Programme Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cultural Studies

  • Bangalore Bannerghatta Road Campus
  • Open From : 21-Mar-2024
  • Open Until : 04-Jun-2024

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
Ph. No:  +91 80 4012 9400
Email IDs
Indian candidates:
Bangalore Bannerghatta Road Campus
CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road,
Bengaluru - 560 076, Karnataka, INDIA
Ph. No:  080 4655 1306
Bangalore Kengeri Campus
CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Kanmanike, Kumbalgodu, Mysore Road,
Bengaluru - 560 074, Karnataka, INDIA

Ph. No:  +91 80 4012 9800, 9802, 9820
Bangalore Yeshwanthpur Campus
CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Nagasandra, Near Tumkur Road,
Bengaluru 560 073, Karnataka, INDIA

Ph. No:  +91 97422 44407
Delhi NCR Campus
CHRIST (Deemed to be University),
Mariam Nagar, Meerut Road,
Delhi NCR Ghaziabad - 201003
Ph. No: 1800-123-3212
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,
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)
For Eligibility Criteria Click the link below:
Students who have completed their post-graduation from an international university must submit an equivalency certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
1. Admission Registration fee of INR 5000/- (Non-Refundable)
2. Programme fee as per the below table
#Indian Nationals
Indian Nationals
#Foreign Nationals / OCI / PIO
Foreign Nationals / OCI / PIO
Full Time PhD
Part Time PhD
Full-Time PhD
Part Time PhD
60,000 INR
80,000 INR
750 USD
1000 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.
# The fee for Full Time PhD Scholars, as indicated in the table, is the actual fee payable and excludes the scholarship amount.
It is to be noted that though the fee is fixed for two years, there may be a periodic nominal increase to meet the rise in costs.
1. NRI fee is applicable for the first year for candidates who have studied foreign syllabus (has to be approved by UGC / AIU) in the qualifying examination of study in India. In subsequent years Other Indian States fee will be applicable.
(The above condition is not applicable to NRI and candidates applied under NRI Category).
2. NRI fee is applicable for the full duration of the Programme for candidates who;
   2.1. Have pursued and completed their last qualifying exam from outside India.
   2.2. Are NRI and candidates who have applied under the NRI category.
3. To claim the Indian category fee, the candidates should have studied last 7 years in India. (Not applicable for OCI, PIO and Foreign Nationals).
4. 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.
5. All Candidates If “Selected” after appearing for the final selection process, the fee may be paid through the following option:
    Payment can make through Net banking / NEFT / RTGS
    Payment / Transfer of fees does not guarantee admission.
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Online Application Form


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