MA (Psychology)

ELIGIBILITY: Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized University.

Program Overview

Major in psychology at IILM University is planned to incorporate a scientific approach in the study of behaviour and mental experiences. Emphasis is on the development of analytical and expressive skills (e.g., research, paper review, writing and oral presentation); bases of investigation, critical thinking, and communication further creating a promising career for students. The programme aims to give a thorough training in Psychology (theoretical and practical exposure through internship) with specialization in clinical or organizational subfield.


  • To understand the psychological concepts, appropriate techniques for the working knowledge and application of psychology
  • To Demonstrate psychological information literacy, engage in innovative and integrative thinking, interpret, design, conduct research and incorporate socio-cultural factors in scientific enquiry
  • To apply ethical standards for evaluation in practice and counseling in order to build credibility and enhance interpersonal relationships.
  • Adoption of values that build the community at local, national and global levels
  • To be able to apply psychological concepts and skills to career goals, exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation, demonstrate emotional intelligence for working in teams and develop a meaningful professional direction for life.
  • To developCognitive flexibility which enables adaptability to uncertainty in a rapidly changing environment

Career Prospects

Hospitals | NGO’s | Child / Youth Guidance Centres | Welfare Organizations | Rehabilitation Centres | Corporate Sector | Consultancies | Training Organizations | Research Establishments | United Nation Agencies | Behavioural Scientist | Psychometric Analyst | Career Counsellor.

Clinical Psychology
Clinical psychology is a broad field of practice and research within the discipline of psychology, which applies psychological principles to the assessment, prevention, amelioration, and rehabilitation of psychological distress, disability, dysfunctional behaviors, and health-risk behaviors, and to the enhancement of psychological and physical well-being.First step is to prepare students to work in hospital set-up, drug rehabilitation centres, NGOs etc. Given the emotional pressures people go through, the demand for good clinical psychologists is expected to rise.

Counselling Psychology
Counselling psychologists help clients deal with personal and interpersonal problems that they face in daily life. Principal method of assessment is interview. Application may vary, in forms of career counselling, relationship/marital counselling, guidance counselling, and rehabilitation counselling. Counsellors work in therapy centres, private set-ups, career centres, schools, NGOs and organizations. Counselling, today, is required across all walks of life, and the need willcontinue to grow.

Organizational/Industrial Psychology
People with specializations in organizational behaviour can work as human resource development specialists, organizational consultants, HR managers, etc. The need for evaluating emotional and social intelligence is on the go. Organizations now need employees equipped with new-age skills, and heightened motivation, and emotional regulation.

Developmental/Child Psychology
Child psychologists deal with the psychomotor, cognitive, emotional, and social development of infants and children. Child psychologists specialize in working with normal or special children in child therapy centres, inclusive or special schools, NGOs. Child psychologists also play a role in special education.

Positive Psychology
A branch focussing on behaviors and strengths of an individual to develop a meaningful & purposeful life. A field featuring practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately to help one live a full and meaningful life. Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists adapt this approach in their practices. Society needs budding psychologist to adapt this approach.

Sports Psychology
Sports psychologists work with sports teams, sports coaching centres, academies, and leagues. A field that promises to improve the performance and motivation of sportsmen and athletes is bound to gain importance, given the frenzy of sports in the country. Although relatively new in India, sports psychology is expected to grow immensely.

Forensic Psychology
Forensic psychology presents a unique application of psychology to legal and justice systems, especially in the context of witness testimony, and specific content. Forensic psychologists play a key role in understanding the psyche of the criminal, and the intent of crime, and in defining quantum, and nature of sentencing. With a new legal era coming into the picture, forensic psychologists are expected to impact policymaking as well.

A master’s programme in Psychology is often required to begin a career as a psychologist. Depending upon your objective, you might be required to pursue additional qualifications. Psychology presents a great career option today and the future holds greater opportunities.

Curriculum at a Glance*

*This is an indicative list.

Year 1:
Semester –I

  • Personality
  • Statistics
  • Psychology of Cognition and Emotion
  • Practicum 1-Testing/ Experiments
  • History of Psychology
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Information Management

Semester –II

  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psychopathology across life span
  • Practicum-2 Testing/Experiments
  • Psychological testing and assessments
  • Research Methodology
  • Communication and Social Skills
  • Summer Internship

Year 2:
Semester –III

  • Life Span Development
  • Principles and Techniques of Counselling
  • Positive Psychology and Self in the New World
  • Consumer Psychology and Advertising
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Change & development
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Neuroscience of Positive Psychology
  • Practicum/ Field work in Clinical/ Counselling/ OB and Social

Semester –IV

  • Understanding Social Psychology
  • Gender- Psychosocial Understanding
  • Project/ Dissertation
  • Family and Couple Therapy
  • Health & Community Psychology
  • CBT-REBT: Basic Applications
  • Psychological Wellbeing at Workplace
  • Training and Development
  • Career Counselling and world of work

Future Outcomes of graduation in Psychology

This course is envisaged to provide an understanding of the discipline to the students with special emphasis on the application of the different areas of psychology. Upon successful completion of the degree, graduates will be eligible to apply the program learning in their chosen specialization and ultimately gain employment in their area of expertise.

The programme aims to provide the students with the specializedand analytical skills for further study and research and to equip them with a range of transferable skills of potential value to future employers.

  • Theory and Content of Psychology – students should show familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Research Methods in Psychology – students should understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology – students should respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
  • Applications of Psychology – students should understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Values in Psychology – students should be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity while looking into complexity of human behaviour
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