PhD Admissions

Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Media and Cultural Studies

Intake: 2


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 the basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications and research proposal:

1. Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the 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 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

2. Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible to apply for the Ph.D Programme.

3. Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission for the 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.


    1. 1. Ph.D. Programme in Media and Cultural Studies

The School of Media and Cultural Studies is engaged in media teaching, production, research and dissemination. A unique feature of the School is the close linkage between the technical and academic areas of its work. The work of the School straddles both realms, thus facilitating a synergy between research, teaching and production, all of which are informed by a keen sense of connection with local subaltern cultures of resistance and invention. SMCS has done pioneering work in critical media education in the country. It has a two-year Masters degree and a doctoral programme in Media and Cultural Studies which focuses on professional media practice and research within a framework that enables the development of a critical perspective on media, culture and society.

The Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies provides both a regular and practice based strand of research in the discipline. The practice-based programme seeks to enable students to deepen their understanding of the nature of disciplines of practice in media and cultural studies, with a view of gaining new skills and insights relating to practice, innovating in and reflecting on practice, thus contributing to knowledge creation in the discipline, in the form of original contributions to practice and to theory, through original practice-based-research. The product that is the outcome of the practice forms an integral part of the thesis and will be evaluated along with the written document.

Total Intake :- 2
Location :- Mumbai

Thematic Areas

Gender and media, Feminist academia and activism, Politics of public spaces, Friendship, Sexualities, Digital publics, Middle classes, Feminist pedagogies, Neoliberalism.



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