Ph.D

IHMR University started offering a full-fledged PhD program since 2014, adding to its existing postgraduate programs. Although the program builds on IIHMR university’s core competencies in the domain of public health, health and hospital management, pharmaceutical management and rural development, the Ph. D. program is envisaged to be multidisciplinary in nature and allows potential candidates to pursue research on a wide range of topics.

The areas of research for the doctoral program include, but are not strictly restricted to, public health; health and hospital management; nursing management; pharmaceutical management; population and development; health economics and finance; rural and urban health; health communication and behavioral change; information technology in the health sector; health systems, food security and nutrition; and rural development.

The program is open to postgraduates and professionals in the field of management; public health and medicine; nursing; Indian System of Medicine (ISM); health economics and finance, demography; rural management/development and relevant social and behavioral science disciplines. There are 30 seats in the Ph. D. program for the batch commencing on 2020. (Part time or full time). Part-time Ph. D. will be allowed provided all the conditions mentioned in the extant Ph. D regulations are met as per the UGC Regulations.

Course Duration

2 Yrs

Course Fee

4 L


Eligibility Criteria


Fees Structure


Phd Scholar


Important Dates

Last Date to Apply

25 May 2020

The PhD program broadly aims at building and strengthening research capacity in three broad thrust areas of IIHMR that include i) public health/health systems, ii) pharmaceutical management and iii) development studies. The overarching purpose of the program is to create a cadre of researchers who are well equipped with necessary skills to undertake evidence-based policy research on issues of contemporary significance related to these areas, with the larger goal of promoting sustainable human development.

More specific objectives of the Ph. D program are: Building research capacity to strengthen health, pharma, rural and in the mandated disciplines of the University developing a cadre of outstanding academics and management professionals for higher level health, pharmaceutical and development studies teaching and research in postgraduate institutions and universities, health care industry, and Government and consulting organizations.

The program is designed to enable the students

To enhance the research competency and skills of postgraduates, researchers, academicians, teachers and mid-career professionals in private and Government health sectors in policy and program management research in the health and other sectors.

Program Structure

The program follows the semester system. There will be 6 semesters spread over a period of three years, with two semesters in each year. Each semester will be equivalent to one term. The PhD program consists of two phases.

The first phase of the program involves course work followed by a qualifying examination. The second phase requires scholars to work on their thesis, which involves the preparation of a thesis proposal, development of the thesis, and finally an examination based on the thesis. In addition,full-time Ph. D candidates will have to participate in teaching program, research projects, case writing, independent studies, workshops and seminars.

The program follows the semester system. There will be 6 semesters spread over the period of three years, with two semesters in each year. Each semester will be equivalent to one term. The Ph D program consists of two phases.

The first phase of the program involves course work followed by a qualifying examination. The second phase requires scholars to work on their thesis, which involves the preparation of a thesis proposal, development of the thesis, and finally an examination based on the thesis. In addition,full-time Ph. D candidates will have to participate in teaching program, research projects, case writing, and independent studies, workshops and seminars.

Compulsory Courses

These courses are aimed at providing basic knowledge and skills that Ph.D. students would require for their research. Students are required to take a set of core courses in Research Methodology, Epidemiology, Demography and Population Sciences, Quantitative Techniques, Health Systems and Scientific Writing.

Each student will be required to take course work. If the student has already taken such courses, the course requirement may be waived on case to case basis for individual courses subject to a documentary evidence based credits and transcripts. A scholar must attend all the classes of course work, however, in case of sickness 25 percent attendance may be condoned by Dean Academic and Student Affairs.

Qualifying Criteria for Registration

Following criteria are required to be fulfilled for registration in the Ph.D. Program.

  • Candidate should have completed the required number of credits for the courses offered and qualified in all the courses. Qualifying marks for all the courses are 55 percent. Examination for the courses will be held after course work.
  • Present at least one seminar in first year during the course work.

The registration of a scholar will be cancelled if he/she does not fulfill the following conditions

  • A research scholar fails to appear before the Research Advisory Committee once in six months to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work for evaluation and further guidance.
  • A research scholar fails to deposit his/her fees installments in time.
  • A research scholar fails to complete his/her thesis within six years from the date of admission
  • In case a research scholar is found involved in gross misconduct like involvement in ragging, sexual harassment, using unfair means during examination, plagiarism etc

No cancellation of registration shall be done unless an opportunity of hearing is afforded to the research scholar

The scholar's research work starts with the identification of a thesis topic (usually based on guidance / advice from Research Supervisor), and getting a Research Advisory Committee constituted for supervision of this research. The Research Advisory Committee would consist of a Research Supervisor (Guide) and two other members, based on the relevance of their expertise in the thesis topic. The scholar will work with his / her supervisor to develop a research design, leading to the development of a thesis proposal. He/she will then give an open seminar on the thesis proposal to the University's academic community. In case any modifications are suggested to the proposal, a revised proposal will be presented based on the required modifications. Once the proposal is approved by the Research Advisory Committee, the scholar will seek approval of the University's Ethics Committee. Thereafter scholar will proceed with the research work..

The scholar's research work starts with the identification of a thesis topic (usually based on guidance / advice from Research Supervisor), and getting a Research Advisory Committee constituted for supervision of this research. The Research Advisory Committee would consist of a Research Supervisor (Guide) and two other members, based on the relevance of their expertise in the thesis topic. The scholar will work with his / her supervisor to develop a research design, leading to the development of a thesis proposal. He/she will then give an open seminar on the thesis proposal to the University's academic community. In case any modifications are suggested to the proposal, a revised proposal will be presented based on the required modifications. Once the proposal is approved by the Research Advisory Committee, the scholar will seek approval of the University's Ethics Committee. Thereafter scholar will proceed with the research work.

Research Advisory Committee and its Functions There shall be a Research Advisory Committee, or an equivalent body for similar purpose as defined in the Statutes/Ordinances of the institution concerned, for each Ph.D. scholar. The Research Supervisor of the scholar shall be the convener of this Committee. This Committee shall have the following responsibilities:

  • To review the research proposal and finalize the topic of research;
  • To guide the research scholar to develop the study design and methodology of research and identify the course(s) that he/she may have to do.
  • To periodically review and assist the researcher in the progress of the research work

A research scholar shall appear before the Research Advisory Committee once in six months to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work for evaluation and further guidance. The six monthly progress reports shall be submitted by the Research Advisory Committee to the Institution/College with a copy to the research scholar.
In case the progress of the research scholar is unsatisfactory, the Research Advisory Committee shall record the reasons for the same and suggest corrective measures. If the research scholar fails to implement these corrective measures, the Research Advisory Committee may recommend to the Institution/College with specific reasons for cancellation of the registration of the research scholar.

Thesis writing
The thesis work of the scholar, in consultation with the supervisor and the Research Advisory Committee, is expected to provide a distinct contribution to know-how in the subject, and should provide evidence of discovery of new facts by the exercise of rigorous research skills. Before submitting the thesis for final examination, the scholar would give an open pre-submission seminar to the University's academic community for comments and suggestions. The scholar will discuss the suitable suggestions given during the seminar to be incorporated in the thesis with his/her supervisor and the members of Research Advisory Committee.

Thesis examinationUpon receiving the approval of the Research Advisory Committee and the Supervisor, the Ph. D Coordinator will appoint a Thesis Examination Committee, consisting of the thesis supervisor and two external examiners from reputed institutions from India or abroad. This Committee will examine the thesis and will invite the candidate to an exhaustive oral examination based on the thesis. Based on the comments of the examiners and the oral examination, the thesis could be accepted as it is, accepted after modifications, or rejected.
Submission of thesis may be extended by not more than six months under special circumstances, on a written request by the scholar duly forwarded and recommended by his/her supervisor.

Publication requirementPublication requirement
The research undertaken by a Ph. D scholar is expected to provide sufficient basis for writing papers in refereed academic journals. One of the objectives of the Ph. D program is to prepare scholars for such academic work. Hence the final requirement for qualifying for the title of Ph. D is to have at least one paper accepted for publication in a peer reviewed international/ national journal and presentation of at least two papers in conferences/seminars.

Both the thesis proposal and the thesis will be examined for plagiarism. Policy on plagiarism is attached as per annexure 1 The Academic Council (or its equivalent body) of the Institution shall evolve a mechanism using well developed software and gadgets to detect plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. While submitting for evaluation, the dissertation/thesis shall have an undertaking from the research scholar and a certificate from the Research Supervisor attesting to the originality of the work, vouching that there is no plagiarism and that the work has not been submitted for the award of any other degree/diploma of the same Institution where the work was carried out, or to any other Institution.

Duration of the Program

The minimum program duration is three years including period of registration. Registration in PhD is subject to passing qualifying examination which will be based on the course work in the first year of the program.

Program has four important mile stones; namely; course work with 16 credits; writing and presenting research proposal, data collection and thesis writing, presentation and submission. The maximum period allowable to complete PhD is five years. The candidate will have to re-register if s/he does not complete PhD in six years

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for admission to the Ph D. program shall have a Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s or M Phil degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (nonceramic layer)/ differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per UGC guidelines from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark.

Admission Process

The admission process will include three steps: screening of applications, IIHMR Research Aptitude Test (IRAT) and personal interview.

IIHMR Research Aptitude Test (IRAT):

IIHMR University will conduct a qualifying test after screening of applications and short-listing candidates. IRAT will be a written test consisting of multiple-choice questions from English language proficiency, reasoning, basic quantitative analysis and research aptitude. The test will be conducted at IIHMR University, Jaipur on the date that will be communicated separately.

Admission to the Research Degree program shall be subject to the fulfilment of the minimum cut-off marks as prescribed from time to time by UGC. Final selection for admission shall be made on the basis of the merit of the composite score.

Exemption for IRAT: The following categories will be exempted from the written IRAT: UGC CSIR qualified JRF & NET, SLET, GATE and Teacher Research Fellowship holders and those who have passed M-Phil program in relevant subjects.

Personal Interview

Personal interview will be conducted on the day of IRAT or next day after IRAT at IIHMR University, Jaipur. All categories of candidates will be required to appear in the Pl. At the time of interview, the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation.

Fellowships

Total number of Fellowships available: Two. The amount allocated is Rs. 2.00 lacs.

An application will be considered only when it is received with all documents and the application fee. The application fee is non-refundable.

The IIHMR University, Jaipur also announces PD Agarwal fellowships each amounting to Rs. 1, 00,000/-. One fellowship will be awarded to the best Ph. D. scholar whose published work and the PhD thesis is of superior quality and the other one to a 2nd year student of other academic courses of University who exhibits not only excellent scholarly achievements but sets an example for her/his character, and commitment to the common good cause. The student selected for this fellowship has to maintain good conduct throughout the period of study. The fellow must have a potential for leadership, and ability to play the role of a catalyst in whatever domain she/he chooses.

There will be no application for such fellowship but the members of the committee constituted for this purpose will keep track on academic, other activities and initiatives of the PhD scholars/second year students of the programme. Each member of the committee will identify one candidate and after due deliberations on the requisites of this fellowship, the head of the committee will recommend two students for this fellowship. The announcement of the fellowship will be made before January 31 and the scholarship will be awarded on the day of the convocation programme.

Application Form

Application form may be downloaded from our website: www.iihmr.edu.in (Downloaded applications must be sent along with a DD for Rs. 1,000/- in favor of “IIHMR UNIVERSITY”, payable at Jaipur). Duly filled-in application form along with all the required documents may be submitted to the Dean, Research, IIHMR University, 1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur -302029. An application will be considered only when it is received with all documentary evidences and the application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable.