The Social Sciences / Psychology


Degree awarded:
  • M.M.P
  • M.Phil
  • M.Phil/Ph.D
  • M.Sc
  • M.Sc. LCS
  • Master in Managerial Psychology
  • Ph.D
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Developmental Psychology)
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Personalty and Social Psychology)
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Industrial and Organisational Psychology)
  • Master of Science in Legal, Criminological and Security Psychology
  • Master in Managerial Psychology
  • Master of Science in Legal Criminological and Security Psychology
  • Master in Managerial Psychology (M.P.P.)
  • Master of Managerial Psychology
  • Master in Legal, Criminology and Security Psychology
Field of interest:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Resource Psychology
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Not Applicable
  • Personality and Social Psychology
  • Personalty and Social Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Physiological and Comparative Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
Entry requirements:

    General Regulations Governing Admission to Higher Degree Programmes

    • Candidates for admission to higher degree programmes shall normally be graduates of the University of Ibadan or other Universities/Institutions recognised by the Senate. Admission shall be made by the Postgraduate College on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • Candidates without any previous higher degrees in the relevant discipline may be admitted only to either the Degree of Master or the Professional Degree of Master.
    • Candidates with recognised “Research Higher” Degree in the relevant discipline may be admitted to the M.Phil or Ph.D. degree programmes as appropriate, on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • A candidate admitted to the degree of Master of University of Ibadan who obtained a weighted average mark of 55.0 – 59.9%, or a CGPA of between 4.0 and 4.9 may be offered provisional admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D programmes. Such candidates shall be assessed within three semesters of full time and four semesters of part time registration for the M.Phil/Ph.D to Ph.D conversion. This shall also apply to students who graduated from other universities 


    • All University of Ibadan graduates should be admitted to Postgraduate programme with the ordinary level criteria existing at the time their first admission. Candidate who did not fulfill the requirements as at the time of their admission are not eligible for consideration.
    • Special consideration may be given to candidates, who obtained their first degree not less than 20 years from the time of seeking admission to any postgraduate programmes. Such candidates must have been found to possess special skills or abilities and professionally or academically engaged during the period of 20 years. 
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Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Our higher degree programme in Psychology offer advanced education and training for individuals interested in pursuing careers in research, counseling, clinical practice, or academia. Here is a general overview of the course content in Psychology:

Research Methods in Psychology:

  • This course provides a foundation in research design, data collection, and statistical analysis in psychology. Students learn about different research methodologies, experimental design, survey techniques, and data interpretation.

Cognitive Psychology: 

  • This course explores the study of mental processes such as perception, attention, memory, thinking, and problem-solving. Students gain an understanding of how the mind processes information and how cognitive processes influence behavior.

Social Psychology: 

  • This course focuses on the study of how individuals' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by social interactions, group dynamics, and societal factors. Topics covered may include social perception, attitudes, conformity, interpersonal relationships, and cultural influences.

Developmental Psychology: 

  • This course examines human development across the lifespan, from infancy to old age. Students learn about theories and research on physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development, and explore topics such as attachment, language acquisition, and identity formation.

Abnormal Psychology: 

  • This course covers the study of psychological disorders and abnormal behavior. Students learn about the classification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses, as well as the impact of psychological disorders on individuals and society.

Personality Psychology: 

  • This course explores different theories of personality and individual differences. Students examine the factors that contribute to the development of personality, including genetic, environmental, and cultural influences.

Counseling and Psychotherapy: 

  • This course introduces students to theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. They learn about various therapeutic approaches, ethical considerations, and effective communication and counseling skills.


  • This course focuses on the relationship between the brain and behavior. Students study the neurological basis of cognitive functions, emotions, and mental disorders, and gain an understanding of brain imaging techniques and assessment methods.

Few/Some of the Course Content


PSY 721Human Development
PSY 725Advanced Child Psychopathology
PSY 724Experimental Child Psychology
PSY 709Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 1
PSY 706Clinical Assessment
PSY 703Advanced Psychopathology and Psychotherapy
PSY 799Masters Project
PSY 775Statistics
PSY 741Physiological Psychology
PSY 754Personality Tests
PSY 733Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 731Social Psychological Analysis of Industries and Organizations
MMP 758Stress at Workplace
PSY 783Comformity and Compliance
PSY 782Social Conflict and Social Change
PSY 739Psychological Work Task and Environmental Issues
PSY 736Seminar in Industrial Motivation and Morale
PSY 735Psychology of Leadership, Power and Politics in Organizations
PSY 734Psychological Aspects of Personnel Issues
PSY 725Advanced Child Psychopathology
PSY 724Experimental Child Psychology

Entry Requirement


Career Path

Graduates of higher degree programs in Psychology have a wide range of career opportunities in various sectors. Here are some common career paths in Psychology:

Clinical Psychologist: 

  • Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders. They may work in hospitals, mental health clinics, private practice, or community settings, providing therapy and psychological interventions.

Counseling Psychologist: 

  • Counseling psychologists help individuals navigate personal and emotional challenges and develop coping strategies. They work in settings such as schools, universities, counseling centers, or private practice.


  • Some graduates pursue careers in research, working in academic institutions, research organizations, or government agencies. They contribute to scientific knowledge by conducting studies, analyzing data, and publishing research findings.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist: 

  • Industrial-Organizational psychologists apply psychological principles to the workplace. They work with organizations to improve employee satisfaction, productivity, and organizational effectiveness through areas such as employee selection, training, and organizational development.

School Psychologist: 

  • School psychologists support the academic, social, and emotional development of students. They may assess students for learning or behavioral difficulties, provide counseling, and collaborate with teachers and parents to create supportive learning environments.

Forensic Psychologist: 

  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal and criminal justice settings. They may work in correctional facilities, courtrooms, or police departments, conducting evaluations, providing expert testimony, and assessing individuals involved in legal proceedings.

Academic and Teaching: 

  • Some graduates pursue careers in academia, teaching and conducting research at universities and colleges. They may contribute to the field through publishing research, mentoring students, and advancing knowledge in specialized areas of psychology.

It's important to note that some careers in psychology may require additional licensure or certification, depending on the specific role and jurisdiction.



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