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Doctoral Program in
Architecture, Urban Design & Development

The Ph.D Program in Architecture at Chitkara University is focused on the production of knowledge in the historical, theoretical, or technological development of architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Operating within the context of a design school in a university setting, it is a fundamentally interdisciplinary program, and seeks to explore opportunities in the wider university to reconsider the terms, methods, and futures of architectural knowledge.

Furthermore, the Ph.D in Architecture addresses the development of modern architectural form and ideas as they have been affected by social, economic, and technological change. In broad terms, it encompasses the relations between the profession, practice, civil institutions, and the society at large.

Architect Program Chitkara

Program Overview

The Ph.D Program in Applied Sciences provides doctoral level education opportunities for scholars interested in a challenging interdisciplinary STEM graduate education with an intellectually stimulating, culturally diverse, and societally relevant career development experience.

The program is intended to develop the necessary research and analytical skills among qualified graduates for high-level engineering and scientific positions in research, industry and government. This unique program further provides the candidate with substantial depth in one branch of engineering or science as well as a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge needed for the technological challenges of today. It facilitates scholars with the opportunity to conduct research in a single or multidisciplinary field of study with practical application. Additionally, the scholars develop skills to use interdisciplinary tools and approaches to solve problems and deliver with the motivation to translate knowledge to beneficial applications to advance new horizons in the field of applied sciences.

Admission Eligibility

The candidates who have completed any of the following qualification(s) are eligible to seek admission to the Ph.D program as per Chitkara University regulations and UGC Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D Degree Regulations, 2022 issued dated 07.11.2022 [(New Delhi, 7th November, 2022; No. F. 1-3/2021(QIP)].

  • A 1-year/2-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree program
    or
  • A 2-year/4-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 3-year bachelor’s degree program
    or
  • Qualifications declared equivalent to the master’s degree in relevant discipline by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed
    or
  • An equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institution accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institution
    or

A 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree program in relevant discipline with a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed, subject to the following conditions:

  • The candidate should have a full-time teaching or research/industry experience of atleast 4 years.
  • The candidate should be currently working in AICTE/UGC approved College/University/Government agency/industry.

Note: Relaxation for reserved categories as per UGC norms

How to Apply

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria, are required to fill the admission form with evidences of all particulars to be attached. All application forms will be screened by a separate screening committee whose representatives will be from Doctoral Research Committee and Experts from the University in the respective areas. The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and relevant experience will appear in a written test to be conducted by the University. Time-table & Curriculum will be intimated to the registered candidates. The candidates will then appear for a personal interview for the final selection.

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Program Fee Structure

Fee Components Amount
Enrolment Fee Rs. 30,000/-
Career Advancement Services Fee Rs. 20,000/-
Course Work Fee 1 Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 2 Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 3 Rs. 25,000/-
Doctoral Seminar on Specialisation Rs. 60,000/-
Synopsis Seminar Fee Rs. 60,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 1 Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 2 Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 3 Rs. 20,000/-
Pre-Thesis Submission Rs. 40,000/-
Thesis Submission & Defence Fee Rs. 75,000/-
Total Rs. 4,20,000/-

Program Structure

The curriculum includes compulsory coursework, research proposal and objectives, research work and progress, pre-thesis work, and thesis defense.

The course work comprises of five components: research methodology, advanced research methodology, doctoral foundation seminar, doctoral concentration seminar, and research & publication ethics. After successfully completing coursework, the research scholar works in close coordination and under the strict supervision of his / her research guide, prepares the research proposal, and identifies the objectives of the research work.

Progress of the research work is reviewed every six months and finally, the scholars submit their thesis and defend it. The Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) closely mentors and monitors this process.

Ph.D in Architecture Chitkara
Phase Sub components Outcome
Course Work Research Methodology Enabling scholars to purse research in a methodical manner
Advanced Research Methodology Enabling scholars to know about tools and technologies to process their data
Doctoral Foundation Seminar Enabling and equipping scholars with required tools and technologies in their broad discipline area
Doctoral Concentration Seminar a) Motivation to Research, b) identification of base paper(s), c) State-of-art, d) Identification of research gaps, e) Identification of Tools/Technologies for conducting proposed research
Research & Publication Ethics Sensitisation towards research; Ethics and respect to science and research integrity; Intellectual honesty and research integrity; Scientific misconducts; Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism
Submission of Research Proposal Extensive literature review / patent data bases, research proposal submitted to Dean (DRC) in prescribed format
Progress Seminar – I Progress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – II Progress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – III Progress on identified research objectives
Pre Thesis Seminar Achievement of all objectives, Thesis ready in final shape, Research paper(s) communicated to Conferences / Journals
Thesis Submission and Defence Eligibility for award of Ph.D degree
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What to Expect

The Ph.D program at Chitkara University will prepare you for an outstanding career in research and teaching. Right from your first semester, you’ll get to work with faculty mentors across your field as you investigate the challenges that interest you. Our doctoral program students have the ability—and diligence—to study complex issues that the world right now faces.

  • Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers at Chitkara
    Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers at Chitkara

    Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers

    Our Ph.D Program is strategically designed to cater to the needs of high-achieving professionals aiming to enhance their career in the world beyond academia as well. While conventional academic skills are often developed through courses and mentoring, we also incorporate various pedagogical approaches to mentor them as leaders, entrepreneurs, etc., equipping them with numerous transferable skills, thus grooming them for successful careers in the industry.

  • Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences Chitkara
    Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences Chitkara

    Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences

    Our Ph.D students get the opportunity to present their work at prominent conferences. Such conferences, we believe, provide a platform to present one’s research to a global and important audience of scholars and experts in the field. Resultantly, our scholars are ahead at knowing about latest developments as well as open issues that the research community is collectively deliberating upon.

  • Student Support Chitkara
    Student Support Chitkara

    Student Support

    Our faculty closely works with research scholars on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and co-authors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, which helps them widen their perspective on contemporary issues in their field.

  • Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara
    Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara

    Collaborative Research Environment

    In our Ph.D Program one finds the most conducive environment to work in collaboration with other scholars, teachers and ace researchers. Our ideology is simple - collaborative teams exhibit important research outcomes, far beyond what could be accomplished by individuals working independently.

Concentrations Offered

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Framework for Ph.D Program

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