South Asian University, New Delhi

Ph.D International Relations South Asian University, New Delhi

Also known as: SAU Delhi

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Fees Details

Tuition Fee (Non-Refundable) SAARC Students- 

US$ 440 per semester (US$ 880 per year) for day scholars, payable in July & January each year.

US$ 500 per semester (US$ 1000 per year) for boarders, payable in July & January each year.

Non-SAARC Students-

S$ 4500 per semester (US$ 9000 per year) for day scholars, payable in July & January each year.

US$ 5100 per semester (US$ 10200 per year) for boarders, payable in July & January each year.

Admission Fee (Non-Refundable) SAARC Students- 

US$ 100 (payable only once at the time of entering SAU)

Non-SAARC Students-

US$ 100 (payable only once at the time of entering SAU)

Security Deposit (Refundable)* 

SAARC Students- US$ 100

Non-SAARC Students- US$ 100

Students' Aid Fund (Non-Refundable)- 

SAARC Students- INR50 per semester

Non-SAARC Students- INR50 per semester

Hostel Fee is US $ 60 per academic semester for students from the SAARC region

Mess charges will be extra and are likely to range between US$ 50 to 75 per month

Disclaimer: Data for total fees has been calculated based on all years/semesters as provided by the college. The actual fees may vary.

Course Details

  • Mode: Full time
  • Duration: 6 Years

Ph.D International Relations is a full-time two to ten years duration course offered by South Asian University, New Delhi

A wide range of themes germane to the study of International Relations (IR) come within the purview of the Department of International Relations. Broadly, these encompass both mainstream theories, critical approaches and disciplinary histories of IR; global political economy concerns and international normative political theory. Specifically, teaching and research is carried out by engaging in academic debates relating to security and strategic studies, peace and conflict resolution approaches, the study of regional and international organizations, and identity politics. While we are not an Area Studies Department, we share a special and abiding curiosity with regard to all facets that have a bearing on the overall texture of politics in South Asia. Popular culture in South Asia as it relates to cinema, music, cuisine, dress, and languages also falls within the Department’s ambit of interest.

For the PhD programme, students are required to complete two compulsory courses: Advanced Theory of International Relations and Advanced Research Methods. To help students develop their areas of interest into dissertations, the Department offers a number of optional courses

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Admission Process

will consist of two phases. The first phase consists of an Entrance Test and the minimum marks required to clear the Entrance Test will be 50%. Those who are shortlisted for the second phase will have to submit a written research proposal, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation and face an interview. The final merit list will be prepared by totalling the marks obtained in both the phases.

Phase 1

Format of the Entrance Test Paper -The duration of the Entrance Test will be two hours, and the question paper will consist of 50 multiple choice questions of one mark each that will test the applicant’s subject knowledge and general knowledge pertaining to South Asia and the world. All questions are compulsory.

Phase 2

Those who clear the Entrance Test and are shortlisted for interview will have to furnish two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a detailed research proposal and face an interview.

Eligibility Criteria

A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year Master’s degree in International Relations or related disciplines like Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Linguistics, Mass Communications, Education, Geography, Law, Social Work, Development Studies, Criminology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, English, Comparative Literature and Comparative Religious Studies) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks, or an equivalent grade.

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