Mphil PhD Admissions

Integrated M. Phil.-Ph. D. Programme in Social Sciences

Location: Guwahati

Intake: 10


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



The Integrated M. Phil.-Ph. D. Programme in Social Sciences will be a five years (2 years MPhil + 3 Years PhD) programme starting from academic year 2017-18. The first year of Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing an M. Phil. dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in social sciences and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on any aspect of social change and development. After successful completion of the two years M. Phil. Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 6 will automatically move to the Ph. D. Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of Ph. D. Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have the option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of M. Phil. Programme. The broad research areas that the students of the Programme can work on are:

Social identity, development and change
Migration and livelihoods
Social movements and conflicts
Ecology and development
Local governance
Social Security

Facukty Research Areas:

Prof. D. K. Srivastava

Industrial Relations, Trade Union, Collective Bargaining, Labour Movement

Prof. Kalpana Sarathy

Health , Mental Health and Social Work

Dr. Sanjay Barbora

Agrarian change, Media studies, Urban studies, Human rights and Migration

Dr. Jagannath Ambagudia

Ethnic/Tribal Politics, Development & Deprivation, Social Discrimination & Marginalisation, Community Conflicts, Migration Studies, Policy Studies

Dr. Abhinandan Saikia

Environment Management, Agroforestry, Knowledge System, Theories of institutions and institutional change, Diffusion and Innovation studies.

Dr. Debdulal Saha

Development Studies, Work and Employment, Informal Economy, Social Protection & State, Value Chain Analysis, Livelihoods, Employment and Industrial Relations

Dr. Jennifer Kipgen

Utilization of health services, Health seeking behavior, by the vulnerable section, STI/HIV/AIDS, Stigma and discrimination, care &support and substance abuse

Dr. Joseph Riamei

Governance, Ethnicity and Conflict Studies in South East Asia, State, Democracy and Tribes, Youth and Development, Social Work with special Focus on Indigenous People's Episteme, Human Rights, Peoples Movement, Rural Livelihood Issues

Dr. Meghadeepa Chakraborty

Livelihood, Social Entrepreneurship, Microfinance, Rural Development, Governance (local governance and non-profit governance), Social Network

Dr. Namita Brahma

Conservational Based Livelihood, Environment related Studies, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Ecological Monitoring, Livelihood based Entrepreneurship Development in Fringe Villages adjacent to Forest Areas

Ms. Navaneeta Deori

South Asian Studies

Dr. Prashant Kesharvani

Health System Research, Social Capital, Group Processes and Dynamics, Health Policy, Mental Health, Technology and Human Behaviour, and Health Communication

Dr. Rajdeep Singha

Political Economy and Development, Labour, Poverty and Livelihood, Industrial Economics

Dr. R. K. Debbarma

Political Theory; space, place and identity politics; violence

Dr. Razdan Sarim Rahman

Gender and Micro-credit & Livelihood

Dr. Santhosh M. R.

Political Economy of Health, Access to Medicines and Treatment,Implications of Liberalisation and Privatisation, Gender and Health, Health Equity Issues, Traditional Medicines and Knowledge

Dr. Shalini Sharma

Environment studies with a focus on urban/political ecology, Climate Change and disasters, gender and environment, Natural/Cultural Heritage.Social Movements, Media studies, Memory studies

Dr. Shivani Chauhan Barooah

Decent work,Informal economy, Women and work, Geriatric care

Dr. Soibam Haripriya

Memory Studies, Sociology of Literature, Political Sociology, Cultural Anthropology

Dr. Subeno Kithan

Anthropology of Religion; Nomadic societies; Culture and communication; family, marriage and kinship studies.

Dr. V. Sawmveli

Sociology of gender, law and religion, Cultural Studies, Research Methodology (qualitative) Sexual Violence issues especially in North-East India. The role of state, public institutions, legal and religious institutions

Dr. Yengkhom Jilangamba

Identity: Colonial Anthropology, Race; Territoriality: Frontier, Border; Historiography, Violence, Pedagogy

Dr. Stephen Pamei

Ethnicity, Conflict, urban/rural sociology, and cultural sociology

Ms Monica Kaothala

Children wellbeing and development


Distribution of Credit Hours:

The duration of the M. Phil. Programme in Social Sciences shall be two years, spread over four semesters and roughly coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

The M. Phil. Programme shall carry a total of 48 credits and will have six components:

  • Basic Courses (BC): 8 credits (four courses with 2 credits each)

    • Auxiliary Course (AC): Non-credited but compulsory, to enhance academic writing skills.

    • Thematic Courses (TC): 8 credits. Four courses to be chosen by a student from an inter/trans disciplinary areas of Social Sciences that are offered by the faculty members at TISS, Guwahati Campus.

    • Survey of Literature (SL): 8 credits. As a prelude to embarking on the study, the survey of literature familiarizes the scholar with the literature available on the problem chosen for the study, identifies gaps, and enables the scholar to formulate alternative hypothesis.

    • 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. It embodies the outcome of the practice or process of research. The dissertation constitutes the product of research.

M.Phil. Programme

  1. Semester I Courses: There will be four basic courses (8 credits) provide the foundation for theoretical understanding of development, research methods and one non-credit course in research writings.

  2. Semester II Courses: Scholars will have to choose four thematic courses (8 credits total) that deal with inter/trans-disciplinary research from a basket of courses that are offered by faculty members working on different Masters programmes (Social Work with specialisation in Counselling, Public Health, Community Organisation and Development Practice, Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship; Peace and Conflict Studies; Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development; Labour Studies and Social Protection; and Sociology and Social Anthropology). Prior to embarking on their dissertation, students will be expected to make a presentation on survey of literature (8 credits) and research proposal before a committee and their peers.

  3. Semester III & IV- Dissertation: The coursework in the first year of the Programme intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminate into a dissertation thesis (24 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of MPhil dissertation evaluation rule will be applicable.

Semesterwise Courses:





BC 1: Philosophical Foundation of Social Sciences



BC 2: Social Theory and Research



BC 3: Quantitative Research: Theory and Practice



BC 4: Qualitative Research: Theory and Practice



AC 1: Workshop on Academic Writing Skills


Core thematic areas of research will be identified. Each scholar will have to chose four TCs under the themes offered



Survey of literature on a Problem Area



Proposal Presentation


III and IV

DI: Dissertation





Ph. D. (years 3-5)

Degree will be awarded after successful completion and defence of the Ph. D. Thesis


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








Per Semester




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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




Refundable Deposits




Student Union Fee



Per semester






Thesis submission



Payable three months before submission

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