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Pursuing M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS

By Bhanvi, Bisman, Vrutika


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Ever dreamt of becoming the most promising Clinical Psychologist in India? National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Science (NIMHANS) gives you a prestigious opportunity to pursue MPhil in Clinical Psychology. This article will guide you about the procedure of pursuing an MPhil in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS.


What is NIMHANS?


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NIMHANS is a top-ranking medical institution in Bangalore, India. It bagged 4th rank in the best medical institute of India, applied in NIRF as a first timer in 2020. It is also an Institute of National Importance operating autonomously under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 


About the M.Phil Program Offered at NIMHANS


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National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) provides an RCI approved MPhil in Clinical Psychology course with a duration of 2 years. The course is wide with knowledge and advanced practical experience. With learning experience, students get the opportunity to interact with the core of NIMHANS. A stipend of INR 25,000 per month is also offered to the students. 

To know more, watch this video on Clinical Psychology in NIMHANS: Overview 


Admission Procedure and Entrance Preparation 

The entrance exam is the first step in applying for the admission process. There are 100 questions with negative marking. There are approximately 30 seats with reservations. Out of which, 3 seats are reserved for UGC-JRF certified candidates. 

The mode of entrance examination is online. Application forms are available in December and the exam is conducted in March. For entrance, students should have a good knowledge of the basics of Psychology.


The following areas are suggested to be covered for preparation:

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Basics of Psychiatry
  • Contemporary studies and trends in Psychology worldwide.

Many institutions conduct personal interviews after the entrance exam. NIMHANS however counsels the chosen candidates. 3-4 days after the selection procedure, the course commences. One month is given to submit the documentation. After enrollment, students have rigorously trained in a Clinical environment apart from theoretical studies. 


Related Post: How to Pursue M.Phil in Psychology.

Syllabus of the Program 

There are different units included in the syllabus such as:

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Psychology 
  • Addiction unit
  • Rehabilitation unit
  • Neuropsychology

To provide proper exposure, 3 months are devoted to each unit.

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NIMHANS provides a myriad of opportunities for psychology aspirants. With your hard work and NIMHANS’ prestige, nothing can stop you from succeeding. Yes, it's not easy to get admission in NIMHANS, but as we say, hard does not mean impossible!

To know more, watch this video on Pursuing Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS.



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