MPhil PhD Admissions

M.Phil in Social Sciences

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Research Methodology

Intake: 8


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. & 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.

  • 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 Ph.D. programmes. In case of the M.Phil. Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.

  • Research Proposal:

    Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the M.Phil and 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 PhD





  • All candidates enrolled for the two year M.Phil Programme undergo a taught full- time course during the first year of the Programme.

      • Anchoring of Scholars

    • The School of Research Methodology (SRM) anchors candidates admitted to the M.Phil Programme and the Direct Ph.D. Programme in Social Sciences at the Mumbai Campus. Their interaction with the Institute’s administration will be through the Co-ordinator of the M.Phil. programme. Scholars admitted to subject specific M.Phil. programmes will be anchored by a designated Co-ordinator for that programme in the Mumbai or other campuses of the TISS.

Allotment of Guides

    • Depending upon their research interests and the disciplinary background of the scholar’s Master’s degree, the Research Scholar will be affiliated to specific guides located in Independent Centres and Schools. Decision regarding the allotment of guide will be taken by the Dean of respective Schools or Chairpersons of the Independent Centres in consultation with the Deputy Director (Research and Development). Allotment of guides in Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad are taken care of by the respective Programme Co-ordinators in consultation with the Deputy Directors.This decision will be binding on the scholars. Each of the M.Phil. scholars will be allotted a guide by the end of the Semester I.

In addition to the decentralized programmes at the Institute, faculty from a number of Schools/Independent Centres guide students from across the Institute depending on a matching of their research interests with that of the Faculty. Following is a list of these Schools/Centre along with a list of their research interest areas.

      • The School for Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance

The School for Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance was established in May 2012 with two Centres:

Centre for Law and Society

Nodal Centre for Excellence in Human Rights Education

Research Areas:


    • Access to justice of marginalized and vulnerable groups

    • Human Rights

    • Social Legislation and implementation in India

    • Laws & Rights of Women, Children, Disabled, Elderly, HIV/AIDS affected , unorganized labour , under trials prisoners, dalits mentally challenged and other Vulnerable groups

    • Legislative Reform in Support of Vulnerable groups(including constitutional reform )

    • Rights of women at workplace

    • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of women and Children

    • Legal strategies for empowerment

    • Alternate dispute Resolution Methods

    • Victim and Witness protection

    • Law , Social Work and Social Justice

    • Law, Rights and Development

    • Access to Justice and Legal Institutions

    • Legal and Justice Education

    • Clinical Legal Education

    • International Law

    • Human Rights Education

    • Refugee Studies

    • Forced migration and displacement laws

    • Laws pertaining to Disaster management and Climate change

    • Prisons, Prisoners Rights.

    • Human Rights movement.

    • Political theory and Indian politics

    • Indian constitution.

    • Human Rights & Constitutional Governance.

    • Development & Crime

    • Criminal justice Reforms

    • Torture prevention

    • Victimology

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Curriculum Framework

  • The duration of the M.Phil. programme shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

  • All M.Phil. programmes carry a total of 46 credits each and have five components:

    1. Basic Courses (BC) (8 Credits): The four courses provide the knowledge base in the theory and practice of research.

    2. Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): One course to provide/enhance skills in the use of scholarly writing.

    3. Thematic/Optional Courses (TC) (6 Credits): The three courses, to be chosen by a student from the list of current offerings in the Schools/Centres, will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub)discipline that he/she has chosen to do research in.

    4. Optional/Thematic Course (OC) (2 Credits): One course to be chosen by a student from any of the courses listed across the Schools and Centres in the Institute.

    5. Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): As a prelude to embarking on the study the student is helped to familiarise himself/herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses. A working paper must accompany the survey of literature.

    6. Dissertation (DI) (24 Credits): Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. Embodying the outcome of the practise or process of research, the dissertation constitutes the product of research. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the guide and an examiner external to the Centre appointed by the Director from a panel of experts suggested by the Dean (Research and Development).

  • Some of the thematic courses can be taken in the first semester in addition to the basic courses. However, this depends on the programme requirements and can vary for the various decentralized programmes.

Fee Structure:

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.

Fee Component








Per Semester




Per Semester

Identity Card







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Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium



Per Year

Development Fund



For M.Phil per Semester

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