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TISS admission notification for MPhil-PhD Programmes 2017

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Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), a premier institute in social sciences and development studies, has invited applications for Integrated MPhil-PhD and Direct PhD programmes. The list of research areas offered by various school/centres of TISS for Integrated MPhil-PhD and Direct PhD programmes are given at the middle part of this story. TISS is inviting application for its four campuses: Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur and Guwahati. The last date for submission of online application form is 16 January 2017.

Eligibility:  The admission notification has mentioned that applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) based on the three factors:  educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal.

Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated MPhil and Direct PhD 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 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.

Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD 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 Integrated MPhil-PhD and Direct PhD programme.

Candidates who have an MPhil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a Direct PhD.

The Research Aptitude Test (RAT) can be taken at any one of the chosen campuses on February 10, 2017. The RAT score is valid across campuses and across two choices. Candidate may apply for a maximum of two programmes from among the different programmes offered at TISS Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur and Guwahati campuses. Candidates can apply for two programmes within one or across more than one campus.

List of Research Areas for admission to the Integrated MPhil – PhD programme & Direct PhD programme :

Habitat Studies

Public Health / Health System Studies

Management and Labour Studies

Social Work

Disaster Studies


Women’s Studies

Development Studies

Social Sciences (to be anchored by School of Research Methodology)

Inclusive Development and Social Justices

Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education

Clinical Psychology

Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning)

Social Sciences

Rural Development

For more details on availability of PhD courses campus wise and various schools /centres of TISS, candidates should refer the MPhil PhD Admissions page of official website of TISS.


The admission notification informed that the list of all eligible candidates amongst the candidates who apply for Integrated MPhil-PhD programme and direct PhD programme will be displayed on the Institute website on January 30, 2017. The eligible candidates will be called for the Written Test (Research Aptitude Test – RAT) to be held at all the TISS Campuses on on February 10, 2017. Candidates can opt to take the RAT at any of the campuses.

As per the admission notification of PhD, candidates who have cleared JRF, GATE and other relevant exams will also have to attend the Written Test and Personal Interview.

For online submission of application, eligibility criteria and other information, candidates should refer the MPhil PhD Admissions page of official website of TISS.


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