PhD programme

D.Phil. Program

The Ph.D./D.Phil. (Doctoral) Program in various domains of Cognitive Sciences consists of course-work, literature review, presentations at seminars and thesis work.

Students who have completed a Master’s program in Cognitive/Behavioural Sciences or related disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Philosophy etc are eligible to apply for admission to the Doctoral Program. An entrance exam and interview will be conducted for selecting students to the D.Phil. Program. Students with NET/JRF/CSIR/GATE/ICMR are encouraged to apply for admission to the D.Phil. Program. Admission will be based on student’s performance at the postgraduate level, their aptitude in Cognitive Science, their performance in research as evidenced in their Master thesis or Project as well as their publications, and performance in the entrance exam and interview. For more information on D.Phil. admission process, please see PhD admissions.

Financial support

Fellowships are given to D.Phil. students based on merit.

Research progress

A Research Progress Committee (RPC) will be constituted for each research scholar to look after the planning and administration of the program. The Committee will consist of the supervisor and two other members of the faculty. The supervisor will act as the convenor of the Committee. The Committee will advise the student at all stages of his/her research and evaluate the progress. It will also make recommendations regarding the extension or termination of the scholar from the Program.

Students will be required to do Course Work designed by the RPC. The students are required to take 4 core courses in the first semester followed by optional elective courses in the subsequent semesters. The student may take doctoral courses offered by the other departments at the University. The RPC may recommend remedial courses in Cognitive Science or related disciplines as needed. All students enrolled in a course will be evaluated by the course instructor. Evaluation will be based on Course Assignments, participation in class discussions and performance in written examination conducted by the course instructor.

Students have to pass a comprehensive exam after completing the minimum course work in first semester satisfactorily. After passing the comprehensive exam, they will be required to submit a research proposal including a review of relevant literature. The proposal should be submitted not earlier than 6 months and not later than 12 months after getting admitted to the Doctoral Program.