Paramartha Sengupta

What difference would it make if I get a degree in Psychology from India or abroad?

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RE: What difference would it make if I get a degree in Psychology from India or abroad?

Sailaja Pisapati
Sailaja Pisapati
Verified Career Expert
Psychologist, Counselor And Corporate Trainer
  • Hyderabad

People have wrong perception and understanding that any degree attained from Abroad have more weightage than India. Even in India, we have many reputed universities. I believe strongly that course curriculum, faculty, reputation of the University and the individual interest of pursuing the career plays very important role. Before pursuing any career, think Why you want to take Psychology Career, Where you want to pursue (whether its a regular, distance course etc.), When you want to take up or start? , Which specialization (specifically) would help you to become successful psychologist? How this career (self, society) would be helpful? Do SWOT Analysis to kick start. You may also take any expert guidance for career counseling to understand more about your strengths, weaknesses, aptitude, values, goals etc.

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RE: What difference would it make if I get a degree in Psychology from India or abroad?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hello there,

Thank you for choosing CareerGuide and writing to us. I understand your interest in Psychology and I appreciate you to reason out studying in India or abroad is good. First of all, let me introduce myself. I am Aparna and I am practicing Organizational Psychologist in the UK. Be assured, I am giving out my advice based on my education and work experience abroad in this field.


If you have already explored what psychology is about, should also be aware the various branches associated with Psychology. To give you an idea, Psychology has around a minimum of twelve branches and even more than that. But not all branches are in practice or at least well established in India. Have a look at the pic below.

Psychologist
In the above picture, India is well established in six branches out of twelve in the table. And the six are Clinical psychology, School/ educational psychology, Consumer psychology, Industrial or organisational psychology, Counselling psychology and Health Psychology. Out of the six, in fact two are just booming in India and they are Consumer psychology and industrial/ organisational psychology. As of now, these two behavioral science subjects are combined with MBA subjects like Marketing and Organizational behaviour but in reality these subjects have much more to explore in isolation. These two branches are relatively new in India and they have a long way to come.

To decide if you want to study in India or abroad, it well depends on the type of branch you would like to study from the above table. If you want to study Psychology with any of the six specialization that India has already in place, I suggest you can well reply up on Indian institutions. Alternatively, you want to learn some other branches that are not in practice in India, you can opt to study at foreign institutions as they have established research labs and facilities to support your learning and research.

In case if you are just beginning your study with a Bachelors course in Psychology, you can very well do it in India. Studying the basic bachelors degree from India will do enough to develop your basic psychological theories. You may also plan to study abroad at a Masters level like the MSc or PhD to try a different specialization.I, I would say choosing to study abroad largely depends on the type of branch in Psychology that you are interested to explore. If you are to choose clinical or counselling psychology, India is already at its best run with these branches and you could stay here for your education. If you want to try out some other branches like Experimental, health or developmental psychology; these areas require support of intense laboratory equipments and abroad's well established labs could help you in this aspect.

Hope this helps. Please write back if you require any further help.
Thanks.

RE: What difference would it make if I get a degree in Psychology from India or abroad?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Dear Aspirant,
Thanks for writing your query here.

In last 10 years, the field of psychology developed much. However, field of psychology in India is developing. Fields such as Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial Psychology and Forensic Psychology are growing fast in India

If you want to study any of the above field of Psychology, I would suggest to study in India. India has indeed reputed institutes.

Abroad would be good place to do some research, study policies or get exposure in the psychological practice.

Hope it helps.

Best Wishes,
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD

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