Admission Requirements – Ph D


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.


  1. Students seeking admission for a Ph D Program must possess at least one of the following qualifications;
    • Indian Students:
      • A Master’s degree from UGC recognised 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.
      • Students with professional bachelor’s degree (of atleast 4 years) from a UGC recognised University including but not limited to BE/BTech, MBBS, BAMS, etc
    • International/NRI Students:
      • A Master’s degree from a reputed University and a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent qualifying test for English language and proven writing skills.
  2. All students will submit the PhD Program Application form along with self attested supporting documents as required and stated in the Program Application form.
  3. Entrance Assessment;
    • Students who have successfully cleared a PhD entrance exam like UGC/CSIR NET, DBT (JRF), ICMR, DST (INSPIRE), etc or PhD 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?
  4. 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 Doctoral Research Committee (DRC).
  5. Students recommended by the admission committee only will be offered a place in TDU’s PhD Program.
  6. Students are required to complete all admission formalities within 6 (six) weeks from the date the student is informed of being offered a place in the PhD Program.
  7. Students who have completed the admission formalities will be issued with a Provisional Registration into the program enabling them to start their coursework.
  8. 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.
  9. PhD through distance education mode is NOT offered by TDU.
  10. Exception to any of the above minimum requirements may be considered by the GRC on a case to case basis and the merit of the case. All exceptions recommended by the GRC must be ratified by the Academic and Research Council (ARC)

Student Categories

  1. Students who are supported by external funding from a faculty grant or have fellowships from UGC, CSIR, DBT, ICMR or DST.
  2. Students supported by fellowship at TDU University on the basis of their performance in the personal interview, the statement of purpose and the recommendation of the GRC. Presently TDU offers limited number of fellowships for transdisciplinary research.
  3. Students with their own financial support who wish to do research towards a PhD at TDU.

n all categories outlined above, students will follow all rules and regulations applicable to Research Students and all students will enjoy the same privileges.


  1. Limited numbers of TDU Fellowships are available for transdisciplinary research that interfaces Indian Systems of Medicine with other trans-disciplinary knowledge domains.
  2. All fellowships will be for a period of 4 years starting from the date of issue of the Provisional Registration into the PhD Program at TDU to the time of submission of the thesis for public defence.

Selection Criteria for all Fellowships

Being an innovative trans-disciplinary research University, the GRC will follow a rigorous selection process for the award of all Fellowships at TDU. The selection criteria will be broadly based on;

  1. Students overall academic performance including academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities,
  2. The research work is in the thematic areas of interest to the sponsoring body,
  3. A crisp, achievable statement of purpose that is trans-disciplinary in nature,
  4. A good presentation and discussion of the statement of purpose with the admission committee as part of the student’s personal interview and
  5. A recommendation from the admission committee to offer the student a place in TDU’s PhD Program.

Registration at TDU

  1. Students are given provisional registration number once they complete the admission formalities at the University.
  2. The student’s registration is confirmed only after;
    • the student successfully completes the coursework (32 credits),
    • the Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) approves the synopsis of the student.
  3. Students are expected to complete their coursework and submit their synopsis within 12 months. Students can request the DRC for an extension if required to successfully complete coursework and synopsis.
  4. Before completion of the coursework, the student in consultation with the Research Supervisor, will submit a list of faculty members who have assented to become members of the students DAC.
  5. On successfully completing the coursework, the student will submit to DAC a coursework completion report with appropriate enclosures along with his / her research synopsis for the acceptance of the DAC.
  6. The DAC after reviewing the coursework and Synopsis will recommend the confirmation of the student’s PhD registration to the DRC. The registration confirmation is subject to the approval of DRC.

Partner Research Institutions

TDU partners with various research institutions, centers of excellences or research centers for joint research projects. Due to this, PhD Students can avail the following;

  1. Choose faculty at partner research institutions as their research supervisors or co-supervisors depending on the subject of his / her research work.
  2. 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.
  3. Take coursework conducted at these partner research institutions to earn coursework credits.


  1. A synopsis of the proposed research should be approved as mentioned above in the registration Section 1.4.
  2. The synopsis is recommended to be presented in A4 sized pages (single spacing, 12 point) and should not be more than 15 pages.
  3. The synopsis should atleast include;
    • Introduction / Background
    • Statement of objectives
    • Proposed research (questions, study design, field methods, type of data collected, proposed methods of analyses)
    • Expected Outputs
    • Funding (any relevant information on the source of funding)
    • Bibliography – arranged in a logical order, for example in broad subject classes and within each class, alphabetically by author.
  4. The student will submit atleast 3 hard copies (1 electronic copy in MS Word Format) of the synopsis along with the synopsis form.
  5. Change of synopsis: A change in the registered synopsis of Research may be permitted for a Student provided it is recommended by the DAC and is approved by the DRC. A detailed report including the reasons for the change, impact on the research work (both completed and planned) and the new synopsis approved by the DAC should be submitted to the DRC at TDU.

Duration of the Program

  1. The minimum duration of research study for PhD Students will be 3 years from the date of confirmation of the student’s registration.
  2. The maximum duration of research study for PhD Students will be 5 years from the date of confirmation of the student’s registration.
  3. In the event of student requiring an extension beyond the maximum duration, the student will submit a justification for the same to the DAC and if it finds the reason valid, DAC will recommend to the DRC to grant the student such an extension.

Progress report

  1. The student will mandatorily be required to submit to DAC a half yearly progress reports (every 6 months from the date of registration) duly signed by the Research Supervisor.
  2. Students will be reminded by their Research Supervisor 15 days prior to the due date.
  3. DAC will submit a semi-annual report to the DRC that will include feedback on the research work done, recommendation if the student should continue and any guidelines that could help in the student’s progress in his / her research work.
  4. The report approved by the DRC, of students awarded Fellowships, will be shared with the sponsoring body by the PhD Program Administrator for information purposes.
  5. If the semi-annual report from the DAC is not received, the PhD 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 DAC to the DRC within two weeks from the date of this notification, the DRC will be compelled to recommend the withholding of the student’s fellowship (where student is offered a Fellowship) or take any other appropriate action until such time the report is received from the DAC. All communications in this regard will be copied to the concerned Research Supervisor.
  6. Students repeatedly defaulting on the semi-annual report twice will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee by the DRC for recommendation of suitable action.

Cancellation of Registration

  1. Registration may be cancelled by DRC, on the recommendation of DAC 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 DAC.
  2. Registration will be cancelled by DRC if the student fails to submit the thesis atleast 45 days before the date on which the stipulated/extended period ends.
  3. Registration will be cancelled by DRC 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 PhD Program as recommended by the GRC.