Ph.D

IIHMR University has started offering a full-fledged Ph. D program since 2014 added 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 development studies, the 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 behavior change, information technology in the health sector, health systems, food security and nutrition, and rural development.  

The programme 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 batch commencing in 2020 (Part time or full time). Part-time Ph. D will be allowed provided all the conditions mentioned in the extant of Ph. D Regulations are met as per the UGC Regulations.

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Course Duration

3 Yrs

Course Fee

4 L


Eligibility Criteria


Fees Structure


Phd Scholar


The Ph. D 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 areThe Ph. D 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 by developing a cadre of outstanding academicians 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 health and other sectors.

Program Structure

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, the full-time Ph. D candidates will have to participate in teaching program, research projects, case writing, and independent studies, workshops and seminars.

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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, the 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 Ph. D research. Students are required to take a set of core courses in Research Methodology, Epidemiology, Demography and Population Sciences, Statistics and 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 Academics and Student Affairs.

A candidate admitted to the Research Degree Program shall be required to complete the prescribed course work in the first two semesters of his/her admission

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 50 percent. Examination for the courses will be held after course work.
  • Presented at least one seminar in first year during the course work

Credit Requirements

For successful completion of the Ph. D Program leading to the award of the Ph. D degree, a student shall be required to accumulate a total of 60 Credits as under:

  • Course Work: 16 Credits
  • Dissertation: 24 Credits
  • Publications: 10 Credits
  • Attending in seminar:10 Credits

The registration of a scholar will be cancelled if he/she does not fulfil 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 instalments 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.

In case a candidate is removed from the rolls of the University under clause 6.1, the name of the candidate along with his/her registration number shall be placed before the School Board for information.

The School Board on the recommendations of the BOS of the concerned Department/Centre may, however, subsequently accept the request of a candidate whose name has been removed from the rolls of the University under Clause 6.1 above, to get re-enrolled and become eligible for submission of his/her thesis by paying fee as prescribed by the University from time to time, provided that he/she submits his/her thesis within two semesters from the date of his/her re-enrolment.

A 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 (RAC) 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 IIHMR academic community. In case any modifications are suggested to the proposal, a revised proposal will be submitted based on the required modifications. Once the proposal is approved by the RAC, the scholar will seek approval of the Institute’s Ethics committee for his/her tools. After getting approval of Ethics committee, scholar will proceed with the research work.

Change of Supervisor

A candidate enrolled in Ph.D. program can change his/her supervisor under such exceptional circumstances:

  • the supervisor is not able to guide the candidate due to his/her personal reasons
  • change/modification in the subject/area of research
  • new direction of research warranting appointment of subject matter specialist as supervisor
  • supervisor leaves the University and/or ends his/her association with the University; and
  • incompatibility due to temperamental problems.

2 In the circumstances described above, a research scholar can make a written request listing the reasons for change of supervisor to the Dean Academics and Student Affairs.

The Dean Academics and Student Affairs. shall place such request before the BOS in its next meeting and if BOS is satisfied with the reasons stated by the candidate for change of supervisor, a new supervisor shall be allotted to the research scholar.

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 in the progress of the research work of the research scholar.

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.

Modification/Change of the Subject of Research:

A candidate may, on the recommendation of his/her supervisor(s), modify the subject of his/her research with the approval of the Board of Studies, provided that the request for such modification is made not later than one year after his/her approval of the synopsis by the School Board. Provided further that the candidate shall be required to submit his/her thesis within the maximum time prescribed in Clause above.

Thesis Submission and 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-thesis submission seminar to the IIHMR 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 examination

Upon receiving the approval of the Research Advisory Committee and the Supervisor, the Ph. D Coordinator will suggest a Thesis Examination panel, consisting of the thesis supervisor and four external examiners from reputed institutions from India or abroad.

The Vice-Chancellor shall, from the submitted panel, appoint two examiners besides Research supervisor to evaluate the thesis. Provided that, if the Vice-Chancellor is not satisfied with the Panel submitted to him/her, he/she may refer the panel back through the Ph. D coordinator asking for a fresh panel of external examiners. Provided further that the Vice-Chancellor, while appointing the Examiners for the evaluation of the thesis shall also indicate as to who of the two examiners shall conduct the Viva Voce examination in case the examiners recommend that the thesis be accepted for the award of the degree and viva voce examination be conducted. 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 one year under special circumstances, on a written request by the scholar duly forwarded and recommended by his/her supervisor.

Viva-Voce Examination

  • The Controller of Examinations shall forward the reports of the Examiners of a thesis to the Dean of the School concerned for further necessary action(s).
  • Dean of the School, after receipt of the detailed reports and recommendations of all the Examiners shall arrange to hold the Viva Voce examination if he/she is satisfied that both the Examiners have unanimously recommended that the thesis be accepted for the award of the degree and viva-voce examination be held.
  • In case the Examiners of the thesis have not unanimously recommended that the thesis be accepted for the award of the degree and the holding of the viva-voce examination, the Dean of the School concerned shall be required to act as under:
    • In case an examiner has recommended that the thesis be referred back to the candidate for revision, the candidate shall be required to submit the revised thesis within a period of one year and that the revised thesis shall be sent for evaluation to the same examiner who had recommended for the revision. If on revision, the examiner recommends that the thesis be accepted for the award of the degree and viva voce examination be held, the Dean shall arrange to hold the Viva Voce of the candidate.
    • In case the examiner after evaluation of the revised thesis recommends either that the thesis be further revised or be rejected, the Dean shall recommend to the Vice-Chancellor that a third examiner be appointed out of the panel of experts as originally submitted to him/her for the evaluation of the thesis and that the Dean shall act in accordance with the recommendation of the third examiner.
    • In case an examiner has recommended that the thesis be rejected, the Dean shall recommend to the Vice-Chancellor that a third examiner be appointed out of the panel of experts as originally submitted to him/her for the evaluation of the thesis and that the Dean shall act in accordance with the recommendation of the third examiner.
    • No thesis shall earn a degree unless two external examiners have recommended that the thesis be accepted for the award of the degree and viva voce examination be held.
  • The viva-voce examination of the candidate shall be conducted by a Viva Voce Board consisting of (i) the external examiner of the thesis, as appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to conduct the Viva Voce examination; (ii) the Head of the Department/Director of Centre and (iii) the Supervisor(s) concerned. The Viva Voce examination shall be conducted under the supervision of the Dean.
  • The viva-voce examination shall be open to all members of the Faculty and Research Scholars of the University.
  • The viva voce examination shall ordinarily be held on the University Campus. However, the Vice-Chancellor may, in exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of the Dean of the School concerned, allow the viva-voce examination of a candidate to be held at a centre of higher learning outside the University Campus.
  • The viva-voce Board having satisfied itself that the thesis submitted by the candidate is his/her own work and that the candidate has defended his/her thesis satisfactorily, shall recommend for the award of the degree of Ph. D to the candidate. In case of any difference of opinion in this regard, the decision of the external examiner shall be considered final.
  • The recommendation of the Viva Voce Board together with all other relevant documents shall be forwarded by the Dean to the Controller of the Examination for submission and approval of the Vice Chancellor for the issue of the Notification and the award of provisional certificate and further approval of Academic Council for the award of the degree.
  • The way the viva voce examination is to be conducted is to be prescribed by the viva voce board itself.

Publication 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.

The Academic Council (or its equivalent body) of the University 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.

Award of The Degree

The scholar will complete the following requirements before qualifying for the award of the title of Ph. D:

  • Successful completion of course-work
  • Successful completion of thesis work
  • Fulfil publication requirements (Publication of at least one paper in referred journal and two paper presentations in conferences/seminars before submitting thesis)
  • Fulfil research/teaching assistantship requirement (If Applicable)
  • Obtain clearance from the concerned departments of the IIHMR University.

On qualifying for the award of the title, scholars will receive the title of ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ at the Annual Convocation of the IIHMR University.

Duration of the Program

The minimum program duration is three years including period of registration/coursework. Registration in Ph. D is subject to passing qualifying examination which will be based on the coursework in the first year of the program. Program has four important milestones namely, course work with 16 credits, writing and presenting research proposal, data collection and thesis writing, pre-thesis presentation and submission of dissertation for final evaluation. The maximum period allowable to complete Ph. D is six years including coursework. The candidate will have to re-register if s/he does not complete Ph. D 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 (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Able 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 any 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):

The IIHMR University will conduct a qualifying test after screening the applications and short-listing candidates. IRAT will be a written test consisting of multiple-choice questions from English language proficiency, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, basic quantitative techniques, 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 based on the merit of the composite score. Exemption for IRAT: The following categories will be exempted from IRAT:  Students/aspirants who are UGC CSIR qualified, JRF & NET, SLET, GATE, Teacher Research Fellowship holder and 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 the 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.

Submission of Application

Candidates aspiring for admission to the Ph. D programme may apply online or download the application form from our website: www.iihmr.edu.in
Duly completed application forms with all supporting documents may be sent by post along with a demand draft of Rs. 1,000/- drawn in favour of “IIHMR UNIVERSITY', payable at Jaipur. An application will be considered only when it is received with all documentary evidence and the application fee. The application fee is non-refundable.


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