"Thank you for your interest in being associated with the Somaiya Vidyavihar University as a prospective Ph.D. scholar. In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown situation and as per the UGC guidelines, all the postgraduate examinations are now being scheduled on Oct 2020. The last date of receiving completed Ph.D. applications has been extended until Nov 15, 2020. Please visit our website for the latest updates on the Ph.D. programs. Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET) dates will be announced by the end of Nov 2020. The candidates who fulfill all the selection criteria will begin their Ph.D. programs from January 2021".

“Inspiring Discovery & Creating Solutions”

With over six decades of rich experience in building and managing higher educational institutes of great repute, Somaiya Vidyavihar, located in the Vidyavihar Campus, Mumbai, has become a Private University in 2019, bringing all of its self- financing higher education institutions under it.

The Ph.D. Research Centres under the Somaiya Self-Financing Institutes , earlier with the University of Mumbai, SNDT University and Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University are now with the Somaiya Vidyavihar University. It was enacted by an Act of the Maharashtra State Legislature, and recognised by the University Grants Commission in 2019. The University has 27 recognised depts/centres for Ph.D. research and about 100 recognised and experienced research supervisors under the various Faculties.

The University is resolute in defining a new dimension to research using freedom of possibilities. The dynamic research community at Somaiya explores need-based problems to deliver a plethora of possibilities from renewable energy to precision farming, strategies to brand value, microbial diversity to COVID predictions, culture to education among others.

Ph.D. Programmes offered

Offering you infinite possibilities of discovering. Your quest for in-depth knowledge and wisdom begins here.


  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Education Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
Guides : 28


  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Polymer Science, Engineering and Technology
Guides : 8


  • General Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Human Resources Management
  • Data Science and Technology
  • Operations
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Education Management
Guides : 37


  • Sanskrit
  • Yogashastra
  • Philosophy
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archeology
  • Jainology
Guides : 3


  • Indian Languages
  • English and Foreign Languages
  • Literatures, Linguistics


  • Education
  • Education Technology
  • Education Management
Guides : 4

Qualification & Eligibility

  • The admission, eligibility, and the conduct of the Ph.D. Program strictly adhere to the UGC Regulations.
  • Candidates possessing M.Sc/MA/M.Com/M.Phil/M.Tech/Masters from Recognised Universities with over 55% overall marks or corresponding grades, are eligible.
  • Students with CSIR Scholarship/UGC NET-JRF are welcome to apply.
  • Candidates are expected to have a deep understanding of their proposed area and a high level of commitment to pursue research.

Ph.D. Somaiya Entrance Test Syllabus

The syllabus for respective programmes will be uploaded soon

for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Life
for Engineering & Technology
for Management studies
for Sanskrit studies
for Buddhist studies
for Education
for Jainology
Ancient Indian History

Admission Process

Somaiya Institute for Research and Consultancy (SIRAC) is the nodal center for building organic linkages across research disciplines within Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs) of the Somaiya Vidyavihar University. SIRAC coordinates Ph.D. programmes in accordance with the Statutes and Ordinances of the University:

The Ph.D. Admission process includes written test and a one-on-one interview.

Faculty @ Somaiya Vidyavihar University INR
of Engineering & Technology 1,95,000
of Science 1,50,000
of Education 1,00,000
of Dharma Studies 50,000
of Humanities 50,000
of Management Studies 1,00,000
of Commerce & Business Studies 80,000
of Arts and Social Sciences 50,000
of Performing Arts 50,000
of Language and Literature 50,000
Yes, it is mandatory to attend the qualification exam with exception to applicants who have cleared CSIR- NET exam and other national tests for Junior Research Fellowships

The central aspect of the interview/viva-voce is to check whether the candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research. The questions will be based on the research proposal presentation by the aspirant. The aspirant is expected to prepare the presentations with the following heads- tentative title wow fadeInUp, problem statement, objective of the work, basic methods & methodology, and expected outcome. Each aspirant will be given 10 min for presentation followed by 20 min of Q & A session.

Can one choose more than one Guide for the Ph.D.?

Yes, but one will be the principal supervisor and the other a co-guide. The candidate cannot choose Guides from the same discipline. Each candidate is encouraged to carry out interdisciplinary work, and experts from different discipline will achieve this goal

Ph.D. programme shall be for a minimum duration of three years, including coursework and a maximum of six years.

Ph.D. is the highest educational degree a student/researcher can achieve. However, it would be best to pursue a doctoral programme for the following aspirations:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of success and failure: develop self-worth
  • Willingness to think not just out-of-the-box but around, about and beyond the box
  • Recognize individual core-competencies, and harness the potential
  • Single out the areas of weakness and take steps to bridge the knowledge or skill gap
  • Inculcate the habit of planning, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • Develop communication, interpersonal, organizational and planning skills

The entrance exam will have two compulsory papers - Paper 1 & 2. Paper 1 is of 40 marks, and Paper 2 is of 60 marks.

Paper 1 is a generic paper with 40 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each - 15 questions each of Logical Reasoning & Numerical Ability and 10 questions of General Aptitude.

Paper 2 is subject-specific and comprises a combination of multiple-choice and written answer questions

30 Multiple Choice questions of 1 mark each, 4 Short answer questions of 5 marks, and 1 Long answer questions of 10 marks.

The applicant that secures a score of 50% and above will be shortlisted and proceed to the next phase. Syllabus for entrance test for each programme is given under exam syllabus in home page or else click here

Yes, possible after getting due permission from the University Research Committee and Guide(s) of Somaiya Vidyavihar University.

Any research scholar with more than 40% of physical disability may be allowed a relaxation of two years for a Ph.D. in the maximum duration. Also, women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of a Ph.D. for up to 240 days.

Ph.D. programmes shall be required to complete the course work prescribed by the University during the initial one or two semesters. Course work will include two components: Research-aptitude and subjectknowledge development. In research–aptitude component, extensive lecture-cum- hands-on-session in research methodology, scientific writing, statistics, techniques & tools, Intellectual property rights are included. The subject-specific component encompasses lectures on principles, procedures, and technical know-how for the particular Ph.D. work. The scholars will receive grades on presentations and examinations. The research scholar has to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks (Research-aptitude paper and Subject-specific paper + presentations) in the course work in order to be eligible to continue in the programme and submit the dissertation/thesis

  • Own your Ph.D.: The choice to work on real-problem based approaches that 'you choose' with experts belonging to multidisciplinary expertise
  • Proposal writing, Scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Beyond a 'lab': Opportunity to work on consultancy and collaborative projects with industry allowing the real-time experience to developing problem-statements, understand project-specific constraints, and develop the best possible feasible solutions.
  • Joint Guidance/ Mentorship: The aspirant will have the opportunity to mentor by two subject experts, one Guide and another co-guide, each belonging to different disciplines.
    • E.g., If the Ph.D. candidate wants to work on a project to develop on 'Point-ofcare-devices to screen antimicrobial susceptibility,' he/she can choose the Guide from Faculty of Science and co-guide from Faculty of Science and Engineering & Technology. This scenario is for M.Sc/M. Tech students from Biological Sciences, but reversed in incase of the candidate is an M.Tech in Engineering and Technology.
  • Connecting link: Somaiya Institute for Research and Consultancy (SIRAC) is a nodal center for building organic linkages across research disciplines within Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs) of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. SIRAC is also responsible for coordinating Ph.D. programs for all the HEIs. SIRAC will be organizing engaging events for all Ph.D. aspirants across HEIs to interact with one another and facilitate the flow of information.
  • National take but Global reach: Ph.D. scholars will get an opportunity to work on projects under National and Global Alliance with Universities/Institutes/Companies/Start-ups.