Programs Offered


There shall be three categories of Ph.D. candidates.
(i) Full Time candidates: All candidates who pursue full time research in SRMIST shall belong to this category.
(ii) Part Time (Internal) candidates: All candidates employed in SRMIST who pursue part time research in SRMIST shall belong to this category.
(iii) Part Time (External) candidates: All candidates working in Industrial units, Colleges, Government departments, Research organizations or other Institutions, sponsored for pursuing Ph.D. Programmes in SRMIST while continuing to serve in their respective Institutions/ organizations which are recognized as the Research Centres of SRMIST shall belong to this category. They shall pursue research in their place of employment and /or in this SRMIST.


Full time Programme: Min 3 years - Max 5 years (including course work)
Part time Programme: Min 3 years - Max 6 years (including course work)

The duration of the programme and the time for submission of thesis are counted from the date of provisional registration.

Part Time (Internal/External): Part time Ph.D. programme is allowed provided all the conditions mentioned in the extant Ph.D. regulations are met.

Under extraordinary circumstances if the candidate fails to submit the thesis within the maximum period, further extension of the period for a maximum of two years may be granted by the Vice Chancellor, on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee, Director of concerned Faculty and Director (Research). After the expiry of the maximum period including the extension granted, a candidate will be permitted to Re-register as per the following regulations. (i) For those candidates who want to re-register under the same supervisor on the same area of research, the earlier Doctoral Committee and the course works completed will hold good. (ii) For those candidates who want to re-register with a different supervisor on a different area of research will be subjected to the regulations applicable for the fresh candidates. (iii)If the area of research is the same, the new Doctoral Committee will decide whether the earlier course works completed can be considered for exemption or not.

The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years for Ph.D. in the maximum duration. In addition, the womencandidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of Ph.D. for up to 240 days.

Departments in which PhD registration is permitted

Engineering & Technology
  • School of Mechanical
  • School of Civil
  • School of Computing
  • School of EEE
  • School of Bio Engineering
  • School of Chemical and Material Technology
  • School of Architecture and Interior Design
Basic Sciences & Humanities
  • School of Biosciences
  • School of Computer Sciences
  • School of Commerce and Economics
  • School of Media Studies
  • School of Languages
  • School of Basic Sciences
  • School of Management
Medical & Health Sciences
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Animal House
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Community Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Paediatric Medicine and Neonatology
  • Psychiatry
  • Dermatology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Urology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Medical Gastroenterology
  • Surgical Gastroenterology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Translational Medicine and Research
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Audiology & Speech language Pathology
  • Medical Research
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
Faculty of Law
  • Law

AICTE - QIP Minor center for PhD programs:

AICTE has granted approval for starting of a new QIP centre (Minor) in the following PhD programmes/disciplines with the sanctioned number of seats.

Branches Sanctioned Seats
Bio Technology 2
Nanotechnology 2
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2
Civil Engineering (CE) 2

Under this scheme, opportunities are provided for faculty members of AICTE recognized degree level/ polytechnic level institutions to improve their qualification, by offering admissions in Masters and Ph.D. degree programmes.

Eligibility and other conditions for Ph.D. Degree Programme

  • The candidate should possess
    • Three years of teaching experience at graduate/
    • polytechnic level   A Master’s degree in the appropriate branch 
  • The candidate, if selected and admitted, should be on deputation and his/her normal salary and allowances are to be paid by the parent institution. 
  • The candidate selected for admission under QIP will have to execute an undertaking to serve his/her parent institution for a minimum period of three years after completion of the program. 
  • The candidate shall be willing to complete either 3rd or 4th semester (if allotted) at a foreign university as directed by the host QIP Center.  

Assistance to QIP Engineering Scheme for PhD Degree Programme

  • Scholarship - Rs.15,000/- P.M (for 3 year).
  • Every Ph.D. scholar will have to complete at least One Semester for carrying out studies/research work or part of it in a Foreign University ( if offered through the concerned QIP Centre).
  • In case of attending one semester at a Foreign University, AICTE will reimburse up to Rs. 3.00 lakhs (Rs.Three Lakhs) in addition to Rs.15,000.00 per month scholarship to the scholar for pursuing his research work in foreign University during the semester spent there. The lump sum allowance of Rs. 3.00 lakhs includes the cost of travel expenses, boarding & lodging expenses etc. and all personal expenses during the entire period of stay by the scholar to complete his semester.

Candidates are advised to apply under the QIP program at as and when applications are called for.
For more information kindly refer to the