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University of Madras M. Phil & Ph.D Courses 2019: Admission, Application Process, Fee Structure, Eligibility Criteria

Updated On - November 24th 2018

Madras University offers various undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree courses in diverse fields including Arts, Science, Commerce and Management. University of Madras conducts separate admission processes for research programs viz. Master of Philosophy (M.Phil)and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).  The degree can be obtained in Full Time, Part Time (Internal), and Part Time (External) mode.

  • For M.Phil. and PhD courses, candidates must possess a post-graduate degree in the relevant stream.
  • The university conducts entrance examination for selection of candidates to the research programs.
  • Candidates who have cleared UGC/CSIR NET are exempted from appearing in the entrance examination.

The university commences the application process for M.Phil. courses in the month of June every year. The registrations for the doctorate course is carried out in four sessions across the year i.e. January, April, July, and October. The university is currently conducting the admission drive for Ph.D courses for the October session. Candidates can also download the Ph.D Guide Recognition Form for the current academic session.

Candidates may check the Courses and Fee Structure of Madras University from here:- Fee Structure of Madras University 2019

  • Mode of Application



    30th Sep, 2019

Important Dates

Ph.D. Economics , Ph.D. (English) , Ph.D. (Hindi) , Ph.D. (History) & Ph.D. (Political Science)
Last date to submit Application form for PhD (October Session) 01st - 30th Sep, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts , M.Phil/Ph.D in Education & M.Phil/Ph.D in Science

Students, who want to pursue Ph.D in full time mode, have to complete all the course work within three years i.e. after joining the course and before submission of the thesis.

Students who wish to apply under part-time mode have to complete the course work in minimum four years. Students who have interdisciplinary M.Phil degree or M.Litt (in relevant discipline) will be given relaxation of one year in order to complete the program.

University of Madras offers Ph.D program in the following specializations:

Ancient History & ArchaeologyTamil StudiesBiochemistry
Historical StudiesTamil Literature & CultureBiotechnology
PsychologyKannadaMedical Biochemistry
Continuing EducationHindiMicrobiology
SociologyArabic, Persian & UrduEnvironmental Toxicology
Public AffairsCommercePhysiology
Political Science Public AdministrationManagement StudiesPathology
South & South-East Asian StudiesMathematicsVaishnavism
Defence & Strategic StudiesStatisticsJainism
Legal StudiesComputer ScienceChristian Studies
EconomicsGeographyIslamic Studies
EconometricsGeologyIndian Music
Development EconomicsApplied GeologyEnglish
Agro EconomicsAnalytical ChemistryFrench
Mass Media & Communication StudiesInorganic ChemistryNuclear Physics
Information ScienceOrganic ChemistryTheoretical Physics
PhilosophyPhysical ChemistryInstrumentation
Saiva SiddhantaEnergyPlant Biology & Biotechnology
Crystallography & BiophysicsPolymer ScienceAnimal Biology & Biotechnology

Eligibility for Full-time Ph.D:

The following candidates are eligible to register for the full-time Ph.D. programme:

  • A candidate with Master’s Degree in Arts, Sciences, Fine Arts, Languages, Commerce, Education, Management Science, Law, Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Medicine including the Degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or M.R.C.P), or Master of Surgery (M.S. or F.R.C.S./M.R.C.S.), Indian Medicine, Veterinary Science, M.Pharm. and Agriculture from any recognized university.
  • A candidate with M.B.B.S. Degree with two years of Senior House Surgeons /Special training or equivalent recognized by the Medical Council of India or competent authority.
  • Candidate with Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science, Ayurveda, Siddha, Homeopathy, Unani Medicines etc., with two years Senior House Surgeons/equivalent special training in related disciplines of two years duration.
  • ACA, FCA, AICWAI, ACSI qualifications of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, and Institute of Company Secretaries of India provided the candidates have secured:
  1. One of the above qualifications after the lapse of at least two years after obtaining a UG degree from any recognized university.
  2. Miminum 55% marks in the aggregate in the qualifying degree examination.
  • Research fellows/Research Assistants/Technical Assistants/Project Fellows/Project Assistants/Training Officers in extension departments approved by the University, appointed in the research projects funded by recognized agencies/Government are also eligible to register for Ph.D. on a full-time basis in the same department provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria laid above.

Eligibility for Part-time Ph.D (Internal):

Candidate with any of the degrees required for full-time PhD program and fulfills any of the below mentioned criteria, is eligible for applying to Part-time PhD program:

  • A teacher working in the Department of the University or in an affiliated College, Higher Secondary School or High School or Polytechnic within the territorial jurisdiction of the University.
  • Teacher of affiliated college with NET/SLET qualification or M.Phil. Degree with one year of teaching experience after M. Phil degree and Teachers of Higher Secondary Schools/High Schools and Polytechnic with two years of experience after the qualifying degree.
  • Employed other than as a teacher in a permanent job within the territorial jurisdiction of the University with a minimum of Four Years of total working experience, after the qualifying degree.
  • Research Assistant/Technical Assistant appointed on a permanent basis by the University.
  • Candidate with M.L. Degree practicing as an advocate in any Court of Law or serving as a Legal Advisor to/in a registered firm/institution within the territorial jurisdiction of the University with a minimum of Four Years of total working experience after qualifying degree.
  • Teacher of affiliated colleges in the following disciplines, with one year of teaching experience without M.Phil or SLET/NET:
  1. Computer Science
  2. Media Arts
  3. English
  4. Management
  5. Natya
  6. Communication and Journalism
  7. Hotel and Catering Management
  8. Interior Design
  9. Bio-Technology
  10. Bio-Informatics

Eligibility for Part-time Ph.D (External)

Candidates with any of the qualifications from a recognized university, and working as a teacher, scientist in National/State level institutions, Universities, Research and Development (R&D) Centres/Laboratories and institutions outside the territorial jurisdiction of this University (India/Abroad) can apply for part-time basis two years after their qualifying degree, if they are permitted by their organization to pursue research while continuing their employment.

A supervisor/doctoral committee would prescribe course work, examination, and research work, which the candidate has to complete under a Supervisor for a minimum of Six Months.

Apart from supervisor from the university, a supervisor of Ph.D. program will be appointed from the institute of the candidate's employment. If such a supervisor is not available, Head of the institution shall take its place.

M.Phil. (Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology) , M.Phil. (Development Economics) & M.Phil. (Economics)

For Full-Time M.Phil:

Candidates should have a Master's Degree in the above mentioned subjects with a minimum of 55% in the qualifying exam.

For Part-Time M.Phil:

  1. Teachers working in University Departments.
  2. Teachers working in Affiliated colleges whose qualifications are approved by the University
  3. Teachers of Polytechnics approved by the Director of the Technical Education or teachers of Higher secondary and High schools approved either by State Board or Central Board of Secondary Education or Educational Instructors of IAF.

The specialization-wise detailed eligibility criteria for M.Phil. is given in the table below:

M.Phil. (Continuing Education Management)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Andragogy/Adult & Continuing Education/Social Science/Humanities of this University or equivalent Masters of any other University.
M.Phil. (Analytical Chemistry), M.Phil. (Inorganic Chemistry) , M.Phil. (Organic Chemistry) & M.Phil. (Physical Chemistry)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Chemistry/ Analytical/ Inorganic Chemistry/ Organic Chemistry / Physical Chemistry
M.Phil. (Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology) M.Phil. (History)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in History or Ancient History and Archaeology
M.Phil. (Arabic/ Education/ English/ International Relations and Political Science/ Philosophy/ Physical Education/ French/ German/ Hispanic/ ItalianStudies/ Hindi/ Kannada/ Malayalam/ Mathematics/ Music/ Psychology/ Urdu/ Commerce/ Public Affairs/ Biomedical Sciences/ Vaishnavism/ South and South East Asian Studies/ Geology/ Zoology/ Professional Psychology)The candidate should have a Master's Degree relevant field.
M.Phil. (Biochemistry)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology/ Medical Biochemistry
M.Phil. (Botany)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Botany/ Plant Science/ Microbiology / Biochemistry
M.Phil. (Scientific Instrumentation)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in M.E./M.Tech./M.Sc. in Physics/ Electronics Science/Applied Electronics/Applied Physics/Electronics
M.Phil. (Christian Studies)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Christian Studies/Christian Theology (MTH) / Christian Philosophy (MPH) /Philosophy/Saiva Siddhantha/ Vaisnavism / Jainology /Indian Religions/ Psychology/ Sociology/ Anthropology/Literature/History or Licentiate from Pontifical Universities and their Affiliated Institutes.
M.Phil. (Computer Science)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Computer Science/Information Technology or MCA
M.Phil. (Defence & Strategic Studies)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Defense Studies or M.A./M.Sc. in any other discipline
M.Phil. (Development Economics)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Economics/ Econometrics/ Business Economics
M.Phil. (Endocrinology)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Animal Sciences / Medical Sciences (including Basic Medical Sciences) / Molecular Biology / Biotechnology / Marine Biotechnology / Biochemistry /Genetics / Physiology and Anatomy
M.Phil. (Journalism and Mass Communication)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Journalism, Communication, On-line Media, Visual Communication and Electronic Media in regular mode
M.Phil. (Environmental Toxicology)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Zoology, Special Zoology, M.Sc. Life Science/ Botany/ Environmental Sciences/ Biochemistry with zoology
M.Phil. (Tamil Literature)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Tamil Literature and Culture/ Tamil
M.Phil. (Physics) & M.Phil. (Theoretical Physics)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Physics/ Biophysics/ Electronics Science
M.Phil. (Economics)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Economics/ Econometrics/ Business Economics/ Mathematical Economics
M.Phil. (Neuro and Nanotoxicology)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Life Sciences/Behavioral Sciences/Biotechnology/B.V.Sc. Master degree in Botany, Biochemistry, and Environmental Sciences with Zoology as a subject in Undergraduate course
M.Phil. (Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy)The candidate should have passed the M.A., M.Sc., M. Com or any other discipline with 55% Marks.
M.Phil. (Public Administration)The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Political Science / Political Philosophy / Public Administration / Public Management

    Application Process

    M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts , M.Phil/Ph.D in Education & M.Phil/Ph.D in Science

    For Ph.D:

    The application form along with the prospectus for PhD courses is available for download on the official website. The candidate is required to download the application form and submit the duly filled-in form at the corresponding department of the university, where they wish to undergo their research before the last date. The candidate must also submit a demand draft of INR 500 from any nationalized bank, drawn in favor of “The Registrar, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai 600005”. SC/ST candidates are exmpted from paying the application fee. 

    The candidate also needs to submit certain documents along with the application form to the concerned department. The list of documents is given below:

    1. Birth Certificate / S.S.L.C. Certificate
    2. Community Certificate
    3. 10th std, HSC/UG/PG/M.Phil. Mark Statements and Convocation Certificates
    4. Approval of qualification / appointment of teachers by the University of Madras
    5. Minutes of the Departmental Selection Committee recommending the candidate to do Ph.D. programme.
    6. A Service Certificate and No Objection Certificate in original from the Head of the Institution where the candidate is employed indicating the date of appointment. (for Part-Time candidates)
    7. A copy of appointment order issued by appointing authority. (for Part-Time candidates)
    8. A certificate from the Director of Technical Education / District Educational Officer stating that the polytechnics / Higher Secondary / High School where the teacher is employed has been recognized by the government. (for Part-Time candidates)

    For M.Phil:

    The application form can be collected from the University campus or downloaded from the official website. A candidate will have to pay an application fee of INR 300 while purchasing the application form from University counter. In case of a downloaded application, a candidate will have to submit a Demand Draft of 300 INR from any nationalized bank drawn in favor of “The Registrar, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai 600005”.

    The following Original Certificates are to be sent along with the application form:

    • Birth Certificate / S.S.L.C. Certificate
    • Community Certificate
    • Statement of Marks (10+2/UG/PG)

    Admission Process

    M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts , M.Phil/Ph.D in Science & M.Phil/Ph.D in Commerce

    The university conducts separate entrance examinations for admission to its research programs. The test is of objective type and consists of questions from research aptitude and concerned subject to which a candidate has applied for. The duration of the test is of two hours. The merit list is prepared on the basis of marks scored in the entrance examination and qualifying examination (weightage given to each is 50:50 respectively). 

    Admission to PhD courses is based on performance in entrance examination and qualifying degree. Equal amount of weightage is being given to each criteria. The entrance test of 50 marks will be conducted by the respective departments of the University. The entrance test will have two sections as given below:

    Test TypeMarks Assigned
    Written Test40
    Oral Test10

    A candidate must secure a minimum of 25 marks out of 50 marks in the entrance test. Candidates who have been granted a fellowship by UGC-CSIR etc. or Project Fellows appointed in major Research Projects by funding agencies or Teachers working in affiliated colleges are exempted from appearing in the written test. 



    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



    suzanna bhutia

    I want to apply for ph. D in psychology (human development) .i have done M. SC in counseling psychology. So for ph. D do I have to go for full time or do I have to do M. Phil first? Could you kindly direct?

    22 Oct, 2018 16:56
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Suzanna, You need to first complete PhD for getting the admission in M Phil Course.

    22 Oct, 2018 17:32
    riya aravind

    where can i get admission for PhD (ENGLISH) without appearing for qualifying entrance exam?

    23 Sep, 2018 22:44
    Ritika Sharma

    Hi Riya, To get this information please contact 044-25399422 , 25399746.

    24 Sep, 2018 16:43
    Yogarani R

    hi.i want to apply for Ph.d in computer application for October session.can i apply now?

    21 Sep, 2018 17:29
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Yogarani, When the Application issued you can apply as on the official website.

    21 Sep, 2018 17:54
    smriti devi chetri

    Hi. I want to apply for phd in social work for October session.

    12 Sep, 2018 17:42
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Smriti, Please contact to college office for better information. University contact no. 044-25399422,25399746.

    12 Sep, 2018 18:12
    smriti devi chetri

    Thank you.

    12 Sep, 2018 18:23

    hi, i would like to apply for phd in english for the October session ,can i apply now

    01 Sep, 2018 07:37
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Seethalakshmi, The university conducts separate entrance examinations for admission to its research programs. yes you will get the Admission, for Application Please visit the official website.

    01 Sep, 2018 18:15

    Hi I apply MPhil application unfortunately I couldn't attend the exam if any possible to join MPhil english

    31 Jul, 2018 12:00
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Sindhu, The entrance test is mandatory for the admission in MPhil English.

    31 Jul, 2018 14:38
    Dhanusha Damodaran

    What about a person working in a Public Sector Undertaking like a nationalized bank wishes to enroll in the part time PhD program offered by the university???

    19 Apr, 2018 14:54
    Vaishali Chauhan

    Hi Dhanusha, Please contact to college office for better information. University contact no. 044-25399422 , 25399746

    09 May, 2018 16:22

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