Ph. D. in Sociology is a 3 to 5-year doctoral course, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is the successful completion of post-graduation in Sociology, completed from a recognized university.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 4,000 and 5 Lacs for the span of three to 5 years.
Admissions for the course is based on a round of counselling conducted after candidates’ qualification of a relevant entrance test such as UGC-NET, etc.
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Successful doctorate-holders in Sociology are hired in professional capacities such as:
Popular areas of employment for such professionals include industries such as:
The average annual salary offered in India to such professionals ranges between INR 4 and 15 Lacs, varying with the candidate’s experience and expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Duration||3 to 5 years|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Post-graduation in Arts|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after qualification of entrance tests such as UGC-NET|
|Course Fee||INR 4,000 to 5 Lacs for three years|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4 to 15 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Drug Manufacturing Companies, Public Health Entities, Blood Service, Industrial Laboratories, Cancer research institutes, Research Departments, Educational Institutes, Environmental Pollution Control, Agriculture and fisheries, Forensic Science, Hospitals, Public Health Laboratories, Cosmetic Industries, etc.|
|Job Positions||College Professor, Sociologist, Political Scientist, Policy Analysts, Management Consultants, Social Workers, Survey Researchers, Pollsters, Human Resources (HR) Representatives, Public Relations Specialists, Guidance Counselors, among others such.|
The course has been designed to equip eligible candidates with the adequate skills needed in becoming professional researchers and academics. The course’s major components include:
Students enrolled to the course are offered an advanced learning in:
The program includes the compulsory completion of a doctoral dissertation, which is the culmination of original research and analysis conducted by the student.
The dissertation typically represents a large portion of the academic credits needed to complete the course.
The course also offers traditional subjects of study to help students understand research-based sociological models and theories.
Common subjects of study so included are:
The discipline involves an advanced study of elements of sociological relevance such as:
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course, along with their corresponding details.
Name of Institute
|JYOTI NIVAS COLLEGE - [JNC],||BANGALORE||INR 1,20,000 (course)|
|Jadavpur University||Kolkata||INR 25,000 (course)|
|Christ University||Bangalore||INR 1.54 Lacs (course)|
|JNU||Jaipur||INR 3 Lacs (course)|
|CT University||Ludhiana||INR 29,500 (course)|
|Lovely Professional University||Punjab||INR 39,500 (course)|
|IIT||Hyderabad||INR 11,400 (course)|
|Periyar Maniammai University||Thanjavur||INR 26,500 (course)|
|Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts & Science||Coimbatore||INR 18,150 (course)|
|BARKATULLAH UNIVERSITY||BHOPAL||INR 21,800 (course)|
|SRI RAMACHANDRA UNIVERSITY||Chennai||INR 75,000 (course)|
|RTMNU||Nagpur||INR 12,000 (course)|
|BHARATHIAR UNIVERSITY||Coimabatore||INR 30,500 (course)|
|Banasthali University||Jaipur||INR 3.3 Lacs (course)|
|MGKV||Varanasi||INR 1,50,000 (course)|
|TMV||Pune||INR 4,50,000 (course)|
|MAHARSHI DAYANAND UNIVERSITY||Rohtak||INR 5,000 (course)|
|Hyderabad University||Hyderabad||INR 15,840 (course)|
|Mumbai University||Mumbai||INR 4,000 (course)|
|SAVITRIBAI PHULE PUNE UNIVERSITY||Pune||INR 20,000 (course)|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfill the following minimum eligibility criteria:
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Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test followed by a round of Personal Interview. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the level of post-graduation, but necessarily followed by a round of Personal Interview.
The application necessarily includes the submission of a research proposal, detailing the proposed outline of the candidate’s Ph. D. project, and explaining the methodology planned to be employed.
Most commonly, all institutes accept the candidates’ NET scores,
National Eligibility Test (NET) is administered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for most subjects, with the exception of those belonging to disciplines of Science and Engineering which are covered by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
A section-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|The meaning and characteristics of sociological theory||Structural-functionalism|
|Type of theories||The emergence of functionalism|
|Relationship between theory and research||Functional dimensions of social system: Talcott Parsons|
|-||Codification of functional analysis: Robert King Merton|
|Conflict theory||Interactionist perspective|
|Marx critique and dialectics of conflict: Ralf Dahrendorf||Symbolic interactionism: Herbert Mead|
|Conflict functionalism: Lewis Coser||Phenomenological sociology: Alfred Schutz|
|The power elite: C. Wright Mills||Ethnomethodology: Harold Garfinkel|
|Structuralism, post-structuralism and post-modernism||Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida|
|Anthropological structuralism: Claude Levi-Strauss||Relationship between knowledge and power: Michel Foucault|
The course lays an overarching focus on:
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|College Professor||Professor of Sociology in a collegiate setting require a doctoral degree, and instruct undergraduate or graduate students. Like many other teaching positions, Sociology Professors create lesson plans, present class material to students, and perform academic evaluations.||5,40,282|
|Sociologist||Sociologists study society and behaviour, mainly through the different groups, cultures and institutions to which people belong. They also study behaviour of different group members and how different groups interact with each other. A sociologist can specialize in a wide array of fields including family, ethnic relations, and gender roles.||1,200,000|
|Political Scientist||Political Scientists examine the government, from a structural and theoretical level, and attempt to seek out solutions to a range of political issues and problems. Political Scientists evaluate all aspects of government when seeking solutions, including public opinion, public policy, and government ideology.||6,08,786|
|Policy Analysts||Policy Analysts research issues which affect the public, and recommend legislation and governmental intervention to address such problems. Knowledge of Sociology helps such Analysts assess the impact of legislation on social problems and various populations.||2,51,118|
|Management Consultants||Management Consultants analyse business issues, research possible remedies or enhancements, and present solutions to clients. Armed with adequate problem-solving skills, Management Consultants help generate viable solutions to sociological issues. They possess effective writing and public speaking skills, for making reports and presenting analyses and solutions to clients.||1,006,667|
|Social Workers||Social Workers make referrals to appropriate community agencies to leverage resources on behalf of individuals and families. They possess active listening and verbal communication skills for assessing problems and advising clients about ways to improve their lives.||2,52,692|
|Survey Researchers/ Pollsters||Survey Researchers/ Pollsters write and present reports to share their findings with clients. Survey Researchers tap knowledge of groups and sub-cultures as they assess the opinions of targeted demographics.||3,51,516|
|Human Resources (HR) Representatives||Human Resources (HR) Representatives typically possess finesse in people and interact effectively with a broad range of individuals and groups. They tap assessment skills to evaluate personnel initiatives and programs. HR Representatives use analytical and decision-making skills to evaluate alternative structures for employee benefits.||6,13,085|
|Public Relations Specialists||Public Relations Specialists are ideally the ultimate communicators. They possess effective writing skills for crafting highly impactive press releases.||4,84,604|
|Guidance Counselors||Guidance Counselors tap knowledge of Sociology in helping students successfully navigate the academic world. They work with families to devise strategies to support the achievement of their students. Guidance Counselors utilize interview and counseling techniques to help students uncover personally meaningful academic and career choices. Guidance Counselors employ problem-solving skills to mediate conflicts and resolve social problems within schools. They facilitate group sessions and instruct students about social issues such as bullying, substance abuse, and safe sex.||2,94,741|