National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Dr. Muhammad Ajmal

Centre of Excellence, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

BS Program


National Institute of Psychology offers a four years BS in Psychology. The BS degree program focuses on the holistic development of learners and endorses a well-rounded curriculum. National institute of Psychology is considered among the top institutes for its BS degree program in Psychology. Following are the details of the undergraduate degree program offered at NIP.

  • The admissions to BS 4-years programme are invited from all over Pakistan and are made on the basis of regional quota (Regular) and on Self-Finance as well. The admissions are announced once a year (normally in Fall Semester).
  • The maximum age limit for admission to the BS programme is 22 years. Any one beyond the age of 22 years shall not be admitted unless the relaxation is granted by the Vice-Chancellor under special circumstances on the recommendation of the Chairperson/ Director of Department/ School/ Institute/ Centre concerned.
  • The requirements for admission into the program include:
    • An individual holding a Higher Secondary School Certificate from a Pakistani Board or an equivalent certificate from any other recognized institution, with at least a second division or its equivalent grade is eligible for admission to the Bachelor’s programme of study
    • Intermediate or equivalent (12 years) qualification with minimum (50 %) marks
    • In case of O level, A Level, American High School Diploma or any other equivalent foreign qualification (50%) marks or grades etc.
    • Any other requirement as specified by the HEC/ UMT/ ICP or regulatory body
    • For a lateral entry, the candidate should have already completed at least 50% of the credit hours.
  • The merit shall be calculated as per criteria mentioned here under:

Matric/SSC/Equivalent              30%
FSc (Pre-Medical) / Equivalent   70%
Merit =  MOM/TM x 30 + (MOF)/(TM) x70
MOM Marks obtained in Matric or equivalent
MOF Marks obtained in FSc or equivalent
TM Total Marks in the relevant Examination

The Undergraduate or BS program in Psychology offered by National Institute of Psychology can be accessed through two routes. One is the simple route and other is through lateral entry. At present no entry test is admissible to take admission in the program; however in future the Institute may initiate an entrance test to get enrolled in the program check current information from the institute. The process for admission is:

  • To apply for the bachelor admission, the aspirants are needed to collect the admission forms from the admission offices of Quaid-i-Azam University.
  • Submit the duly filled admission forms along with the required documents at the same place from where they collect the admission forms within the given date.
  • After the completion of all formalities and given deadline the Institute will display a merit list for the selected students. The institutes normally display three merit lists with the gap of few days.
  • Then, the selected students are required to submit their fee as soon as possible.

The University admits academically sound individuals on the basis of merit determined by the pre-university academic record. Being a federal institution it provides admission to all regions of the country as per approved quota and also welcomes admission to foreign students.
Admissions are made in December/January and July/August every year on regional quota basis as well as on self-finance education scheme basis. Bachelor’s programmes are announced once a year whereas admissions to PhD, MPhil and Master’s programmes are announced every semester coupled with Computer/IT short certificates/diploma courses.

Merit 7.50%
Punjab including Federal Area of Islamabad50%
Sindh including Karachi (Rural 60% and Urban 40% of 19%)19%
Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa11.50%
Gilgit Baltistan / Federally Administered Tribal Areas4%
Azad Kashmir2%

In BS Psychology (4 years), student is required to study 137 credit hours in total that will be spread over the period of 8 semesters (4 years). Students who have passed HSCC (or equivalent IBCC) with minimum 50% score are eligible to apply for this program. Compulsory and General Courses will be offered in first four semesters only, while any course under domain of Discipline Specific Foundation, Major, and Elective can be offered in any semester depending upon availability of respective faculty. Minimum 14-18 credit hours will be taught in a semester.

Course   TypeNumberCredit HoursSemesterStatus
General7211-4To be offered out of the list
Discipline Specific Foundation1231AllMandatory
Core Compulsory (Major)1343AllMandatory
Elective4126-8To be offered out of the list

Semester-Wise Split-Up of Courses Offered at NIP

SemesterName of CourseCredit   Hours
EN-101English I: Reading and   Writing Skills3
PS-100Pakistan Studies3
 General Education Course-I3
 General Education Course-II3
PY-301Introduction to Psychology (F)3
EN-102English II: Composition Writing3
1S-100Islamic Studies / PY 105 Ethics3
PY-108Introduction to Computers3
PY-110Introduction to Statistics3
PY-303Applied Areas of Psychology (F))2
PY-302Practical/Lab Experiments in   Psychology (F)1
 General Education Course-III3
EN-201English III: Communication and   Presentation Skills3
PY-412Cognitive Psychology (Maj)3
 General Education Course-IV3
 General Education Course -V3
PY-413Environmental Psychology (Maj)3
PY-109Language (any UN language)3
 General Education Course -VI3
 General Education Course -VII3
PY-410Cross Cultural Psychology (Maj)3
PY-311Ethical Issues in Psychology (F)3
PY-407Gender Issues in Psychology (Maj)3
PY-308Psychopathology (F)3
PY-304Schools and Perspectives in   Psychology(F)2
PY-406Developmental Psychology (Maj)3
PY-310Psychological Assessment (F)3
//Psychological Assessment Practical (F)1
PY-401Research Methods – I (Maj)3
PY-404Statistics in Psychology (Maj)3
PY-402Research Methods-II (Maj)3
PY-403Group Research (Maj)1
PY-305Theories of Personality (F)2
PY-309Biological Basis of Behavior (F)3
PY-405Data Analysis Through Software (Maj)3
PY-307Social Psychology (F)3
PY-411Health Psychology (Maj)3
PY-306Experimental Psychology (F)3
PY-313Lab Experiments (F)2
PY-408Positive Psychology (Maj)3
PY-312Active Citizenship/Voluntary work/   Community work (F),Mandatory
PY – 499*Research Thesis (Maj)6*
PY-409Peace Psychology (Maj)3
PY-466Elective-IV (Practicum / Case   Reports/Internship)3
PY-499Research Thesis (Maj)6
  • Semester 7 equals to more than 14 credit hours for having one mandatory non-credit course.
  • *Research Thesis supervision will be allocated to students in Semester 7 and will be carried over to 8th semester. However, it will be registered in 8th semester. It will involve viva-voce examination fully evaluated by external examiner as per Quaid-i-Azam University’s policy.

Promotion and Probation

  • In first semester, if student has CGPA less than 1.0, he/she will be dropped from University roll. Otherwise, having CGPA 2.0 is must to take BS degree. If a student has CGPA less than 2.0, he/she will be placed in Probation period. A student can avail maximum 3 probations. A student failing to achieve CGPA 2.0 on fourth probation, shall cease to be the student of the University. However, such a student can apply for BA Degree (2 years) if eligible as per rules.

Max Semesters

  • It is a 4-year degree program to be completed in 8 semesters. In case, a student fails some courses he/she can avail Max 12 semesters (6 years) to pass courses to get BS-Psychology degree.

Freezing of a Semester

  • In case, student fails to register within 45 days of semester commencement, he/she can get only two frozen semesters. Total time period of BS would include frozen semester.

Award of Degree

  • If a student does not want to continue his/her studies in BS-Psychology Program because of some unavoidable circumstances, he/she can seek option to obtain BA Pass degree only after successful completion of 62 credit hours course work.

Re-entry in BS-Psychology (4 years)

  • Students who have obtained BA degree with minimum CGPA 2.0 can join BS-Psychology (4 years) in fifth semester if he/she meets eligibility criteria as defined by the university.

Grading Criteria