PhD Admissions

PhD programme in Social Work

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Intake: 20


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 Social Work 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.



School of Social Work

The School of Social Work promotes education in social work that is democratic, emancipatory, and egalitarian and one that develops a critical perspective in students. It offers dynamic and relevant programmes at the Doctoral, Master’s and Certificate levels. It identifies new areas for social work practice and evolves innovative strategies through practice-based research and field action projects. 

  1. PhD Programme in Social Work

Location: Mumbai

Intake: 20

Thematic Areas

Migration, Social policy, Middle class

Child rights, Child protection (Child labour, Missing children, Street living children, Child in conflict with law, Child in institutional care), and the Juvenile justice system

Child marriages, Child labour, Rural and urban families, Occupational health, Mining, Informal labour, Labour unions, Rural artisans, Social entrepreneurship, Business and human rights, Corporate social responsibility, NGO governance

Child and youth rights, (Street children, Homeless girls, Child sexual abuse, Aftercare), Probation, Alcohol, Drugs, Substance abuse, Addictions, Work with victims and rights of victims, Crime prevention, Criminal justice social work, Rehabilitation and corrections, Social work education, NGO management, Use of creative arts in social work ( DMT) Restorative justice

Social work education, Social and political theory and praxis, Social work perspectives and history etc., Elderly issues

Children, Family, Woman, Disability, Inclusive education

Mental health, Attachment in children of divorcing parents, Spirituality disability

Livelihood and social innovations, Gender

Gender, Sexuality, Violence against women (specifically Domestic violence, Child sexual abuse, Inter-generational caste based prostitution and trafficking, Sexual harressment at work-place) Masculinities studies, LGBTQI and violence, Feminist social work, Women and law

Disability studies, Rehabilitation, Health, Inclusive education, Universal design, Accessibility, NEP, Governance, Policy, Buddhist and peace studies, Vipassana

Adult learning, Training, Education, Issues of youth, Prevention of youth crime, Gerontology, Lifeskills, Participatory methodology, Educational technology, Youth leadership, Soft skills, Youth policy and youth schemes

Lifelong learning - health, elderly





























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