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Ph.D. Geography


Since its inception in 1959, the Department of Geography has produced 95 doctorates.The Ph.D. Programme is administered by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC), a statutory committee mandated by University ordinances that also govern its membership, and under the overview of the Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (BRSS).
Ph.D. Geography

Scheme of Grading Annual
Duration 5 Years

Eligibility for Admission:

Admission to the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Geography will be governed by Ordinance VI-B-Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of the University of Delhi. ( Appendix 1 Enclosed )

(For application form and other rules, contact The Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (BRSS), Arts Faculty Building, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007).

Admission to the Ph.D. Programme is treated differently from all other courses of study (such as the M.A. or the M.Phil.) because, it involves a commitment to produce creative and original work of value to the discipline, work that commands the respect of the profession. As such, the main factor on which the DRC bases its recommendations for admission is the research proposal submitted by the candidate and its assessment of the candidate's ability and aptitude for advanced research. Prior academic record, while certainly relevant, is not the decisive factor in selection, except when all other things are equal. Unlike other courses of study, there is no fixed number of 'seats' to be filled, although University regulations limit the maximum number that may be admitted each year.

A list of supervisors both from the Department of Geography and the Colleges of the University of Delhi along with the specializations, contact number and email address is available on the Department Website for ready reference. ( http//

The DRC recommends candidates for admission to the Board of Research in the Social Sciences (BRSS). Final admission is only granted by the University and is in all cases provisional, until prescribed requirements, including course work, are met by candidates. Ordnance VI-B, the university statute governing the Ph.D. Programme has recently been amended; interested applicants may access this statute on the University website (

Given the centrality of the research proposal, the admission to the Ph.D Programme is based on interview for which a detailed research proposal in the following format:-Tentative Title, Proposed Name of supervisor, Name of Scholar The above details are to be written on the cover page only, duly forwarded by the proposed supervisor, in consultation with whom the detailed proposal has been prepared.
1. Statement of problem
2. Background of study
3. Brief Review of Literature on the topic
4. Theoretical Perspectives / Conceptual Framework
5. Research Questions / Hypothesis (if any)
6. Objectives of the study
7. Relevance of study
8. Study Area
9. Methodology: (a) Data sources, (b) Techniques of data analysis, (c) Method of Data presentation
10. Tentative chapter organization/structure of thesis
11. Select References (in Chicago style 16)

Admission will be granted on the basis of defense of the proposal in the interview to be conducted by the DRC.

While past experience indicates that prior consultation with supervisors tend to improve the quality of proposals, please note that it does not guarantee selection, which in all cases depends on the proposal and also the performance in the interview conducted by the DRC.

Attendance at the seminars/workshops conducted by the Department is mandatory for Ph.D. students.

(For other details consult Appendix 1, of this Handbook of Geography / Ordinance VI-B-Doctor of Philosophy and BRSSS)

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