The Doctor of Philosophy Degree

A Doctor of Philosophy degree, abbreviated as the well-known PhD, is the highest academic degree that can be earned. Earning a PhD requires extended study and intense intellectual effort. To earn a PhD, one must master a subject and extend the body of knowledge of that subject.
To master a subject, a student searches the published literature to find and read everything that has been written about the subject. In most disciplines, a student begins by studying general reference works such as textbooks.  The student must also search scholarly journals, and browse the internet, which is increasingly becoming a repository of academic information.
The essence of a PhD can be summarized in a single word: research. To extend knowledge, one must explore, investigate, and contemplate. The scientific community uses the term research to describe these activities. Research often implies experimentation, but research is more than mere experiments -- it means interpretation and deep understanding. Researchers look for new abstractions, new approaches, new algorithms, new principles, or new interventions.
To complete a PhD, each student must present results from their research to the academic community in a lengthy, formal document called a dissertation or thesis. The student may have to then defend his or her work at an oral examination and in a public forum.  This university also recommends that the research be published in a peer-reviewed journal before the PhD is awarded, so that it receives the affirmation of experts in the discipline. Alternatively, there are non-traditional formats in which the thesis is presented.

PhD Studies at MLCU

MLCU is a development university and so promotes the pursuit of applied research in the social sciences.  Candidates who wish to study issues and problems pertaining to the development of communities are especially invited to apply to MLCU.  Projects that test an intervention to solve a social problem are particularly welcome.  Research that investigates solutions to a community problem is generally multidisciplinary in its approach and will necessitate a broad canvas of thinking.
MLCU also encourages research on indigenous issues, especially indigenous knowledge.  It is important to preserve and revitalize the traditional ways and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of Northeast India and find useful applications to modern life.  Traditional medicine and the fine arts and folklore of the region, especially music, dance and literary forms are other areas of current research at MLCU.

Regulations for the PhD Degree

The regulations for the PhD degrees are framed by the Doctoral Committee and approved by the Academic Council. The current regulations incorporate the UGC Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of MPhil/ PhD Degree Regulations 2016, published in the gazette of India.

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SI No Dates Events/Milestones
1. February 27-28, 2020 PhD Pre-submission presentation (in Shillong)
2. March 27, 2020 PhD Annual progress Report to be submitted
3. May 11, 2020 Doctoral Committee meeting
4. May 18-29, 2020 PhD Course work Module II Class
5. July 9, 2020 PhD Entrance Test
6. July 20, 2020
  • Notification call for MPhil/Integrated MPhil-PhD/PhD Interview
  • PhD (Theology) Interview
7. July 21, 2020 Final Declaration of PhD/DMin/PhD Theology/PhD CM Results
8. July 22, 2020 MPhil/Integrated MPhil-PhD/ PhD Interview
9. July 23, 2020

Final Declaration of MPhil/Integrated MPhil-PhD/PhD Results

Payment dates extended upto July 31, 2020.

The Schedule of the Coursework will be sent to the candidates through email

10. July 30 & 31, 2020



11. August 5, 2020 UREC meeting
12. October 14, 2020 Doctoral Committee meeting
13. November 16-27, 2020 PhD Course work Module II Class
14. January 15, 2021 PhD Entrance Test January


SI No Dates Events/Milestones
1. January 15, 2021 PhD Entrance Test January
2. January 19-29, 2021 PhD Course work Module I class
3. February 26, 2021 PhD Pre-submission presentation (in Shillong)
4. March 26, 2021 PhD Annual progress Report to be submitted
5. May 12, 2021 Doctoral Committee meeting
6. May 17-28, 2021 PhD Course work Module II Class
7. May 21, 2021 UREC meeting
8. June 9,2021 PhD Entrance Test
9. June 11, 2021 PhD Interview
10. June 14-25, 2021 PhD Course work Module I class
11. October 13, 2021 Doctoral Committee meeting
12. October 22, 2021 UREC meeting
13. November 15-26, 2021 PhD Course work Module II Class


SI No Dates Events/Milestones
1. January 12, 2022 PhD Entrance Test
2. January 14, 2022 PhD Interview
3. January 17-28, 2022 PhD Course work Module I class
4. February 25, 2022 PhD Pre-submission presentation (in Shillong)
5. March 25, 2022 PhD Annual progress Report to be submitted
6. May 11, 2022 Doctoral Committee meeting
7. May 16-27, 2022 PhD Course work Module II Class
8. May 20, 2022 UREC meeting
9. June 8, 2022 PhD Entrance Test
10. June 10, 2022 PhD Interview
11. June 13-24, 2022 PhD Course work Module I class
12. October 12, 2022 Doctoral Committee meeting
13. October 21, 2022 UREC meeting
14. November 14-25, 2022 PhD Course work Module II Class

PhD admission for Foreign nationals

Duration of the program

The minimum duration of the program is three years. The maximum duration is six years, but may be extended by the Doctoral Committee.The duration is calculated from the date of admission to the date of submission of the thesis.


  • A master's degree (or equivalent) in any subject

Candidates from Meghalaya and Northeast India are given priority.

PhD Studies in Theology

MLCU aspires to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in disciplines and fields that will promote the attainment of the vision and mission of the University. The mission of the University emphasizes the mandate to recognize the Christian legacy of the University and its commitment to Christian institutions and Christian communities, in its Endeavour to promote advance theological education to develop leadership for the mission of God Through the ministries of the Church in India and abroad. Thus, the doctoral studies program aims at equipping competent leaders in their field of specializations to be culturally and contextually relevant research. For details, click here.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is a professional doctoral degree designed to enrich religious leaders in traditional and non-traditional settings, to deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry, and to refine its practice. The program’s mission is “to develop leaders for communities of faith and to equip women and men for ministries and vocations that provide personal religions and social transformation.” For details, click here.

University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)

The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) was constituted on August 17, 2009, by the Board of Governors, in recognition of the need for a system of ethical review for research involving human participants. Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) acknowledges and accepts the responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects and their community, cultural and environmental milieu. The term ‘subjects’ used in the context of research includes humans, animals, communities, cultures and the environment as appropriate for the particular topic of research. By obtaining ethical approval, the researcher demonstrates his or her adherence to the accepted ethical standards of a genuine research.

Details on University Research Ethics Committee

Click here for members of UREC

Click here for UREC Ethical Approval Form

MPhil/PhD Application Information

The application form can be downloaded from or by writing/ emailing the Secretary, Doctoral Committee, Martin Luther Christian University, Dongktieh, Block I, Nongrah Shillong 793006, Meghalaya, India(or) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .The application must be filled in completely and should be accompanied by a 500 words essay on "Why I want to do a PhD and how it will help my career and benefit society". The applicant will have to also submit a tentative research proposal of approximately 1500 words with five to ten academic references. The prescribed format can be downloaded along with the Application form. The filled - in application form, essay and tentative proposal along with the application fee of Rs 500/- should be submitted at the same time. The application forms will be screened. Selected candidates will be called for the entrance test and pay Rs 5000/- as entrance test fee.

MPhil/PhD Entrance test

PhD Entrance Test and Interview Scheme- Click Here

All applicants who fulfill the eligibility requirements and have submitted the completed application will have to write an entrance test. Short listed candidates will be called for an interview after the entrance test. The entrance test and interview covers the following topics:

  • Motivation and career goals
  • Research interest of the candidates and its importance
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Community orientation

The test will be of 3 hours duration and will cover the following areas:

  • Communicative English
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Community orientation
PhD Interview/ Course Work

Scheme for PhD coursework

July 2020 Batch Fee Structure



When to pay

Last date

Application Fee


With submission of application

Jul 6, 2020

Entrance Fee


After receiving acceptance letter

Jul 7, 2020

Registration Fee


After declaration of Results

Jul 31,2020

*Annual Course Fee


After declaration of results, first instalment of Rs 30,000/-

Jul 31, 2020

2nd instalment of Rs 30,000/-

Mar 15, 2021

2nd year onwards annually in two instalments: Sep 15 and Mar 15

RP Evaluation Fee


May 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

** Examination Fee


With submission of thesis

* Annual Course Fee can be paid in two instalments (through is applicable till the candidate completes the program.

*Examination fee is to be paid as per the fee structure in force at the time of submission of thesis

Note:Late payment of fees will attract a fine of Rs.100/- per day

Due to the current situation, all payments to be made by Online mode only. No cash or DD is accepted.

# Bank transfer details

Bank Name: Federal bank Ltd. Shillong Branch

Account No: 11905500002834

IFS Code: FDRL0001190

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Contact Person :

Secretary, Doctoral Committee

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Mission Statement

To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, by providing knowledge, skills and values that will enable our students to become global citizens while upholding gender, ethnic and religious equity for all, conserving its bio-cultural heritage, and  by recognizing its Christian legacy and commitment .

Student's Pledge

We the incoming/outgoing students of the Martin Luther Christian University vow to always uphold the principles of Honesty, Sustainability, Tolerance and Respect, Quality, Perseverance, Humility, Teamwork, Leadership, Accountability and Recognition as upheld to us in the University. This pledge we make freely, fully understanding that these values will make us good humans and role models.

Contact Details

Martin Luther Christian University
Dongktieh, Block -1,
Nongrah, Shillong 793006
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