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 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 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 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 M.Phil. Programme.
The School of Research Methodology (SRM) shall anchor candidates admitted to the Integrated M.Phil - Ph.D. in Social Sciences programme at the Mumbai Campus. Their interaction with the Institute’s administration will be through the Co-ordinator of the M.Phil. programme. Scholars admitted to subject specific M.Phil. programmes will be anchored by a designated Co-ordinator for that programme in the Mumbai or other campuses of the TISS.
Depending upon their research interests and the disciplinary background of the scholar’s Master’s degree, the Research Scholar will be affiliated to specific guides located in Independent Centres and Schools. Decision regarding the allotment of guide will be taken by the Dean of respective Schools or Chairpersons of the Independent Centres in consultation with the Dean (Research and Development). Allotment of guides in Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad are taken care of by the respective Programme Co-ordinators in consultation with the Deputy Directors.This decision will be binding on the scholars. Each of the M.Phil. scholars will be allotted a guide by the end of the Semester I.
In addition to the decentralized programmes at the Institute, faculty from a number of Schools/Independent Centres guide students from across the Institute depending on a matching of their research interests with that of the Faculty. Following is a list of these Schools/Centre along with a list of thier research interest areas.
The School for Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance was established in May 2012 with two Centres:
• Centre for Law and Society
• Nodal Centre for Excellence in Human Rights Education
Distribution of Credit Hours:
The duration of the M.Phil. programme shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.
All M.Phil. programmes carry a total of 46 credits each and have five components:
Basic Courses (BC) (8 Credits): The four courses provide the knowledge base in the theory and practice of research.
Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): One course to provide/enhance skills in the use of scholarly writing.
Thematic/Optional Courses (TC) (6 Credits): The three courses, to be chosen by a student 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.
Optional/Thematic Course (OC) (2 Credits): One course to be chosen by a student from any of the courses listed across the Schools and Centres in the Institute.
Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): As a prelude to embarking on the study the student is helped to familiarise himself/herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses. A working paper must accompany the survey of literature.
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 Dean (Research and Development).
Some of the thematic 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.
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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