MPhil PhD Admissions

M.Phil programme in Disaster Studies

Location: Mumbai

School: Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

Intake: 6


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



The school generally offers M.Phil and direct PhD in the following areas.

Theme I. Community Organization and Disaster Risk Reduction, Social justice, governance and environmental concerns, indigenous knowledge, food security, Gender Issues, Participatory Planning, Recovery and Development, Human security,  militarisation of disaster management, comparative analysis of disasters, anthropology of disasters and addressing diverse forms of marginalization and vulnerability.

Theme II. Manifestation of collective stress in the context of disasters especially recurrent disasters; Factors contributing to collective stress in the context of different disasters; Exploring the interface between distress, community stressors and social structure

Theme III. Disasters and Geoinformatics: Geoinformatics in Groundwater potential mapping, Geospatial technology in groundwater assessment, Remote sensing and GIS in drought assessment. The school expects students to study the risk of drought, its frequency, severity, and spatial extent as well as the infrastructural and socio-economic ability of the region to anticipate and cope with drought.

Theme IV. Disaster Economics and Finance, Disaster risk reduction and development models and natural resource conservation and risk management.

Theme V. Hazard assessment, Disasters and supply chain management: Product oriented disaster supply chain design (Objective, Horticulture -fruits/vegetables) Disaster/Hazard Impacts Evaluation and capacity development with special reference to lightning. Built environment, Urbanization and Disaster Resilience with special reference to Cities, Seismic/Flood Risk consciousness and risk communication, Evaluation of Reactive - Proactive paradigms and approaches in disaster management,

This year only students interested in issues of governance, disasters and development, urbanisation, built environment and disasters, eco-drr, indigenous knowledge, recovery, gender-just food security, militarisation of DM, international collaborations, culture and disaster - may apply.


Faculty Research Interests:


Community Organization, Disaster Risk Reduction, social justice, governance and environmental concerns, indigenous knowledge, food security, Gender Issues, Participatory Planning, Recovery and Development, Human security,  militarisation of disaster management, addressing diverse forms of marginalization and vulnerability.

 Disaster Mental Health, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Vulnerability, Quantitative Measurement for Disaster and Mental Health Research, Tobacco Cessation, Quality Institutional Care

Geospatail Technology and Modeling for Groundwater studies, Drought assessment, Water resource assessment and impact analysis, To study the earthquake, flood and landslide impacts on landuse and geomorphological features,Emergency response and early warning system, Satellite image based automated disaster impact assessment, Geospatial technology in natural resource mapping and management

Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) and Geostatistical Models in Landslides, Flood, and drought; Hazard / Vulnerability / Risk Mapping and Assessment, Geotechnical - Slope Stability Analyses (Landslides), Rainfall Threshold Analyses for Early Warning, Decision Support System

 Reactive - Pro active Paradigms debate in Disaster Management and Capacity development, Integration of Behavioral science approaches in Science and Engineering disciplines as a pathway for resilience, Disaster Impacts Evaluation using multi hazards interactions

Disaster Economics, Water Governance, Disaster Risk reduction and development, Political Economy of disaster and development, Mining and Displacement, Natural Resources governance




Distribution of Credit Hours:

The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in disaster studies will be  two years, spread over four semesters. .

The M.Phil. programme shall carry a total of  - 46 credits - and will have four components:
i. Semester I – Basic Courses (8 credits)+ Bridge Courses
ii. Semester II – Core Courses (6 credits) from within the school
iii. Semester II – Elective Courses (2 credits) from outside the school
iv. Semester II – Survey of Literature and Presentation(6credits)
v. Semester III and IV – Dissertation (24 credits)

The Integrated-MPhil-PhD Programme will have two stages

Stage 1: MPhil Programme

1. Semester I  Basic Courses: There are four courses (8 credits) in the first semester which will help the students to equip with the foundation for theoretical understanding of social theory and research methodology. The Bridge Courses are to orient students with no formal inputs on disaster management.

2. Semester II Core Courses: There are a set of courses, compulsory extra credit or audit from within the school and one elective course to be taken from outside the School. Presentation of proposal and survey of literature is also credited in the second semester. The total credit is 14.

3.Semester III & IV is exclusively for Dissertation.

Stage 2: PhD Programme

PhD Thesis: will require successful completion and defence of PhD Thesis after obtaining MPhil Degree with prescribed CGPA

Semesterwise Courses:



Title of the Course


Semester I – Basic Courses (8 credits)


BC01: Philosophic Foundation of Social Science Research.

2 Credits


BC02: Social Theory and Research

2 Credits


BC03: Quantitative Research: Theory and Practice

2 Credits


BC04: Qualitative Research : Theory and Practice

2 Credits

Semester I - Bridge Courses (Non Credited)

Mandatory only for candidates with no formal inputs in Disasters


MDM1: Disasters, Hazards and Extreme Events

Non Credited


MDM 2: Disasters, Vulnerability and Risk

Non Credited

Semester II – Core Courses (6 credits)


CC01: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Recovery

2 Credits


CC02: Theoretical Perspectives for Disaster Research (Compulsory Extra Credit or Audit)

2 Credits


CC03: Public Policy and Disaster Governance

2 Credits


CC04: Concepts of Spatial and Non-Spatial Data Analysis

2 Credits


CC05: Application of Geo-Informatics in Natural Resource Mapping

2 Credits


CC06: Habitat Planning and Disasters

2 Credits


Semester II – Elective Courses (2 credits)



From outside the school

2 Credits

Semester II – Survey of Literature and Presentation(6credits)


Survey of Literature - Seminar

2 Credits


Proposal Presentation

2 Credits


Guide's assessment of Seminar and Proposal

2 Credits


Semester III and IV – Dissertation (24 credits)




24 Credits

Other Inputs


Research Tutorials and Bridge Course for Non TISS students

Non credited


Scientific Writing and other research skill workshops

Non credited


Basic Computer skills for Research

Non credited



46 Credits

Note: Students can audit the course(s) of their interest in any of the semesters from the pool of courses offered to MA Students.

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.

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Identity Card







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Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium



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Development Fund



For M.Phil per Semester

For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

Medical Examination Fees




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Student Union Fee



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Thesis submission



Payable three months before submission

Thesis resubmission




Degree certificate replacement




Issue of duplicate Identity Card




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Dining Hall



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Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)



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