Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences

Mahindra University, notified by the Government of Telangana vide Telangana Ordinance No. 1 of 2020 dated 20th May 2020, announces the launch of its 7th Batch of Ph.D. admissions in the Fall 2023 Semester starting in August, 2023.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is acknowledged to be the highest university degree that is conferred on a candidate who successfully defends her/his Ph.D. thesis in front of a panel of experts appointed by the University. Prior to the defense, the candidates are expected to complete one year of course work, publish in reputed journals and present their work in conferences. Completion of a thesis, depending on individual performance, typically takes about 4 years.


The Ph.D. program in Humanities and Social Sciences at Mahindra University places primary emphasis on research and is structured to help students develop competence in their fields of specialization. As a doctoral candidate in our program, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our faculty members, who are subject experts in their respective fields (you may want to check faculty profiles on the website). They will serve as mentors, guiding you through your research endeavours, challenging your ideas, and helping you develop a deep understanding of your chosen area of study. Our PhD students are also trained to work on research leading to publications in reputed journals/books.

Why Ph.D. at Mahindra University

  • Opportunity to work in a research-oriented environment
  • Mentorship by subject experts
  • Full tuition fellowship & stipend for Ph.D. students
  • Experiential learning related to research and teaching

Specialized areas in which PhD students, if found suitable, would be admitted in Fall 2023 semester

Ph.D. Specializations for Fall 2023 semester

  • Literature – English Literature; American Literature; Indian Writing in English; Indian Writings in Translation; Post-Colonial Studies; Women’s Writing; Cultural Studies

  • English Language Education (ELE) – English as Second Language Studies (ESL); Intercultural and International Communication; Teacher Training and Professional Development; Classroom-based Research

  • French – Francophone Literature

  • Management Studies – Strategic Management; Organizational Behaviour

  • Entrepreneurship – Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Start-ups and Technology Entrepreneurship; Family Business Management; Start-ups-Scaling up & Growth; Incubation processes and models

  • Philosophy – Gandhian Ethics; Professional Ethics; Philosophical Logic; Philosophy of Science and Technology

  • Sociology – Borderlands; Citizenship; Governance; Migration; Northeast India

  • Anthropology – Indian Ocean Studies; Diaspora; Migration; Sovereignty, religion and state-building; Business History

  • Political Science – Western and Indian Political Thought; Indian Politics especially regional movements; Democratic Theory and Populism; Constitutionalism and Politics

  • History – South Asian Studies; Colonial and Imperial History; Gender and Sexuality History; Women’s studies; Heritage studies; Socio-cultural History; Micro history; History of Science Technology and Medicine

Eligibility – Minimum qualification required for admission

Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences with a minimum CGPA of 6.00 on a 10-point scale or  60% marks in aggregate.

Note: Interested candidates are expected to submit a 500-1000 word proposal with a clear and coherent explanation of the proposed area of research.