B.Sc in Mental Health

B.Sc in Mental Health


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our emotional wellbeing. Moreover, it has been a catalyst for raising awareness about mental health. Challenges arise in meeting the need for mental health services due to the social stigma, insufficient number of mental health professionals (MHPs), and a disjointed health care system. This has created a dire need for trained and dynamic professionals who are passionate about psychology and health care.

There are numerous certificate courses and diploma programmes that train students only in certain aspects of mental health and psychology. However, our B.Sc in Mental Health programme has a robust and holistic curriculum which helps students ofany stream imbibe skills along with in-depth knowledge of mental health. This gives them the required educational qualifications to be workforce ready.

Mental health disorders are usually viewed as an individual issue - this programme focuses on busting that myth by adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to mental health. It equips students to gain a thorough understanding of how life experiences, community, culture, law, the economic and political climate, environmental concerns, physical and mental health systems contribute to an individual's experience of mental health and mental illness across an individual's lifespan. Thereby, highlighting the need to integrate these factors in the management of mental illness.

What differentiates this degree from existing ones such as a B.A. or B.Sc. in Psychology, Psychology Honours, Applied Psychology and others is the focus on building core competencies and skills. These include empathy, communication, negotiation, collaboration with different stakeholders, psychoeducation and drafting integrated management plans. Students will also be trained in mental health advocacy, awareness, and destigmatization. This allows students to choose upon graduation, whether they would like to join the workforce in different roles or continue their study in varied specialties of mental health around the world.


3 Years Full Time


As per University norms


Based on marks in XII Std. Science / Equivalent Examination followed Entrance test shortlisting & Personal interview and written ability test.

Medium of instruction: English


Generic Core Courses
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
TH4366 101 Core Concepts in Mental Health 2 20 30 50
TH4361 102 Biological Determinants of Mental Health 2 20 30 50
TH4375 103 Psychological and Socio-Cultural Determinants of Mental Health 4 40 60 100
TH4381 104 Developmental Psychology 3 30 45 75
TH4363 105 Cognitive Psychology 3 30 45 75
TH4374 106 Positive Psychology 1 10 15 25
TH4095 107 Fitness For Life* 0 0 0 Non Letter Grade
Total 15 150 225 375
Generic Elective Courses - Group I
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
T2701 108 Social Entrepreneurship 3 75 0 75
T4746 109 Lifestyle Disease Management 3 75 0 75
TH4220 110 Foundation of Sport and Exercise Psychology 3 75 0 75
Total Required Credits 3 75 0 75
Generic Core Courses
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
TH4376 201 Psychopathology - I 4 40 60 100
TH4371 202 History taking in Mental Health 4 40 60 100
TH4369 203 Ethics and Legalities in Mental Health 2 20 30 50
TH4379 204 Substance and Behavioural Addictions 4 40 60 100
TH4365 205 Community Mental Health Care 2 20 30 50
T2733 206 Research Methodology - I 4 40 60 100
T4005 207 Integrated Disaster Management* 0 0 0 Non Letter Grade
Total 20 200 300 500
Generic Core Courses
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
TH4377 301 Psychopathology - II 3 30 45 75
TH4360 302 Assessment of Mental Health 4 40 60 100
TH4370 303 Geriatric Mental Health 2 20 30 50
TH4372 304 Mental Health Advocacy 4 40 60 100
T2734 305 Research Methodology – II 4 40 60 100
T2205 306 Business Statistics 4 40 60 100
T4802 307 Research Project 2 20 30 75
T2883 308 Core Environmental Studies* 0 0 0 Non lette r grade
Total 23 230 345 575
Generic Core Courses
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
TH4362 401 Child and Adolescent Mental Health 3 30 45 75
TH4368 402 Emergencies in Mental Health 4 40 60 100
T8000 403 Service Learning 4 40 60 100
TL002 404 Liberal Arts Component - I 2 20 30 50
TL002 405 Liberal Arts Component - II 2 20 30 50
IICT 406 Inter-institute Course - I 2 20 30 50
IICT 407 Inter-institute Course - II 2 20 30 50
Total 19 190 285 475
Generic Elective Courses - Group II
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
T2117 408 Consumer Behaviour 2 50 - 50
T6096 409 Creative Writing 2 50 - 50
T2585 410 Organization al Behaviour 2 50 - 50
Total 2 50 0 50
Generic Core Courses
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
TH4373 501 Modalities of Intervention in Mental Health 2 20 30 50
TH4367 502 Core Counselling Skills 3 30 45 75
TH4380 503 Comprehens ive Managemen t Plans in Mental Health 3 30 45 75
TH4378 504 Recovery and Rehabilitati on in Mental Health 4 40 60 100
T4704 505 Dissertation 4 40 60 100
T4903 506 Summer Internship 3 30 45 75
Total 19 190 285 475
Generic Core Courses
Catalog Course Code Course Code Course Title Specialization Credits Internal Marks External Mark Total Marks
TH4364 601 Collaborative Case Management 2 20 30 50
F0004 602 Flexi credit (emerging trends) 4 100 0 100
T4913 603 Internship 13 130 195 325
Total 19 250 225 475

40 students


The evaluation will have both internal & external components. The internal component will be continuous throughout the semester & the external component will be conducted by the university at the end of the semester. A student would be required to pass in each head (internal and external) independently. Students would be assessed according to the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. Students would be awarded the Grade Point Average where grades would be awarded based on the class average. A student would be required to perform consistently well.

The Mental Health programme will have a total of 120 credits in 3 years. Each credit is defined as 15 hours of teaching (Lecture or Lecture demonstration) or 30 hours of supervised practicals. Each credit is assessed for 25 Marks. For all external courses internal assessment will be of 40% and external assessment will be of 60%. Practicals will be 100% external. Internal courses will be evaluated 100% internally by the institute.

Global Immersion Program (GIP) / Service Learning, Liberal Arts & Inter Institute Credit transfer programme - Students of UG programmes of SIU are offered Global Immersion Program (GIP) of 12 credits OR The students can opt for Service Learning, Liberal Arts & Inter Institute Credit Transfer equivalent to 12 credits in the 4th semester

Standard of Passing:

The assessment of the student for each examination is done based on relative performance. Maximum Grade Point (GP) is 10 corresponding to O (Outstanding). For all courses, a student is required to pass both internal and external examination separately with a minimum Grade Point of 4 corresponding to Grade P. Students securing less than 40% absolute marks in each head of passing will be declared FAIL. The University awards a degree to the student who has achieved a minimum CGPA of 4 out of maximum of 10 CGPA for the program.

Eligibility Criteria

Passed Standard XII (10+2) from any stream or equivalent examination from any recognised Board with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% Marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribes).

This programme is open to students from all streams - Arts, Science, and Commerce

FEE STRUCTURE-BATCH 2022-23 (INDIAN STUDENTS) 1st Year (Amount in ₹)
1st Instalment 2nd Instalment
Academic Fees (Per Annum) 1,00,000 1,00,000
Institute Deposit (Refundable) 20,000 -
Total 1,20,000 1,00,000
Instalments pay by Date At the time of admission 25-Nov-2022
Fee Structure-Batch 2022-23 (International Students) 1st Year (Amount in ₹)
1st Installment 2nd Installment 3rd Installment
Academic Fees (Per Annum) 45,000 85,000 170,000
Administrative Fee (Non refundable) 40,000 - -
Institute Deposit (Refundable) 20,000 - -
Total 105,000 85,000 170,000
Installments pay by Date At the time of admission At the time of reporting to SCIE 25-Nov-2022

Rules for refund of fees will apply as per SIU norms.

Career Prospects: Educational Opportunities:
Global employment opportunities as: Mental Health Liaisons,
Case Managers, and Researchers in various domains -
Counseling psychology
Corporates Clinical psychology
Healthcare sector Geriatric mental health
Community health sector Child and adolescent mental health
Public health sectors including the National
Mental Health Programme, NGOs
Community mental health
Educational setups Social psychology
Research centers. Rehabilitation psychology
Educational setups Health psychology
Sports psychology

Eligibility: Passed Standard XII (10+2) from any stream or equivalent examination from any recognised Board with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% Marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribes).

Application Procedure

  • STEP I: Online registration for B.Sc. Mental Health programme by submitting the form on the link below and making online payment of registration charges of Rs.750/-

  • STEP II: Submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP) (refer below for instructions) in PDF or Word format ONLYvia email within 3 days of submitting the registration form. Mention your Student ID as listed on your registration form in the email with the subject line as " Application for BSc in Mental Health - (Student ID)". The application will be considered incomplete and will be rejected without the SOP.
    Email ID: coordinator_mh@sihspune.org

  • STEP III: You will be invited for an online Personal Interview (PI) based on a preliminary screening. The schedule for the same will be intimated via email and phone call.

  • STEP IV: Final selection will be intimated to the candidate through email & phone call. Admission process will be completed after verification of all the submitted documents and payment of 1st installment of academic fees.

Selection Process
Based on marks in Standard XII (10+2), a Statement of Purpose (SOP), and Personal Interview.

Statement of purpose:A statement of purpose is a crucial element of the application process. It creates a first impression with the admission committee and helps us choose which applicants to shortlist for the interview round. Your statement of purpose should not exceed 1000 words (minimum 500 words). Please use the following prompts to guide your statement of purpose:

  • What motivates you to apply to this programme?
  • Describe your strengths and qualities.
  • How will this programme prepare you for the career you wish to opt for?
  • What makes you stand out from other applicants?
Documents required at the time of Admission:
  1. Certificate of passing the qualifying examination (10th & 12th Science)
  2. Mark list (10th & 12th Science)
  3. Migration Certificate in original
  4. Transfer Certificate or School Leaving Certificate
  5. Character Certificate / No dues certificate
  6. Requisite caste certificate issued by the competent authority if admission is against reserved category
  7. Gap Certificate if applicable
  8. Certificate of change of name if applicable supported by documentary evidence like Government Gazette

Important Dates

Sr. No. Activity Date


Last date of online registration

30th September 2022


Rolling admissions date till

30th September 2022

*These are tentative dates, subject to change. For regular updates, kindly check sihspune.org frequently.

Contact Us

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Campus Hill Base, Lavale, Pune - 412201, Maharashtra India.

Website: www.sihspune.org
Tel: 020-66975037
Mobile: +91 8669987067

B.Sc.(Mental Health) Degree will be awarded at the end of 3 years, taking into consideration the performance of the candidate in all examinations conducted throughout the three years.


This programme will create empathetic, compassionate individuals who will be able to-

  • Achieve a comprehensive understanding of mental health and mental illness
  • Screen for early identification of symptoms, intervene in crisis situations and make timely referrals to specific mental health professionals
  • Apply clinical skills in assessing individuals with mental health problems across diverse communities, age groups and cultures
  • Liaise with mental health professionals for continuity of care and rehabilitation of individuals with chronic mental illnesses
  • Conduct ethical practice in all settings where they are employed and work in the legal framework pertaining to mental health
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and conduct empirical research which will contribute to the field of mental health
  • Predict the impact of global advancements on mental health and modify their practice accordingly
  • Design programmes to raise awareness about mental health issues to improve overall well being
  • Apply positive psychology attributes to create a thriving, resilient community through their active participation
  • Implement communication and counselling skills to psychoeducate and support individuals and families

For international students admission visit :- http://scie.ac.in/

1. Students of which streams can apply?
Answer:The programme is open to students from all streams - arts, science, and commerce. For further information about eligibility criteria, please refer to https://www.sihspune.org/bsc-mental-health
2.Do I have to appear for the SET exam to get admission in this programme?
Answer:The selection process for this programme does not require SET exam scores. The purpose of the selection process is to assess the readiness for the program, which will be evaluated through a statement of purpose (SOP) and an online Personal Interview (PI).
3.Can I apply if my board examination results have not been declared yet?
Answer:Yes, students who have completed or are currently appearing for their 12th standard board examinations are eligible to apply. If the student is admitted to the programme before the board examination results are declared, they will be granted provisional admission. Admission will be confirmed after submission and verification of the final board examination results, as per the eligibility criteria.
4.What happens if I make mistakes during the submission of my online applications?
Answer:Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. We request you to review the form thoroughly before submitting.
5.What is the recognition of the Institute and its accreditation?
Answer:The programme is being offered at the Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) which is a recognised institute under Symbiosis International (Deemed) University (SIU). It has been accredited with ‘A' grade by NAAC, as per Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
6.Are there any scholarship opportunities available?
Answer:For details about scholarships, kindly check the SIU scholarship policy here - https://siu.edu.in/international-scholarship.php
7.What facilities are available on campus?
Answer: Our best-in-class infrastructure includes a library, auditoriums, seminar halls, along with being a Wi-Fi enabled campus. Hostel, cafeteria, and transportation facilities are also available for student's convenience. To ensure students' wellbeing, our campus houses a counselling centre and a hospital as well as all-round sports and recreational facilities.
8.What will be the mode of conduction for this programme?
Answer:This programme is being offered in offline mode* as a full time, 3-year undergraduate degree programme at the Lavale Campus of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University.
9.What are the practical aspects taught during this programme?
Answer:The programme offers practical training in key competencies required to succeed in the field through skill labs. Students will also have the opportunity to transfer this knowledge learnt in college to real-life settings during two internships offered post the 4th semester. These internships will be with various affiliated and other organizations such as hospitals, counselling centres, outreach centres, rehabilitation centres and many more*.
Additionally, students will undergo intensive training in developing research skills and will have to submit a dissertation under the mentorship of a professor in the second year of the degree programme.
10.Would I be eligible for a Master's degree in the future?
Answer:Yes, you will be eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree programme.
11.What job Roles can I take up after completing this degree?
Answer: After graduating with this degree, one can practice as a case manager, researcher, mental health counsellor, and also work in mental health advocacy in various private and public organisations.
12.What kind of job opportunities will I get upon completion of this degree?
Answer:Upon programme completion, the student will be able to work as case managers, liaisons and researchers in varied public and private healthcare setups, NGOs, corporates, educational institutions as well as research organizations.
13.Are you providing placement opportunities?

Answer:The university will be assisting the students in finding career opportunities as per available openings in the field.

* Subject to change in case of exceptional circumstances as per government advisories.