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MA in Applied Psychology

What is this Programme about?

The programme of Applied Psychology is oriented towards solving practical problems and to translate the fruits of our scientific labor into real world. A Master degree in Applied Psychology programme will enable students to solve challenging everyday problems that intersect with human behaviour. This programme typically includes the study of cognitive, developmental, organizational, health, clinical as well as research and statistics.

Applied Psychology programme encompasses the core skills of analytical thinking, research and communication. In addition it will also empower the students with an opportunity to develop expertise, such as the ability to engage in testimony witness with a specialization in forensic psychology. Applied Psychology also offers interdisciplinary options allowing the knowledge of applied psychology to be integrated with other disciplines like public health and so on. Choosing a Masters in Applied Psychology gives an opportunity to pursue a wide variety of career paths and critical thinking.


How this Programme Benefit you & your Career?

An Applied Psychology degree prepares the student for a variety of careers involving working with diverse segments of the population and solving problems in the field of healthcare, business, product design and Law. Applied Psychology is unique in that it offers opportunities to broaden career scope through business or entering a specialized area in counselling or occupational health. Individuals with an entrepreneurial interest may have serve as an independent consultant to organizations and corporations, helping the employees by boosting their motivation which in turn will enhance their job satisfaction and generate productivity, leadership trainings and performance appraisal. They can also choose multiple career paths as per their interests.

With a comprehensive knowledge about the psychological processes, students with MA Applied Psychology degree can find employment in following sectors:

· Teaching and Research

· Medical Industry

· Consultancy

· Clinical Research Labs



1. Clinical Psychologist: Clinical psychologists treat individuals suffering from chronic psychiatric disorders.


2. Consultant Psychologist: Consultant psychologist directs his/her attention to helping people with adjustment problems rather than chronic disorders. They find employment in education departments, schools, colleges etc.


3. Clinical Researcher: A clinical researcher carries out research and experiment on the structure, function and development of brain and its cellular systems.


4. School and Career Counselor: School counselors work with middle and high school students to help them develop the social and academic skills necessary to succeed in school and after graduation. Career counselors guide adults in exploring potential career interests and paths. Most counselor positions require state licensure; school counselors may also require a master's degree in a related field.


5. Substance Abuse, Behavioural and Mental Health Counselor: These types of counselors provide support for individuals suffering from afflictions like drug abuse, alcoholism, and other mental and behavioral disorders. Counselors may work in a variety of settings, from prisons to private practices. Most counselor positions require a bachelor's degree, and mental health counselors often complete a master's degree in order to practice.



6. Training and Development Specialist:

A training and Development Specialist helps assess the need for and develop employee and leadership training programs across industries. They also work with teams and organizations in training employees in personality development and their communication skills.


In addition Applied Psychology also offers career in the field of Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sports Psychology etc.


In the modern world, behavioral and mental health issues present significant challenges for managers, administrators, coaches and those in a supervisory position. There are many opportunities for students pursuing a degree in applied psychology in the fields of business, sports, academia, government and numerous other industries and institutions. As the need to understand and predict human behaviour expands, properly credentialed applied psychologists will continue to be in great demand.



The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has opened up opportunities for conducting PhD in Psychology. Faculty members has contributed to research by publishing several articles in journals and contributing to book chapters. Faculty membes have also taken extensive training on research by attending webinars, Faculty Development Programmes and Seminars. Research is an integral part of the Post Graduate Curriculum. Students are given information on theoretical concepts related to research and also to apply the knowledge in conducting research.

As a part of learning, various activities are also conducted in relation to the observance of special days such as World Mental Health Day, World Suicide Prevention Day and Childrens’ Day.

Post Graduate Students are encouraged to take up research studies based on the felt needs of the society, and which are innovative and also encouraged for research publications.




1. Manjusha Deka, Lanu Devi, “Emotional Education : A Practical Approach, Implications and Future directions”, International Journal of Research in Humanities , Arts and Literature, Volume-4, Issue-8, Aug 2016, PP 35-40, ISSN(P): 2347-4564, Published by Impact Journals, Chennai, India,

2. Manjusha Deka, Lanu Devi, “Understanding Adolescents’ Emotionality: An Analysis of Factors Affecting Emotional Intelligence”, International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (IJHSS), Volume-5, Issue-6, Oct-Nov 2016, PP 125-132, ISSN: 2319-393X, Published by International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Chennai, India,

3. Manjusha Deka, Lanu Devi, “Gender Differences in Emotional Intelligence of Adolescents”, Pierian Spring, Volume-005, Issue-Summer 2016, PP 83-86, ISSN: 2349-3410, Published by Creative Writers’ Circle (Centre for Research and Studies), Silapathar, Assam,

4. Manjusha Deka, “Child Abuse: Causes, Consequences and Remedies”, Journal of Juridical and Social Science, Volume-3, Issue-4, October-December 2013, PP 32-38, ISSN: 2231-4636, Published by National Education Foundation Law College, Guwahati, Assam,

5. Manjusha Deka, “Should Emotional Intelligence Education be made Compulsory in the Indian School Curriculum?”, Journal of Juridical and Social Science, Volume-5, Issue-1, Jan-March 2015, PP 56-61, ISSN: 2231-4636, Published by National Education Foundation Law College, Guwahati, Assam,

6. Manjusha Deka, “Identifying the Problems of Adolescents through School Counselling”, Manavayatan: the Humanosphere, Volume-II, Issue-II, Jan-June 2013, PP 117-125, ISSN: 2249-0612, Published by Centre for Studies in Humanities, Guwahati, Assam.

7. Manjusha Deka Saikia, “Emotional Intelligence in relation to type of Family among adolescent learners in Kamrup Metropolitan District of Assam”, Emotional

Intelligence in relation to type of Family among adolescent learners in Kamrup Metropolitan District of Assam. Paper accepted for publication.

8. “Participation of Women in Economic Activities: Analysis of some Case studies in Panjabari locality of Guwahati”.Paper accepted for publication in USBN Book by Unity Education Foundation. Paper presented at a Seminar organized by Deptt of Hindi, Cotton University in collaboration with Unity Education Foundation.

9. Emotional Intelligence in relation to Type of Family among adolescent learners in Kamrup Metropolitan District of Assam. Accepted for publication by Manavayatan: the Humanosphere, Published by Centre for Studies in Humanities, Guwahati, Assam.

10. Borooah,IP., & Devi, A (2015). Spirituality Profile of Creative Individuals. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS), 20 (5), 51-57.

11. Baruah,M., & Devi, A (2012). TAT Responses on Achievement Motivation among Tribal and Non-Tribal College Students of Assam. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS), 5 (3), 30-36 .


Programme Contents:


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                                                                      M.A Applied Psychology Syllabus

1st Semester


Name of the Paper

Paper credit

MAPY 101

Applied Cognitive Psychology


MAPY 102

Applied Behavioural Analysis and CBT


MAPY 103



MAPY 104

Health Psychology


Foundation Course

Applied Computer Science



2nd Semester


Name of the Paper

Paper credit

MAPY 201

Positive psychology


MAPY 202

Psychological Assessment


MAPY 203

Advanced Social Psychology


MAPY 204

(Optional Paper)

  1. Organizational Behaviour
  2. Forensic Psychology
  3. Counselling Psychology


MAPY 205

Field Work



3rd Semester


Name of the Paper

Paper credit

MAPY 301

Research Methodology


MAPY 302

Community Psychology


MAPY 303

Summer Internship


MAPY 304




4th Semester


Name of the Paper

Paper credit

MAPY 401

Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatric  Conditions and its Rehabilitation


MAPY 402

Workshop( Dance / Music Therapy)/ Life Skills


MAPY 403

Field Work


MAPY 404

Research / Dissertation





  1. 3rd prize in Skit Competition by Psychology students held on World Suicide Prevention Day,  10th September, 2019.


Course Duration:

2 Years.


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