Applications Invited for TISS M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes

Applications Invited for TISS M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes

Institute Name: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Apply By: 10 Jan 2020

About the Organization:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a deemed university fully funded by the University Grants Commission, Government of India. TISS offers over 50 Master’s Degree programmes from their Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Campuses. Masters’ programmes are offered in a range of socially relevant inter-disciplinary areas.

About M.Phil. and Ph.D.

TISS invites applications for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes (academic year 2020) with the various Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur and Hyderabad Campuses. UGC JRF qualified candidates, post graduates, students in the final year post graduation in Social Sciences and allied fields and individuals with M.Phil and / or industrial, academic and field based experience in Social Sciences, Social Work, Disaster Studies, Development Studies and allied fields are invited to apply.

About the Programme:

The M. Phil. Programme is a two-year full time Programme. All the candidates admitted to the M. Phil Programme will follow a common course curriculum (see webpage on Social Sciences). However, for M. Phil in Education*, Women's Studies, Health System Studies, Rural Development, Development Studies, Disaster Studies*, Inclusive Development and Social Justice there will be a subject specific taught M. Phil. Programme of four semesters. The first year of the programme comprises of course work while in the second year, students will work towards completing their M.Phil Dissertation.

The Ph.D. Programme is designed for candidates with a minimum of five years of post-graduate relevant experience in the field being proposed for research by the candidate. Selected candidates can pursue Ph.D. either by staying on the TISS campus (subject to availability of accommodation) or from whichever location they are based in. TISS does not make any distinction among research scholars as full time and part time. However, selected candidates who are not residing in the Campus, are expected to be in touch with the research guide, attend modular programmes/courses (also applicable for direct on campus PhD scholars who do not hold an M.Phil degree), pay fees regularly, ensure timely submission of progress reports and fulfill the necessary requirements of the Ph.D. programme.

Ph.D. students will also need to be complete the mandatory coursework for Direct Ph.D. students (offered in two modules of two weeks each during the first semester) at the Mumbai Campus.


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 Master’s 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 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 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.

Last date of submission of Application Form: January 10, 2020 by 6.00 p.m.

Admissions Helpline: 022 - 2552 5252 (Monday to Saturday - Timing 9:00 am to 7:00 pm)

Email Id: admissionsinfo@tiss.edu

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