Mode of Application
30th Sep, 2017
University of Madras offers research program in as many as 66 subjects. The University conducts separate admission processes for M.Phil. and PhD programs. The admission process for PhD is carried out in four sessions (January, April, July, and October).
The general eligibility required to apply for M.Phil. and PhD courses is 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.Check Detailed Eligibility Criteria for PhD at Madras University
The University begins the application process for M.Phil. courses in the month of June. The admission process for PhD is conducted in the months of December, March, June, and September respectively for the four sessions.
The University is currently conducting the admission drive for PhD courses for the October session. The application forms for the same are available online and the last date to submit filled-in application form is September 30, 2017 (tentative).
30th Sep, 2017
|Last Date of Application for M.Phil (Tentative)||16th Jun, 2017|
|Entrance date for M.Phil (Tentative)||29th Jun, 2017|
|Application form for PhD (October Session)||01st - 30th Sep, 2017|
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 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 programme.
The University of Madras offers PhD program in the following specializations:
Ancient History & Archaeology
Tamil Literature & Culture
Arabic, Persian & Urdu
Political Science Public Administration
South & South-East Asian Studies
Defence & Strategic Studies
Mass Media & Communication Studies
Plant Biology & Biotechnology
Crystallography & Biophysics
Animal Biology & Biotechnology
The following candidates are eligible to register for the full-time Ph.D. programme:
A candidate who has qualified any of the degrees required for full-time PhD program and fulfills any of the criteria mentioned below, is eligible for applying to Part-time PhD program:
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.
The course-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|
Full-Time: Candidates should have a Master's Degree in the above mentioned subjects with a minimum of 55% in the qualifying exam.
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 500 INR 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:
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 300 INR 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:
The University conducts separate entrance examinations for admission to its research programs. The entrance test for admission to various M. Phil. programs is conducted in the month of June. 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).
The admission to PhD courses is again based on performance in entrance examination and qualifying degree. The weightage given is 50% to each criteria. The entrance test will be conducted by the respective departments of the University and will be of 50 marks. The entrance test will have two sections as given below:
|Test Type||Marks Assigned|
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.