Programme Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cultural Studies

  • Bangalore Bannerghatta Road Campus
  • Open From : 23-Jul-2021
  • Open Until : 28-Nov-2021

Programme Description: The Ph.D. in Cultural Studies is one of the few programmes in India which offers a practice-based as well as a dissertation-based mode of research. The programme operates in dual-mode, whereby applicants can register either as full-time or part-time candidates. Located in the culturally active city of Bengaluru, the programme encourages a lively engagement with our everyday and immediate contexts, with the objective of generating original critical and creative work that can make a contribution to society, as well as the disciplines concerned. We are especially interested in applications from practitioners in the cultural and creative industries, who would like to draw upon their existing sites of work/practice, for their doctoral research.

Programme Requirements:
• All candidates will be required to undergo 6 months of training/coursework in Bangalore from June-November. This will be a full-time commitment, irrespective of whether a student is registered as a full-time or a part-time candidate.
• At the end of the 6 month training period, candidates will be required to get their research proposal approved by a panel of experts, after which they begin independent research, under the supervision of a Ph.D. guide, who will be assigned by the University.
• During the period of independent study, candidates may be based in any part of India, however, they will be required to meet their PhD supervisor in person once a month, or as part of a monthly (1-2 day) PhD workshop.
• At the end of the programme, candidates must produce i) an 80,000-100,000 word dissertation containing original research OR ii) a practice-based ‘artefact’ in any form or medium approved by the research committee, along with a 40,000-50,000 word dissertation that includes a critical reflection on the practice/artefact.
• Duration: Full-time: minimum 3 years & maximum 5; Part-time: minimum 4 years & maximum 6. Students will have to de-register if they are unable to complete their Ph.D. within the stipulated period.

•    Six per year
•    Only one cycle of intake per year along with the June Cohort.

For any queries at any given time during the application and admission process, you may contact us through the following Email ID’s:

Bangalore Central Campus

The Office of Admissions,

CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Hosur Road,

Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka, INDIA


Ph. No: +91 92430 80800

Email IDs

Indian candidates:

NRI candidates:


Bangalore Bannerghatta Road Campus
CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560076


Ph. No:  080 4655 1306, 1307, 1308, 1309

Bangalore Kengeri Campus

CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Kanmanike, Kumbalgodu, Mysore Road,

Bangalore - 560074

Ph. No:  080 4012 9800, 9802, 9820

Delhi NCR Campus

CHRIST (Deemed to be University),

Mariam Nagar, Meerut Road,

Delhi NCR Ghaziabad - 201003


Ph. No: 1800-123-3212

Email :

Pune Lavasa Campus

CHRIST (Deemed to be University),

Christ University Road, 30 Valor Court,

PO Dasve Lavasa, Mulshi, Pune - 412112, Maharashtra


Ph. No : 1800-123-2009,
Email :

Between: Monday to Friday: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Saturday: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Office remains closed on Sundays, Government Holidays and Any special events)

Admission Registration fee of INR 5000/ (Non-Refundable)
Programme fee as per the below table


Indian Nationals

Foreign Nationals / OCI / PIO

Full Time




Full-Time PhD




30,000 INR

80,000 INR

450 USD

1070 USD


Time of Payment: All the candidates have to pay the I Year fee immediately after confirmation of the admission. For subsequent years, fees must be paid annually on or before 15th March.

1. Though the fee is fixed for all years, there will be a periodic nominal increase to meet the rise in costs.

2. Admission registration fee of INR 5000/- (US $80 for foreign nationals/PIO/OCI) is non-refundable in the event of cancellation of admission. This fee will be apart from cancellation charges if any applicable.     

3. All Candidates If “Selected” after appearing for the final selection process, the fee may be paid through Net banking facility / NEFT / RTGS.

4. Payment / Transfer of fees does not guarantee the admission.

For Online Application form, click the below link: Online Application form

CHRIST follows University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil./Ph.D Degrees) Regulations, 2016 and the subsequent Amendments.

The minimum eligibility of candidates intending to pursue a doctoral programme is a pass with a minimum of 55% in the postgraduate programme in the discipline/specialization. Students who have completed their post-graduation from an international university must submit an equivalency certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Every candidate has to take the PhD Entrance Examination and Interview to be held on June 13, 2021, or any other date announced by the office of admissions. However, as per the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil./Ph.D. Degrees) Regulations, 2016 (#5.1), those who qualify UGC- NET (including JRF) / UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF) / SLET / GATE/teacher fellowship holder or have passed M.Phil Programme shall be exempted from the PhD Entrance Examination. Those candidates take a Research Skill Assessment Test along with their Personal Interview.

Candidates who have qualified UGC-NET (including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/ SLET/GATE/ teacher fellowship holder (KSET, SET etc.) or have passed M.Phil Programme may apply for PhD any time of the year by sending their Research Proposal and CV to


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Karnataka, India

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Fax: 40129000


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