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Career focus: Psychology

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 11:12 IST

Psychology is a science that deals with mental processes and behaviour. It is the study of the mind and the thought process. And in doing so, you find yourself exploring a whole new world of reasoning.

What it is:
Psychology is concerned with the way the mind works. Psychologists study the processes, motives, reactions, feelings and nature of the human mind. Their treatment is based on changing the behavioural patterns of a person without medication. They take up counselling and help people by bringing about changes in their thought processes.

What you need:
Psychologists need not have a medical degree. But they have to study for years to specialise in aspects of psychology. One can pursue psychology at the Plus Two level, graduate, postgraduate and doctorate level.


Reading the mind

These institutes offer courses in psychology:

• Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

• University of Delhi. New Delhi

• Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

• Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak

• Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur

• University of Ajmer, Ajmer

• Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar

• South Gujarat University, Surat

• Utkal University, Bhubaneswar


here are specialisations in many fields such as social psychology, child psychology, occupational psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology and experimental psychology, among others.

Specialisation in the subject can be pursued at the postgraduate level or at the doctorate level — MPhil or PhD, after postgraduation.

At the Master's and doctorate level, education becomes increasingly specialised.

Postgraduate courses in psychology are offered only to students who have graduated with psychology.