As a psychologist, you will be studying about human behavior and mental processes by using various scientific methods and tools. You will also help people to cope with life issues and mental health problems.

What do psychologists do?

Psychologists evaluate the emotional and psychological challenges that people face and help them to modify/change their behavioral pattern and lifestyle so as to prevent/recover from their mental health problems. They also use different scientific techniques and tools to develop theories on what may influence a person’s feelings and behavior.

What does a typical day at work involve?

The tasks of psychologists in a typical day’s work may vary depending up on their areas of specialisation. These may involve

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  • Checked Conducting surveys, and interviewing or observing individuals
  • Checked Developing theories on the factors that influence human behaviour based on scientific methods of inquiry
  • Checked Counselling clients on issues at home, family, workplace, or in marriage or relationships and helping them to manage their problems
  • Checked Conducting different forms of behavioural experiments in laboratories and social experiments
  • Checked Clinical psychologists will be involved in diagnosing and treating clients for mental and personality disorders
  • Checked Writing research papers, articles and reports of studies and sharing them for educational purposes
  • Checked Administering tests for intelligence, personality, aptitude and performance
  • Checked Applying psychological principles and techniques to improve the quality of worklife and performance
  • Checked Helping to improve the quality of life for the physically challenged and differently abled individuals in rehabilitation settings

What areas can a psychologist specialise in?

Studies about psychological testing and evaluation, diagnosis of psychological difficulties and treatment methods in psychology.
Studies about how to help people as individuals and groups to enhance their well-being, alleviate their distress and destructive thoughts, resolve their conflicts, and increase their ability to solve problems and make decisions.
Studies about the treatment and science of recovering from the mental distresses caused by chronic health conditions.
Studies the brain-behavior relationship and how behaviour and behavioural problems are affected by the way the brain functions.
Studies about the application of psychological principles in the workplace in order to improve productivity, efficiency, and motivation among the workforce.

How to become a psychologist?

Step 1
Take Any stream at plus two level

Studying any stream at the plus two level and securing a minimum aggregate score would serve as a sufficient eligibility for admission into psychology courses at the undergraduate level.

Note :Psychology combination

It would be better if you can choose a stream which offers psychology in the combination of subjects such as Science with Psychology or Humanities with Psychology.

Step 2
Take BA/B.Sc Psychology

The common courses offered at the UG level in this area is BA/B.Sc. Psychology. You can either do a BA/ Psychology that takes three years to complete or do an integrated MA/M.Sc. in Psychology which are five years in duration.

Step 3
Take MA/M.Sc. Psychology with specialisation of choice

After completing the UG degree, you can go for an MA/M.Sc. in Psychology with a specialisation of choice in India or foreign universities.

Step 4

For practicing as a clinical psychologist, you need an M.Phil degree in psychology. The duration of the M.Phil course is usually one to two years.

Step 5

You can for a Ph.D either directly after master’s or after doing an M.Phil, if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.

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Requirements for masters (MA/MSc) in psychology

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into MSc Psychology at the Institute of Psychology and Research, Bengaluru)

  • Undergraduate degree, with Psychology as one of the subjects and having scored aggregate 50% or more marks in the same.
  • B.A./B.Sc./B.Ed./PG Diploma in Counselling with at least one subject in Psychology or any paper/course related to Psychology.
  • A Minimum 40% marks in the aggregate of all the Optional Subjects.
  • On the basis of an entrance exam and an interview.

Foreign (For admission into (MSc) in Social Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  • An academic bachelor’s degree in a Psychology related discipline or its equivalent
  • A CGPA of 7.5 or higher or its equivalent (Preferbally)
  • English language proficiency : A score of 6.5 in IELTS academic or a score of 92-93 in (TOEFL) Internet based test
  • A motivation letter describing your intent and purpose
  • Two recommendation letters by academic staff

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Skills Required


Empathy is the first and foremost skill required for a psychologist. They need to be reasonably compassionate to be able to step into the shoes of others and make an attempt to understand their problems.

Patience and listening skills

Psychologists must be able to demonstrate incredible patience and perseverance as some of the researches would be prolonged in nature. Listening skills are crucial in counselling sessions and while dealing with clients.

Non Judgemental acceptance

Psychologists might be dealing with a number of cases in which the issues involved would be considered as “Taboo” in a conventional environment. It's absolutely vital for psychologists to refrain from making value judgements and they should be able to approach the cases with open mindedness.

Open mindedness and objectivity

Psychologists need to treat every case at its merit during their counselling sessions. They have to do away with their personal biases for the betterment of their clients and address individual subjectivity in an objective manner.

Communication skills

Psychologists need to be effective in all the major four domains of communication. Excellent listening and speaking skills are required in counselling sessions and teaching. And they need to be good at reading and writing when it comes to research.

Research Skills

Psychology is a very vast field with incredible potential for the service of the global community. Psychologists can come up with useful ideas for contributing towards human well being by generating accurate and truthful researches and outputs.


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