PhD programme

PhD. Program


Students who have completed a Master’s programme in Behavioural/Cognitive Science or related disciplines including Psychology, Neuroscience, Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Philosophy or others are eligible to apply for admission to the Doctoral Programme. Admission is based on the Combined Research Entrance Test (CRET) organized by the University followed by an interview. Admission is based on student’s performance at the postgraduate level, their aptitude in Cognitive Science, their performance in research as evidenced in their Master’s thesis or Project as well as their publications (if any), and performance in the interview.

The Doctoral programme consists of course work (a minimum of four courses), laboratory and/or fieldwork, literature review, a comprehensive exam after the completion of first semester, presentations at conferences and thesis work.

(a) Doctoral Advisory Committee
A Doctoral Advisory Committee is constituted for each research scholar to look after the planning and administration of the programme. The Committee consists of the supervisor and two other faculty members. The supervisor acts as the convenor of the Committee. The Committee advises the student at all stages of his/her research and evaluates the progress. It also makes recommendations regarding the extension or termination of the scholar from the Programme.

(b) Course Work
The program requires course work designed by the Doctoral Advisory Committee. Currently the students are required to take four courses including two courses on methodology: Methods in Cognitive Science and Advanced Statistics. The other courses are from a pool of elective courses and is decided based on the requirements of the research scholars and as advised by the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The student may take doctoral courses offered by the Department of Psychology. The Doctoral Advisory Committee may recommend remedial courses in Cognitive Science or related disciplines as needed. All students enrolled in a course are evaluated by the course instructor. Evaluation is based on course assignments, participation in class discussions and performance in oral or written examination conducted by the course instructor.

(c) Comprehensive Exam
Prior to submitting the research proposal, the candidate has to pass a comprehensive exam conducted by the Centre.

(d) Research Proposal
Students enrolled in the Doctoral Programme are required to submit a detailed 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 joining the Doctoral Programme.

Current Doctoral Students

  1. Richa Nigam – “Cognitive Aging and Emotion Regulation” (Submitted); Supervisor: Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar
  2. Dhrubjyoti Sarma – “Emotion and sense of agency” (Submitted); Supervisor: Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan
  3. Amita Basu – “Domain Differences in Decision – Making” (Submitted); Supervisor: Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan
  4. Saravana Priyan T. – “Modelling Attention and Awareness”
(Nearing completion) Supervisor: Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan
  5. Garima Joshi – “Anxiety and Dynamic Adjustments in Cognitive Control”; Supervisor: Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar
  6. Pragya Pandey – “Dynamics of Target and Action Selection”; Supervisor: Dr. Supriya Ray
  7. Swati Khushwaha – “Effect of attention on syntactic Planning”; Supervisor: Dr. Niharika Singh
  8. Anurag – “Age related differences in the Anticipation during Sentence Comprehension”; Supervisor: Dr. Niharika Singh
  9. Ganga Tiwari – “Development of Social-Emotional Competence in Children”; Supervisor: Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar
  10. Tripti Verma – “A developmental study on proactive and reactive control”; Supervisor: Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar
  11. Sanchita Mohindru – “Cognitive and affective ageing: A life span perspective”; Supervisor: Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar