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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 PHD 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.

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 must have obtained the following qualification, passing from any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

A Master’s degree or its equivalent in relevant discipline with minimum 55% aggregate marks (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 ComponentsAmount
Enrolment FeeRs. 50,000/-
Course Work Fee 1Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 2Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 3Rs. 25,000/-
Doctoral Seminar on SpecialisationRs. 60,000/-
Synopsis Seminar FeeRs. 60,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 1Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 2Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 3Rs. 20,000/-
Pre-Thesis SubmissionRs. 40,000/-
Thesis Submission & Defence FeeRs. 75,000/-
TotalRs. 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.

PhaseSub componentsOutcome
Course WorkResearch MethodologyEnabling scholars to purse research in a methodical manner
Advanced Research MethodologyEnabling scholars to know about tools and technologies to process their data
Doctoral Foundation SeminarEnabling and equipping scholars with required tools and technologies in their broad discipline area
Doctoral Concentration Seminara) 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 EthicsSensitisation towards research; Ethics and respect to science and research integrity; Intellectual honesty and research integrity; Scientific misconducts; Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism
Submission of Research ProposalExtensive literature review / patent data bases, research proposal submitted to Dean (DRC) in prescribed format
Progress Seminar – IProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIIProgress on identified research objectives
Pre Thesis SeminarAchievement of all objectives, Thesis ready in final shape, Research paper(s) communicated to Conferences / Journals
Thesis Submission and DefenceEligibility for award of PhD. degree
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What to Expect

The PhD. 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

    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

    Our PhD. 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

    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

    In our PhD. 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

Doctoral Program in Architecture Urban Design & Development (AUDD)+

Framework for PhD. Program

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