Ph.D – Humanities & Social Sciences




Humanities and Social Sciences


Doctoral Programmes

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is involved in research and teaching. It offers higher degree programs leading to the award of Doctoral and Master’s degrees. The Master’s program in General Studies, M.Sc. (Tech), is oriented along the streams of Communication and Media Studies, and Development Studies.

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Research Areas

The department offers a full time Ph.D. programme in the following thrust areas of its research.

  • Theatre Studies
  • Film and Visual Culture Studies
  • International Relations
  • China Studies
  • Postmodernism
  • American Fiction
  • Tourism Theory
  • Ecocriticism
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Renaissance Drama
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Environmental Humanities
  • Spiritual Intelligence
  • Indian writing in English
  • Indian Writing
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Globalization and Transnational Feminisms
  • Dalit Literature
  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • Disaster Management
  • Environmental Adaptation
  • Tribal Development and Sociology
  • Development Studies
  • Ecology and Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Culture and Mental Health
  • Education
  • Ethics


  • The candidate should have at least an MA or an equivalent degree.
  • The candidate should have scored at least 55% in the postgraduate degree.
  • The Department should have an expert in the area to supervise the candidate.
Full Time Candidates
  • Eligible to be considered for Institutional Fellowship of INR 28,000 or 31,000 per month as per intake qualification.
  • Candidates from thrust areas only to be considered for Institute Fellowship .
  • Candidates with UGC/JRF Fellowships in all areas of expertise in the Department are encouraged to apply.
Selection Process
  • Written exam followed by interview
  • M.Phil. and/or JRF holders exempted from written exam
Admission Process

To learn more about the Ph.D admissions process at BITS Pilani, please visit the website