MPhil PhD Admissions

M.Phil programme in Clinical Psychology

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Intake: 10


  • Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard.

    Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

    • Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.

    • Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

    • Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.

    • Research Proposal:

      Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the Integrated M.Phil-Ph. D and Direct Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.

    • Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a Direct PhD

  • The MPhil Clinical Psychology course will be open to students who have completed MA/MSc in Psychology, from an Indian University recognised by UGC, or a recognised University abroad.

  • Students who have a minimum of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 in their Masters course, under the seven-point scale of the UGC, awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad, are eligible for admission.

  • In the case of candidates from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05, under the seven-point scale of the UGC, awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad.

  • TISS follows reservation policy for persons belonging to SC, ST, OBC and PWD categories as per the Government of India norms.


The School of Human Ecology (SHE) was established in 2015. However, from 2009 onwards, the School in its earlier avatar as the Center for Human Ecology has successfully developed and anchored the MA in Counselling program, which evolved into the MA Applied Psychology programs currently being offered by SHE. The School of Human Ecology anchors two MA Programs. The MA Applied Psychology- Specialization in Counselling Psychology, and the MA Applied Psychology- Specialization in Clinical Psychology.

The MA Applied Psychology- Specialization in Counselling Psychology developed out of the existing MA in Counselling program, while the MA Applied Psychology- Specialization in Clinical Psychology was developed in 2013 to address the need to work with clinical populations.

The programs have been developed in response to the socio-cultural reality, and the necessity felt to equip counsellors and clinicians with adequate skills to deal with the mental health crisis in the country. The School is uniquely positioned with expertise in the areas of Applied Psychology and Human Development for the training and development of skilled professionals to work with individuals, families and communities on aspects of well-being and quality of life.

From 2011 to 2016, there have been 270 students who have successfully completed the two-year degree program.

Both the MA Applied Psychology programs have been received well by the academic and the student community. From 2011 when the first batch of MA in Counselling graduated, the students have been working in the field of counselling and mental health. About 80 % of the graduates are currently employed in the field, another 15 % are pursuing higher education. Students work in schools, hospitals, counselling centres, FAPs of TISS, and NGOs.


The MPhil in Clinical Psychology offered by the SHE is in alignment with the existing national mental health policy, the RCI mandate and the UGC regulations related to development of academicians and practitioners in the field of clinical psychology.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

The MPhil program will carry a credit total of 50 credits, which will be divided as follows:


Components and Credits for the M.Phil in Clinical Psychology



Basic courses









*Practice outcomes will include skills in psychological assessment and interventions at the individual, family and community levels, publishable/working paper/Case write-ups, documentation of NGO work, documentation of intervention work systematically using the before-after research designs or writing of a monograph if the scholar-practitioner has adequate experience or undertakes exceptional interventions.

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester I = 10 credits

Statistics and Research Methodology A –

  • Philosophy of Research (in Social Sciences/Psychology) – 1 credit

  • Qualitative research methods -2 credits

Psychological assessment and testing - A - 1 credit

Psychosocial Foundations of Behaviour and Understanding Psychological Problems (Psychopathology) Part A– 1 credit

Psychotherapy and counselling A--- 2 credits

Psychiatry A – 1 credit

Field Practice – 2 credits

Semester II = 11 credits

Statistics and Research Methodology A –

  • Quantitative research methods – 3 credits.

Psychological assessment and testing – B - 1credit

Psychosocial Foundations of Behaviour and Understanding Psychological Problems (Psychopathology) Part B – 1 credit

Psychiatry B – 1 credit

Field Practice – 5 credits

Mandatory submission of five fully completed case records of psychological assessment and testing.

Semester III = 17 credits

Psychotherapy and counselling B--- 2 credits

Biological Foundations of Mental Health A– 1 credit

Behavioural Medicine (Health Psychology) – 2 credits

Research Dissertation – 6 credits

Field Practice – 6 credits

Mandatory submission of five fully worked out psychotherapy & counselling records

Semester IV = 8 credits

Community Mental Health -- 2 credits

Biological Foundations of Mental Health B – 1credits

Research Dissertation – 8 credits*

Field practice – 1 credit


Fieldwork requirements (14 credits)

The fieldwork credits and the number of days of fieldwork/practice will be divided over the semesters on the following basis:

  • 1st semester – 2 credits, 4 days per week, 6 weeks

  • 2nd semester – 5 credits, 4 days per week, 15 week, 2 days in clinical setting (4 credits), 2 days in child setting (4 credits)

  • 3rd semester – 6 credits, 5 weeks block field work (last week of August and 4 weeks of September). Setting to be changed to allow for broadening of vision.

  • 4th semester – 1 credit for placement/work related to community mental health - 2 weeks visit to community mental health agency

Dissertation (14 credits)

Timeline for dissertation

  • Credits for dissertation will include (as per the TISS norms) credits for review of literature, data collection and writing.

  • Work on the dissertation will begin in the first semester of the program. Guides will be allotted on the basis of mutual interest of guide and student, so that a proposal can be presented during the second semester, to allow for data collection to begin. The dissertation guide will preferably be from the School of Human Ecology.

  • Evaluation of the dissertation will be on process and product. 40% could be for process of research, 60% for the product and viva voce.

  • Dissertation will be examined by an external examiner. The MPhil/Ph.D. review committee recommends 6 credits for literature review. There will be a viva voce examination.

Fee Structure:

Fee Structure for Integrated M.Phil and Ph.D Programme and Direct Ph.D Programme

(Prices in INR and subject to revision)

The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.

Fee Component








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Identity Card







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Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium



Per Year

Development Fund



For M.Phil per Semester

For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

Medical Examination Fees




Refundable Deposits




Student Union Fee



Per semester






Thesis submission



Payable three months before submission

Thesis resubmission




Degree certificate replacement




Issue of duplicate Identity Card




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Hostel Charges:




Dining Hall



Per Semester

Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)



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*subject to revision