All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study. In all cases, the qualifications described below must be from UGC recognised institutions or equivalent.
- Students seeking admission for a MScR Program must have at least one of the following qualifications;
- Domestic Students: A Bachelors degree from UGC recognized University including but not limited to traditional Health sciences, Biomedicine, life sciences, social sciences, environment studies, design, architecture, performing and fine arts, engineering and management and policy studies.
- International Students: A Bachelors degree from a reputed University and a score of atleast 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent qualifying test for English language and proven writing skills.
- All students will submit the MScR Program Application form along with self attested supporting documents as required and stated in the Program application form.
- Entrance Assessment
- Students who have successfully cleared an entrance exam like GATE, GRE, UGC/CSIR NET, DBT (JRF), ICMR, DST (INSPIRE), etc or Master’s program entrance exam or equivalent exam of any other institution’s will be invited directly for a Personal Interview before an admission committee.
- Students who have not taken any entrance exam will be invited to make a presentation before an admission committee on, their credentials (both academic and non-academic) and why they should be offered admission to the PhD Program?
- Personal Interview: All students who have successfully completed the entrance assessment will be invited to appear for a personal interview before a duly appointed admissions committee appointed by the Graduate Research Committee (GRC).
- Students recommended by the admission committee only will be offered a place in TDU’s MScR Program.
- Students enrolled into the program will seek consent from an approved faculty member at TDU or Partner Research Institute whom he/she chooses to be his/her Research Supervisor and submit the consent form to the admission committee. The Research Supervisor appointment is subject to the approval of the admissions committee.
- MScR through distance education mode is NOT offered by TDU.
- Exception to any of the above minimum requirements may be considered by the Graduate Research Committee (GRC) on a case by case basis and the merit of the case. All exceptions recommended by the GRC must be approved by TDU’s Academic and Research Council (ARC).
- Students who are supported by external funding from a faculty grant or project grants or have fellowships from sponsoring agencies.
- Students supported by fellowship of TDU University on the basis of their performance in the personal interview and their academic record. Only limited number of fellowships may be provided by TDU.
- Students with their own financial support who wish to do research towards a MScR degree at TDU.
In all categories outlined above, students will follow all rules and regulations applicable to Research Students and all students will enjoy the same privileges.
Registration at TDU
- Students are given provisional registration number once they complete the admission formalities at the University.
- This registration is confirmed only after;
- the student successfully completes the coursework (25 credits),
- the Masters Research Committee (MRC) of the GRC approves the synopsis of the student.
- The students are expected to complete their coursework and submit their synopsis within 12 months.
- On successfully completing the coursework, the student will submit to the MRC a coursework completion report with appropriate enclosures along with his / her research synopsis for the acceptance of the MRC.
- The MRC after reviewing the coursework and synopsis will recommend the confirmation of the student’s MScR registration to the GRC.
Partner Research Institute
TDU partners with various research institutions, centers of excellences or research centers for joint research projects. Due to this, MScR Students can avail the following;
- Choose faculty at partner research institutions as their research supervisors or co-supervisors depending on the subject of his / her research work.
- Get access to facilities at these partner research institutions on a need basis with prior approval from both their School Advisor and the Partner Research Institution.
- Take coursework conducted at these partner research institutions to earn coursework credits.
- A synopsis of the proposed research conforming to the guiding principle of the MScR program as stated above will be submitted to the MRC for approval.
- MRC will review the synopsis against the guiding principles and the statement of purpose submitted by the student at the application stage before approving the synopsis.
- The synopsis is recommended to be presented in A4 sized pages (single spacing, 12 point) and should not be more than 15 pages.
- The synopsis should include;
- Review of Literature
- Statement of objectives
- Justification and Likely Benefits
- Plan of Work and Methodology (study site, study design, field methods, type of data collected, proposed methods of analyses)
- Research infrastructure and facilities to be used and their availability
- References and Bibliography – arranged in a logical order, for example in broad subject classes and within each class, alphabetically by author.
- The research synopsis should be approved by the Research Supervisor and MRC prior to submitting it to the GRC.
- The student will submit atleast 3 (three) print copies of the synopsis and mail an electronic copy of the synopsis to email@example.com. A print copy signed by the student and research supervisor will always be considered the original copy.
- Change of synopsis: A change in the registered synopsis of Research may be permitted for a Student provided it is recommended by the MRC and is approved by the GRC.
Duration of the Program
- The duration of research study for MScR Students will be 12 months from the date of confirmation of the student’s registration.
- In the event of student requiring an extension to the duration, the student will submit a justification for the same to the MRC and if it finds the reason valid, MRC will grant the student such an extension.
- The student will mandatorily be required to submit to MRC half yearly progress reports (every 6 months from the date of registration) duly signed by the Research Supervisor.
- Students will be reminded by their Research Supervisors 15 days prior to the due date.
- MRC will submit a semi-annual report to the GRC that will include feedback on the research work done, recommendation if the students should continue and any guidance that could help in the student’s progress in his / her research work.
- If the semi-annual report from the student is not received by the MRC, the MScR Program administrator will notify the student and his/her Research Supervisor of the non-receipt of the report. In the event of non-submission of the report by the student within two weeks from the date of this notification, the MRC will be compelled to recommend suitable action to be taken by the GRC with regards the student’s registration into the MScR Program.
Cancellation of Registration
- Registration may be cancelled on the recommendation of MRC based on the lack of progress and as recommended by the Research Supervisor after giving the student an opportunity to defend his/her case to the MRC.
- Registration will be cancelled by TDU if the student fails to submit the thesis before the stipulated time period including extensions.
- Registration will be cancelled by TDU if the student is found guilty of indiscipline by any of TDU’s or Partner Research Institution’s Disciplinary or Academic committees.
University Academic and Research Council
The University Academic and Research Council (ARC) is the final decision making body for all official academic policies and frameworks that govern all education programs at TDU. The ARC is responsible for approving the guidelines for the MScR Program.