MScR Program

Program Overview

The Master of Science by Research (MScR) is a research-oriented Master’s program offered to students with demonstrated research aptitude at The Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU). Applicants with a bachelor’s degree interested in exploring in-depth research problems in any transdisciplinary domain offered at TDU or its partner research institutions may apply.

Transdisciplinary domains offered at TDU or its partner research institutions include Indian Traditional Health Sciences, Biomedicine, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, Design, Architecture, Performing and Fine Arts, Engineering, Management and Policy Studies.

This two year / four semesters, Master of Science by Research program involves a research work / project leading to the presentation of a thesis, which represents 50 Credits of the requirements of the course. The objective of this degree is training students in research methodology and techniques, in critical application (appropriate to the field of study) of such methodology, by conducting an approved program of research under appropriate supervision. The thesis will be based on original research of publishable quality. In certain disciplines, the thesis could be a creative production, installation, performance, etc that is approved by the Masters Research Committee (MRC).

The students will be required to successfully complete a minimum 25 credits of coursework in the first year. Coursework can be taken either at TDU, or at Partner Research Institutions or at any UGC recognised institutions.

The key differences of the Master of Science by Research as compared with other Master of Science program are:

  1. The MScR program has atleast 50 credits of research to atleast 25 credits of coursework versus a 25/50 credits breakup in conventional Master of Science programs.
  2. There are no fixed core courses. Instead each individual student is advised by his/her Research Supervisor to take courses needed for their research work.

Students are expected to identify their Research Supervisor from an approved list of supervisors either at TDU or Partner Research Institution.

The scope of research at TDU

The scope of the Master of Science by Research is to work on research in knowledge generation, dissemination and application in any topic related to “transdisciplinary sciences and technology”.

The scope of the term “Transdisciplinary” is defined as interfaces of multiple systems of knowledge including Indian Traditional Health Sciences, Biomedicine, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, Design, Architecture, Performing and Fine Arts, Engineering and Management and Policy Studies.

Therefore, all students who have a bachelor’s degree in any of the above disciplines are eligible to enroll for the Master of Science by Research (MScR) Program.

The nature of research encouraged in TDU

One of the key goals of TDU is the creation of new transdisciplinary / multidisciplinary / interdisciplinary knowledge in Traditional Health Sciences, Biomedicine, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, Design, Architecture, Performing and Fine Arts, Engineering and Management and Policy Studies.

Research related to knowledge generation is the conventional focus of research in most Universities. TDU, however, will also support research related to design of dissemination strategies including the use of information technology and also action-research related to knowledge application, through well designed experimental outreach programs. Hence TDU encourages research related to knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge application in the above listed academic areas.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the program are to enable post graduates to have the following knowledge and skills:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more academic disciplines of study offered at TDU and/or one or more Partner Research Institutions.
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work that the student chooses to pursue.
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate and analyze, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research methods suitable for his/her area of study,
  • communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audience by publishing his/her thesis,
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyze, theorize and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

These knowledge and skills will be demonstrated through the planning and execution of an original piece of research work;

  • with creativity and initiative
  • with a good level of accountability, demonstrating needed judgments, adaptability and responsibility as a learner.