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The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology is a professional degree that offers comprehensive training in advanced research methods in the application of psychological principles across various human conditions. It provides not only discipline specific knowledge, profession- wide competencies and research skills , but also fosters an educational environment that will value cooperative and collaborative learning and promote professional development and personal growth. The aim is to train researchers dedicated to increasing the body of scientific knowledge upon which the discipline of psychology rests. Rigorous scientific training is the foundation of psychology PhD program at Chitkara School of Psychology and Counseling. The doctorate in psychology opens up diverse career opportunities across academia, education, health care, government, and community organisations.

Program Overview

This doctoral program prepares professionals to become leaders who are able to discover and disseminate new knowledge in the area of human brain and behavior. The PhD in psychology program will provide you with the skills to perform research so as to advance the science and practice of mental health care. The program encompasses a wide array of specialty areas within psychology including developmental, social, cognitive , health psychology and many more. Chitkara School of Psychology and Counseling is highly interdisciplinary and from the start of their training doctoral students work closely in research laboratory with faculty mentors. The doctoral student studies complexities of human mind and behavior and learns to integrate practice and science to address problems facing individual’s families and communities.

  • World Class Faculty

    The Faculty includes a dynamic group of researchers and active experts in their respective fields. The faculty get together to form a vibrant and well-integrated intellectual community, where collaborations and exchange s across fields are common. The faculty laboriously helps students from the start of their program until the completion of their thesis, to support the development to their ideas and their integration in the international research community. Additionally our caring faculty are devoted to helping you grow personally and academically.

  • Outcome Oriented Approach

    All doctoral researchers will have the ability to characterize and solve human and social problems using advanced research tools. They would be able to derive policy implications from their research and communicate these to policymakers, practitioners, and other academics in a manner that is comprehensible. They will also be able to peer review others research and offer constructive criticism; and extend the frontiers of the discipline through their own innovative research. The doctoral student will be equipped with the thorough understanding of human thought and beahviour, while developing his own research to further the field.

  • Diverse Career Opportunities

    Doctoral researchers may choose to become academicians, work in health care, multinational organisations, community organisations, government or in the research arms of major institutions. Through this program the doctoral students will be encouraged to become although leader on a variety of topic related to the human experiences. If you are interested in becoming a thoughtful, articulate and research focused professional than this is the program for you.

Admission Eligibility

The candidates who have completed any of the following qualification(s) are eligible to seek admission to the PhD program as per Chitkara University regulations and UGC Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD 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
  • A 2-year/4-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 3-year bachelor’s degree program
  • 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
  • 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

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 at least 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 & Defense Fee Rs. 75,000/-
Total Rs. 4,20,000/-

Program Structure

The Doctor of Philosophy 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 course work, 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.

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 PhD degree
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What to Expect

The PhD in Psychology program at Chitkara University will prepare you for an outstanding career in research and teaching and industry. Right from your first semester, you’ll get to work with faculty mentors from different sub-specialties of psychology as you investigate diverse issues and challenges related to human brain and behavior. Our doctoral program students have the necessary research skills and intellectual acumen to delve into the complexities of mental health issues at an advanced level.

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

    Experiential learning

    Students' intellectual growth is fostered through working closely with faculty in seminars, research projects, and other assignments that develop research and teaching skills. The curriculum offers the breadth of understanding of the integral components of psychology as well as depth of field specialization sufficient to permit the student to make meaningful contributions to the discipline.

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

    Support at Each Step

    PhD students work with faculty 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 an interdisciplinary perspective, which help them widen their horizons and knowledge on contemporary psychological problems.

  • Student Support Chitkara
    Student Support Chitkara

    Industry Driven Curriculum

    We believe in strong industry driven curriculum where we work closely with premier mental health care facilities of top-tier hospitals, business organisations and other professional associations to deliver our academic programs and ensure that our courses are relevant, and practical in tune with the industry demands, allowing our scholars to explore any area of their interest.

  • Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara
    Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara

    Exploring Diverse Research Avenues

    We prepare our scholars for knowledge creation, theorisation, empirical examination, and dissemination. You can make the most of this opportunity by committing to a rigorous curriculum and meaningful research. Our PhD graduate would get to work at leading research facilities affiliated with mental health association.


Our PhD program in psychology offers a very conducive research environment that combines rigor and relevance, and a curriculum that offers foundational courses with flexible, cross-disciplinary electives .Some of the concentrations are:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Counseling psychology
  • Organizational psychology
  • Gender studies
  • Media psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

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