Mphil PhD Admissions

Integrated M. Phil.-Ph. D. Programme in Education

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Education

Intake: 5


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.

 Education (Regular mode):-

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.

  • 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.

Education (Practice Based mode):-

General Eligibility + Post Graduation in Education or related/allied disciplines with at leat Two years of relevant work experience.


Education (Regular mode):

Since 2012, the School of Education has been  focusing on teaching, research and extension in several dimensions within  Education as an area of academic inquiry as well as educational practice.   The Centre for Education anchors the School's innovative Masters in Education (Elementary) programme.  In the School of Education, the focus has been on engaging with issues and  priorities  emerging from global and local educational policy reforms and  their impact on social equity and quality education for all, and  towards strengthening social science perspectives in the area of education.   Research by school faculty include curriculum and pedagogy studies, sociological studies of schooling, studies of teacher education,  social exclusion, learning and assessment,  and gender studies.  These research studies engage with contemporary social and political processes underlying the relationship of education and  development in the contemporary Indian context with a focus on equity and social justice.  

listing of themes in which research could be carried out by the potential applicants

Prof Nandini Manjrekar
Sociology of Education, Gender studies, Education and conflict, Childhood studies,  History of education

Prof Disha Nawani
Sociology of Education, Teacher Education, Curricular, Pedagogic and Assessment related issues, Teaching Learning Resources

Dr Sthabir Khora
Sociology of Education,  Sociology of Law,  Rural development


Education (Practice based mode):


The Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research is an independent Centre pursuing research and field action/action research in the areas of Mathematics, Science and Language education, Education Technology, Teacher Professional Development, Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies and Education Policy and Design Based Research ( & ). Faculty at the Centre have interest in research, theory building, policy engagement as well as field action in a range of disciplinary areas and have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods of research, use of multimedia, big data and digital tools. Faculty teach in the MA Education programme at Mumbai Campus and the Centre also offers the Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research (for education professionals and faculty of teacher education institutions) and Reflective Teaching with ICT (for inservice teachers).

The Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research provides both a regular and practice based strand of research in Education.


Integrated MPhil-PhD and PhD Programmes in Education (Practice based mode):

The practice-based programme seeks to enable students to deepen their understanding of education theory and practice, with a view of gaining new skills and insights relating to various aspects of education including practice and contribute to knowledge creation in the discipline. Research problems pursued by MPhil and Doctoral students may take the form of original contributions to theory, to understanding the field, or to practice through original practice-based-research.


Prof. Padma M. Sarangapani

Elementary Education, Teachers and Teacher Education, Pedagogy and Curriculum Studies, Philosophy of Education, Indigenous Education, and Education and Culture, Comparative Education

Prof. Archana Mehendale

Education Policy, Right to Education, Regulation.

Dr. Ajay Singh.

Sociology of Education, Education Policy, Teacher Education, Rural Education

Dr. Amina Charania

Education Technology, Teacher Education, curriculum and instructional design.

Dr. Arindam Bose

Mathematics education, language diversity and maths education, out-of-school & ethnomatics, sociology of mathematics education, technology in mathematics learning, cognition and learning.

Dr. Shamin Padalkar

Science Education, Astronomy Education, Visio-spatial reasoning, cognition and learning, design-based-research.



Distribution of Credit Hours:

Education (Regular mode):-


  • The Integrated M.Phil. and Ph.D. programme consists of two academic degree programmes that can be pursued with a single admission procedure taken at the entry level for the M.Phil. degree. Successful completion of the two-year M.Phil degree would facilitate the transition to the Ph.D. programme. A mid-stream option is available where students can move into the Ph.D. programme after completion of one year of M.Phil. course work and fulfilment of other criteria set by the Institute.

  • All candidates enrolled for the Integrated M.Phil. and Ph.D. programme shall undergo a taught full- time course work in the first year.

Composition of M. Phil Coursework

  • The duration of the M.Phil. programme shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

  • The M.Phil. programme in Social Sciences carries a total of 46 credits and has five components1:

(i) Basic Courses (BC) (8 Credits): The four courses provide the knowledge base in theory and practice of research.

(ii) Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): One course to provide/enhance skills

          pertaining to scholarly writing.

(iii) Thematic/Optional Courses (TC) (6 Credits): The three courses, to be chosen by a scholar from the list of current offerings in the Schools/Centres, will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub)discipline that he/she has chosen to do research in.

(iv) Optional/Thematic Course (OC) (2 Credits): One course to be chosen by a scholar from any of the courses listed across the Schools and Centres in the Institute.

(v) Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): The survey of literature helps the scholar familiarise himself/herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for the study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses. A working paper must accompany the survey of literature.

(vi) Dissertation (DI) (24 Credits): Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. Embodying the outcome of the practise or process of research, the dissertation constitutes the product of research. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the Guide and an examiner external to the Centre appointed by the Director from a panel of experts suggested by the Deputy Director, Research (and Development).

Some of the thematic/optional courses can be taken in the first semester in addition to the basic courses. However, this depends on the programme requirements and can vary for the various decentralized programmes.

Education (Practice Based mode):-

Semester 1 - 8 credits
Research Basic
Practice Basic
Optional 1

Semester 2 - 8 credits
Research workshop 1
Research Advanced
Optional 3,4
Proposal development and presentation

Semester 3
Research Workshop 2
Research Process

Semester 4
Research Process

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.

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Identity Card







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Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium



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Development Fund



For M.Phil per Semester

For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

Medical Examination Fees




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Student Union Fee



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Thesis submission



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Thesis resubmission




Degree certificate replacement




Issue of duplicate Identity Card




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Hostel Charges:




Dining Hall



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Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)



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*subject to revision