MPhil PhD Admissions

M. Phil. Programme in Education

Location: Mumbai

Centre: Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

Intake: 9


  • M.Phil in Education


Post graduation in any discipline relevant to and allied with Education and two years work experience.

Applicants interested in pursuing this practice based programme must have two years of relevant work experience and must be able to demonstrate competence to undertake work in an area of practice, and carry a portfolio to demonstrate necessary skills of design and production.

  • General Eligibility

    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 M.Phil.Programme 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 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.

    • 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 M.Phil 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.



The Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research is an independent Centre working in the area of Education. The Centre has multidisciplinary expertise in areas of curriculum and pedagogy (mathematics, science, language), classroom studies and teacher formation/professional development, education policy, governance and inclusion, comparative education, technology and new media in education, and is engaged with teaching, research, field action and policy advocacy. The Connected Learning Initiative (Clix) the flagship field action project of the Centre was awarded the UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education (March 2018). The Centre is leading an initiative to establish a Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education in partnership with the Tata Trusts.

Faculty at the Centre have interest in research, theory building policy engagement and field action in a range of disciplinary areas, and have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods of research, use of multimedia and digital tools, and works in various areas of curriculum and pedagogy (mathematics, science, language), child development, in-and-out-of-school knowledge, culture and cognition, governance and policy, technology and education. Faculty also have expertise in design based research and development.

Education draws its theories and methods from a wide range of fields and disciplines in order to research, engage with and contribute to the discourse and knowledge formation and the formation of practice. Under the practice based strand, students are expected to research into and develop artefacts and practices relating to educational work including teaching, curriculum development, field interactions, etc.

Assistantships: The Centre offers Teaching and Research Assistantships to full time students admitted into the programme, through a selection process, after the admission process is completed. RAs and TAs will be required to be full time on Mumbai campus during their assistantship period and balance their academic and assistantship work as guided by the assigned faculty. Areas include supporting INSET and shot term programmes, school outreach, and research programmes of the centre. Stipend is commensurate with the UGC JRF. The initial tenure of the contract for assistantship will be for a year, and renewal will be contingent on performance at assistantship, progress of academic work and availability of funding.


Recognised Guides:

Padma M. Sarangapani, Professor. Elementary education, teacher education, pedagogy and curriculum studies, indigenous education, comparative education.

Ajay Singh, Professor: History of education, education policy, teacher education, rural education.

Amina Charania, Associate Professor: Education technology, teacher education, curriculum and instructional design.

Arindam Bose, Associate Professor: Mathematics Education, language diversity, out-of-school knowledge, culture and cognition, technology in mathematics education, cognition and culture.

Shamin Padalkar, Assistant Professor: Science and Astronomy education, visio-spatial reasoning, cognition and learning, design based research.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Distribution of credit hours and programme structure*


M.Phil in Education (Practice based Mode)



Introduction to Social Science and Education Research




Knowledge Theory and Practice



Elective 1



Practice Basic



Advanced Research-1




Advanced Research-2




Optional 1




Optional 2



Proposal presentation



Writing Workshop and research and analysis software workshop



Total Credits earned in Semester 1&11



Independent research
At least one seminar presentation of work in fourth semester prior to submission



Total Credits for the Programme



Attendance in the seminars at the Centre are compulsory


Note: Subject to revision and changes.


Fee Structure:

Fee Structure:


(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



Per Semester

Identity Card





Per Semester

Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium


Per Year

Development Fund


For M.Phil per Semester


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



Sub Total



Hostel Charges:




Dining Hall


Per Semester

Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)


Per Semester

Sub Total



*subject to revision