BA Honours with a Major in Psychology

Programme Description

The BA Honours with a Major in Psychology is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline. The courses offered will take students on a journey in which they will engage with the complexities of human behavior and experience. Psychology is simultaneously theoretical and applied. It is also characterized by the use of diverse methods to investigate a wide range of questions about the nature of human mind and self. During the three years of the program students will learn about aspects of human beings that seem universal, those that make us unique and the manner in which these are shaped as we grow up in families and cultures interacting with other human beings. This will be coupled with hands on experience through practicum designed to teach experimentation, psychological testing and preparing a case study. Teaching will be largely in interactive mode. Films and popular narratives will be used to illustrate significant aspects of courses. Students will also participate in dynamic classroom exercises such as peer learning, group tasks, role plays etc. to enhance the learning process.

 The BA Honours with a Major in Psychology is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline. The courses offered will take students on a journey in which they will engage with the complexities of human behaviour and experience. Psychology is simultaneously theoretical and applied. It is also characterized by the use of diverse methods to investigate a wide range of questions about the nature of human mind and self. During the three years of the program students will learn about aspects of human beings that seem universal, those that make us unique and the manner in which these are shaped as we grow up in families and cultures interacting with other human beings. This will be coupled with hands on experience through practicum designed to teach experimentation, psychological testing and preparing a case study. Teaching will be largely in interactive mode. Films and popular narratives will be used to illustrate significant aspects of courses. Students will also participate in dynamic classroom exercises such as peer learning, group tasks, role plays etc. to enhance the learning process.

The core courses familiarize students with the history and methods of Psychology. Along with this they will learn about cognition, childhood, neuropsychology, social and abnormal psychology. A course on applying Psychology to India will also be taught. The optional courses are more interdisciplinary and show the applicability of psychological understandings in the areas of counselling, organizational behaviour etc. An elective dissertation in the final semester will provide students with a rare opportunity to research an area of their interest.

Graduates with Major in Psychology from AUD who wish to study further would have the necessary conceptual orientation. In addition, various approaches and skills taught here would enable them to reconsider stereotypical mode of thinking and create openness to experience. The course would be valuable to students interested in mass media, advertising, education, child development, counselling, and organizational psychology. It would enable students to work in varied fields where they are required to engage with human beings in different contexts.

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered through a total number of 96 credits over six semesters. Almost all the courses offered in BA Psychology are 4 credits course. The programme consists of two types of courses: Compulsory and Elective. Students must complete the 12 core courses required for them to qualify for a Major in Psychology. Apart from these 48 credits, they may also complete up to 16 additional credits in Psychology through the electives on offer. Students are encouraged to participate in field trips and excursions. They explore cinema and visual culture and undertake projects that enhance critical thinking and develop analytical skills. The elective courses pertain to more specialised areas of application. The course comprises tutorial and lab sessions, field trips, workshops and seminars etc.

Short Descriptions of Courses:

SUS1PS701: Understanding Personality
This course introduces students to the issue of personality: what makes each of us different and unique? At the same time, how does this link to our collective realities? The course introduces students into the varied approaches to the understanding of psychology and the methods of personality assessment. Some questions explored through the course include, are all aspects of personality in our awareness? How do the person and the social context interact? What makes some people more aggressive and others helpful? What is the relationship between personality and distress?

SUS1PS702: Human Cognition
This course introduces students to the area of human cognition: what are the ways in which we come to know ourselves and the world in which we live through sensation and perception. Questions such as how does the human mind develop, how do we perceive and remember, how is intelligence understood, how does culture influence what we know will be taken up. The course will cover the historical development of the field of cognitive psychology, approaches to cognition, and contemporary issues in thought and memory.

SUS1PS703: History of Psychology
This course provides a basic introduction to the development of the discipline from the mid 19th century when it emerged as separate from physiology and philosophy to the present. The course presents the history of psychology through the systems that emerged in multiple attempts to give meaning to a new emerging discipline. Throughout the course there will be an attempt to understand the forces involved in each systematic construction of Psychology, the relationship of the system to definitions of science and the significant contributions and limits of the system.

SUS1PS704: Social Psychology
This course opens up questions around psychology as a social process and asks how the “actual, imagined or implied” presence of others affects our thoughts, feelings and behaviour and how we, in turn, also influence others. We will ask why we see one social group or people belonging to one group in one way and another group or its people, differently. We will ask why we see one social group or people belonging to one group in one way and another group or its people differently. What attracts us to some people and not others? Why do we often think one way and act another, in other words, does behaviour validate the attitudes people think they have? Are we naturally aggressive or are we naturally helpful or is our behaviour determined

SUS1PS705: Statistics
This paper introduces the students to the basic and foundational concepts of how data are classified, organized, measured, and analyzed. While doing any quantitative research and experiments in psychology, preliminary concepts of statistics and its operations are necessary to understand, analyze and interpret data. The paper will focus on some of the basics of Statistics such as introduction to statistics, central tendency (mean, median and mode), normal curve, correlation, testing hypothesis about single means (z and t), graphical representation of frequency distributions such as histogram, frequency polygon, bar diagram, pie chart etc.

SUS1PS706: Methods in Psychology
This is an innovative course that introduces students to the issues of research and the methods of data generation through some works in Psychology. Students will read work that has employed diverse methods including laboratory and field experiments, observation, case study, correlational studies and qualitative research. Issues of sample selection, the determination of variables and designs will be discussed through the studies we chose. The course will help to understand the multiple ways of doing psychology, to see the relationship between the questions asked and the methods followed and the impossibility of determining any one method to grasp the entire complexity of humans.

SUS1PS707: Understanding Childhood
The human develops through multiple complex processes starting even before birth. Studying the lives of children throws light on the processes and contexts within which these transformations take place. The course introduces students to critical reflection of constructs and issues around children, childhood and families in historical and socio-cultural contexts. The course will study of the narratives of children’s lives not as victims but also as those who possess agency to remake the spaces they cohabit with emphasis on the socialization of children in India would be examined. This section draws upon the theoretical work of Bronfenbrenner, Vygotsky, Erikson and Bowlby. One primary requirement of the human self is moral regulation. The course introduces students to the theories of Kohlberg and Gilligan as they present alternative stories of the development of morality. A final section of the course familiarizes students with the rights of children and childhood at the margins.

SUS1PS708: Experiments in Psychology
Experiments in Psychology is a course focused on one type of data collection method through conducting experiments on live subjects in order to understand human functioning better. Some of the distinctive features of Psychological experiments include validation of explanatory theories, ascertaining functional relationship and assessing the substantive effectiveness of manipulation by using controls. The course attempts to render preliminary exposure to students to laboratory and field experiments as a means to gather facts about human behaviours that link inductive and deductive principles.

SUS1PS709: Neuropsychology through Clinical Cases: Possibilities and Limits
This paper will ground the complex psychological experiences and expressions of the human in the processes of the brain and the neural network. The paper shall give the student an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the brain and the neural network and show through analysis of clinical cases how they are related to psychological states like learning, sleeping, dreaming, communication and emotion.

SUS1PS710: Understanding Abnormality
In this course students will be familiarized with the conceptual tools required for understanding the complex world of mental illness and distress. Debates on the conceptualization, classification and diagnosis of abnormality will be followed by case studies through which the clinical picture of some disorders will be illustrated. The course will then look at the causes usually cited and therapies commonly deployed to alleviate the distress of the mentally ill. The pedagogy of the course will include reading short stories and film screenings. Throughout the course the attempt will be to acknowledge the continuity between states of normality and abnormality. Yet, students will also learn to recognize when distress reaches levels that require special attention.

SUS1PS711: Case Study
The study of the unique individual forms one of the bedrocks of contemporary psychology. This course will help students learn the processes of psychological measurement, interviewing, observation and case study taking. Each student will select an individual of their choice and administer one intelligence test structured personality test and a semi projective technique to the same person. Following up the tests with an interview and some observational work, students will compile all of the above to form a case study. It is hoped that this course will add to the students’ repertoire of skills required to engage with an individual life.

SUS1PS712: Psychology for India
The paper, premised on the limits of a universal psychology, attempts to circumscribe what passes off as the discipline of psychology into a culturally located form: located in a primarily western European context. It questions the relevance of a psychology emanating primarily from west/Europe to non-western and non-European cultures, experiences and psyches and attempts to look for resources for a culturally sensitive psychology.

SUS1PS713: Psychological Testing
The course will provide students with the skill to measure individual differences on a number of variables using standardized material. After studying this course students should be able to use the available instruments to determine intelligence, creativity, personality variables amongst others. Students will also be acquainted with the preliminary aspects of psychometrics and the discussion around the construct they are learning to measure.

SUS1PS733: Organizational Behaviour (Elective)
The course will benefit students both with major in Psychology as well as those from other disciplines who would like to understand how individual, groups and structure works in organizations. There are various organizations which vary in terms of their vision, mission and goals. But individual, group and structure remains the basic building blocks of those organizations. So, in depth understanding of those basic building blocks and exploring the various elements which affects them is crucial for the organizations survival, effectiveness and efficiency. This course would empower students with greater appreciation of Organizational Behaviour and shape the future organizations with various innovations and creative ideas. Modules include motivation, decision making, leadership, communication, organizational culture, power and politics in organizations etc.

SUS1PS734: Dissertation (Elective)
In keeping with the empirical tradition in Psychology, the dissertation will allow a few of the students to further these capacities by exploring a research question with a small sample, reading appropriate research around the question and formulating a set of responses to the question on the basis of readings, understanding and literature review. Each dissertation student is assigned with a supervisor to guide, monitor, and analyse the progress of student’s dissertation work from developing the dissertation topic to the writing of final dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up their interest area from pure psychology to interdisciplinary areas under the supervision of the dissertation supervisor. Towards the end of the semester, students submit their written dissertation work which carries a 70% weightage and 30% for viva.

SUS1PS731: Psychology in Action (Elective)
This course introduces the student about the various applications of psychology in our everyday life. The course includes different modules such as application of psychology in mass media, sports, education, environment, health, stress management and also understanding the mind of terrorists. The course is delivered through different interaction modes such as documentary films, photographs, movies, newspapers, magazines, journals, social networking, group discussion, presentation etc. Students are encouraged to bring in their own experiences and share with the class on various areas that would be beneficial for young psychologist to explore and understand the real as well as the virtual world. Students may take up small projects based on their interest area that are related to the class modules. They can work together as a team to explore and apply psychological theories in practical life.

SUS1PS732: Counselling Psychology (Elective)
This is envisaged as a course taught in the workshop mode. Crisis, trauma and distress seem to be almost universal to human experience. This course will teach aspects of the counselling process beginning with the first contact with a client to the point of termination of the counselling relationship. Students who take this course will be encouraged to reflect upon their interest in the field. What are the personal qualities that enhance the capacity for counselling and which characteristics might impede the work of a counsellor? Ethical issues in counselling will also be discussed in the context of India.

  • 2nd and 4th semester students to choose 2 out of 3 courses (Experiments in Psychology/Psychological Testing/Case Study).


10 + 2 with 50% marks from a recognised board. Relaxation of 5% will be given to candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Disabled (PD) Categories. Meeting the eligibility criteria will not ensure a seat. The admission will be strictly on the basis of merit. However, eligibility is a must for consideration of admission.


  • Prof Ashok Nagpal
  • Dr Rachana Johri
  • Dr Anup Dhar
  • Dr Mamtha Karroli
  • Mr Vinod R
  • Mr Gangmumei Kamei
  • Ms Deepti Sachdev
  • Ms Thokchom Bibinaz
  • Mr Wrick Mitra
  • Ms Anshumita Pande
  • Ms Neetu Sarin
  • Students of SHS MPhil programmes and psychotherapists associated with Ehsaas, the low fee psychotherapy clinic run at the SHS also interact with the students in various capacities.

Fee Structure


Rs. 16,800 per semester will be charged as the full semester fees. The total fee payable at the time of admission will be Rs.16,800 (for Semester 1) and a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 5,000 for the use of university facilities along with Rs 500 as contribution for student welfare for the semester.

The vision guiding AUD is the commitment that prospective students learn to value and appreciate the social privileges they enjoy because of the heavy subsidy that goes into public institutions of higher education in India. Therefore, a minimum proportion of the cost actually to be incurred by the University for each of its students is reflected in the fee being set per semester. Based on this philosophy, AUD has instituted a differential fee structure for different programmes, with an understanding that the upper slab is envisaged not to be so high that only a particular segment of society could afford it and the lower slab not so low that the sense of responsibility among the students goes missing.

  • The differential fee structure ranges from Rs1050 per credit of course work for most of the courses
  • The fees for most programmes is Rs16800/- per semester,
  • In addition students are required to pay Rs.500/- per semester toward Student Welfare Fund
  • Rs.5000/- is to be paid as refundable security deposit.

It may be noted that at present the fee constitutes not more than 10 per cent of the operational cost. At the same time, it is the stated policy of the University to ensure that no deserving prospective student, as far as possible, is denied the opportunity of studying at AUD merely due to her/his inability to pay the fees.


The University offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers.

The University has also created a student welfare fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence.

Procedure for applying for Fee waiver and Scholarships

  • At the time of admission, a student can apply for fee waiver by submitting supporting documents.

  • If provisionally admitted to a programme, s/he will be permitted to take admission without having to pay the fee.

  • Students, whose combined family income is less than Rs 400000/-, will be eligible for fee waiver. A student will continue to receive fee waiver provided he/she is found regular in attending classes and maintains acceptable level of performance in studies.

  • SC/ST/PwD students are advised to submit their application in the month of February for Scholarships under the SC/ST/PwD categories for the academic session of that year.

Student Welfare Fund:

The University has created 'Student Welfare Fund' with the objective of making financial assistance available for meeting the welfare needs of needy students, such as emergent medical assistance, purchase of books & study material, meeting the boarding & lodging expenses equivalent to the amount that is required to avail of AUD hostel facilities, and any other comparable needs of the student.

An amount of Rs.500/- per semester is collected from all students towards 'Student Welfare Fund' and an amount equal to that collected from students shall be contributed by the University to this fund. The Student Welfare Fund is managed and monitored by a committee which includes a nominee of the student community.

Through the fee structure as well as the exemptions offered, AUD hopes to inculcate a social sensitivity in its students – to respect what they enjoy as privileges and to be able to serve society in their future professional capacities.

REFUND OF FEES - University Policy

Time Period for refund in a particular programme of study

Amount to be deducted

Before Orientation Rs. 1,000
After Orientation Only caution deposit would be refunded

  • The decision of the Admission Committee on all matters of admission will be final.

  • The jurisdiction of any dispute will be limited to the NCT of Delhi.


Admission Procedure

Application Procedure

All applications are computerized; there are no paper application forms.

  • A single on-line application form can be used to apply for as many UG programmes as an applicant wishes; similarly one form can be used for as many PG programmes.
  • Applications forms can be filled on-site at the AUD campus in Kashmere Gate or offsite by logging on to and following the links provided there.
  • Application must be completed by 22ndJune 2013.
  • Before you fill the online application form, make sure that you have the following with you:
    • Scanned copy of your recent passport size photograph
    • Scanned copy of your signature

(The scanned copies should be in .jpg format and should not exceed 50 kb (photograph) and 20 kb (signature). If you choose to apply on-site, you are advised to have the scanned copies of your photograph and signature sent to your e-mail account.)

  • A valid e-mail id. The password for the application process will be sent to your e-mail account. After receiving the password, you can log in by entering the e-mail id and the password providedto fill the details in the online application form. Further detailed instructions for filling the form are provided there.

NOTE: For any admission or application related queries please visit the University or call on admission help line numbers (91-11-23863740; 23863743) or send an email enquiry to

Off-Campus Application:

  1. Visit the AUD website; you will be directed to the Online Registration page.
  2. You will be required to register with avalid E-mail ID, to which a password will be sent. You can then log-in to fill your application form by entering the E-mail ID and the password provided.
  3. Fill in required details in the online application form. Further detailed instructions for filling the form are provided on the website.Verify the data entered. No data can be modified after the registration is confirmed.
  4. Thereafter, you will be asked to pay the application fee through Internet Payment Gateway. Confirm payment through credit card / debit card or internet banking.
  5. After successful online payment, you will be directed back to the admission website. A page (Acknowledgement) will appear stating the candidate's name, registration number, address, space for photograph and space for signature. You will need a scanned copy of yourpassport size photo and signature to upload at this point in the application form.
  6. If you are not able to upload your photograph and signature, take a printout of the page, affix your recent passport size colour photograph, and put your signature or thumb impression at appropriate places. Send the completed application form to the address given below in 7).
  7. In case you are paying application fee by DD, you must send the DD (made in favour of 'Ambedkar University Delhi'), along with a print out of the application filled by you to:

The Admissions Office,
Ambedkar University Delhi,
Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate,

The hard copy of your application form, must reach AUD by post, latest by 22 June 2013.

On campus application:

Assistance is available at AUD campus, to help you fill the computerised application form and apply for admission:

  1. Visit the AUD campus at Kashmere Gate with the necessary documents and information required to complete the application form.
  2. You must first make the payment for the application fees at the Admissions office. You may pay your application fee in cash or through a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Ambedkar University Delhi”, payable at New Delhi. (You are advised to keep the cash payment receipt or demand draft details in hand while filling the application form.)
  3. Proceed to help desk at the admission office to fill your computerised application form. You will be required to follow all the steps that are to be followed in case of off-campus application. Keep ready the scanned copy of your passport size photo and signature and all other information and Caste/Category Certificate (if applicable). You will also need the original passport size photo to affix onthe printed copy of the form.

NOTE: The application process must be completed by 22ndJune 2013 and the Demand Draft paid for application must be submitted in hand or sent by post to reach the University office by 4 p.m. on 22 June 2013.

Selection & Admission Procedure

  1. The final selection for admission will be made on the basis of merit in accordance with the procedures and guidelines of the University.
  2. The Merit List will be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained by the student in the best four subjects, which should not include any vocational subject in the class XII Board Examination. For details of academic and vocational subjects students may consult the table on Page 23-24 of the SUS Bulletin.
  3. In order to obtain parity among the marks secured by students from different streams, while computing marks for the merit list, 4% of marks obtained in 10 + 2 would be deducted in the case of students from Science stream and 5% in the case of students from Commerce stream.
  4. Successful candidates will be required to submit
    1. A certificate of their date of birth
    2. Attested copies of a character certificate from the Head of the Institution last attended
    3. Transcript of marks and certificate of the last examination passed,
    4. Certificates of belonging to a reserved category, where applicable.

They will be required to bring their original certificates for verification at the time of admission. They will also have to submit affidavits, both personal and from their parent/ guardian, in the format provided on the website of the anti-ragging regulations.

Students must note that no acknowledgement or any other communication will be sent to individual candidates. Candidates must consult the website and/or the notice boards of the University for checking the status of their application.

Admission Updates

Online Application Form