M.Phil. Sociology or Master of Philosophy in Sociology is a postgraduate research course in Sociology. The course is a mirror equivalent of Ph.D. but is different from it in certain aspects. Many colleges offer this course in an integrated form with Ph.D. also. The course duration is generally 2 years but can be more if the distance education is pursued. When the M.Phil-Ph.D. integrated course is pursued, the M.Phil. duration is supposed to be 1 year.
The eligibility for pursuing this course is that the student should have obtained a masters degree in sociology from a good institute.
Colleges offering this course are mentioned below.
The admission to this course is mainly through entrance tests. Different universities conduct their tests individually.
M.Phil. Sociology course focuses on teaching students about human society and the various ways in which humans interact with each other. In it, students study about The Foundational Canon, Academic Writing, Reading Primary Studies, Issues of Nation, Governance and Citizenship, Perspectives on Environment, Discourses of Development, etc. The average course fee ranges from INR 20,000-80,000.
After completing this course, students get to work with academic and educational institutions, government organizations, and many NGOs. The main job profiles are School Teacher, Professor, Research Assistant, Social Worker, Editor, PR Manager, etc. The average starting salary is INR 7-10 Lakhs.
|Course Level||Postgraduate Research|
|Eligibility for the program||Masters in Sociology from a recognized institute.|
|Duration of the program||1-2 years|
|Average Tuition Fee||INR 20,000-80,000|
|Average Salary (per annum)||INR 7-10 Lakhs|
|Job Profiles||School Teacher, Professor, Research Assistant, Social Worker, Editor, PR Manager, etc.|
M.Phil. Sociologyis a research course in human society. The course provides a platform for students to carry out research in the study of human society; its development, functioning, and structure. Sociology as a subject includes many diverse topics relating to Humans and their society and other topics like crime, religion, family, state, division of race, social class, culture, social stability, radical change, etc.
The course focuses on teaching students about human society and the various ways in which humans interact with each other. It involves various studies and teaches students that they should apply these studies to social welfare, academic development of the society and for the developments in various other industries including the corporate sector. Sociology helps a student in understanding the Social, Religious, Political, Economic, and Government institutions in society.
The following table gives an insight into the syllabus of M.Phil Sociology at DU.
|Reflections on Ethnography||Contemporary Class Analysis|
|Philosophical Anthropology||Structuralism and Post-Structuralism|
|Theorizing Democracy, Equality, and Social Justice||Archaeology of Caste|
|Everyday Life and Its Horizons||Sociology of Health and Illness|
|Theorizing Masculinities||Nature, Society, Environment|
|Sociology of Civil War||Studying the State|
|Agrarian Structure||Transnational Migration, Gender, and Identities|
|Women in Indian Society||Art, Modernism, and the Public|
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|Institute Name||Location||Average fee (per annum)|
|Banasthali Vidyapith||Jaipur||INR 44,000|
|Jaipur National University||Jaipur||INR 51,300|
|Barkatullah University||Bhopal||INR 21,500|
|Gujarat Vidyapith||Ahmedabad||INR 8,700|
|Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith||Varanasi||INR 18,900|
|Indian Institute of Technology-[IIT]||Hyderabad||INR 30,000|
|Assam University||Silchar||INR 19,000|
|Gulbarga University||Gulbarga||INR 4,000|
|Saurashtra University||Rajkot||INR 55,700|
|Rajiv Gandhi University||Itanagar||INR 10,500|
|Jodhpur National University||Jodhpur||INR 1,00,000|
|Monad University||Jaipur||INR 24,500|
The main eligibility criterion which is considered by most of the colleges for offering M.Phil. Sociology is that the student should have a masters degree in sociology from a college recognized by UGC. But there are some universities which even give admission to those who have done their masters in social studies or history. The students should have obtained the minimum marks required as mentioned by the university. Some universities keep this criterion at 50%, but the general range is 45%-55%.
Those who are eligible according to the above criteria need to appear in the entrance examination conducted by the university.
Admission to the course is entirely on the basis of an entrance exam. Since various colleges conduct different entrance examinations or follow the state or national level common entrance examination, it is important to keep a track of these different Entrance Exams.
Some of the important Entrance Exams for M.Phil in Sociology is as follows:
Department of Sociology of Delhi University also conducts examination for entrance to M.Phil Sociology programme. Application forms are available in the month of June whereas the Entrance Exam and personal interview take place in the month of August.
The above-mentioned entrance exams would include 100 subjective questions. The time allowed for the exam is 3 hours and the paper is of 100 marks. The paper consists of no Negative marking.
The syllabus for the entrance exam is usually the syllabus followed in Master of Sociology. However few of the topics are as follows:
Students will entirely be assessed on their academic merit for the admission to the program. To determine this academic merit, many universities and colleges might either take into account the score obtained in the state/ university/ national common entrance exam or they might regard the performance of the candidate in the entrance exam and the marks obtained in the M.A. Sociology degree as the final evaluation for admission to the program.
The Entrance exam is followed by a personal interview where a candidate’s communication ability as well as grip on the subject is tested.
Those who want to continue with their current work and also want to get a degree in sociology can opt M.Phil. Sociology Distance Education mode. There are many universities in India which offer this course in distance education mode. Indira Gandhi National Open University-[IGNOU], New Delhi is one of them. IGNOU offers this course for a maximum duration up to 4 years while in some other universities the duration can go up to even 6 years. IGNOU charges INR 10,500 currently for this course. Moreover, there is no maximum or minimum age limit to pursue this course in distance learning (correspondence) mode.
Candidates after completing this course can find employment in:
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