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Doctoral programs in Humanities and Social Sciences at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham encourages practice-led innovative, interdisciplinary, pedagogic researches in the field of Humanities & Social Sciences, including spiritual and philosophical studies with an aim to create a knowledge community with strong human values, discerning social awareness and excellent communicative competence. The candidates are trained to become competent to analyze social situations, evaluate, and determine solutions to various societal problems making them proficient to take up jobs suited for public service.

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2022 Admissions Open for PhD Programs

Candidates seeking admission can enroll in the Amrita campuses at Coimbatore, Amritapuri, Bangalore, Kochi and Mysore, if they meet the conditions laid down by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

How to Apply

Important Note

2023 Ph. D. Admissions Open


Full Time PhD

Applicants holding a Master’s degree are eligible to apply for admission. Examples of Master’s degree include: ME, M. Tech., M. Sc., MCA, M. Com., MFA, MJMC, MSW, MBA, MS by Research and MPhil.All applicants are expected to have strong academic records.

Part Time PhD

Applicants who have a full-time appointment at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or at another academic/ R&D organization are eligible to apply for part-time admission. Other eligibility requirements of such applicants are same as full time applicants. Part Time students are permitted to proceed at a slower pace in completing their doctoral requirements.

Integrated PhD

In order to encourage exceptional students in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs at Amrita, students are allowed to pursue Ph.D, and can be considered for Integrated Ph.D. admission. Completion of undergraduate degree is mandatory for such applicants.

Dual Degree PhD

Applications for dual degree admissions are solicited as and when opportunities for such admissions become available at the International Partner University (IPU).

Research Highlights


Our research guides helps the candidates to explore, experiment and develop ideas for research thesis in a supportive, critically reflective, wide-ranging situational contexts, with a goal to develop competency in quality-led rigorous research, by integrating diverse practices and performance metrics, with the view of making original contributions to the society.


Doctoral programs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham are designed to develop outstanding educational researchers with a wide range of research skills as well as in-depth knowledge and practical understanding and expertise in their chosen field of educational research.

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee Details
Tuition Fee Details (in Rupees)
Head Term Amritapuri Bengaluru Coimbatore ASAS Kochi Mysuru
Tuition Fee Per Annum ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000
Hostel & Mess Fee Details
Tuition Fee Details (in Rupees)
Head Term Amritapuri Bengaluru Coimbatore ASAS Kochi Mysuru
Tuition Fee Per Annum ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000 ₹ 30,000

The Amrita Advantage

Holistic Education

At Amrita students work closely with the faculty who become their mentors, advisors and friends. Our faculty aims to provide holistic education to students, strives to structure their skills, helping them to reflect on real-world issues by thinking critically, allowing them to channelize their skills to be used in real life scenarios, by giving them optimal industrial and academic exposure. To achieve this, faculty combines modern state-of-the-art equipments and teaching techniques with time tested ancient techniques like Yoga and Meditation for keeping the body, mind and spirit in harmony and in sync, carving the students into self sustainable individuals, rich in mental strength and human values. Candidates interested in learning yoga, music and musical instruments like Tabala, Harmonium, etc are provided with opportunities to learn, and master them in Amrita Campuses. Those interested in social and philanthropic services will relish their life here, where they encounter innumerous opportunities to quench their thirst for selfless service.

The SWACCH Campus

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, has been awarded the Number One Rank in the ‘Technical Institutions’ category in the Swachhta Rankings 2017 & 2018 released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This ranking is based on a sustainability audit focusing on campus greenery, cleanliness and maintenance, toilet adequacy in campus, tree planting and community outreach in promoting Swachh culture.


Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has always given paramount importance to research. Amrita is a partner in various international bilateral governmental research programs and initiatives, such as Indo-US Initiative (Cyber Security, Cyber Crimes,) Cyber Forensics), Indo-European Union (Erasmus Mundus, India4EU programs), Indo-Japan Initiative in Wireless Networks & Applications. It has links with 20 US universities for research into areas such as robotics and cyber security, and further associations with European and Japanese institutions. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also has research partnerships with many premier government research bodies like ISRO, DRDO, BARC etc. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also operates 60 + state-of-the-art research centers in many emerging and frontier areas in Biotechnology, Cyber-Security, Engineering, Green-Technologies, Humanitarian-Robotics-HCI, Learning-Technologies, Management, Medical-Sciences, Nanoscience, Social-Sciences-Women-Empowerment and Wireless.

  • 100 + Patents Filed
  • 60 + Centers of Excellence
  • 12000 + Publications
  • 180 + Collaborations
  • $100M + Funding
  • 200 + Funded Scholarships
  • 800 + PhD  Faculty
  • World’s First – Wireless Sensor Network System for Early Detection of Landslides
  • Asia’s First – Upper Arm Double Hand Transplant
  • India’s First – UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment
International Collaborations

Over the years, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has developed working relationship with many of the best universities in the world. Amrita collaborates with many renowned foreign universities in many diverse fields of knowledge like engineering, security, communication, medicine and social sciences. In addition to the advantages of shared research efforts, such collaborations helps the universities to benefit from each other’s expertise in field of research, and helps to gains access to new technologies and partners. These collaborations are effective in deepening the knowledge and skills of both students and faculty. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has working collaborations with many leading international Universities like University of Buffalo, New York, University of New Mexico, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, Vrije University, Amsterdam, University of L’Aquila (Italy), University of Louisiana, Lafayette (USA), University of Oakland, Michigan, TELECOM School of Management (France), National llan University, Taiwan, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech (UPC), Uppsala University, Sweden, University of Twente, Netherlands, University of Trento, Italy, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy, to name a few. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also holds the No.1 rank in India for its International Faculty ratio as per ‘Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

Industry Tie-ups

Amrita Tie-ups with 400+ Industries to set up innovation labs, thingQbators etc., to boost innovation, and to help students in gaining skills that equip them as the future leaders.

Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is an academically attractive alternative to traditional methods of study, where the students from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham can undertake their graduate coursework towards two separate degrees, simultaneously, usually completing the course in just two years, giving them an opportunity to earn their second degree from an internationally recognized institution in the U.S. or Europe.

Student Exchange Programs

Amrita students are strongly encouraged to supplement their current academic experience by participating in a student exchange program with one of our partner universities. Through our semester exchange program (one or two semesters), Amrita aims to provide students with a meaningful overseas educational experience.


Placements at Amrita have always been excellent. Students who are eligible and opted for placements have more than one job offer, on an average. Placements are facilitated by enhancing industry-academia association through frequent visits, interactions with the top management and facilitation of Faculty Development Programs, Student Visits, Industrial Training, and Project Guidance under Corporate Action Plan.

Entrepreneurship Development

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham provides world class entrepreneurship opportunities to its students through Amrita Technology Business Incubator (Amrita TBI) and Amrita Centre for Entrepreneurship. In 2017, Amrita TBI won the National Award for the Best Technology Business Incubator in India from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.



Humanities and Social Sciences Amritapuri Coimbatore Kochi Mysuru Chennai
Amrita Dharshan- Philosophy/Spirituality and Interdisciplinary Studies
English Language and Literature Postponed
English and Languages Postponed
Social Work
AMMACHI Labs- Cognitive Sciences and Technology
AmritaCREATE- Special Education
Cultural Studies
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Funded Scholarships

At Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham over 500+ Scholarships are open under

  • Chancellor’s Scholarship
  • Dean’s Fellowship
  • International Scholarships
  • Industry Sponsored Scholarships
  • Research and Teaching Assistant Scholarships
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Full Time

  • Candidates with Fellowships from national institutions like UGC NET and CSIR
  • Candidates working in Research Centre / Funded Project
  • Candidates with International Scholarships
  • Candidates with Fellowships/ Scholarships from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  • Self Funded Research Scholars

Part Time

  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Research and Teaching Assistants
  • Sponsored candidates from Governmental, Semi Governmental and recognized Private Institutions
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Thrust Areas of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Department

  • Amritapuri
    • Humanities and Social Sciences: Amrita Darshanam – Philosophy/Spirituality and Interdisciplinary Studies, English Language and Literature, Social Work, AMMACHI Labs- Cognitive Sciences and Technology, AmritaCREATE- Special Education.
  • Coimbatore
    • Humanities and Social Sciences: English Language and Literature, Social Work, Amrita Dharshan: Philosophy/Spirituality and Interdisciplinary studies
  • Chennai
    • Humanities and Social Sciences: English Language and Literature, Amrita Dharshan- Philosophy/Spirituality and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kochi
    • Humanities and Social Sciences: English Language and Literature, Cultural Studies and Hindi
  • Mysuru
    • English and LanguagesAdmission to Ph. D. Program in English and Languagues at Mysuru campus has been postponed until further notice.

Alumni Speaks

Leena Chandran
Chief Operating Officer, Malabar multispeciality Hospitals, Calicut
Social Work, Coimbatore

Thesis Title: Interpersonal Support and Coping Strategies – Identity consideration for Transgender Persons
The days in Amrita is something which I can always cherish. The dual role as a working woman in corporate world and student was really challenging, but motivating. The campus was the area where we found ( myself and fellow scholars) age is just a number and we become students again and again. It was really a great relief from the tiresome work schedule. The Department of social work and the faculties are really wonderful and they gave us the real student environment (even though we were holding high job positions) by all means. Happy to be an alumni of Amrita.

Jincy V V
District Coordinator, Kaaval Plus Project, Department of Women and Child Development
Social Work , Coimbatore

Thesis Title: Life skills, Social support and Self esteem of Children in Child care Institutions
Excellent learning experience

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