M.A. Admissions

M.A./M.Sc. in (Ecology, Society and Sustainable Development), TISS Kerala Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Location: Kerala

Intake: 30


a) Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.

b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 02, 2018 are eligible to apply to all the programme.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 29, 2018. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.





The proposed two year program in M.A./M. Sc. in Ecology, Society and Sustainable Development at Kerala is going to be a pioneering initiative of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Given the claims, counter-claims and debates around the Western Ghats in recent years, both issues of environment as well as sustainability have become significantly more urgent. This programme is designed to equip students to understand and address the intertwined challenges of environmental protection, sustainability and  development confronting the world today, with a particular focus on the Western Ghats. It will provide the students with an opportunity for theoretical and practical engagement with these challenges and issues in a critical framework based on values of equity and social justice, that recognizes the imperative for development in terms of material needs as well as other dimensions of human well-being.

Key Features

The course aims to provide students a comprehensive understanding of the natural ecosystems that comprise the Western Ghats and the threats to these ecosystems. It will equip students with knowledge and skills that enable them to understand and conceptualise the inter-linkages between ecosystems and livelihoods in this context. It will also equip them to assess existing resource use patterns, issues of access as well as governance. As a part of the course, students will be equipped with skills required for active engagement with communities. They will also be equipped with skills and techniques to assess various ecological processes that affect ecosystem functioning.

The programme is aimed at equipping students with the following:

1.Conceptual and theoretical knowledge of ecosystem dynamics, ecosystem-livelihood linkages, livelihoods and vulnerabilities, environment-development-poverty linkages, issues of access and justice.

2.Understanding of diverse perspectives and debates with regard to the above.

3.Analytical capabilities

4.Understanding of field techniques and skills to assess ecological processes and participatory practices for community level interventions

This course will be offered to fresh graduates as well as practitioners and field activists. It is so designed in order to reach out to and equip people from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds, and to thereby build, nurture and equip a large group of students and field practitioners to engage constructively in this sector.


Distribution of Credit Hours:

Course Structure

  • Total number of credits: 65


Semesterwise Courses:

Semester Course Title   Credits


Module 1: Understanding Society, Culture and Identity

Module 2: Understanding Development Economics,

Module 3: India's Development Experience

Module 4:Understanding India's Political Structures


ES & SD 1 Understanding Eco-systems 2
ES & SD 2 Introduction to Socio-Ecological Perspectives 2
ES & SD 3 Introduction to Policy, Institutions and Governance 2
ES & SD 4 Qualitative Research Methods- I 2
ES & SD 5 Field Work (3 weeks) 3
Total 17
II ES & SD 6 Foundations and Critical Perspectives on Environment and Development 2
ES & SD 7 Economics and the Environment 2
ES & SD 8 Environmental Policy and Law 2
ES & SD 9 Landscape Ecology: Concepts and Perspectives 2
ES & SD 10 Vulnerability, Risk and Adaptation 2
ES & SD 11 GIS and Remote Sensing 2
ES & SD 12 Quantitative Research Methods-II 2
ES & SD 13 Field Work (4 weeks) 4
ES & SD 14 Self Study - non credited.  
Total 18
III ES & SD 15 Environment, Livelihoods and Poverty in Mountain Ecosystems 2
ES & SD 16 Approaches to Conservation (Ecosystems and Communities) 2
ES & SD 17 Landscape Ethno-ecology and Conservation 2
ES & SD 18 Environmentalism in India 2
ES & SD 19 Gender and Environment 2
ES & SD 20 Project Management, Planning and Implementation and Participatory Planning Framework 2
ES & SD 21 Evaluation and IA frameworks -SIA, EIA , SA, EA, CIA , SEA 2
ES & SD 22 Dissertation/Project Work 2
ES & SD 23 Field Work (Two weeks) 2
Total 18
IV ES & SD 24 Planning for Sustainable Development in a local context - (MNREGA, Eco-development plans, Tribal Sub Plan , Hill Area plans, Forest Development Plans) 2
ES & SD 25 Working with people- Community Organisation 2
ES & SD 26 Social Action  (Tactic and Strategy)  and Env Movements 2
ES & SD 27 Field Work (Two weeks) 2
ES & SD 28 Dissertation 4
Total 12
Total Credits 65




Fee Structure:


Components EESD_Kerala
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0

Field Work Charges 0 0 0 0
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 4000 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 0 0 0
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 0 0 0 0
OTHER CHARGES Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 0 0 0 0
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 34200 26300 15800 16300
Total Fees for Hostellers 0 0 0 0
*Details under School        
* "Practicum / Study tour charges / Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work charges are not part of the fee structure.  However, expenses will have to be met by the students at the time of study tour."

*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.