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Can i pursue pg in psychology after ug in engineering?

  1. Feb 14, 2015 #1
    I am in my 2nd year into engineering, and lately i have realized this is not my interest.
    I want to do forensic psychology or criminal psychology.
    I have searched the net enough and have not found a convincing answer as to whether i can do those courses after engineering, or do i need to do undergrad in psychology?
    Please help
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2015 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    What you need to do is to go to the web sites of some universities you think you might be interested in, and see what their admissions requirements are.
     
  4. Feb 14, 2015 #3

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    If you are only in your 2nd year, why don't you just switch majors?
     
  5. Feb 14, 2015 #4
    I dont want to waste the 2 years i've put into this, and honestly there is no one to guide me down that path, so it would be a gamble which im willing to take without any knowledge
     
  6. Feb 14, 2015 #5

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    So to keep from wasting 2 years, your plan is to waste another 2 years? And because you might not have someone to guide you down the path that takes you where you want to go, you'll take the path that you are certain does not take you where you want to go? Neither of these sound to me like very good plans.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2015 #6

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    Psychology and Engineering are very different from each-other. Look inside your own head and find why you are interested in Psychology, and maybe what is it about Engineering that you do not like. You seem to have an idea what you want to do with a degree in Psychology, but you should understand, you would likely need at least a Master's degree in Psychology if you want to have much of a powerful, good job from it. Think about that: What exactly do you want to do with a degree in Psychology? What will the job position/s be?
     
  8. Feb 14, 2015 #7
    I said i wanted to do criminal or forensic psychology, because it interests me. I have been reading crime novels and stuff for the past 7 8 years and nothing has interested me more than them. But i cannot leave what i have and go into something else just because it fascinates me without proper guidance and background.
    And i dont hate what i am doing. If you google education system in india, you would understand what i am saying. I am so far away from home in the middle of nowhere and i have nowhere to even move my ass and learn something even if i wanted to. And the education here so well complements that.
    But i get over with this in 2 years and well, i will get a job(not for what i studied or what i want) but then its the safest way.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2015 #8

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    "Doing those courses" in Engineering would not disqualify you for starting a new sequence of courses in Psychology, but this means basically starting over. Are you willing to start over like that? Can you feel comfortable letting your skill and knowledge in Engineering drop?
     
  10. Feb 14, 2015 #9
    @symbolipoint That is my question precisely. I visited few university websites like V50 suggested, and they say they dont need psychology background in ug for masters in psychology. But then, as i already said, at this point i have too little exposure to decide if a decision to quit engineering and pursue psychology is good.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2015 #10

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    You could explore the idea of Psychology this way: Enroll in one or two introductory level Psychology courses. That can help you to decide about a change in major field, or if you want to continue in both Engineering and Psychology.

    The idea of Master's degree in Psychology without the equivalent of undergraduate degree in Psychology seems unworkable or invalid.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2015 #11

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    Another idea:
    Forget about psychology, and just or first get a degree in Engineering. Maybe push for more than just undergrad degree in Engineering, but keep within Engineering, Mathematics, Physics. Have you known about "the red bead experiment"? Try an internet search and also a search through YouTube for the red bead experiment. Maybe a degree in Psychology is not always needed for some examination of human behavior.
     
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  13. Feb 15, 2015 #12
    I will finish engineering.
    Are there any online platforms for such things? Because i am studying in a college which is very remotely located, and i dont think there will be anything around here.
     
  14. Feb 15, 2015 #13

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    Google "number of psychology degrees." Compare the number of degrees awarded per year to the number of job openings in your part of the world. Compare to the number of "connections" you have that might lead to employment.
     
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