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The Unit for Research and Development (URD), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati Campus offers Integrated M. Phil.-Ph. D. and Direct Ph. D. programmes in Social Sciences. The Integrated M. Phil.-Ph. D. programme will be five years (2 years M. Phil. + 3 Years Ph. D.) programme. The first year of the programme consists of two semesters of coursework followed by one year for completing an M. Phil. dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in social sciences, research methods, and on thematic issues. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on any aspect of social change and development. After successful completion of the two years M. Phil. programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 6 will automatically move to the Ph. D. programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of Ph. D. Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have the option to exit the programme after two years of successful completion of M. Phil. programme. The broad research areas that the students of the programme can work on are:
The duration of the M. Phil. programme in Social Sciences shall be two years, spread over four semesters and roughly coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.
The M. Phil. programme shall carry a total of 46 credits and will have six components:
M. Phil. Programme
Semester-wise Listing of Courses
*More thematic courses will be developed by the faculty members in due course.
Direct Ph.D. in Social Sciences
In addition to the Integrated M. Phil.–Ph. D. programme, a direct Ph.D. Programme is also offered by the Campus. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Ph.D. thesis (as specified above), Direct Ph.D. students will also need to complete the mandatory coursework for Direct Ph.D. students (offered in two modules of two weeks each during the first semester) at the Mumbai Campus. In case the students are not able to attend this coursework at the Mumbai Campus, they can also attend the four modular workshops (spread across the first year) held at the TISS Guwahati Campus.
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