Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology)

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MA Applied Psychology is aimed at imparting knowledge on Clinical and Health Psychology, Organizational Behaviour and Social Psychology with other psychological fundamentals.

The course delivery method for this course includes seminars, lectures, field training, internships, and practical lab work. During the semester vacations, the students are encouraged to take up internships which form an integral part of the course.

In the last semester, the students also have to submit a dissertation. In the final evaluation, class assignments, end-semester exams, internships, and dissertation are taken into account.

MA Applied Psychology: Syllabus

Following are the subjects that form a part of the syllabus:

CORE COURSES

Name of Subject Topics Description
Applied Cognitive Psychology Introduction Cognitive neuroscience Language Human and artificial intelligence This course is to impart knowledge of traditional fields of cognitive psychology
Research Methods Meaning, purpose, and Dimensions of Research Introduction to Psychological Assessment Sampling and Hypothesis Testing: Integration of Designs and Analysis Through this course, students will learn to use research methods in applied psychology
Community Psychology Historical and social contexts of community psychology Models of mental health services Community mental health intervention and community-based rehabilitation (CBR) Community mental health in India This course familiarises students to study of community mental health services and issues
Psychological Assessment Introduction to Psychological Assessment Test construction Applications of Psychological testing Ethical Issues in Psychological Testing This course teaches students to learn the scientific approach in the psychological assessment of individuals
Clinical & Health Psychology: Basic Psychological Processes in Health and Disease Introduction to Models of Psychopathology Case-history taking and Mental status examination Mental Disorders of Children and their treatment Supervised Practicum This course is on general orientation towards abnormal behavior and disease process
Advanced Social Psychology Introduction to the changing nature of social psychology Individual group and Relationships Conflict, Collaboration and Competition, Discrimination, Stigma, and Relative Deprivation Pro-social Behaviour Through this course, students will learn the changing nature of concerns in social psychology
Counseling and Psychotherapeutic Processes Functional Neuroimaging, Electroencephalography Event-related Brain potentials Supervised Practicum Through this, students will learn various approaches, techniques, and skills of counseling and psychotherapy.
Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback Conceptual Issues, Client Variables in Counselling Modalities of Psychotherapy Research in Psychotherapy Supervised Practicum This course to apply concepts of applied psychology and bio-feedback
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Introduction to Industrial Psychology Work Environment & Engineering Psychology Staffing Stress and Worker Well-Being In this, students learn staffing and recruiting processes of the employer and employees performance assessment
Psychological Issues in Human Resource Development Managing HR Analyzing Work and Designing Jobs Career and Competency New Challenges and Directions This course will help students to assess organizational functioning in a competitive environment
Personal Growth: An Experiential Paradigm Model and approach to experiential paradigms Experiential Paradigms in practices Transpersonal positive psychology and personal growth, challenges of managing emotions in experience Designing interventions, facilitating and ethical considerations in situations of human interventions This course will teach students to learn through experience and enforces the study of experiential learning
Counselling in Social Settings Introduction to Counselling Perspective on Practices Ethical Issue in Counselling This course teaches students the methods of research and application as a social psychologist and counsellor
Applied Behaviour Analysis and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy Philosophical and historical foundations of behaviour therapy Reinforcing Desirable Responding Developing New Behaviours Cognitive-behavioural approaches This is a course on general fundamentals of applied behaviour and cognitive behaviour
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Lobular syndromes Neuropsychological assessment and syndrome analysis Plasticity and Restoration of Brain Function This course is on the fundamentals of neuropsychological rehabilitation
Psychology of Happiness Psychology of happiness and well being Positive emotions and its influences Values and conflict management Personal transformation and Role of suffering This course is on principles of positive emotions and positive psychology

ELECTIVES

Name of Subject Topics Description
Forensic Psychology: Study of Criminal Behaviour Forensic Psychology: Introduction and overview Criminal and Investigative Psychology Psychological impacts of violence and sexual offences, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Family violence and victimization, Psychology of the bystanders Correctional Psychology This course specialises in forensic psychology where the students learn the about the behaviour and thinking process of criminals.
Organizational Behaviour: Basics of Organizational Behaviour Dynamics of organizations Behaviour in organizations Organizational Change and Development Organizations as System In this course, students will learn to understand the structure and processes of an organization as a whole.
Psychology of Group Dynamics Approaches study groups Inter-group Conflict and cooperation Structural aspects of the group The group experience This course is to understand history and approaches towards group works and processes

Master of Arts [MA] (Applied Psychology) : 5 answered questions

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Ques. Which one is better correspondence course MA psychology from from IGNOU or MSc Psychology from University of Madras?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 01 Oct 21

Ans. IGNOU is one of the biggest and the most well-known distance education universities in India and thus it should be preferred. However, I would suggest you to take a second thought regarding the correspondence course.  Psychology is a highly practical course which needs guidance from professors for practical works, dissertations and internships. All these are possible only through a regular classroom course. In a correspondence course you learn the theories but do not learn the practical knowledge which is required in this field.  Thus you will have to struggle a lot to even land up an internship with a certified doctor.  You can imagine the struggle you will do to land a job later on.  Doubt clearing and concept learning are done better through regular classes as well.  In a correspondence course it is quite difficult and you will have to keep track of the professors to adjust yourself with their time schedule. Do a regular course on clinical counselling or industrial psychology rather than this course otherwise your job prospects will drastically reduce.Read more
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Ques. Is someone with an MA in psychology from IGNOU, eligible for RCI registration?

● Top Answer By Praver Katyal on 29 Jul 21

Ans. No, you will not be eligible to enroll yourself at any of the RCI recognized institutions. To do the same, you must pursue Ph.D. or M.Phil from an approved institution. There are a number of approved institutions in India and you can apply wherever you like. You should always check RCI guidelines before taking admission. IGNOU has been recognized by UGC and you will be eligible for Ph.D./M.Phil/NET/SET.Read more
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Ques. What are the career opportunities after MA psychology from IGNOU?

● Top Answer By Debdeep Majumder on 06 Nov 20

Ans. IGNOU is situated in Delhi, is considered to be the best distance learning university across the world. It is UGC approved and a member of AIU. IGNOU provides MA in psychology through distance mode only. There is a wide range of opportunities once a student completes his MA in psychology from IGNOU. First being registering for a part-time or full-time Ph.D. program in IGNOU for anywhere else provided that the candidate scores 55 percent minimum in his MA. Even there are numerous job opportunities in various fields that someone can pursue provided he/she has a keen interest in the subject. Career Opportunities:   Students can seek career Opportunities in College and Universities in various job roles which are as follows. Career Counselor Academic Counselor Academic Advisor Recruiting Officer MA Psychology graduates can also seek jobs in Healthcare Services. The job roles available in the health sector are as follows. Vocational rehabilitation provider Self-reliance specialist Developmental specialist Drug and alcohol specialist Employment counselor Human resources analyst Parole officers Psychology program manager Rehabilitation counselor Campus Placement Cell (CPC): IGNOU has a Campus Placement Cell (CPC), which works as an interface between the students and the industries. Around the academic year, the CPC organizes various job fairs and campus placements, and pre-placement training in its headquarters, study centers, regional centers. Students of IGNOU get employed in companies like Aegis, Axis Bank, Frankfinn, ICICI Prudential. As IGNOU is not a regular lecture conducting institute, it depends on the student's caliber on how he or she performs during their interviews.Read more
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Ques. Which is better for pursuing MA psychology course, Chandigarh, Chitkara or Lovely Professional University?

● Top Answer By Abhijeet Singh on 31 Aug 20

Ans. MA in Psychology provides the understanding of the complexity of human behaviour. After graduating, there are many career opportunities for the student like Chemical or Drug Technician, Clinical Psychology Industries, Drug Therapist, Drug Inspector, Hospital Drug Coordinator, Health Inspector, Pharmacist, Pathological Lab, Research and Development, Making Prescription to patients, Scientist and Research officer. The table given below gives a brief overview of both the institutes: Categories Chandigarh University LPU Graduation 55% 50% Course Duration 2 years 2 years Course Fee 1 lakh 1.06 lakhs Highest Salary Package 12 LPA 16 LPA Average Salary Package 5 LPA 8 LPA Course Structure: The course is project based and teaches experimental learning to enhance students potential and skills. Seminars, workshops, events and internships are also conducted by the university. The subject mainly focuses on psychological testing, psychopathology, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology and organizational behaviour. Students can specialize in Clinical, Organizational or Positive Psychology. The program fee for each semester is INR 38,000. Educational visits to Mental health institutions, clinics, hospitals, NGOs, rehabilitation centers, etc. They can also choose to do higher studies and research further, like M.Phil. The university contacts companies and arranges interviews providing the student’s portfolio. Placements: The monthly salary of psychologists in India vary according to their job role. Listed below are the details for the same: Industrial- Organizational Psychologists - 40,000 Engineering Psychologists - 22,116 Psychology Teacher - 35,000 Clinical Psychologists - 47,718 Counselling Psychologists - 35,000 School Psychologists - 22,047 Forensic Psychologists - 40,000 Sports Psychologists - 45,000 Chitkara University does not offer MA in Psychology. Chandigarh University is more popular among students, it is affordable and has a reputation for good placements unlike Lovely Professional University which is a much costlier institution.Read more
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Ques. Which is better for an MA/MSc in psychology through distance learning, IGNOU or Annamalai University?

● Top Answer By Gaurav Kalsi on 14 Aug 20

Ans. Given below is a comparison between MA/M.Sc Psychology courses through distance learning from IGNOU and DDE- Annamalai University. Parameters IGNOU DDE- Annamalai University Course offered MA in Psychology M.Sc in Applied Psychology Year of establishment 1985 1929 Type of Institute Central University State University Location New Delhi Tamil Nadu Accreditation - “A” Grade by NAAC Fees of the course INR 15,800 INR 13,800 Eligibility Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University Internship Yes - Type of Examinations Term End Term End Admission Procedure Merit-based Merit-based As per the information available above, MA in Psychology from IGNOU would be preferred over M.Sc Psychology from Annamalai University for the reasons given below. IGNOU is a central University and though it is located in New Delhi, it has study centers all across the country. In IGNOU it is mandatory to undergo a defined period of internship to complete the course which will help you in gaining practical knowledge. IGNOU also provides the facility of teleconferencing, radio counseling, program telecasts, and audio and video cassettes to make it convenient and easy for students to learn. There is a continuous evaluation system in IGNOU. Students are evaluated on the basis of assignments, projects, practicals, etc. The minimum duration of the course is 2 years and the maximum duration is 5 years in IGNOU.Read more
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