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M. A. Criminology with Specialization in Forensic Psychology

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About Program

Over the past few years, with increasing crimes, the nature of crimes has become diverged from traditional murders to organised crimes to cyber crimes. It has become imperative to understand the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the commission of the crime. The prevention of crimes has evolved into active community participation and modified governmental policies, aiming towards a utilitarian society. The emergence of the field of criminology has been attributed to the urgency of understanding causes of crimes and systematic prevention of such crimes.

School of Behavioural Science offers a two-year full-time M.A program in Criminology with Specialization in Forensic Psychology. The chronological order of the course commences from understanding theoretical causes of crime to practical criminal investigations and applying theory for prevention of crime. Forensic psychology as a specialisation will help the students to understand the psychological antecedence and precedence of criminal/deviant behavior and to understand the application of Forensic Psychological investigation techniques in criminal investigations. The course also emphasizes on the various functions of the Criminal Justice System of India along with International Legal Structure. The proposed electives will help to understand the inter-disciplinary approach of Criminology. Each unit will be covered by faculty lectures, assignments and presentation by students. Additionally, students will have practical sessions in the form of laboratory experiments related to investigative techniques described in the syllabus.

The aim of the program is to provide learners with essential expert theatrical knowledge, practical competence and research skills with ethical principles in the field of Criminology along with Forensic Psychology.

After completion of this program, students will be able to –
1. Understand the operational application of Criminology.
2. Understand the various functions of the legal system in India.
3. Identify the behavioral patterns of criminals
4. Understand the role of Forensic Psychology in Criminal Justice System.
5. Understand the practical aspects of Criminal Investigation by using the principles of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Science.
6. Employ skills and competencies required for practicing as a Forensic Psychologist and Criminologist.
7. Conduct research in the area of Criminology and Forensic Psychology.
8. Have an adequate grasp of the Ethical Standards of the profession and apply them in their practice.



2 Years (4 Semesters)


Eligibility Criteria

Graduate from any discipline or equivalent from a recognized University with minimum 55% marks or equivalent. (50% for SC/ST)


Course Fee

Rs. 30,000/- Per Semester + Other University fees


Number of Seats

44 Seats



After completion of the course students would have the opportunity to be placed in Clinical/Academic Set-ups, field of Counseling, Research & Development Organizations.