Last date to apply

27 June 2021

For individuals...

With significant professional experience or academic training in design, built environment, social sciences, management, culture and heritage, tourism, creative practices and related fields

Looking for...

The next step in their career by gaining in-depth research-informed mastery in design, built environment, urban and cultural studies, arts, cultural and heritage management, cultural tourism and allied domains of expertise

To become...

  • Academics (part-time/ full-time)
  • Practice leaders
  • High-end private consultants
  • Design/ built environment research specialists

Programme Highlights

Flexibility in
programme structure

Flexibility in
programme focus

Interdisciplinary orientation

Access to world-class faculty and networks


About the Programme

  • Curriculum
  • Networks


  • Within the interdisciplinary framework of the programme, scholars can choose from specialisations across design practice, design management, arts, cultural and heritage management, urban, regional, local development studies and sustainability studies and cultural tourism.
  • Core coursework has been especially customized to cover methodological, writing, teaching and academic life skills that will be relevant across tracks and fields of specialization.
  • The majority of credits in the Research Masters’ programme also consist of independent research and research communication/ exchange activities.


  • Anant National University Research Masters-PhD programme faculty are well-recognized and well-networked in their fields.
  • Internal and external funding opportunities will be available for academic exchange, field travel and conferences.
  • PhD scholars may choose research supervisory committee members from internal and external panels of experts.

Meet the Faculty

  • Dr Anunaya Chaubey
    PhD in English Literature, Patna University;
    Salzburg Global Fellow
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  • Dr Amareswar Galla
    Professor and Director, ICICL;
    PhD, Australian National University, Canberra
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  • Dr Abhishek Kumar
    Associate Professor;
    PhD, Pondicherry University and Associate IIAS, Shimla
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  • Dr Ashima Sood
    Associate Professor;
    Co-Director, Centre for Urbanism and Cultural Economics;
    PhD in Economics, Cornell University
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  • Dr Subhalaxmi Mohapatra
    Associate Professor;
    Co-Director, Centre for Urbanism and Cultural Economics;
    PhD in Health Economics, Utkal University
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  • Dr Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar
    Associate Professor;
    PhD, Oxford Brookes University (UK) /UTM Mauritius
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  • Snehal Nagarsheth
    Professor and Dean, School of Architecture View profile

Read our FAQs

The applicant must be:

  • An M.Phil. or Masters by Research degree from an Indian or international university

  • Or, a recognised postgraduate degree in any discipline

  • Or, a four- or five-year undergraduate degree with a substantive research or thesis component

  • Or, an undergraduate degree and substantial research or professional experience

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Applicants are required to submit an application including a (1) CV, (2) work sample as “evidence of research preparation” (up to 5000 words), (3) UGC-NET certification (if available), (4) names and contacts of three referees and (5) a research proposal of up to 1200 words in the specified format.

The selection process will be carried out in following stages:

  • Research Aptitude Assessment (mandated by the UGC; if applicable)

  • Research proposal assessment (for direct PhD applicants only)

  • Research proposal presentation (with viva, for direct PhD applicants only)

  • Personal/Online Interview

For details related to the admission requirements, the eligibility conditions and the programme, send an expression of interest, consisting of a CV and cover letter with a statement of purpose to
Please indicate whether you would be interested in a part-time or full-time programme and which specialization would interest you most.

Applicants will be evaluated on how well they demonstrate “evidence of research preparation” in the form of one or more of the following, which they must submit:

  • Research skills coursework and/or a supervised research project that includes an independently completed written report, as part of the programme of study at the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programmes.
  • Scholarly papers involving a substantial contribution as an author, published in recognized academic journals or edited volumes from recognized academic publishers.
  • Research or technical reports contributed by the candidate for industry, government, or business, which adhere to the broad conventions of academic publishing.
  • “A scholarly approach to creative work as research investigation” shown through a critical discussion of creative work, the candidates’ own or others.
  • Industry or work experience independently planning and executing a project.