Ph.D. at JIBS

PhD in Behavioural Sciences Programme offers applicants to choose course type as full time or Part Time. 


The full-time PhD is a fully residential Programme on the O.P. Jindal Global University campus. The candidate is required to be located on campus and undertake the course and research work under the direct supervision of JIBS faculty. The candidate has to attend specific research classes as well as advance courses in the area of interest during the course. 


All scholars are required to attend lectures and seminars, present papers in conferences and publish in leading journals, and to also provide academic inputs to students. The Programme expects you to co-teach a course with JIBS’ faculty and then, allows you, subject to academic approval, to construct a course relevant to your specific area of interests.   


The PhD programme has 18 months of course work (15 credits of core course) before the scholar goes to defend their research proposal. The scholar must sit for a comprehensive examination at the end of the course work and upon successful completion will move to the research and thesis writing stage under the supervision of JIBS/JGU faculty members. The scholar is required to submit a thesis of 75000-100,000 words for completion. 


In part time PhD Programme, the enrolled PhD student is supposed to fulfil the required criteria as per the JGU PhD rules and regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Master’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the proposed research with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade. Applicants with more than 3 years industry/ teaching/ practising/ managerial/ professional experience will be given preference.

Funded Studentships

Two outstanding candidates per year will have the opportunity to be selected as scholars and will be paid a stipend of Rs 25000/- per month, along with stay and food facility for the first three years of their studies.

Areas of Research

  • Neuropsychology (psychophysiology)
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Compensation and pay benefits
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Victimology
  • Counselling and Therapeutic Processes
  • Human Development
  • Marriage and Family Counselling
  • Social and Political Psychology
  • Social movements and community resilience


The PhD Programme consists of two phases. The first phase of the programme involves core and doctoral course work, followed by a Viva and a Research Proposal Presentation. The second phase requires the PhD scholars to work on their thesis and defend the same. The thesis is expected to contribute significantly to the behavioural sciences.  


The course work aims at providing inputs in various areas of psychology to enable the scholar to apply the concepts and theoretical frameworks in their research. These courses will provide basic knowledge and skills that the PhD scholars must be familiar with while conducting research in behavioural science. These will include research methods of both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The coursework and the research work is interspersed with two semester breaks during which the scholars are expected to work on their areas of interest. The scholars are encouraged to do a research paper/project with an area faculty during the summer and winter semester breaks. On successful completion of the research courses, the scholars must sit for comprehensive examinations based on these courses. The scholars are required to complete 2 courses related to psychology, and the other courses may be from any other area or a seminar course. These courses will provide the required subject knowledge in the area of specialization and also provide exposure to contemporary issues worth investigating. During the second phase of the coursework, the scholars are allowed to undertake a seminar course in consultation with an area faculty in the field of research interest. The scholar needs to identify a topic of interest which may potentially lead to a thesis problem. The outcome of this course should be a research paper/working paper of JIBS and needs to be of the standard for submission of publication in an appropriate journal. The scholar and guide will be co-authors of the paper for the journal. 

Full-time PhD (3 years)

Semester I

  • Compulsory Courses (RM1- 3Credits RM2-3Credits Acad. Write-2credits)

Semester II

  • Doctoral Courses*
  • Summer /Winter BreakResearch Paper/ Comprehensive Exam

Semester III

  • Doctoral courses*
  • Winter/Summer BreakViva

Semester IV

  • Proposal Presentation
  • Summer/Winter BreakResearch/Thesis

Semester V & VI

  • Research/Thesis Defence

Part-time PhD (4 to 6 years)

Semester I

  • Compulsory Courses (RM1- 3 Credits RM2-3 Credits Acad. Write-2 credits)

Semester II

  • Doctoral Courses*
  • Summer/Winter BreakResearch Paper

Semester III

  • Doctoral Courses*
  • Winter/Summer BreakComprehensive Exam

Semester IV

  • Doctoral Courses*
  • Summer/Winter BreakViva

Semester V & VI

  • Proposal Presentation, Research/Thesis

Semester VII & VIII

  • Research/Thesis Defence

Doctoral Courses* – Credits required to complete doctoral courses is 6 or as suggested by the concerned JGU School at the beginning of the registration to the PhD Programme.


Following are compulsory courses required to be completed by the PhD candidate:  

1. Research Methods and Statistics 
      a. Qualitative Methods  (3 Credits)
      b. Quantitative Methods (3 Credits)

2. Academic/Research writing (3 Credit)

3. 2 courses related to Psychology.  


Candidates have the choice of attending electives offered by different schools for the remaining credits. Candidates must complete 15 creditsas part of their coursework. 

Thesis Defence

The final stage of the PhD Programme is the thesis defence. This is to judge the scholarly contribution of the thesis to the knowledge pertinent to the understanding of the questions raised management problem. The scholar should demonstrate an intellectual competence in developing a model or a set of hypothesis, collecting and interpreting data, reaching conclusions and drawing the implications for further research and implications for psychology in practise.