Mphil PhD Admissions

Intergrated MPhil-PhD programme in Health Systems Studies

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Health Systems Studies

Intake: 5


Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard.

Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

  • Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.

  • Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

  • Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.

  • Research Proposal:

    Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the Integrated M.Phil-Ph. D and Direct Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.

  • Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a Direct PhD

  • Applicants should have completed a UGC-recognised master's degree in any field at the time of application for the MPhil/PhD programme. The requirements for marks for masters and other degrees will be as per what is followed at the Institute level. Those who have completed a master's degree in health administration, hospital administration or public health from the School of Health Systems Studies, TISS will complete the coursework and other requirements as prescribed below. However, those with a Masters from TISS in hospital/health administration course who wish to switch to the MPhil/PhD in public health will need to audit two courses from the ongoing public health programmes (at the Masters level). Also, those with a Masters in Public Health from TISS wishing to switch to an MPhil/PhD in Health Systems Management will need to audit two courses from the ongoing health/hospital administration programmes (Masters level). Applicants with a master's degree from any other field or from any other institution will be required to audit a few, relevant courses from the ongoing master's programmes offered by the school. These courses will be determined based on which MPhil programme they have been admitted for and in consultation with their guide. This will be done to ensure basic understanding prior to taking advanced courses and to create a level playing field.


The M.Phil-P.hD Programmes offered by the School of Health System Studies are one of the few academic programmes in the field of health care management and public health at the university level in the country. The programme was conceptualized in light of the fact that the demand for health care managers and public health experts is likely to increase in the coming years. For instance, The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is looking for professionally trained district health managers. Hospitals in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors are also looking for professionally trained managers to run different services of the hospital. Further, various national and state level health agencies like NACO, NHSRC and SHSRCs are looking for expertise in public health.

These doctoral programmes in School of Health System Studies (SHSS) will generally follow the TISS doctoral curriculum format, but incorporate some unique features in the curriculum. At the outset, applicants will apply to one of the two MPhil/PhD programmes. They will be selected on the basis of the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) and the personal interview. A research guide would be allotted to the students at the time of admission based on their expressed area of interest. It is expected that students whose dissertation topic and area of interest is in areas like health management, health policy or health economics will opt for the MPhil/PhD in Health Systems Management, while those who wish to work in the area of public health with a focus on demography, social aspects of health and illness, and epidemiology will opt for the MPhil/PhD in Public Health.

Once admitted, students would be required to complete five mandatory courses in their first semester. These five courses would be common for both programmes and would provide students with a basic understanding of social sciences and research methodology. In the second semester, students would be asked to complete three courses from the available selections for their degree. Students will be encouraged to choose courses based on their proposed dissertation topic and in consultation with their research guide. In addition, they will do a literature review and attend sessions on scientific writing.


Distribution of Credit Hours:

Component I (Semester One)

Basic courses (BC): 10 credits: These basic courses will aim to develop a deeper understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of social science research and build competence in designing and in the practice of health research. All basic courses are mandatory for all MPhil/PhD students enrolled in the School. The basic courses (common to both programmes) to be offered in the first semester include:

Name of the course


Philosophical foundations of social science research and health


Theoretical perspectives on social sciences in health


Quantitative research methodology


Qualitative research methodology


Statistics for health research





Component II (Semester Two)

In the second semester, students will be required to choose three courses (6 credits) based on the degree programme that they have enrolled for (viz. Public Health or Health Systems Management).

Literature Review: 6 credits.

During the course of the second semester, each student will also be expected to review literature with the purpose of publication in a peer reviewed journal. The student will be encouraged to select a theme related to his/her area of research interest. The student will receive supervision for their literature review from their research guide.

Scientific Writing: non-credited

The students of both programmes will be provided with seminars and lectures in order to develop and enhance their scientific writing skills. This will include components on writing skills, critical analysis of published papers, and organisation of manuscripts and grant writing.


Components III and IV (Semesters Three and Four)

During the course of their second year, students will be expected to work only on their dissertation.

Dissertation: 24 credits.

The dissertation is to be completed during the course of the second year. It carries a total of 24 credits. The thesis will be evaluated as per the evaluation guidelines of the Institute for M.Phil. students.

Semesterwise Courses:

MPhil/PhD credit outline:

Ist semester
Basic courses (five): 10 credits

IInd semester
Optional courses (three): 6
Literature review: 6 credits
Scientific writing: non-credited
Total = 12 credits

IIIrd and IVth semesters
Dissertation: 24 credits


Research Areas:

Health Systems

Public Health Policy and Health Policy Analysis

Organization and Management of Health Services

Hospital and Health care Administration

Public Health

Epidemiology in health planning and programmes

Social epidemiology

Interdisciplinary research related to health and social sciences

Social Policy

Primary health care and social determinants of health

Social Security

Mental Health

Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS

Elderly Research

Public Private Partnerships in Health

Economic impact of illness

Healthcare economics and financing

Globalization and Health

Fee Structure:

Fee Structure for Integrated M.Phil and Ph.D Programme and Direct Ph.D Programme

(Prices in INR and subject to revision)

The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.

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For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

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Thesis submission



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Thesis resubmission




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