Radhika Birwal

What after pol science hons. , when I have interest in psychology

Interested in psychology but I dont think there is any relation between psychology and pol science

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RE: What after pol science hons. , when I have interest in psychology

Halima Sadiya
Halima Sadiya
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  • Kalyan

Hello Student,

Welcome to careerguide.com , I am happy to see your query as I have personally offered counseling on this particular area to many students. It happens to most of us, we have interest in something but pursue something else due tocircumstances, parental pressures, availability of colleges, unplanned career decisions etc. As you have already completed your graduation with political science as your honors, let usdiscuss both the perspectives.

First of all, Political science and Psychology both belong to humanities where as Political science deals withthe study of political affairs at the state, national and international affairs , Psychology deals with the study of human behavior in different contexts. They have deeply related at root levels and the relationship between both is bi directional , where psychology is used as a lens to study politics and politics isused as a framework to apply psychology. I would suggest you to go for a masters degree in political science and take psychology in your minors or elective. This would help you get knowledge as well as pool your interest and qualifications while taking a career turn. It offers potential career options such as work for the government, legislature, as an aide or reporter, policy analysis, public relation personnel in banks and corporates,non - governmental organization's, human rights bureau, apply for civil services, or go for pursuing law. The skills developed through social sciences are quite transferable, so career options are wide and open for you and you will get numerous chances to combine your knowledge of both the subjects.

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RE: What after pol science hons. , when I have interest in psychology

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
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Managing Director at GV Counseling Group
  • Bengaluru

Dear aspirant

If you love psychology then you are definitely free to study this course. I understand your basic bachelors degree is in political science but you should ask yourself why you want to study psychology. I have seen as a counsellor that many students get sudden interest into a new subject and it will be completely irrelevant to their bachelors degree. It is no harm to get sudden interest but you should also judge if this will prove useful to your future. You can also find ways to some how link this new subject to your bachelors degree. I will give you few examples.
I know a girl who did Bsc Psychology and later studied MSc Human resource management and after this she is working as a HR assistant manager. These two subjects are although different then too you can link to a future career. Similarly i know a student who studied BSc Sociology and later studied MSc applied Psychology. AFter this degree he is also currently working as a HR professional now. Therefore, you should find what sort of careers will suit you and also what type of area you want to work in.

With a Bsc political science degree you can best study MSc Applied psychology degree but not a proper MSc Psychology course. Psychology has many branches and for students who have an irrelevant background it is advisable to only study a MSc applied psychology with organisational behavior or counselling psychology or educational psychology. These three branches of psychology will not require any prior subject background in psychology but some psychology subjects like experimental psychology, child psychology, adult psychology, forensic psychology, clinical psychology are all requiring compulsory BSc Psychology background plus biology, chemistry and physics until 12th level.

Therefore you can ideally choose to study only MSc Applied psychology course and choose specialisations like organisational behaviour, educational psychology and counselling psychology. If you choose organisational behaviour then you can work in any company as a HR professional, if you choose educational psychology then you can work for educational board and syllabus makeup schools where you study students learning behaviour and construct syllabus accordingly. If you choose counselling psychology then you can work as counsellors like us. In fact you can specialise in counselling and choose if you want to focus on adult counselling, education counselling, career counselling, child counselling, family counselling.

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