School: School of Research Methodology
Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:
Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.
Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.
Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.
Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the Integrated M.Phil-Ph. D and Direct Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.
Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a Direct PhD
The direct Ph.D. programme can be pursued from all the campuses of the Institute, as applicable.
Candidates admitted to the programme can pursue a Ph.D. either as a full time scholar by staying on TISS campuses (if accommodation is available) or as off campus/day scholars. The academic rules are the same for all Research Scholars on campus or off campus.
Admission of a scholar will be confirmed only after the fulfilment of all the financial requirements including payment of fees.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Academic Structure and other rules pertaining to the Direct Ph.D. Programme
Allotment of Guide
A candidate selected for admission to the Ph.D. programme shall work under the supervision of a guide allocated after admission. An appropriate guide will be allotted to a scholar by the School Dean or Chairperson of Independent Centre in consultation with the Deputy Director,Research (and Development), on the basis of the subject matter of the proposed research and its match with that of a faculty member’s area of interest or expertise. Similarly, allotment of guides in Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad is done by the respective Co-ordinators in consultation with the Deputy Directors at these campuses. This decision will be binding on the scholars. For superannuating faculty whose scholars are in the substantive stage of their research, a co-guide is allotted before the retirement of the faculty.
Eligibility: Any regular Professor of the Institute with at least five research publications in refereed journals and any regular Associate/Assistant Professor of the Institute with a Ph.D. degree and at least two research publications in refereed journals may be recognized as a guide. The Research Council will take decisions regarding the recognition of individuals as guides and co- guides in consultation with the Deputy Director,Research (and Development).
In case a guide is on sabbatical or any such leave for a duration of six months but less than one year, the guide shall continue to maintain communication with the scholar through emails and use of other such technologies. The scholar and the guide shall draw upon the support of the Doctoral Advisory Committee during such absences. The Deputy Director Research (and Development) can intervene at the behest of the scholar to ensure the continued guidance to the scholar.
If for any reason a guide is unwilling to supervise a scholar who is registered with her/him, or there are inter-personal problems or subject specific expertise related issues between the guide and the scholar, the Deputy Director (Research and Development)/Deputy Directors (Guwahati, Hyderabad and Tuljapur Campus) shall facilitate the appointment of a substitute guide after due consultations.
On all matters relating to the research work of the scholar, the guide shall report to the Dean of the respective School and the Deputy Director (Research and Development). In case of scholars from Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad, the guides have to report to the Deputy Directors of these campuses.
Attendance for Research Methodology Courses : Candidates admitted into the direct Ph.D. programme (whether pursuing the programme on-campus or off-campus) are mandated to attend the Research Methodology courses offered by their respective decentralized programmes. Candiates admitted to the direct Ph.D programme in Social Sciences, Disaster or the courses offered by the School of Research Methodology. They can also seek permission from the School Dean or the Chairperson of the Independent Centre to attend the decentralized programme's M.Phil. Coursework.
Direct Ph.D Coursework
The Direct Ph.D coursework is offered in the form of modular workshops spread across the first two semesters for scholars specializing in Social Sciences, Disaster Management, Habitat Studies, and Education. The coursework consists of four major subjects: Philosophical Foundations of Social Science Research, Social Theory and Research, Quantitative Research: Theory and Practice, Qualitative Research: Theory and Practice. After enrolment, scholars will be notified through an email on their official TISS email id regarding the schedule of the modular courses offered through the year. Scholars are required to attend coursework at the Mumbai Campus. If a scholar is unable to attend the course for some valid official or personal reason; it is the duty of the scholar to intimate the DSO regarding the absence, and get a prior approval stating the reason for absence. In certain cases, the scholar will be permitted to attend the missed modular courses offered at other campuses or in the forthcoming semesters. Scholars who have an M.Phil. degree in Social Sciences and allied disciplines maybe exempted from attending the modular coursework, but this has to be recommended by the guide after assessing the scholar’s preparedness to carry out independent research.
Fee Structure for Integrated M.Phil and Ph.D Programme and Direct Ph.D Programme
(Prices in INR and subject to revision)
The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.
Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium
For M.Phil per Semester
For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years
Medical Examination Fees
Student Union Fee
Payable three months before submission
Degree certificate replacement
Issue of duplicate Identity Card
Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)
*subject to revision
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