Eligibility for Admission to the PhD Programme
Candidates seeking registration to the PhD Programme, whether full time
or part time, shall hold a Master’s Degree/Post Graduate Degree (or
accepted as equivalent to it and declared eligible for doing PhD, by
Kerala University of Health Sciences) in the concerned or allied/cognate
subject with minimum 50% marks and declared a pass. If the candidate
is qualified with a pass and marks scored by the candidate in the
qualifying examination are not specified, it will be presumed as 50%
marks. The faculty wise list, of such eligible qualifying Degrees/other
qualification, is given in the schedule.The candidate also has to qualify
the entrance examination for PhD, if not duly exempted
Admission of students to the PhD Programme
A candidate who wishes to pursue a programme of study and research
leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will be required to
seek registration to the programme, under an appropriate Supervising
Guide of the University, in a Recognised Department in a ‘Centre of
Research’/Centre/Institution which is so recognised for this purpose by the
University, as a ‘Centre of Research’.
- A candidate, working in a research project which has been taken up by
University Department/School/Academic staff College/Centre of the
University or by a Centre of Research/Recognised Department in a Centre
of Research and the project is funded internally or externally, will be
deemed to be a full-time PhD research student, provided they are
otherwise qualified for the PhD programme and can duly be admitted to
the PhD Programme of the University with the approval by the funding
agency/related authorities, for considering the project for PhD research
also, for the candidate, in full or in part and for getting registered for PhD.
- Candidates who are applying for admission to the PhD Programme shall
be required to have passed an entrance examination conducted by the
University. The entrance examination will be conducted by the
Controller of Examinations of the University as per the guidelines of the
Board of Examinations and will be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
type consisting of 100 questions for one and half (11⁄2) hours duration.
Questions will be related to Research Methodology and general research
aptitude (approximately 60 Marks), Biostatistics (approximately 20
Marks) and Research Ethics (approximately 20 Marks). Those scoring
at least 50% marks will get qualified in the entrance examination. The
qualifying mark for the candidates belonging to the scheduled
cast/scheduled tribe category will be 45% or more. The result will
remain valid for four subsequent notifications and admissions for PhD.
- There will not be any exemption for the entrance examination except as
per the sub-clause 6.2(iii) or any other as approved by Academic
Council and Governing Council from time to time.
- The following candidates are exempted from taking the entrance
- Candidates coming under agreement between the Kerala University of
Health Sciences and a University/Institution in India or abroad where
specific clause(s) exist for registration of candidates to PhD degree by
- Candidates selected under international cultural/educational exchange
programs of Government of India/UN bodies.
Procedure for applying for admission.
- Candidates seeking registration to the doctoral programme (PhD) may do
so by submitting their applications in the prescribed form, in response to
the notification in this respect, issued by the University. Registration for
PhD may be granted in January and July sessions every year for which
applications may be received in response to notification by the University.
However, the University reserves its right not to invite applications.
- Application for the Registration shall be submitted to the University in the
prescribed form with payment of the prescribed fees. Those candidates
qualified as per the entrance examination/duly exempted from entrance
examination, are eligible to apply, provided they otherwise qualify for the
programme and can duly be admitted to the PhD Programme of the
University, as per the regulations.
- On response to the notification for admission, the candidates shall submit
the provisional title of the research/Thesis they are planning to do, along
with the application, giving sufficient background material and the
proposed line of research, and obtain the consent of a Supervising Guide
duly recognised by the University, through the Head of the Department
and Head/Principal of the recognised Centre of Research from where the
candidate has to register for PhD.
- For part time PhD students, additional requirements (as given in 3.1)
- The candidates are permitted to do PhD in the subject/related subject/
related specialities, restricted to the discipline of their Post-Graduate
degree, but can have an inter-disciplinary component, if the area of
Preparation of the Admission List.
- For approval of candidates for PhD, an Admission Committee shall be
constituted by the Vice Chancellor, with and three experts nominated by
Vice Chancellor, as members, one of them designated as Chairman of the
committee. Dean (Research) will facilitate in convening the meetings.
- The candidates for PhD would be required to give a presentation on the
proposed topic of research before the Admission Committee.
- The candidates recommended by the committee will be listed and offered
provisional registration under the regulations of KUHS.
Admission and Registration.
- Each selected candidate, for PhD, shall be issued with an admission letter
by the University.
- A candidate who has been selected for admission may take provisional
admission with the Centre of Research/Department of the Centre of
Research by paying the required fee and fulfilling such other
requirements as per the admission rules and other relevant Rules and
Regulations of the University.
- A candidate for PhD who wishes to take admission shall do so within four
weeks of the notification of selection list for admission to the PhD
- A candidate for PhD is not allowed to take up any other course
- For selection of PhD candidates for permanent registration, at the end of
the 1st year, there will be a qualifying examination (Year-end
examination) consisting of two papers of three hours duration and a
Protocol/Methodology Approval Presentation. Those who are successful
in the year-end examination will be given permanent registration.
Duration of the PhD Programme.
- For full time registration, the minimum duration including the time spent for
course work shall be 3 (three) years and the maximum period 5 (five)
years. For part time registration, the minimum period including the time
spent for course work shall be 4 (four) years and the maximum period 6
- PhD students can submit the final Synopsis/Abstract within maximum period
prescribed, once the minimum period is over (either as Part-time or Full-
time PhD, as the case may be). However, a grace period for one month (30
days) after the completion of maximum period prescribed will be allowed
to submit the final Synopsis/Abstract. The name of a PhD student shall be
removed from the rolls of the University, if the PhD student fails to submit
the final Synopsis/Abstract/Thesis for the award of the PhD degree within
the period prescribed under sub-clause 10.1, with a grace period of one
month (30 days) after the maximum period prescribed. The date of
submission of the final Synopsis/Abstract after Pre-submission presentation
will be taken as date of submission for this purpose.
- The University on the recommendation of the concerned Supervising Guide
and the Head of School/Department/Centre/Centre of Research, may,
however, subsequently accept the request of a PhD student, whose name
has been removed from the rolls of the University under sub-clause 10.2
above, to get re-enrolled and become eligible for submission of the Thesis,
provided that the candidate remit the prescribed fee for re-enrolment and
submits the Thesis not later than the expiry of one year from the date of re-
enrolment. The period of re-enrolment as provided above shall be
presumed to be in continuation of the original registration of 5 years (full-
time) or 6 years (part-time) as the case may be, without any break or
- Before completing the minimum period prescribed in sub-clause 10.1, no
candidate for the PhD degree shall undertake any employment (unless for a
part time course to start with or converted to part time course in due
course) or undergo any other course of study of the this University or any
other University. Teaching and research faculty members may be
exempted from this clause, if the University so decides after due
consideration of the merit of the case.
- The University may cancel the admission of a PhD student for a breach of
the provisions of sub-clause 10.4 and/or on account of his unsatisfactory
progress, on the basis of the monitoring reports and the proposals from the
Doctoral Committee and recommended by the Centre of