PhD Admissions

PhD programme in Social Work

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Intake: 5


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:

  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 2.50.
  2. Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post-graduation work experience is required for Ph.D. programmes.
  3. 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. Candidates who have an M.Phil. or equivalent degree need not fulfil the five years’ work experience criteria.  
  4. 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.


The Direct PhD program in Social Work aims to enable scholars with minimum five year experience in the field of social work to pursue academic study towards a doctorate. Two broad forms are available for the Direct PhD program in Social Work, Thesis and Practicum. The PhD thesis is the traditional route with the traditional purpose of providing what is essentially the professional training and credential to be an academic or professional researcher. The PhD field practicum is the alternative route founded on processes of thoughtful action, leading to advances in practice. Scholars can opt for either of the routes. However, scholars who have not undertaken any pre-doctoral course work, may be required to undertake one semester of compulsory course work, as prescribed by the selection committee and competent authorities in addition to the mandatory modular course work. The School seeks to keep the programme flexible without giving up on the academic rigour necessary for Ph.D. research. The norms and regulations as laid down by the UGC would be followed.


Applications for doctoral studies in social work in the following themes and research areas are specifically encouraged for the 2020 admissions cycle:

1. Poverty, Social Policy and Programmes

2. Migration

3. Disability and Access,

4. Disability and Relationships

5. Inclusive Education

6.Child Rights and Child Protection

7. Social Work Education

8. Geriatric Social Work

9. Social Movements and Health

10. Violence Against Women

11. Feminist Social Work

12. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Navayana Buddhist Studies

13. Tribal Studies and Empowerment Practice

14. Rural Development, Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods

15. Mental Health




Fee Structure:

Fee Structure for THE 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.


Fee Component






Per Semester



Per Semester

Identity Card





Per Semester

Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium


Per Year

Development Fund


For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

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



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Hostel Charges:



Dining Hall


Per Semester

Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)


Per Semester

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*subject to revision