NSHM offers M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, a post graduate Psychology programme that enables students to study various aspects of human behaviour, observe patients with various mental health concerns and apply their understanding of that behaviour to treat patients.

NSHM provides the best M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology in West Bengal. Clinical psychology represents the largest sub-field of psychology. Specialty areas within clinical psychology include child mental health, adult mental, learning abilities, emotional disturbances, substance abuse and geriatrics and health psychology. The programme aims at training students to work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice. It also provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced doctoral studies.

Programme Education Objective

  • Become successful professionals with strong multidisciplinary knowledge and technical competence in the field of Clinical Psychology and use the integration of knowledge and competence necessary for success in the profession.
  • Develop interdisciplinary approach and analytical thinking in designing and solving problems related to psychological phenomena using standardised psychometric assessment tools of intellectual functioning, executive functioning, personality, and various diagnostic tools.
  • Attain the skill for understanding group dynamics with the objective to contribute positively towards collaborative activities and demonstrate the capacity for self-management and team work through effective communication.
  • Pursue a career for lifelong learning with personal and professional growth, superior work ethics and character towards sustainable betterment of the society by engaging in self learning methodologies.

Career Opportunities

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. On successful completion of the programme, a student can be gainfully employed as:

  • Caregiver
  • Career Counsellor
  • Career Employment Specialist
  • Child Care Worker
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Day-care Centre Supervisor
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Health Educator
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Public Statistician
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Recreation Worker
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Research Psychologist
  • Social Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Staff Recruiter

Programme Structure

Core Curriculum

Fundamental Knowledge of Psychology

Cognitive processes

basic cognitive processes, such as, attention, learning, memory, psychophysics and perceptual systems.

Theories of Personality

learning and cognizing psychodynamic, behaviouristic and humanistic frameworks of personality.

Biological basis of behaviour

fundamentals of central and peripheral nervous system along with their functions and underlying physiological explanation of various psychological processes and disorders

Social psychology

various interpersonal, psychological and psychosocial processes to understand society that has applications in daily living such as communication, prosocial behaviour, aggression and gender identity.

Organizational behaviour

analyse different facets of organizational behaviour, with emphasis on work environment, performance appraisal and placements.

Health Psychology

relationship between physical health and psychological wellbeing and learn health-promoting lifestyles.

Psychopathology and Psychiatric disorders

Childhood and developmental disorders

phenomenological and psychopathological etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders , intellectual disabilities and various other emotional and behavioural disorders of children.

Disorders of adulthood

continuum of normality and abnormality from the perspective of different neurotic and psychotic disorders, viz., anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, etc.

Personality disorders

different dimensions of personality highlighting on the different problems associated with it, special emphasis on the causal factors, and other disorders associated with personality problems.

Sexual dysfunction

different types of sexual dysfunctions along with their signs and etiology.

Disorders of substance use

concepts of use, harmful use, dependence, tolerance and withdrawal; and the detrimental impacts of psychotropic and psychoactive substances, mainly focusing on the consequences in the domains of emotion, behaviour, thought and perception.

Treatment and rehabilitation

Counselling skills and ethics

counseling skills – to cognise and integrate the possibilities and limitations of therapeutic work, inculcate respect and maintain confidentiality and ethical guidelines.

Basics of Psychotherapy processes

different schools of psychotherapy, namely, psychodynamic, exsistential, behavioural (BT), cognitive, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), and third wave behaviour therapy, along with their techniques, stages, strategies, tools, applications,limitations, indications and contra-indications.

Disorder-specific psychotherapy techniques and strategies

different evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches (BT, CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Family and Couple therapy) of treatment of various anxiety disorders, mood disorders and schizophrenia related disorders.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

impairment (structural and functional), handicap and disability and about primary, secondary and tertiary health care systems, their importance and efficacy in treatement and rehabilitation of individuals with physical disability and/or psychiatric illnesses.

Application of standardised psychometric tools

Standardised objective measures of intellectual functioning and personality

assessment, including, but not limited to, theoritical background, administration, scoring and interpretation using standardised tests of intelligence such as Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM) and Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – IVth edition (WAIS-IV) and that of personality, such as, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) and Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness to Experience Scale (NEO- PI and NEO-FFI)

Projective techniques and tools

assessment, including, but not limited to, theoritical background, administration, scoring and interpretation using standardised projective measures of personality, like, Rorschach Inkblot Test (RIBT) and Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and emotional and behavioural traits, such as Rosenswig Picture-Frustration Test.

Symptoms and Disorder-specific rating scales

various symptom and syndrome-specific scales of psychopathology, such as, evaluation of mood, anxiety, disruptive behaviours, thought, perception etc.

Application of rating scales on outdoor clients

application of the aforementioned scales on outdoor clients



organised and systematic ways of finding evidence for psychological and psychosocial phenomena, using both quantitative and qualitative methodology, various statistical implications including those required for description of data, drawing inference and predicting for population, and integrative learning of scale construction through appropriate psychometric methods

Programme Type - PG

Duration - 2 years

Minimum Eligibility - Graduate with minimum 50% marks from any recognized University

Degree Awarded By -

Fee Details

  • Kolkata
  • Durgapur


Payment Date

One Time Payment Yearly Payment Payment Deadline Half-Yearly Payment
Admission Fee INR 50,000 INR 50,000 INR 50,000
Within 15 days of Admission INR 2,27,600 INR 1,42,500 INR 75,700
on or before 30th Nov, 2023 INR 75,700
on or before 31st May, 2024 INR 1,00,000 INR 50,500
on or before 30th Nov, 2024 INR 55,500
Total Fees: INR 2,77,600 INR 2,92,500 INR 3,07,400
Course Fee including Admission :

* The fees mentioned above are only for students from India.
Please contact the admission counselor for a detailed fee structure for International Students.

Durgapur Admission Fee of Rs. 50000/- to be paid during Admission

Payment Date

One Time Payment Yearly Payment Payment Deadline Half-Yearly Payment
Within 15 days of Admission INR 81,300 INR 43,200
on or before 30th Nov, 2023 INR 43,200
on or before 31st May, 2024 INR 86,200 INR 43,200
on or before 30th Nov, 2024 INR 48,100
Total Fees: INR 167500 INR 177700
Course Fee including Admission : INR 217500 INR 227700

* The fees mentioned above are only for students from India.
Please contact the admission counselor for a detailed fee structure for International Students.

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