Psychology is a scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, and the relation between them.

Though the focus is on an individual person, comparative studies with organisms and across cultures enrich knowledge on how and why people behave in ways that they do. The Major in Psychology through its research oriented curriculum enables students to learn

  • how people perceive, learn, and think;
  • how behaviour is motivated;
  • how individuals differ from one another;
  • how personality develops across the life span;
  • how interpersonal variables impact relationships in groups, organisations, and society; and
  • how pathological behaviour develops and is modified.

Courses introduce students to the theories and empirical studies of behaviour. Laboratory experiments are performed to verify known psychological facts and principles, and to investigate new ones. Psychological testing makes students skilled in assessing individual differences. Consequently, students acquire the attitude, knowledge, and skills relevant to careers in business, counselling, education, law, medicine, public policy, and technology.

Students Majoring in Psychology are expected to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of the theory and research within the discipline of Psychology;
  • skill to observe, record, and analyse a problem, using psychological methods; and
  • attitude and skill to draw sound inferences from data.
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Course Structure

All incoming undergraduate students at Ahmedabad University start with the Foundation programme, a package of four interdisciplinary courses that cover fields from Literature to Mathematics through project-based learning.

Core Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Research Methods of Psychology
Data Analyses in Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Biological Psychology
Lab in Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychological Assessment
Comparative Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Social Cognition
Cross-cultural Psychology
Psychology and Law
Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Consumer Psychology
Environmental Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Health Psychology
Positive Psychology
Independent Research

As with all Majors at Ahmedabad University, students pursue their own interests with a thesis in the final year.

Semester 1 2 3 4 5
I 4 Foundation Courses GE-01      
II PSY-C1: Introduction to Psychology PSY-C2: Research Methods in Psychology GE-02 GE-03 GE-04
III PSY-C3: Data Analyses in Psychology PSY-C4: Cognitive Psychology GE-05 GE-06 GE-07
IV PSY-C5: Abnormal Psychology PSY-C6: Social Psychology GE-08 GE-09 GE-10
V PSY-C7: Developmental Psychology PSY-C8: Biological Psychology PSY-E FE-1 FE-2
Note: Nine elective courses are to be chosen from the list of 17 PSY-Es. Only PSY-C1, C2, and C3 are to be taken sequentially.

I. Foundation Courses (F) (n = 4 courses) 12 credits
II. General Education Courses (GE) (n = 10 courses) 30 credits
III. Major 60 credits
  a. Core Courses (C) (n = 8 courses) 24 credits
  b. Elective Courses (E) (n = 9 courses) 27 credits
  c. Honours Thesis (HT) (equal to 3 courses) 9 credits
IV. Free Elective Courses (FE) (n = 6 courses) 18 credits
  Total (N = 40 courses) 120 credits


Ramadhar Singh Distinguished University Professor
Purdue University
Divita Singh Assitant Professor
Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
Rama Ratnam Professor
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Faculty Spotlight

Rama Ratnam is interested in the neuroscience of sensation and perception, and more specifically hearing. Hearing encompasses a range of complex behaviours with poorly understood brain mechanisms. The most basic and important auditory function in vocal communication behaviour is the "cocktail-party effect". Here, people selectively attend to a single talker in a group of competing talkers. How the brain unmixes multiple sounds reaching the ears into component sounds is unknown. In older people with impaired hearing, the loss of the cocktail-party ability leads to social, behavioural, and cognitive deficits, and reduced functional capacity. Ratnam's research begins with behaviour, and goes down to the neurobiological mechanisms at the level of single neurons. He plans to apply his research to improve the performance of assistive devices like cochlear implants and hearing aids. The goal is to restore the cocktail-party effect and improve cognitive function in the elderly and hearing impaired.

Career Pathways

Students can choose to work in industry or go on to pursue higher studies. Upon completion of higher studies, students can take up positions in industries and research laboratories, start their own venture or pursue research and teaching in academic institutions.

Students who have successfully completed their training in Psychology can make their mark in the following branches of Psychology:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling and Therapy
  • Health Psychology
  • Teaching and Research
  • Sports Psychology Industrial/Organisational and Human Resource
  • Community Counselling
  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Educational Psychology
  • Career Counselling
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Major in Psychology is open to anyone who has completed class 12 or the equivalent.
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