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Doctoral Program in
Nursing

The Chitkara University School of Nursing PhD. program is a research-intensive curriculum that prepares nurses for careers as nurse scientists who will conduct research across a broad range of populations and health conditions. Importantly, much of our research is focused on health disparity population with the long-term goal of informing health policy and clinical practice across the lifespan.

Our PhD. program provides students with an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of nursing science and a strong foundation in research methods (design, statistics, measurement, quantitative and qualitative methods) for clinical, translational and health services research. All students are mentored by research advisors with active programs of research as they move toward independent research and assume the roles of doctorally prepared nurse scientists.

Program Overview

Doctoral education builds upon and extends competence acquired at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and emphasizes theory development and research skills. The functions of nursing scholars are to: assume leadership roles in complex healthcare and education systems; develop a theoretical and empirical base for nursing practice in both current and emerging healthcare systems; conduct nursing research and participate in developing healthcare policies. The entire thrust is on the professional development of nurses that could lead to evidence-based practice for clinical effectiveness.

Having mentioned that, some of the salient features of the doctoral program in Nursing include –

  • Critically apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their primary area of study.
  • Pursue research of significance in the discipline or an interdisciplinary project.
  • Manage complex ethical and professional issues and make informed judgments on ethical codes and practices.
  • Discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original research of publishable quality which satisfies peer review.
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders to create, develop, and exchange research knowledge to influence and benefit society and the economy (in sync with UNSDGs.)
Sub-Areas/Sub-Disciplines

  • Evidence-based Nursing Practice
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Health Promotion and Health communication
  • Healthcare Innovations
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Theory Development & Testing
  • Quality Assurance in Nursing Practice and Education
  • Clinical and Community-based Interventions for Health Improvement
  • Women Health
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Admission Eligibility

As per the statutory guidelines of Indian Nursing Council, a candidate for admission to the Ph.D. course in the Faculty of Nursing must possess –

  • M.Phil. (Nursing) or M.Sc. (Nursing) or a Post Graduate degree in Nursing recognized by the Council with 3 years of teaching or Clinical experience after M.Sc. (Nursing) for enrolment for Ph.D. in Nursing (part-time) under the Faculty of Nursing in the respective University.
  • The scholars should have passed M.Sc. (Nursing) with a minimum of 60% marks.

How to Apply

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria, are required to fill the admission form with required documents 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. It also includes fulfillment of all research objectives, acceptance/publication of research papers in peer-reviewed journals or conferences.

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 EthicsSensitization 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 / 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 DefenseEligibility 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 the management field as you investigate business challenges that interest you. Our doctoral program students have the entrepreneurial ability—and diligence—to study complex issues that managers and policymakers face.

  • 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

Medical Surgical Nursing+
Community Health Nursing+
Mental Health Nursing+
Maternal-Child Nursing+
Paediatric Nursing+
Nursing Management+
Nursing Education+

Framework for PhD. Program

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