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Integrated M.Phil & Ph.D

Integrated M.Phil & Ph.D  :

The M.Phil-Ph. D Programme in Rural Development will be a five years (2 years MPhil + 3 Years PhD) programme starting from academic year 2014-15. The first year of Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing a MPhil dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in development and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on Rural Development. After successful completion of the two years MPhil Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 6 will automatically move to the PhD Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of PhD Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of MPhil Programme. The broad research areas that the students of the Programme can work on are:

  • Rural development in the context of globalization, Human and Institutional Development

  • Developmental Social Work, Community Organisation and Development Practice

  • Rural Livelihoods, Food Security, Natural Resources Management, Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Rural and Inclusive Marketing

  • District and Micro Planning, Issues of Local Governance

  • Communal Harmony and Peace; Marginalisation and Identity, Anthropology of Religion

  • Sociology of Caste, Social exclusion, Tribal Development, Nomadic and Denotified Tribes

  • Social Movements and Social Action

  • Peasant Studies and Agrarian Relations

  • Public Health Management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Programme Structure :

The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in Rural Development shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

The M.Phil. programme shall carry a total of - 46 credits - and will have four components:

  • Compulsory Courses (CC): 16 credit

  • Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): - one course provide/enhance skills in the use of scholarly writing,

  • Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): As a prelude to embarking on the study proper, the student is helped to familiarise herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses.

  • Dissertation (DI) (24 Credits): Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. Embodying the outcome of the practise or process of research, the dissertation constitutes the product of research. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the guide and an examiner external as per the Institute rule.


The integrated-MPhil-Phd Programme  will have two key milestones  :

M. Phil Programme

  1. Semester I Courses : There will be four courses (14 credits) provide the foundation for theoretical understanding of development, research methods and one non-credit course in research writings
  2. Semester II Courses : There will be two courses (8 credits) – one on Statistical Application in research (2 credits) which will impart basic statistical skills and software packages to students and  other on Survey of Literature (6 credits) which will familiarizes students with the existing literature on  the area the research and help students to develop their research proposal
  3. Semester III & IV- Dissertation : The coursework in the first year of the Programme intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminate into a dissertation  thesis (24 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of MPhil dissertation evaluation rule will be applicable.

Ph. D Programme

PhD Thesis: will require successful completion and defence of PhD Thesis after obtaining MPhil Degree with prescribed CGPA

Proposed Courses for Integrated MPhil-PhD Programme in Rural Development

Description of paper/activity


Stage -I

Semester I


Compulsory Course 1: Philosophy of Development


Compulsory Course 2: Approaches to Development


Compulsory Course 3: Aspects of Rural Development


Compulsory Course 4: Research Methods


Semester II


Compulsory Course 5: Computer based statistical application in Research


Auxiliary Course 1: Research Writing


Survey of Literature (SL)


Semesters III & IV - MPhil Dissertation (DI)


Stage -II

Ph. D (years 3-5)

Degree will be awarded after successful completion of thesis

        Note: Students can audit the course(s) of their interest in any of the semesters from the pool of courses offered to MA Students

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