M.Phil. in Nursing Eligibility, Syllabus and Jobs

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M.Phil. in Nursing as believed by the Indian Nursing Council is a formal educational preparation based on sound education preparation. It is recognized by the council as a course opted by the student to be responsible to the society for the continued development of the student as an individual nurse and citizen.

To be eligible for this course, the students should have acquired a Post Graduate degree in nursing with a minimum of 55% percent marks from a recognized institution. The duration of the course is 2 years.  The tuition fee for this course varies from INR 20,000 to 140,000 depending on the institution.

In terms of salary, highly experienced nurses can get a salary package ranging from INR 48,000 to INR 80,000 per month. Nurses who get employed in foreign countries such as Canada, US, England and Gulf countries can easily earn even heftier monthly packages.

Name of the course Master of Philosophy in Nursing or M.Phil. Nursing
Duration of the course 2 years
Stream Nursing
Average course fee INR 20,000 to INR 140,000
Sectors of employment Medical
Average entry-level salary INR 48,000
Top entrance exam Manipal University Selection Test - Nursing

What is M.Phil. in Nursing?

The main focus of this course is to prepare the students for service and assisting them to achieve a meaningful philosophy of life. The students thereafter can achieve the skill of problem solving and even come up with relative skills themselves. The students should also be aware of any new developments taking place in their field and incorporate that in their nursing knowledge. The mandate was established to maintain uniform standards of nursing.

Who should opt for M.Phil. in Nursing?

This course is meant for students interested in teaching over and above their regular nursing course. The students having an enthusiasm towards Nursing can opt for this course. Moreover they should have the awareness and skills required in nursing process for the health care and nursing patients. The students are also required to have skills in human relationship and communication in their daily work. They should have the zeal to feel the necessity to belong to the professional organization along with their leadership skills, promotion of health, precaution against illness, restoration of health and rehabilitation.

Duration of M.Phil. Nursing

The duration of full-time Master of Philosophy in Nursing is 2 years consisting of four semesters.

Institutes Offering M.Phil. Nursing

Here is the list of the colleges/universities offering this course in India.

College/University State
Desh Bhagat University Punjab
Kusha Bhau Thakre Nursing College Madhya Pradesh
Manipal College of Nursing Karnataka
Vinayaka Mission’s Annapoorna College of Nursing-VMACON Tamil Nadu
Vinayaka Missions University_VNU Tamil Nadu
Yashoda College of Nursing Andhra Pradesh
MGR Medical University MGR Medical University
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Karnataka
SNDT University Maharashtra
Delhi University Delhi

Eligibility for M.Phil. Nursing

The students opting for this degree should have secured at least 55% in their Master’s Degree from a recognized Indian Nursing Council or equivalent in the subject or any allied subject in which they wish to pursue the course, provided that the Master's degree is obtained after taking the Bachelor's degree. Some colleges offer a 5% relaxation in the marks for the candidates belonging to the categories of OBC/SBC/SC/ST/Physically handicapped.

Admission Process for M.Phil. Nursing

Admissions are basically done on the basis of selection test consisting a written test and an interview thereafter. The written test generally consists of multiple choice questions and subjective questions containing the subjects such as Nursing Theories, Nursing Research, Statistics, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and Current issues in health and Nursing. To know about the upcoming entrance examinations the students have to check respective website of the desired college.

Career prospects after M.Phil. Nursing

It is very easy to get a job in government and private hospitals, industries and armed forces after having completed this course. They can also seek employment in the Indian Red Cross Society, Indian Nursing Council, State Nursing Council and various other nursing institutions. They can also take up administrative and teaching positions in medical colleges and nursing schools. The entrepreneurs can also start their own nursing bureaus on their own terms and conditions. In Addition to this they can also earn international nursing certificates and fulfill the prescribed immigration criteria to move abroad.


Nursing career has always been in demand with the increase in private hospitals and nursing homes, the demand for trained nurses has increased a lot. The nurses have an important role to play, right from taking care of patients to administering medicines and also to maintain the day-to-day records of the patients and also arranging medical equipment.

M.Phil. Nursing salary graph

Top Companies Average Salary Per annum
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise INR 2.6 lakhs
Fortis Healthcare INR 2.9 lakhs
Columbia Asia Hospital INR 2.6 lakhs
Production Manager INR 6.4 lakhs
Quality Control Executive Manager INR 3.2 lakhs
Product Development Executive INR 3.6 lakhs
Marketing Manager INR 5.5 lakhs
Direct Marketing Executive INR 3 lakhs
Assistant Marketing Manager INR 4 lakhs

Scheme of Assessment

The students are required to attend at least 75% lectures, seminars and practical classes, all of them taken together held in each paper of the course work. The students also have to write a dissertation which must be submitted at the end of 2nd semester and needs to be approved by an external examiner for the student to appear in the examination. Most of the colleges do not allot any marks for the dissertation. The examination mainly consists of two theory papers. The student has to showcase their knowledge of the subjects taught in the course work. Apart from these, there shall be two practical examinations. The marks obtained in the theory and practical papers shall be graded in terms of awarding the student in respect of 1st or 2nd division. The candidates obtaining 75% or more will be graded as 1st division with distinction, more than 65% but less than 75% as 1st division, more than 50% but less than 65%as 2nd division. This is the general division of marks for most of the colleges but some colleges might also have an exception.

Course Structure of M.Phil. Nursing

The curriculum aims to strengthen the research foundations of the nurses to encourage their research attitudes and problem solving capabilities and provide the basic training for research undertaking doctoral work.

The syllabus of Nursing undergoes many changes according to the revisions made by the change in health plans and policies of the Government and the changing trends and advancements in general education, nursing health sciences and medical technology. The M.Phil. course is divided into two distinct parts- part 1 and part 2.

Part 1 consists of 3 courses i.e. research methods in nursing, major aspects of nursing and allied disciplines.

Part 2 which comes only after passing part 1 examination. This part requires the student to write a dissertation. The dissertation may consist of original research, a fresh interpretation of existing facts or even a critical review of an existing work.

The course details for M.Phil. Nursing are as per University regulations and are subjected to change from time to time.

This course covers research, case analysis, the preparation of case reports, conduct of survey, data analysis, interpretation of data and other indepth of studies.