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Hi! Anyone from sg going to studying at university of Melbourne in July 2014 this year? Looking for someone to settle down in a new environment tgt and we can plan out living expense etc. If yes, private message or text me at 96388601! Thanks (:
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