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About The Course

Ph. D. in Philosophy is offered by Amrita Darshanam – International Center for Spiritual Studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is a rigorous course of advanced and original research that prepares students for a lifetime of field-defining scholarship, intellectual leadership and teaching in the area of Indian philosophy, Western philosophy and interdisciplinary studies. It aims to form scholars and academicians through constructive, critical engagement with Indian philosophical tradition in its complexity and diversity, and where appropriate, in conversation with other intellectual traditions in their multiplicity and variety. The research areas broadly include Indian Darshanas, Classical and folk arts, Architecture and Literature, History of Ancient Indian Sciences, Indian Polity and Economy, and Comparative Studies. The Ph.D. program nurtures excellence in (1) research and writing, and (2) teaching. This program provides doctoral students with the opportunity to develop expertise in their chosen discipline through the completion of a supervised research project.


Doctoral programs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham are designed to develop outstanding educational researchers with a wide range of research skills as well as in-depth knowledge and practical understanding and expertise in their chosen field of educational research.




Candidates are admitted based on the availability of guides. They have to qualify either the university entrance examination or the National Eligibility Test conducted by the UGC. Final selection is based on interview.

Program Overview

Program Guidelines
  1. Qualifying entrance examination
  2. Choice of thesis advisor and formation of doctoral committee
  3. Completion of 12 credits or 26 credits for candidates from different discipline
  4. Completion of comprehensive exam after coursework, within 2-3 years of Ph.D. registration
  5. Commencement of thesis proposal and research
  6. Publication of one research paper in research area per year
  7. Working synopsis
  8. Thesis proposal/ qualifying examination
  9. Work-in-progress seminar (every six months)
  10. Pre submission seminar
  11. Final synopsis submission
  12. Thesis submission (within six weeks of final synopsis submission)
  13. Thesis review by external examiners (1 international, 1 national and 1 from doctorial committee)
  14. Thesis defense
Career Options

This program prepares the graduates for a plethora of job opportunities as : Faculty in Universities, Spiritual and psychological Counsellors in government and corporate / industry, Professionals in the field of publishing, Executives in business and management, Human resources Specialists, Community organizers and work in public relations, Health and Environmental Consultants, Social Workers and Journalists.

Important Dates

Amrita usually conducts entrance examination twice a year in January and June. Interested candidates should wait for the call for application which is publicized through the website, dailies and social media.

Fee Structure

*Hostel, Mess & Other Fee and Caution Deposit will be extra & fee for these are at current levels. Institution reserves the right to revise the same at any time without notice.

Fees in installments

Candidates can pay their fees in installment.

Fees Details for the Year 2021
Amritapuri(Indian Research Scholars)   Rs. 30,000               *              *
Amritapuri(International Research Scholars)    $ 1800               *              *

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