PhD Programme in Behavioural Sciences

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) offers a 3-year full time PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Programme. The Institute also houses the Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies and the Centre for Leadership and Change. JIBS is a community of social scientists engaged in research excellence. By undertaking a research degree at JIBS, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of theory and practise of psychological research; work alongside some of the country’s leading researchers and have access to outstanding research facilities.

Why should you choose a PhD Programme at JIBS?

  • You will be able to enhance your employment opportunity and get recognition for your contribution to development of new knowledge
  • You will be able to undertake international research collaboration with our partner universities across the world.
  • You will be part of an active and multidisciplinary research community within the Jindal Global University seeking to explore complex psychological phenomenon that challenge humankind.
PhD Programmes at JIBS

Successful applicants shall be admitted to the PhD in Behavioural Sciences Programme as full time PhD candidates.

The full-time PhD is a fully residential Programme on the O.P. Jindal Global University campus. The candidate is required to be located on campus and undertake the course and research work under the direct supervision of JIBS faculty. The candidate has to attend specific research classes as well as advance courses in the area of interest during the course.

Two outstanding candidates per year will have the opportunity to be selected as scholars and will be paid a stipend of Rs 25000/ per month along with stay and food facility for the first three years of course. The scholars are required to attend lectures and seminars, present papers in conferences and publish in leading journals, and to also provide academic inputs to students. The Programme expects you to co-teach a course with JIBS’ faculty and then, allows you, subject to academic approval, to construct a course relevant to your specific area of interests.

The PhD programme has 18 months of course work (15 credits of core course) before the scholar goes to defend their research proposal. The scholar must sit for a comprehensive examination at the end of the course work and upon successful completion will move to the research and thesis writing stage under the supervision of JIBS/JGU faculty members. The scholar is required to submit a thesis of 75000-100,000 words for completion.

Areas of Research:

  • Neuropsychology (psychophysiology)
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Compensation and pay benefits
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Victimology
  • Counselling and Therapeutic Processes
  • Human Development
  • Marriage and Family Counselling
  • Social and Political Psychology
  • Social movements and community resilience
JIBS PhD Curriculum

The PhD Programme consists of two phases. The first phase of the programme involves core and doctoral course work, followed by a Viva and a Research Proposal Presentation. The second phase requires the PhD scholars to work on their thesis and defend the same. The thesis is expected to contribute significantly to the behavioural sciences.

The course work aims at providing inputs in various areas of psychology to enable the scholar to apply the concepts and theoretical frameworks in their research. These courses will provide basic knowledge and skills that the PhD scholars must be familiar with while conducting research in behavioural science. These will include research methods of both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The coursework and the research work is interspersed with two semester breaks during which the scholars are expected to work on their areas of interest. The scholars are encouraged to do a research paper/project with an area faculty during the summer and winter semester breaks. On successful completion of the research courses, the scholars must sit for comprehensive examinations based on these courses. The scholars are required to complete 2 courses related to psychology, and the other courses may be from any other area or a seminar course. These courses will provide the required subject knowledge in the area of specialization and also provide exposure to contemporary issues worth investigating. During the second phase of the coursework, the scholars are allowed to undertake a seminar course in consultation with an area faculty in the field of research interest. The scholar needs to identify a topic of interest which may potentially lead to a thesis problem. The outcome of this course should be a research paper/working paper of JIBS and needs to be of the standard for submission of publication in an appropriate journal. The scholar and guide will be co-authors of the paper for the journal.

Following are the timelines for PhD candidates: 

Following are compulsory courses required to be completed by the PhD candidate:

1. Research Methods and Statistics
      a. Qualitative Methods
      b. Quantitative Methods

2. Research writing

3. 2 courses related to Psychology.

Candidates have the choice of attending electives offered by different schools for the remaining credits. Candidates must complete 15 credits as part of their coursework.

Thesis Defence

The final stage of the PhD Programme is the thesis defence. This is to judge the scholarly contribution of the thesis to the knowledge pertinent to the understanding of the questions raised management problem. The scholar should demonstrate an intellectual competence in developing a model or a set of hypothesis, collecting and interpreting data, reaching conclusions and drawing the implications for further research and implications for psychology in practise.

Admission Requirements:

An applicant seeking admission to the PhD in the Behavioural Sciences Programme must meet the following academic criteria:
  1. Full-time PhD:
    • Master's Degree or any other degree recognized equivalent thereto in Psychology or in allied subjects with at least 55% marks.
    • UGC NET/JRF scholars will be given preference.


Application Procedure:

Currently admission to the PhD Programme is available for the fall semester (on 1 August.)

  • Applications Deadline for 2017 admissions: 31st July, 2017
  • An applicant shall submit:
    1. An online application through the JGU website/ office at
      (http://www.jgu.edu.in/admissions/phdadmissions/)
    2. Scanned copy of the relevant academic transcripts;
    3. A short note on the professional background and experience of the applicant, if any;
    4. A Statement of Purpose explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue the PhD Programme, in around 1500 words; and
    5. The names of two academic/ non-academic referees from whom the University may seek information on the research potential of the applicant.
    6. The applicant is required to pay an application fee of Rs.1000/- only.

    Selection Procedure:

    An application to JIBS does not guarantee admission into the PhD Programme. An internal committee will evaluate the applications on merit and shortlist the candidates.

    • Shortlisted applicants are required to take an online Research Aptitude Test (RAT) followed by an Interview.
    • The following categories of applicants are exempted from taking the Entrance Test:
      1. Applicants who have qualified UGC/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET/ SLET (Haryana State) or any other similar examination.
      2. Holders of Teacher Fellowships from the UGC or any other Government funding agency.
      3. Applicants who have completed their PhD coursework/ M.Phil. in another University/ Organization, subject to approval by the School Doctoral Committee (SDC). Candidates shall be selected on the basis of their academic record, performance in research aptitude test and interview.


    Duration of the PhD:
    As per the UGC rules, the minimum & maximum period of study and research shall not be less than 3 years from the date of enrolment (36 months) & 7 years (84 months) respectively from the date of provisional registration of the candidate. However, in case the performance of the research scholar has been exceptionally good and proven through substantial publications, the period can be reduced by six months.

    Fee Details:

    The PhD students will have to pay registration fee of Rs. 10,000 at the time of joining (one time fees) and a submission fee of Rs 5000/ at the time of thesis submission. They will receive a stipend of Rs. 25000/ per month during the first three year of PhD programme. Contingency and conference allowance are under active consideration for successful PhD students. The scholars are eligible for free accommodation and food during the first three years of their PhD programme. The number of scholarships for full time PhD programme is limited and is purely based on merit. Hence, interested scholars who intend to pursue the PhD programme without any scholarship have to pay the fees to join the programme.

    The PhD fees (for the full time scholars without fellowship) are as per the following:


    JIBS scholars are expected to bear their expenses for international exchange programmes and the institute will only facilitate their engagement with partner schools.

    Contact Details:

    For further information on the programme, please contact:

    Dr. Manjushree Palit,
    Deputy Director and Assistant Professor, JIBS
    Email: mpalit@jgu.edu.in

    Dr. Mohita Junnarkar
    Assistant Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences.


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