The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is generally considered to be an advanced research degree usually pursued before the Doctor of Philosophy. It typically includes a taught portion and a significant research portion, during which a thesis research project is conducted under supervision.

For the academic year 2020-21, the following MPhil Programme are offered:

  • MPhil in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work – 2 years
  • MPhil in Psychotherapy – 2 years
  • MPhil Counselling Psychology -2 years
  • MPhil in School Counselling -2 years
  • MPhil in Family and Marital Counselling -2 years
  • MPhil in Community Development -2 years
  • Individualised MPhil -2 years

Integrated MPhil–PhD Programme

Candidates who intend to pursue their PhD subsequent to MPhil may apply for the Integrated MPhil-PhD programme. The advantages of this programme are:

  • pursuing a single research project in two stages over a longer period, resulting in a stronger research outcome
  • possibility of completing the Ph.D. in a shorter time period
  • possible exemption from a portion of or all of the PhD course work
  • possible exemption from the PhD entrance test.

Eligibility for MPhil/PhD

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Admission is based on the performance of the candidate in the MPhil/PhD entrance test and interview.

Application information: The application form can be downloaded from or by writing/ emailing the Registrar at Martin Luther Christian University, Dongktieh, Block I, Nongrah, Shillong 793006, Meghalaya, India (or) to or at 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 also have to submit a tentative research proposal of approximately 1500 words with five to ten academic references.

Entrance Test Interview
An Entrance Test of 3 hours duration covering the following areas:

  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Community orientation
  • After the entrance test, shortlisted candidates will have to appear for an interview which will cover the following:

  • Motivation and career goals
  • Research interest of the candidate and its importance
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Course Work:
    The qualified candidate will have to complete the course work prescribed by the University, after which the candidate is to submit a research proposal. The objectives, content and time table of the course work are available on the MLCU website.

    Contact person:

    Secretary, Doctoral Committee