Master of Philosophy (M. Phil)

Master of Philosophy is a Postgraduate Academic Research Degree which is awarded for a course or program in Philosophy. Masters Degree in Philosophy is offered by various Indian Universities in a wide variety of subjects ranging from English, Mathematics, Physics to Management. To pursue M.Phil one needs to have a Master’s degree in science, arts or engineering. Candidates need to acquire 55% marks in the subject chosen for M.Phil course or an allied subject at the postgraduate level to be considered eligible for the course. A written test maybe conducted to assess the candidate’s knowledge. Those who qualify in the written test will be required to appear in an interview. The admission procedure and mode of selection for admission to Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) through distance learning however, may vary from one Institute to another.

Master of Philosophy Specializations

  • Chinese & Japanese Studies.
  • Guru Nanak Sikh Studies.
  • Psychiatric Social Work.

Advantages or Benefits of Master of Philosophy Degree

  • The Master of Philosophy program aims to transform Post Graduates into Research Scholars.
  • It is an integrated theory and practical course to carry out research and Prepare research proposal.
  • Phil. course is a pre-doctorate degree course which is mainly based on research. After finishing these programs, students can enroll for a Ph.D. program.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD is the highest academic degree awarded by universities and awarded for programs across the whole breadth of academic fields. The completion of a PhD is often a requirement for employment as a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields. For PhD, one needs to come up with original idea in his/her field of study and carry out extensive research under the supervision of a subject matter expert/guide.

Eligibility Criteria

  • There is no age limit to do PhD. Any person of any age can go for a Ph.D/Doctorate degree.
  • For Full Time Ph.D: Master’s Degree in a ‘related’ field of your topic with minimum 50% marks. Eg: Do not choose ‘Journalism topic’ if you are a Botany graduate.
  • For Part Time Ph.D: An employed candidate with a minimum 4 years of work experience can apply.
  • Some universities require NET (National Eligibility Test) scores conducted by UGC (University Grants Commission).
  • Some institutes consider GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) scores.


  1. Full time Ph.D: 3 to 6 years.
  2. Part time Ph.D: 4 to 7 years.
  3. Exemption of 1 year from the minimum duration is permissible for M.Phil., Law, Engg., M.D. & M.S degree holders.


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