Updated: 17 March 2017
Every month I receive a number of emails from young people seeking information on studying psychology in Nepal. I am often delighted to receive the emails and reply them with the best information I have. Incoming inquiries indicate an increasing interest among students to take up psychology as a major in their higher education and build their career in this field. When I was a student myself at the beginner stage, I remember how much I had wished this sort of exchange and interaction existed. It was not case but here I am trying to do a little I can to all interested students in psychology in Nepal. All the best!!
This post covers overall educational levels in Psychology that are available in our country. Psychology had not been a popular subject in the past. However, it is becoming a popular subject in Bachelors, Post-graduate and Masters Levels now. The changes in socio-cultural and political contexts have led to increasing interest in psychology in general. Psychology as a discipline is taught under Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Tribhuvan University (TU). It is also offered by Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) in Intermediate (+2) level under Humanities and Education streams. Other universities in Nepal do not offer education and training in Psychology.
CORE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Psychology can be studied in (+2) Level after SLC under HSEB in private colleges. There are limited colleges which offer psychology as one of the major subjects under Humanities.
Students from any faculty (science, management, education) can choose to study psychology in BA. Students who have not taken up psychology previously can also study in BA. For most of the students, this level is an entry point for education in psychology field.
After BA, students can join MA to continue their education at Central Department of Psychology, TU. Tri Chandra Campus and Padma Kanya Campus have also started offering MA degree recently. Students are required to meet certain criteria for admission. They are admitted on first come first served basis because of limited seats.
Tribhuvan University offers PhD in psychology at Central Department of Psychology, Kirtipur. Many students are doing PhD aboard as well. For post-doctoral level training, there is no place yet in Nepal.
OTHER ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Psychology as a subject is also taught in other faculties such as Management, Nursing, Education, Military, Social Work, etc. as a part of the training in their specialization areas as required.
Post-graduate Diploma in Psychological Counseling (PGDPC)
PGDPC is a one-year specialization course in counseling approved by TU. Anybody is eligible (meeting minimum requirements) to enroll in this program. PGDPC program also acts as a bridge for interested students to study MA in psychology which otherwise could not be possible due to certain criteria required for MA.
MPhil in Clinical Psychology
It is another academic (more applied) program instituted and run at Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. It is a two-year course which produces clinical psychologists in Nepal. The requirement for admission is MA in psychology.
MA in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MCP) has started for the academic session 2017-2019 under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences(FOHSS), Tribhuvan University. This is the first year (2017) of this program.
Eligibility: Completion of PGD in Counseling Psychology, Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Health Sciences and medicine (with 3 papers in psychological sciences) with at least second division or 2.0 CGPA and/or Master in Social Sciences subjects with 3 to 6 months training and practice in counseling. Selection is based on certificates and entrance exam marks.