M.Phil – Master of Philosophy

Overview :

Philosophy is a comprehensive system of ideas about human nature and the nature of the reality we live in. Master of Philosophy is a Postgraduate Academic Research Degree which is awarded for a course or program in Philosophy. It is popularly known as M.Phil. which is an abbreviated form of Master of Philosophy degree? The duration of Master of Philosophy degree is 1-2 years involving a number of semesters. The syllabus of Master of Philosophy is a mixture of theory and practical. Scholars are trained to present their research findings. A pre-doctoral programme – Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) is taken after completion of the Master’s Degree. This can either be completely research based or can include course work as well. Masters Degree in Philosophy is offered by various Indian Universities in a wide variety of subjects ranging from English, Mathematics, Physics to Management. Some of the prominent Institutes providing M.Phil. are Delhi University, University of Calcutta, University of Mumbai, University of Pune, Punjab University etc. Masters Degree Programs in Philosophy can also be pursued through distance learning programs which one can pursue at one’s own flexibility. After completing Master of Philosophy through distance learning, one can continue further research through other doctoral programs. Some of the Institutes providing Distance Education in Philosophy are Alagappa University, Andhra University, Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Open University and Tamil Nadu Open University.



The basic eligibility for M.Phil is to have a master’s degree in the subject chosen for M.Phil with the minimum marks of 55% in the respective subject. Entrance Exams are held all over India by various institutions and universities for the admission in the course. NET, SET and other equivalent national level exams help wavier the entrance test scores in some of the universities. Distance Education can also be chosen by the candidates who are not willing to attend the regular/full time course. After the candidate clears the entrance exam, he/she has to go through a personal interview.

Candidates who would like to level up their knowledge on the subject they chose in their master’s can go for this course. They can acquire knowledge on the basis of hands-on work and adequate amount of research which helps them to develop better skills and knowledge which can be used on a technical level in the professional field.

List of Top Colleges:

  • Delhi University, Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • IGNOU, Delhi
  • Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
  • Stella Maris College, Chennai
  • St. Xaviers College, Mumbai
  • NIMHANS, Bangalore

Advanced Course:

  • Ph.D in any discipline.


Programs in Master of Philosophy [M.Phil]

M.Phil. (Tamil)
M.Phil. (Botany)
M.Phil. (English)
M.Phil. (Physics)
M.Phil. (History)
M.Phil. (Zoology)
M.Phil. (Commerce)
M.Phil. (Chemistry)
M.Phil. (Economics)
M.Phil. (Education)
M.Phil. (Sociology)
M.Phil. (Mathematics)
M.Phil. (Biotechnology)
M.Phil. (Computer Science)
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