Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture offers two tracks of interdisciplinary study: Studies in Ecological urbanism and Sustainable construction technologies. The program intends a deep immersion in an ecosophical perspective of the built environment as part of an inspired understanding of larger discourses: environmental, social, political, artistic, and technological. It evokes inquiries on new connections of professional knowledge of the built environment with urbanism, landscape, and material culture. It prepares candidates for careers in research cohorts, university teaching, urban cohorts dealing with design and systems advocacy, and material labs, among many others.
The Ecological urbanism track offers research opportunities that link urban design and rhythms of landscapes forging sustainable development of urban realm, environment and conservation of heritage, with a critical analysis of its social and political underpinnings. The researches draw on a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to,  Dynamics of Water Urbanism  Conservation of Built Heritage Environment  Sustainable Planning of Urban Development and Design  Dynamics of Urban Migration and Developmental Studies  Sustainable Development of Landscape and Natural Resources  Landscape Architecture  Historical Appreciation, Criticism and Conservation.
The Sustainable construction technologies track offers applied research and criticism on enquiries to develop novel sustainable practices and building performance studies. These studies elicit a wider interdisciplinary perspective onto behavioural and material culture explorations emphasizing their interconnection with the environment, society and cultures. The researches draw on a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to,  Materials and Sustainable Built Environment Studies  Building Performance Studies
Master in Architecture (MArch) or Allied areas from recognized institutions with not less than 55% of marks, or a CGPA of 5.5 and above on the 10 point scale. Students who have completed their post-graduation from an international university must submit an equivalency certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
CHRIST follows University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil./Ph.D Degrees) Regulations, 2016 and the subsequent Amendments.
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.
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