School: Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
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 MPhil-PhD Programme in disaster studies wiill be a five years (2 years MPhil + 3 Years PhD) programme starting from academic year 2015-16. The first year of Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing a MPhil dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in hazard, disaster and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on hazarders and disaster. After successful completion of the two years MPhil Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 8 will automatically move to the PhD Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of PhD Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of MPhil Programme. The broad research areas that the students of the Disaster Studies Programme can work on are: Hazards studies and Environmental Hazards, Disaster risks and vulnerability, Response and recovery, Disaster economics, Early Warning, Emergency Response and Planning, Remote Sensing and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Disaster Mental Health, and Disaster and development.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in disaster studies will be two years, spread over four semesters. .
The M.Phil. programme shall carry a total of - 46 credits - and will have four components:i. Semester I – Basic Courses (8 credits)ii. Semester II – Core Courses (6 credits)iii. Semester II – Elective Courses (2 credits)iv. Semester II – Survey of Literature and Presentation(6credits)v. Semester III and IV – Dissertation (24 credits)
The Integrated-MPhil-PhD Programme will have two stages
Stage 1: MPhil Programme
1. Semester I Basic Courses: There are four courses (8 credits) in the first semester which will help the students to equip with the foundation for theoretical understanding of social theory and research methodology.
2. Semester II Core Courses: There are compulsory course and one elective course and presenting proposal and survey of literature in the second semester. The total credit is 14.
3.Semester III & IV is exclusively for Dissertation.
Stage 2: PhD Programme
PhD Thesis: will require successful completion and defence of PhD Thesis after obtaining MPhil Degree with prescribed CGPA
Title of the Course
Semester I – Basic Courses (8 credits)
BC01: Philosophic Foundation of Social Science Research.
BC02: Social Theory and Research
BC03: Quantitative Research: Theory and Practice
BC04: Qualitative Research : Theory and Practice
Semester I - Bridge Courses (Non Credited)
Mandatory only for candidates with no formal inputs in Disasters
MDM1: Disasters, Hazards and Extreme Events
MDM 2: Disasters, Vulnerability and Risk
Semester II – Core Courses (6 credits)
CC01: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Recovery
CC02: Theoretical Perspectives for Disaster Research (Compulsory Extra Credit or Audit)
CC03: Public Policy and Disaster Governance
CC04: Concepts of Spatial and Non-Spatial Data Analysis
CC05: Application of Geo-Informatics in Natural Resource Mapping
CC06: Habitat Planning and Disasters
Semester II – Elective Courses (2 credits)
From outside the school
Semester II – Survey of Literature and Presentation(6credits)
Survey of Literature - Seminar
Guide's assessment of Seminar and Proposal
Semester III and IV – Dissertation (24 credits)
Research Tutorials and Bridge Course for Non TISS students
Scientific Writing and other research skill workshops
Basic Computer skills for Research
Note: Students can audit the course(s) of their interest in any of the semesters from the pool of courses offered to MA Students.
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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