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PhD Admission

Admission closed for the Batch 2018.

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The T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal invites applications for admission to a full-time Ph. D. programme, from candidates who possess a strong inclination for rigorous academic study and intend to pursue an academic career after completing the programme.

The doctoral programme offers an opportunity to conduct high-quality management research in a scholarly environment set in the scenic and quiet university town of Manipal. The doctoral scholar will conduct research in close collaboration with one or more faculty guide(s) and fellow scholars, leading to publications in top academic journals.

TAPMI, Manipal, is recognized as a research center of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. The doctoral degree will be awarded by Manipal Academy of Higher Education, upon successful completion of all requirements of the programme.

Potential research areas include all topics spanning business and management such as Economics and Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain, Strategy and other allied management area.

TAPMI strongly encourages interdisciplinary work that leads to new insight and theory.

Minimum eligibility for admission:  A Masters’ degree in Management / related area with at least 60% marks, from a recognized university / institute in India or abroad.

Programme Duration and Coursework:  Subject to the candidate’s efforts and progress, the full-time doctoral programme is expected to take at least four years to complete.

All doctoral scholars will do courses pertaining to philosophical foundations of research thought, research methodology, econometrics, writing a research proposal and area-specific topics. In some cases, scholars may also be required to do specific MBA-level courses to enrich their depth of knowledge in management.

Proposal Defense and Registration:  Before the end of the first twelve months, the full-time scholar will prepare a comprehensive research proposal and detailed plan with the help of her/his guide(s) and committee members and defend the same in front of a specially constituted committee at Manipal Academy of Higher Education.   The scholar has to necessarily defend her/his proposal and plan successfully before being formally registered with Manipal Academy of Higher Education to continue the research and complete the thesis.

Important:  A full-time scholar will be permitted to submit his/her doctoral thesis only after a minimum period of three years from the date of registration at Manipal Academy of Higher Education.   Further, Manipal Academy of Higher Education requirements mandate that the scholar has to publish at least two papers in recognized peer-reviewed journals before thesis submission.

Fellowships:  TAPMI will award a limited number of fellowships to qualified doctoral scholars for a maximum of four years, subject to meeting all requirements and recommendations of the doctoral committee.  The fellowship includes a full waiver of tuition fees, a monthly stipend of Rs. 25,000 for the first two years and Rs. 30,000 for the next two years.  TAPMI reserves the right to terminate the fellowship of a candidate not demonstrating adequate commitment and progress during the four year period.

How to Apply: Applicants should send a complete application set as detailed here, to: Associate Dean (Research), T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal 576104.

  1. The Application Form filled with all details (Application Form). Please print this form on separate sheets (not back-to-back) and fill it manually.
  2. A 5-7 page (roughly 2500-3000 words) STUDY PROPOSAL describing your area of research interest and the broad problem that you intend to work on during the doctoral programme. Explain clearly why this problem is interesting to study and any methodology you intend to follow. This proposal should be formatted using Arial font in 11 points size, 1.5 line spacing, 1” margins on all sides and bottom page numbering.
  3. Photocopies (not originals) of your EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES from bachelor’s degree onwards.
  4. Your updated CV.

Before mailing your application set, please ensure that it contains all of these four items.

Last date for your completed application to reach TAPMI, Manipal:  May 31st , 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in the next stage of the admission process, to be held in Manipal.

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