Department of Psychology
Established in 1976
  Head of the Department : Dr. K  Manikandan 

The Department was established in 1976 as the second University Department in the State. Within a short span of time, less than a decade, the Department could prove ‘its’ worth in creating an awareness about the nature and applications of the discipline in the northern part of Kerala which was educationally and developmentally lagging behind. The first batch of Post Graduation was started in 1977, under the faculty of Humanities, but in 2003, it is change to function under faculty of Science.  Later the Post Graduation programme was named as M. Sc Applied Psychology. Starting with MA programmes focusing on two specializations, Clinical Psychology and Organizational Behavior, the Department later introduced M. Phil and Ph.D programmes in different areas of specializations. Introduction of Credit Semester System by the University has helped the Department to widen the horizon of teaching and research including more streamlined specializations. At present the PG curriculum covers 21 such areas besides the traditional core areas.  Now the programme of Post Graduation is under Choice Based Credit Semester system, offering specialized courses in Clinical Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Counselling and Consulting Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Pediatric Psychology and Adolescent Psychology.  At present M. Phil programme gives specialization in Rehabilitation Psychology.  Doctoral researches are supervised primarily in the areas of Clinical Psychology, Organizational behavior, HRM, Health Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychology of Women and Interdisciplinary areas. During the 1980s itself the Department was recognized by the UGC as the first in the State to conduct 5 refresher courses. Around 600 students have passed out from the Department with Post Graduate Degree, 40 with M. Phil Degree and 55 with PhD Degree, 29 scholars are engaged in their doctoral research. Besides academic credentials, the Department has one of the best Laboratories in India with more than 182 equipments and 195 test materials in addition to 40 tests developed in the Department. The Department also has the best Departmental Library in the State with around 4089 books and a good collection of back volumes of journals. In addition to teaching and research all faculty members are actively involved in extension activities for community development catering to the needs of people falling under the jurisdiction of the University. Counseling, consultancy services and awareness programmes are regular features of such activities. Life Skill development programmes are periodically conducted with special focus on students.

 Thrust Areas
Guidance and Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior.

 Faculty Members
Dr. K. Manikandan (Professor)
Dr. P.A. Baby Shari (Professor)
Dr. Rajani Ramachandran (Assistant Professor)  (on leave)
Courses Offered
Course Name Intake Duration
M.Sc. Psychology 23
4 semester
M.Phil 4
  • Part time Diploma Course in Counseling for School Teachers Conducted in Collaboration with SSA Wayanad – Started in 2009



M. Sc. Applied Psychology (Choice Based Credit Semester System - CCSS)
1) To assist the students in developing a sound theoretical knowledge of the core concepts in Psychology and development of the discipline.
2) To initiate interest in the students for understanding the various applications of Psychology and development of the major fields.
3) To help the students to develop skills in using the various Psychological tools in individual and group assessment.
4) To help the students in identifying and analyzing behavioral problems and inadequacies in individuals.
5) To initiate interest in research of Academic and Social relevance and learn the scientific methodology to conduct independent research.
6) To sensitize the students towards community and social problems.
7) To motivate the students in equipping healthy personal and inter personal skills for individual and team work.
Eligibility Criteria
Those students who had opted Psychology has one of the optional papers in Part III, either main or subsidiary, for under graduation are eligible for applying for M.Sc. Applied Psychology. Selection is made through an entrance examination including an aptitude test in Psychology and Personal Interview. Selection and Ranking criteria are as follows:
a) Total marks secured for Part III main for under graduation is counted out of 50 marks.
b) Written test for 30 marks.
c) Interview out of 10 marks.
d) Additional weightage of 10 marks for each paper in Psychology with a maximum of 60 marks.
e) Total ranking will be done out of 150 marks.

Scheme of M. Sc Applied Psychology (CCSS)

                            (From 2014 admission onwards)

I Semester

No. Name Core/Elective Credits

Psy 1 C 01 Cognitive Psychology-I Core 4

Psy 1 C 02 Personality & Personal Growth Core 4

Psy 1 C 03 Applied Psychology –I Core 4

Psy 1 C 04 Applied Psychology-II Core 4

Psy 1 C 05 Practicals – I Core 2

( Lab Experiments)

Total 18 credits

Notes: No Electives offered

II Semester

No. Name Core/Elective Credits

Psy 2 C 06 Cognitive Psychology- II Core 4

Psy 2 C 07 Research Methodology Core 4

Psy 2 C 08 Brain and Behaviour Core 4

Psy 2 C 09 Practicals – II Core 2

( Diagnostic Testing)

Psy 2 E 01 Elective – I Optional 4

Total 18 credits

Choices for Elective I

No. Name of the Paper

Psy 2 E 01 Organisational Behaviour

Psy 2 E 02 Psychology of Crime

Psy 2 E 03 Adolescent Psychology

Psy 2 E 04 Fundamental of Educational Psychology

Psy 2 E 05 Psychopathology – I

Psy 2 E 06 Introduction to Cognitive Development

Note: Number of elective courses that can be studied by students – Two (where one is compulsory)

III Semester

No. Name Core/Elective Credits

Psy 3 C 09 Research Methodology -II Core 4

Psy 3 C 10 Applied Social Psychology Core 4

Psy 3 C 11 Field Experiments Core 2

Psy 3 C 12 Practicum Core 2

Psy 3 E 02 Elective – II Optional 4

Total 16

Choices for Elective II

No. Name of the Paper Name of the Teacher

Psy 3 E 01 Career Psychology

Psy 3 E 02 Forensic Psychology

Psy 3 E 03 Perspectives in Educational Psychology

Psy 3 E 04 Psychopathology – II

Psy 3 E 05 Health Psychology

Psy 3 E 06 Training Methodologies

Psy 3 E 07 Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Childhood

Psy 3 E 08 Introduction to Classical Psychoanalysis

Note: Number of elective courses that can be studied by students – Two (where one is compulsory)

IV Semester

No. Name Core/Elective Credits

Psy 4 C 13 Counselling Psychology- I Core 4

Psy 4 C 14 Current Trends in Psychology Core 4

Psy 4 C 15 Dissertation Core 8

Psy 4 E 03 Elective – III Optional 4

Total 20

Choices for Elective III

No. Name of the Paper Name of the Teacher

Psy 4 E 01 Human Resources Planning and Development

Psy 4 E 02 Forensic Clinical Psychology

Psy 4 E 03 Therapeutic Intervention Strategies –I

Psy 4 E 04 Therapeutic Intervention Strategies –II

Psy 4 E 05 Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology

Psy 4 E 06 Life Skills: Training & Application

Psy 4 E 07 Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Clinical and Cognitive Perspective

Note: Instead of Dissertation a student may opt for 2 elective courses

M. Phil Psychology

Student Intake – 10 seats

Eligibility criteria: M. Sc Psychology

Entrance Written test & Interview

PhD Programme in Psychology

8 Research scholars/guide
Eligibility:  PG in Psychology in Regular mode from a recognized University with minimum 55% in aggregate .
Entrance Test and Interview
Preparing a synopsis and getting consent of the supervising guide and Ethical Committee if necessary
Approved Project proposal from the Research Admission committee

Ongoing Research Areas

Clinical Psychology, Organizational behavior, HRM, Health Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychology of Women and Interdisciplinary areas.

Exposure given to students

  • Continuous Assessment through Term paper, Seminar and Internal test paper & Viva-voce

  • Weekly evaluation seminar

  • Institution visit

  • Community Development Extension programmes

  • Lab and fiels experimental works

  • Internship/Practicum

  • Self development Techniques

  • Relaxation and Meditation

  • Training programmes on different topics

  • Workshops

  • Life skill Education

  • Training on

- Data collection techniques

- Statistical analysis and soft ware based analyis

- Presentation skills

- Research methods

Future Plans

  • The Department aims to develop sound theoretical knowledge among students through application oriented exposure in programmes.

  • To have more faculty support and do extension services and researches

  • More community based collaboration extension with other organization, to get hands on training and real life application/extension

  • More idea generation to develop national policies on Mental Health.

  • Adolescence and Youth based direct interventions and primary prevention activities/Research

Consulting Services

It is the assistance of Psychology professional for various purposes. Individual or organization can approach the department of Psychology for profession support and referral as well as intervention support will be received as part of Extension Service or Research.

Counselling Center

The Department provides counseling services for the needy, and its' widely being used by campus community (Staff and students) as well as organizations like near by schools and colleges, and neighboring community.

Guidance and Placement Services

  • Educational Guidance: Provides Information regarding courses and admission criteria of different higher level national institutions

  • Career Guidance: Provides information regarding career opportunities in Kerala

  • Placement Service: Provides informal help and support for Placement in different institutions in kerala including counseling centers, Deaddiction centers, Hospitals, Educational Institutions, Training and research organizations & Industry