Ph.D. in Social Sciences is a doctorate level degree program in the field of Social Sciences and related subjects. The duration of the course is five years (a minimum of three years in certain cases) and the minimum eligibility criterion for admission is qualified postgraduate degree/M.Phil in the concerned domain.
Some of the popular colleges/universities offering the course are:
The fee for the course ranges from 10,000 to 4 lacs across various colleges and universities across the country. The variation in the fee is based on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government.
Admission to Ph.D. in Social Sciences is based on percentage of marks obtained by a candidate at Post Graduate (PG)/M.Phil level. Apart from merit-based process certain colleges/universities follow Entrance Test (ET) based admission criteria for the course.
The course is aimed at providing detailed knowledge and skills to the students so as to make them well aware of each and every aspect related to the respective discipline.
Students can also pursue the course through distance education mechanism in case they are not having the time to pursue the course in full-time. Those who are looking for funding or fellowship for the course have to pass a separate competitive exam (NET) conducted by CSIR and UGC in order to attain the fellowship.
Ph.D. in Social Science student can have a variety of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. He/she can make a career as a Social worker, Public welfare officer, Civil Servant, Professor, Social Researcher, Social activist etc. Doctorate in social science students are well equipped with the knowledge of philosophy and its application in relation to the domain of social sciences and thus are suitable to undertake various roles in the domain of socio-administrative works.
A fresh pass out can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 18,000 to 20,000 per month.
|Course Type||Doctorate (Ph.D.)|
|Area Concerned||Humanities(Social Science)|
|Duration of Course||3-5 Years|
|Admission process||Merit-based (Based on PG/M.Phil percentage)/ Entrance Test based|
|Structure of Course||Semester-Wise|
|Eligibility||Post-Graduation/M.Phil. From any college/university with a minimum of 55% (relax able for reserved category candidates) marks at UG level.|
|Top recruiting areas||Civil Services, Teaching, Social services, Public welfare activities, Policy coordination, labor activist.|
|Job Profiles||Social worker, NGO activist, Civil Servant, Social Researcher, Child right activist.|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 to INR 400,000|
|Average starting salary||INR 18,000 to INR 20,000|
Social Science is a wide domain/field which touches a vast variety of issues ranging from public welfare, right based activism, social upliftment, women empowerment etc. that concern the society at large.
Ph.D. in Social Science student is provided with an in-depth insight into the subject along with all the possible dimensions which the subject can touch. The students are indulged in research and development on a particular topic related to the domain of social science as a part of their academic curriculum.
Thesis/Report submission are some of the methods through which Ph.D. in Social Science students are assed in terms of their learning assessment capabilities and at the same time learn about the subject through practical and fieldwork.
The motive of Ph.D. in Social Science course is to prepare a student in a manner such that he/she can apply his/her knowledge in the subject to the best of their expertise when it comes to outdoor application and performance in the real world that is beyond the four walls of academic framework.
A significant number of colleges across the country offer the course to candidates who have passed their PG/M.Phil from a recognized state or central University. Students can take admission in the course either through Common Entrance Test conducted by colleges/Universities or by applying to the various institutes offering this course based on their performance at the UG level.
For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering Ph.D. in Social Science course in India.
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 80,000|
|Tata Institute of Social Sciences||Mumbai||INR 44,667|
|Gujarat University||Ahmadabad||INR 17, 500|
|Jamia Millia Islamia||Delhi||INR 13,870|
|BITS||Pilani||INR 44, 465|
|St. Joseph College||Bangalore||INR 18,000|
|Jaipur National University||Jaipur||INR 96,000|
|Himalayan University||Itanagar||INR 48,000|
|Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya||Haridwar||INR 17, 867|
Candidate must have passed the PG/M.Phil. Examination from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University with at least 55% marks at a masters level. He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at PG/M.Phil. level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.
Some Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test like Lovely Professional University for admission into P.hD. in Social Science course hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college. After preparation of final merit list, the process of final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.
The course has a variable time duration of 3 to 5 year and the syllabus is divided into various domain/areas related to the discipline of social sciences.
The detailed description of the syllabus is a table below for your reference.
|Subject/domain of study|
|Philosophy of social science|
|Theories related to society|
|Research and Fieldwork|
|Sociological basis of society|
|Theories of rights|
Ph.D. in Social Sciences pass outs has plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose from areas like Civil Services, Teaching, Social services, Public welfare activities, Policy coordination, and labor activist etc.
To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where Persian language postgraduates can look for in terms of their career.
|Job Profile||Role||Average Salary for Fresher’s|
|Civil Servant||Working in civil services involves implementation, formulation, and execution of government’s policy in public domain.||INR 7-8 Lacs|
|Social Worker||A social worker is involved in activities and practices as a part of an organization that is aimed at furthering the cause of public welfare.||INR 2.4- 2.8 Lacs|
|Public right activist||The job involves raising issues of public right violation such as child and labor rights and bringing such violations in front of public functionaries.||INR 2.4 – 2.6 Lacs|
|NGO Worker||The work involves day to day public welfare activities as a part of any NGO or Not for profit organization.||INR 2.0-2.2 Lacs|
|Research||A social researcher is involved in academics work and critical analysis of the various welfare measure of government.||INR 2.6- 3 Lacs|