Academic Programmes

M.Phil  Programme in Women’s Studies


The year 2012-13 marked a new beginning for CWDS with the initiation of a collaboration between Ambedkar University Delhi and CWDS.  The M.Phil. programme in Women’s and Gender Studies was formally launched in 2012 with the first batch of students. The MoU, initially for a period of 5 years, was renewed in 2017 for a 3-year period.

This Programme is now in its seventh year. Faculty from the two institutions collaborate in teaching, supervision and co-ordination of the Programme, at all levels and the relevant committees are in place for the same. The degree is awarded by AUD since CWDS is not a degree granting institution.  The degree certificate carries the names and logo of both institutions. CWDS faculty are recognized as full time regular faculty for the purpose of this Programme as per UGC Guidelines, 2016.

Year No of students Status
2013-2015 13
12 Awarded; 1 de-registered/on extension
2014-2016 6
5 Awarded; 1 deregistered/on extension
2015-2017 9
5 Awarded; 1 Viva pending; 3 deregistered/on extension
2016-2018 9
8 Submitted; 1 on extension
2017-2019 10
Completed Course Work
2018-2020 10
Doing Course Work
  • The MPhil and PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies in collaboration with Ambedkar University Delhi.
  • Duration of the programme: 2 years (4 semesters).
  • Number of academic credits: 18 credits of courses plus thesis work of 12 credits.
  • Whether thesis/dissertation is required: Yes
  • Medium of instruction: English
  • Number of seats available: 10 MPhil seats and 4 direct PhD seats. Reservation of seats in accordance with Government of NCT rules.

Minimum Eligibility: MPhil eligibility:- Masters in any field with 55% or equivalent CGA, or comparable professional qualification with 55% or equivalent CGA. (Minimum 50% for SC/ST/PD applicants.)

Ph.D Programme in Women’s Studies

The Ph.D. programme was initiated in 2013. At present there are 28 students who are registered for the programme and 1 student has submitted her dissertation in July 2018.  The Sub-Committee on Women’s Studies at CWDS meets regularly to review and advise the programme.

Direct PhD Eligibility: MPhil in Women’s and Gender Studies or in a related Social Sciences or Humanities discipline, OR Masters degree with at least 55% in aggregate (50% for SC/ST/PD applicants) along with at least two years’ relevant ‘practical’ experience or research engagement and/or publications in the related field.

Means of admission: Written test and interview

Batch Number of Students Registered Status
First (2013) 3 2 are ongoing
1 was submitted
Second (2015)
2 are ongoing
1 was de-registered
Third (2016) 7 Ongoing
Fourth (2016) 6 Ongoing
Fifth (2018) 9 Doing course work

Short-term Courses

The Centre conducting intensive Research Methodology and Training Courses for research/ post graduate scholars with support from the ICSSR, along with  short term courses in Women’s Studies.

Notice: The  academic collaboration between Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) and Ambedkar University (AUD) for the M.Phil/Ph.D Programme in Women and Gender Studies ends w.e.f. August 2020. For any queries regarding admissions for the 2020-21 academic year please contact AUD