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PhD Course
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PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy)

  • 3 Years
  • Offline/Online
  • ₹ 90,000/- Annually

A PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, is the highest academic degree awarded by universities and research institutions in many countries. The term ‘philosophy’ in this context does not refer specifically to the field of philosophy, but rather to the pursuit of knowledge and the ability to conduct independent research. A PhD program typically requires several years of study and research beyond a bachelor's or master's degree. The duration of a PhD program can vary, but it commonly takes around three to six years to complete, depending on the field of study and the individual's progress. The main component of a PhD program is the original research conducted by the student, which contributes to the existing body of knowledge in a particular field. This research is typically guided by a faculty advisor or a supervisory committee. The student is expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject matter, critical thinking skills, and the ability to conduct independent research.

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Course Overview

PhD In India:

In India, a PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, follows a similar structure and academic rigor as in other countries. Pursuing a PhD in India involves several years of advanced study, independent research, and the completion of a doctoral thesis. To pursue a PhD in India, candidates typically need to hold a master's degree in a relevant field. Upon admission, PhD students may be required to complete a coursework component. The coursework aims to deepen the student's understanding of their research area and provide them with the necessary theoretical and methodological foundations. After completing the coursework, students are usually required to develop a research proposal outlining the objectives, methodology, and scope of their research. The core of a PhD program in India is the research work undertaken by the student. During the course of their PhD, students are encouraged to publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present their work at national and international conferences. Once the research work is completed, the student prepares a doctoral thesis that summarizes their research methodology, findings, and conclusions. If the thesis defence is successful, the student is awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree by the respective university. The duration of a PhD program in India can vary, typically ranging from three to six years, depending on the discipline, the nature of the research, and the student's progress. Various funding options are available for PhD students in India, including scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships, and grants provided by government agencies, research institutions, universities, and private foundations. A PhD in India opens up opportunities for careers in academia, research institutions, industry, and government organizations.



PhD programs in India cover a wide range of subjects across various disciplines. Here is a list of common PhD subjects available in our country, although it is not exhaustive:

1. Engineering and Technology

2. Computer Science and Information Technology

3. Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)

4. Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology)

5. Social Sciences (Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology)

6. Humanities (History, Philosophy, Literature, Linguistics)

7. Management and Business Administration

8. Education

9. Medicine and Health Sciences

10. Environmental Science and Sustainability

11. Agricultural Sciences

12. Architecture and Planning

13. Earth Sciences (Geology, Geophysics)

14. Communication and Media Studies

15. Law and Legal Studies

16. Fine Arts and Performing Arts

17. Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

18. Library and Information Science

19. Physical Education and Sports Sciences

20. Forensic Science


Duration: 3 years duration and candidates need to complete the course within a maximum time span of five to six years.


To be eligible for a PhD program:

Applicants must hold either a Master's degree or an M. Phil degree from a recognized Indian or foreign university in the relevant field of study. The degree should have a duration of two years.

Here are a few Top Private Indian Universities known for running PhD programs:

  • Amity University
  • Monad University
  • William Carey University
  • NIILM University
  • Sunrise University                                            
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology      
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • Lovely Professional University
  • VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology)
  • Jain University
  • Shiv Nadar University
  • Symbiosis International University
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS)
  • ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education

The fees for PhD programs in private universities:

INR 50,000 to INR 2,00,000 per year


Here is a list of some prominent government universities in India that offer PhD programs:

1. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

2. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) - Various campuses across India

3. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

4. University of Delhi, Delhi

5. University of Calcutta, Kolkata

6. University of Mumbai, Mumbai

7. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

8. University of Madras, Chennai

9. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

10. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh

11. University of Pune, Pune

12. Jadavpur University, Kolkata

13. University of Allahabad, Prayagraj

14. Osmania University, Hyderabad

15. Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

16. University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

17. Delhi Technological University (DTU), Delhi

18. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

19. Anna University, Chennai

20. Gujarat University, Ahmedabad


The fees for PhD programs in government universities:

It’s around 5000/- per year to 10000/- per year.

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