The PhD and MSc(Engg) Programs

The Department of Materials Engineering offers two research degree programs: one leading to the PhD degree and the other, to an MSc(Engg) degree.

Both these programs share a common admissions procedure: based on their academic record (and scores in national examinations such as GATE and UGC-CSIR NET), applicants are shortlisted for an interview. The final selection of students for admission is based on their performance in the interview. [Consult the IISc Admissions website for details.]

On joining the Department, each student is required to complete a Research Training Program (RTP) that consists of a specified number of course credits: 12 credits for MSc(Engg) students, 6 for PhD students with an ME/MTech degree, and 18 for PhD students with a BE/BTech (or equivalent) degree. [Please consult the Section 2 of the Student Information Handbook for details. The courses offered in the Institute are listed in the Scheme of Instruction.]

On completing the RTP, the student has to pass the Comprehensive Examination (which the PhD students must take within the first two years) or the General Test (which the MSc(Engg) students must take within the first year). These may be thought of as equivalent to the candidacy or qualifying examinations in other universities.

The PhD Thesis Colloquium, given by each student typically during the fifth year of the program, forms another key, formal step. The final steps are the submission of the MSc(Engg) or PhD thesis, and the public defence of the thesis, and oral examination conducted by a board of examiners constituted by the Institute for this purpose.