Ph.D. in
Educational Studies

Ph.D. in
Educational Studies

Indira Mahindra School of Education (IMSE) has been offering Ph.D. programme in Educational Studies since its inception in 2021. The programme is a suitable opportunity for students interested in pursuing their passion in research in Education and to join the next generation of professionals and thought leaders in Education.

Mahindra University, notified by the Government of Telangana vide Telangana Ordinance No. 1 of 2020 dated 20th May 2020, announces the launch of its 2nd Batch of Ph.D. admissions in the Semester starting in Aug, 2023.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is acknowledged to be the highest university degree that is conferred on a doctoral student, who successfully defends her/his Ph.D. thesis in front of a panel of experts in the field appointed by the University after having spent a stipulated time and having achieved publications in reputed international journals and conferences.

The first year would require the Ph.D. candidate to go through a set of prescribed course work followed by initiation to research and comprehensive examination and carrying out actual research with the Ph.D. Adviser. The journey to earning Ph.D. degree typically goes through a cycle of four phases involving preparation, challenges, small and big successes and ultimate joy of successful defense of the written thesis. Completion of a thesis, depending on individual performance, typically may take about 3 years, and may be extendable to the fourth year depending on the careful consideration of individual cases of students.Ph.D.Program

The Mahindra Edge

Indira Mahindra School of Education (IMSE) has the advantage of being located in a multi-disciplinary, diverse and a vibrant residential campus environment. Ph.D. students at Mahindra University would have great opportunities for interdisciplinary learning by working closely with our faculty, some of whom are at the forefront of their fields (may like to check faculty profiles on our website).

Ph.D. in Educational Studies

The IMSE has been offering Ph.D. programme in Educational Studies since its inception. The Programme would open up windows of opportunities in the development sector, teaching, research, consultancies and education policy think-tanks. The School is committed to build proper foundation for professional development and personal growth of aspiring students interested in education. The research opportunity at IMSE is open to all those post-graduates who have evidence of interest in Educational Studies. The School offers specializations rooted in multi-disciplinary training and sectoral peculiarities within the field of Education.

Admission Process:

Admission will be a two-stage process.

  • In the first stage, applicants will be shortlisted based on their past academic credentials and their research proposals. Students are required to submit a research proposal (max. 1500 words) in their chosen area of research along with application form.
  • In the second stage, shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview by the faculty.

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  Core/Compulsory (4 credits) Electives (4 credits) Modules: Skill/Practice  based
Sem I
(5 Core, 2 Modules)
20 credits
1.     Education in India: Themes & Perspectives
2.     Texts, Institutions and Transformation: A History of Indian Education
3.     Society, Culture and Education
4.     Learner, Learning and Development
5.     Understanding Economy & Education
None 2 credits (compulsory)
1.     Introduction to Academic Writing
2.     Understanding and Using Educational Data
Sem II
(4 core, 1 Elective, Choice based Modules)
20 credits
1.     Foundations of Social and Educational Research
2.     Educational Ideas and Thought
3.     Children and Childhoods
4.     Education Policy in India
Sector Based (Select any one)
1.     School Education
2.     Higher Education
3.     Vocational Education in India
Choose any set of courses, but the total number of credits shall be 3 credits from this basket
2 credits
·       Video – art and Method
·       Preparing Educational Plans
·       Methods for Developmental Research
1 credit
·       Designing Policy Briefs in Education
·       Scenario planning
·       Developing Vision
(2 Core, 2 Electives, 2 or 1 choice- based modules)
20 credits 
1.     Research design and Methods – 2
2.     Curriculum and Pedagogy
Select any two courses, preferably one each from the Thematic and Discipline based basket:
Theme Based:
1.     Urban and Education
2.     Values and Education
3.     Educational Leadership
4.     Teacher Education
5.     Diversity, Marginality and Education
Discipline based:
1.     History of Science and Technology Education and Research in India (1850-1980)
2.     Advanced Sociology of Education: Thinkers, theories and Themes
3.     Advanced Economics of Education
4.     Advanced Psychology of Education
Choose any set of courses, but the total number of credits shall be 4 credits from this basket
2 credits
·       Excel and Stata
·       Qualitative Software
·       Exploring archives
1 credit    
·       Reading Children’s Literature
·       Reading Science
·       Education budget analysis
·       Team building for school improvement
·       Educational innovations
Sem IV
(2 Electives, dissertation)
20 credits
None Mixture of Discipline as well as thematic orientations (Select any two):
1.     Political Economy of Higher Education
2.     Evolution of the Modern University
3.     Feminist Pedagogy
4.     Educational Assessment and Evaluation
5.     Schooling in a Changing Society/ Perspectives on Sociology of School in India
Master’s Dissertation (Compulsory): 12 credits
Total: 80 credits

Specialized areas in which Ph.D. students, if found suitable, would be admitted in Fall 2023 Semester:

  • School Education

  • Higher Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Psychology of Education

  • Educational Innovations

  • History of Education

  • Economics of Education

  • Teacher Education

  • Education Policy Studies

  • Political contexts of Education

  • Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies

  • Technology and Education

Important Dates

Last Date for submission of applications – 1st Round 5th June, 2023
Shortlisting of candidates for interview 10th June, 2023
Physical/Virtual Interviews for selection 15th – 20th June, 2023
Announcement of Results 30th June, 2023
Commencement of the Fall 2023 Semester Teaching 14th Aug, 2023

The Mahindra

Ph.D. students at Mahindra University would have great opportunities for interdisciplinary research by working closely with our faculty, some of who are at the forefront of their fields (may like to check faculty profiles on our website).

The Mahindra Edge

Eligibility Criteria

Essential :

Post-Graduate Degree in any discipline, preferably in Education (MA or M.Ed.) or in any of the social sciences (MA in Economics, History, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science) from any recognized university with a minimum of 55% marks.


  • M.Phil. with an evidence of interest in Educational Studies

  • 2. CSIR/UGC-JRF in any discipline preferably in social science discipline or in Education

INR 50,000/-


INR 20,000/-


Ph.D Assistantship

(for full time scholars)
INR 30000/- Per Month* ( plus Boarding and Lodging )
*8 hours/week TA duty is mandatory