PhD Studies

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.

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.

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.


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 .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 1000/- 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.

PhD Entrance test

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

Candidates are to report at MLCU Campus, Shillong  by 9:30 am and are to bring along the Entrance Test Fee receipt . The test will be of 3 hours duration and will cover the following areas:

  • Communicative English
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Community orientation

* 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 enforced at the time of submission of thesis

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

Bank transfer details

Bank Name: Federal bank Ltd. Shillong Branch
Account No: 11905500002834
IFS Code: FDRL0001190

Contact Person : Secretary, Doctoral Committee

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