MPhil PhD Admissions

MPhil programme in Social Work

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Intake: 15


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. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s degree in Social Work 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 Direct PhD 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 Direct 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 curriculum of the MPhil programme in Social Work encompasses rigorous training in research methods, social work knowledge and imparts interdisciplinary training into specific areas of contemporary significance. The programme hopes to make significant contribution in the making of future social work and social welfare scholars and leaders to address the complex social challenges of the 21st century.


In terms of scope, the program will allow scholars to engage in self-study, develop critical, analytical and problem solving skills, specialized interest area, and advanced skills in designing, executing and preparing research projects. This will also be extended to practice and hence action research and field practicum monographs. The course work hence has a mix of broad theoretical paradigms, peripheral and proximate social work theories and perspectives, specific thematic theorisations where applicable, research methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative), and seminars where conscious field-practice and theory links are emphasised so as to enable the evolution of newer episteme.

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Coursework will be delivered through classroom lectures, readings, presentations, reflective exercises, computer practical where applicable, and guest lectures.


Details of Significant Programme Components

Literature review and Proposal (6 credits)

·         In the second semester, MPhil scholars are expected to work on the literature review for their MPhil dissertations and the proposal, which has to be presented in a seminar, and assessed by a body of experts. The outcome of the evaluation would be either to proceed for field work, or substantial revisions.


In the literature review, MPhil in Social Work scholars are expected to:

·         Undertake an overview and a critical evaluation of a body of literature relating to their research topic

·         Analyse that body of literature in order to classify it by themes or categories

·         Synthesise and evaluate the information and identify main ideas in the literature

·         Identify the main argument of the literature review of their own dissertations, organise the main points and write the review with appropriate paraphrasing, citations and adhering to standard referencing norms and conventions. 

The broad criteria for evaluation for the proposal prepared by MPhil in social work candidates, either for dissertation or a field practicum are as follows:

·         Introduction and problem statement or rationale for intervention (in case of a practicum) along with a suggestive theoretical frame

·         Updated, comprehensive and thematically arranged review of literature 

·         Objectives and methodology containing details of the design, sampling, methods and analysis plan (concepts, constructs, variables and their interlinkages) in case of dissertation and details of intervention module and modes in case of a practicum

·         Ethical considerations and study limitations (for field practicum, ethical clearance from the Institutional review board would be essential) 

·         References written in appropriate and consistent style and format including in text citation.


MPhil in Social Work Dissertation (24 credits)

·         The aims of the MPhil dissertation are to: put into practice theories and concepts learned on the programme; provide an opportunity to study a particular topic in depth; show evidence of independent investigation; combine relevant theories and suggest alternatives; enable interaction with practitioners (where appropriate to the chosen topic); and, show evidence of ability to plan and manage a project within deadlines. The MPhil in Social Work dissertation is a guided process. The guide would ideally have a background expertise in the scholar’s area of study.




Field Practicum Monograph (FPM) Option for MPhil Social Work scholars (24 credits)

·         Since the field is critical and central to social work, one option which is offered within School of Social Work is that of a field practicum monograph as an alternative to a traditional dissertation. The ethos is that field education is an integral component of social work education, geared towards preparing graduates for advanced and professional practice. The core argument for FPMs is to encourage experiential knowledge building in social work.

·         The practicum at the MPhil level would be undertaken by the scholar with an organisation/agency or independently with individuals/communities/groups. The final idea is to develop a monograph, which is a kind of emplotting i.e. presenting the story pre and post intervention, in a manner legitimate to aid knowledge building. The FPM is a process whereby the scholar works under the supervision of a guide who is generally a combination of intervention specialist, subject expert and research expert. The scholar and guide, through the FPM, should collectively address notions of communities and publics for whom they link research and practice.


Criteria for permitting scholars to undertake the practicum option

·         Scholars fulfilling the following criteria would be permitted to undertake the practicum option.

·         Scholars who have at least 2 years of field experience in the intended area of practicum, after masters degree in social work.

·         Scholars who demonstrate a clear understanding of the objectives of the practicum and have a focus in view prior to undertaking the same.

·         Scholars who are willing to engage in the practicum routine/schedule from the first semester onwards.



The FPM will undergo the routine traditional dissertation assessment process of done by an external expert and defended at a viva voce exam.

In cases where actual intervention has been carried out, the monograph may also contain feedback of respondent participants and other related stakeholders.


Semester-wise listing of courses


Semesterwise Courses:

Distribution of Credit Hours: 

Programme Structure

The MPhil in Social Work programme has 50 credits divided as follows:


Semesters I and II

·         Course on Advanced Perspectives and Praxis in Social Work (2 credits)

·         Five courses on Research Methodology (10 credits)

·         Three optional courses (6 credits) – scholars may select from the basket of optional courses available within the School of Social Work or from MPhil courses offered by various schools across the Institute

·         Literature Review and Proposal (6 credits)

Semester III and IV

·         Research colloquium (2 credits)

·         Dissertation or Field Practicum Monograph (24 credits)

Fee Structure:

Fee Structure for M.Phil and 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.

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