M.Phil. in Development Studies


The M.Phil. programme is a two year programme, designed for those who would like to acquire a certain level of analytical and applied skills but may not be keen on pursuing a Ph.D. degree.. While an interdisciplinary approach is encouraged, the programme lays somewhat larger emphasis on economics to provide an integrated framework within which various development issues can be addressed. The programme requires both successful completion of course work as well as submission of dissertation. M.Phil. stream students who would like to register for a Ph.D degree need to pass the oral comprehensive examination in the form of proposal cum evaluation seminar and a course on Research Methodology as per the UGC Rules, in addition to the prescribed course and grade requirements.




In the past, M.Phil students from IGIDR have been placed in the corporate sector - a selected list of companies is provided in the section on past recruiters. Some of our students pursue their doctorates, either at IGIDR or abroad. In the last five years, our students have got admission with financial support from renowned universities abroad like Iowa State University, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and University of California, Irvine.


Admission Eligibility:


Minimum qualification for admission to M.Phil. and Ph.D. programme include one of the following degrees or their equivalents:

M.A./M.Sc. in Economics

M.Stat./M.Sc.(Physics or Mathematics or Environmental Science or Operations Research)

M.B.A./M.Tech./ M.E./B.Tech./B.E.

With at least 55% aggregate marks for Economics discipline and 60% aggregate marks for other disciplines. The applicant must have studied mathematics at the higher secondary level or should be able to demonstrate equivalent mathematical ability. Admission will be through a set of written tests and interview. The written tests focus on analytical, verbal and mathematical abilities. All candidates appearing for their final degree examinations on or before July 15, 2012 are eligible to appear for the IGIDR admission tests. However, their admission will be provisional and subject to their securing 55% or 60% aggregate marks, as the case may be, in their final degree examination. Also, the final official mark sheets of the same must be submitted to IGIDR by October 31, 2012.



Course Structure and Duration:


M.Phil students are required to take eight courses (four compulsory and four optional), which they are expected to complete in the first year. Ph.D. students are required to take twelve courses (four compulsory and eight optional), which they are expected to complete in one-and-a-half years. In addition, all M.Phil. and Ph.D. students are required to take the course on Research Methodology and the course on Seminar Series. The compulsory courses for M.Phil/Ph.D. students are Microeconomics - I, Macroeconomics - I, Econometrics - I and Energy and Environment – I. The optional courses can be chosen from the list of courses offered by the Institute, which are similar to those listed under the M.Sc. program. Ph.D. students are required to take any two courses from Microeconomics – II, Macroeconomics – II, Econometrics – II and Energy and Environment – II as two of their optional subjects. Those students who already possess a Masters degree in Economics may get a pass through in certain courses provided they clear a set of examinations administered by the Institute. In addition, students who wish to have the M.Phil. degree, are required to submit an M.Phil. Dissertation. For continuation in the Ph.D. programme, the student has to pass an Oral Comprehensive Examination in the form of a Proposal cum Evaluation Seminar and is expected to write a Ph.D. dissertation within the stipulated time frame.