Mphil PhD Admissions

Intergrated MPhil-PhD programme in Development Studies

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Development Studies


Intake: 15

Eligibility

Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard.

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.

  • Research Proposal:

    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



 

Description

The Integrated M.Phil.–Ph.D. Programme in Development Studies is a five years (2 years M.Phil.-3years Ph.D.) Programme. The M.Phil. programme is a full time programme for the duration of 2 years. This would include 2 semesters of course work and 12 months of dissertation writing. The candidates would also be expected to develop their proposals during course work.

The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. However, the student would also be expected to submit reports on regular intervals on the progress on the research work to the M.Phil. programme coordinator.

During the period of the course work, the student/s would be expected to interact with prospective guides/faculty to discuss their research interest. At the end of course work, students would also be expected to present their research proposals.

After successful completion of the two year M.Phil. Programme, the scholars are required to submit research paper and will be interviewed for moving on to the Ph.D. Programme, which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of Ph.D. Thesis. The Ph.D. Scholar, will be required to make regular presentations in the School and the award of the degree will be subject to the fulfillment of requirements laid down by the UGC.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

The M.Phil. Programme in Development Studies, which carries a total of 50 credits, has three components :

  • Compulsory Courses (MDS) (12 credits) : There are a total of six compulsory courses that seek to equip students with the knowledge of research methods and thematic areas of development. All compulsory courses are located in the First Semester.

  • Optional Courses (MDSO) (8 credits) : The optional papers offered would be based on various sub-themes within development, seeking to address the specialized interests of the students as well as papers on advanced statistical techniques, GIS and spatial statistics. Students would be given the choice of taking four optional papers (of 2 credits each).

  • All optionals are located in the Second Semester.

  • Dissertation (MDSD) (30 credits): The dissertation would involve fieldwork/data collection, research and writing over a period of one year under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

  • Provision for supervised Self study papers/Directed Readings can be made for M. Phil, which would enable students to develop core competency in any specific field related to their research. These would be non-graded papers equivalent to auditing. It is not mandatory to have a self study paper. Not more than two self study papers can be taken by students during the Programme. They may approach any faculty member of the Institute for the same. The self study paper would not be exactly identical* to any course offered at the Institute at the Master's level. Faculty concerned would submit a note to the Coordinator of the Programme stating broadly the content and pedagogy of the paper.

    (*Note: If the faculty deems it necessary s/he may direct the student to attend the lectures of any existing Master's level course with the prerequisite that the self study has some additional component in terms of content and/or application which makes the course suitable to the M.Phil Progamme).

     

    The institute has permitted M. Phil students mid stream option, i.e. students who secure 7.5 grade and above in M. Phil coursework can opt for Ph. D soon after. This provision applies to M. Phil (Development Studies) also. However the aspirants would be expected to submit a research proposal and face an interview to qualify for the same.

  • Pedagogy: The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. However, the student would also be expected to submit reports on regular intervals on the progress in research work to the M.Phil. programme coordinator.

  • Evaluation: The students would be evaluated for the course work through end term examinations/ term papers, and class presentations. Prior to submission, the M.Phil. student would be expected to make a seminar presentation related to the dissertation. Three copies of the dissertation have to be submitted to the School. The evaluation of the dissertation or research work would be as per the norms and regulations of the UGC.

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester-wise Listing of Courses

Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

COMPULSORY COURSES

I

MDS1

Sociological Perspectives on Development

2

MDS2

Economics of Development

2

MDS3

Development Experiences: International Perspectives

2

MDS4

Philosophical Methods in Social Science Research

2

MDS5

Methodological Issues in Development Research-Part I

2

MDS6

Methodological Issues in Development Research – Part II

2

Total

12

OPTIONAL COURSES (ANY FOUR)

II

MDSO1

Changing Geopolitics in the Contemporary World Order

2

MDSO2

Social Justice and the City

2

MDSO3

GIS and Spatial Statistics

2

MDSO4

Health, Nutrition and Development

2

MDSO6

Population and Development

2

MDSO7

Idea of India: Discourses and Practices

2

MDSO8

Interpreting Justice and Welfare; An Enquiry into the Nature of Politics

2

MDSO9

State, Democracy and Democratic Politics in India: Institutions and Processes

2

MDSO10

Tribes in the Contemporary World

2

MDSO11

Ethnography, Governance and the City

2

MDSO12

Public Economics

2

MDSO13

Advanced Microeconomics

2

MDSO14

Macroeconomic Theories and Policies

2

MDSO15

Advanced Statistical Methods for Development Studies

2

MDSO16

Political Economy of Agrarian Relations

2

MDSO17

Sociological Methods in Social Sciences

2

MDSO18

International Relations and Analysis of Foreign Policy

2

 

MDSO19

Prison Lives and Worlds: Carceral

Contexts and Beyond

2

 

Total= (4x2)

8

III&IV

 

Dissertation

30

GRAND TOTAL

50

Areas in which faculty can supervise research

Demographic Transition

Migration and Urbanisation

Ageing and Development

Economic Anthropology

Anthropology of State

Caste, Tribe and Religious Identities

Forest, Land and Sea

Modernity and Modernisation of India

Kevalam

Public Welfare Institutions

Gender and Labour

Social Movements

Sexuality Studies

Violence against women

Feminist Peace Studies

Socialisation and Gender

Issues of Sexuality and Women

Feminist Methodology

Feminist Critiques of Science and Technology

Queer Studies

Feminist Gerontology

Transnational Migration

Gender and Mental Health

Disability Studies

Identity Politics

Nationalist Discourses and Gender

Feminist Research Methodology

Identity Studies (Gender Cast and tribe)

Questions of Representation and Power

History of the Malayalam Speaking Region

Production of Regional Language Material in Women's Studies

Women and Work (Dalit Women)

Gender and Migrant Communities

Gender -Based Violence and its Background

Caste and Patriarchy

Counselling

Communication

Relationships

Parenting

Child Custody

Youth

Old Age

Urbanization

Health

Family

Marriage

Network with NGOS

Spirituality

Social Movements

Gender and Social History

Violence aganist Women

Citizenship Women and Law

Gender and Culture

Gender and Caste

Dalit Women and Identy Politics

Fiscal Federalism

State and Local Finance

Regulatory State

Public Private Partnership

Public Choice

Institutions and Development

Financial Inclusion and the Public Sector

Government Subsidies and Income Support Programme for Poor

Social Security and Socal Insurance

Women and Work

Economics of Health and Education

Development Concerns of Odisha

Micro Medium Small Enterprises

Financial Inclusion and Rural Livelihoods

Commodity Markets In India

Women and Poverty in India

Informal Sector in India

Agricultural Policy in India

New Economic Policies and Livelihoods

Rural Banking

Micro- Credit

Banking and Financial Reforms in Developing Contries

India's Growth and Development Experience

Structuralist Development Economics

Heterodox Macroecomic Theory

Rural Household Incomes

Income and Socio-economic Inequalities

Livelihoods, Livelihood Diversificaton

Access to Land, Land Relations

Indian Agriculture

Statistical Data Systems in Rural India

Political Theory with focus on idea of Justice

Politics & Policies in India

Comparative Politics

Alternative Development & Communitarian Critique

State & Democracy

Civil Society & Social Movements

Global Governance & Cosmopolitanism

Political Violence & Ethnic Conflicts

Design & Performance of Policy Institutions

Welfare Policies such as MGNREGA/NRLM

Transparency & Accountability

Decentralization and PRIs

Monitoring and Evaluation Practices in Development

Urbanization and Development

Muslims and Development

Environment and Development

Trial Studies

Ethnography and Ethmographic Research on Development

Culture and Development, Cultural Resistance

Social Conflict

Quality of work-life of IT Professionals

Sez- Policy Debate Development Visa Viavis Dis placement

Urban Poverty and Crime Scenario in Contemporary India

Issues of Urban Poverty, Globalization Sustainabiltiy

The Re-emergence of Nativism, Regionalism – Issues of Uncontrolled Migration in Mumbai

Naxalism/Maoism

Agrarian Structure

Caste, class and ethnicity

Disability Studies

Social Theory

Morxium

Rural Polities

Decentezelization

Non-taxer Sector

Social Movement

Orientalism

Post Modernism

Selfhood, Pathology and Well-Being

Health, Livelihoods and Environment

Liberalism, Justice and Freedom

Sociology of Organisations

Urban Sociology

Gender and Masculinities

Qualitative Research Methodology

Violence

Governance and Ethnographics of the State

Nutrition

Nutrition Programmes

Food Security

Health

Primary Health Care Services

Sexuality and Reproductive Health

Children

Adolescents and Youth – Issues

Tribal Health and Development







Fee Structure:

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.



Fee Component

M.Phil.

Ph.D.

Remarks

Fees

Tuition

12000

12000

Per Semester

Examination

800

0

Per Semester

Identity Card

300

300

 

Computer

1000

1000

Per Semester

Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium

1500

1500

Per Year

Development Fund

4000

4000

For M.Phil per Semester

For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

Medical Examination Fees

100

100

Mandatory

Refundable Deposits

10000

10000

 

Student Union Fee

500

500

Per semester

GRAND TOTAL

30200

29400

 

OTHER FEES

Thesis submission

1000

2000

Payable three months before submission

Thesis resubmission

500

500

 

Degree certificate replacement

500

500

 

Issue of duplicate Identity Card

300

300

 

Sub Total

2300

3300

 

Hostel Charges:

 

 

 

Dining Hall

15000

15000

Per Semester

Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)

16000

16000

Per Semester

Sub Total

31000

31000

 



*subject to revision