Admissions Open 2024




About The Programme

The Jindal School of Art and Architecture (JSAA) works from an ethos of questioning and experimentation across disciplines including architecture, design, and multiple adjacent knowledge domains. The School's doctoral programme is seeking to expand the development of design‑driven knowledge, questioning, and pragmatic design‑research methods. We encourage researchers to tackle real‑world challenges from a theoretically robust and pragmatically nuanced perspective to produce effective and equitable solutions.

The programme invites researchers and educators working on any aspect of the built environment to start on their doctoral studies at JSAA. The programme offers a full‑time pathway (on JGU campus) or parttime pathway (remotely across India) for interdisciplinary research, informed by an understanding of the inherited and future built environments – environments understood as discernible processes, built by humans or nonhumans, alone or jointly, facilitated by active geophysical processes. In other words, if you recognise that a forest is as much a built environment as an igloo, then JSAA is the place for you. Students will take university‑level coursework in research methods, critical and creative thinking, design philosophy, and ethics, and school‑level elective coursework in materials and making, as urban studies, and interiors. Thinking will be tested through wider forms of evidence so as to make original contributions to knowledge of expanded fields of trans‑disciplinary practice. International educators, international; standards, and international experience for Ph.D. students are the unique benchmarks of this programme.

Broad Areas of Research

Philosophy of Design
Critical Aesthetics
Architectural Ethics
Architectural History‑Theory
Landscapes & Future Environments
Design and Culture
Architectural Intelligences
Spaces of Cinema and Performance
Politics, image, identity, knowledge
Making, materiality, object
Sustainability, development and
Political ecology, environmentality, nature, culture dualism, governance
Society, culture, virtual physical worlds
Road safety law and policy, public infrastructure, informal transport networks
Public health
Urban development policy
Interactions between the morphology of the built environment, air quality and the urban heat island effect

Master’s Degree or any other degree recognized equivalent thereto in (a) Business Administration or Economics or Commerce or in allied subjects or in Engineering/ Technology with at least 55% marks OR (b) Post Graduate Diploma in Management recognized as equivalent to MBA by AICTE with 55% marks or equivalent grade therein.

Professional qualification such as CA/ICWA/ CFA/ CS (both 5 year integrated or 3 years after graduation) with minimum 55% marks.

Applicants with more than 3 years of industry / teaching / practicing/ managerial / professional experience will be given preference.

Applicants shall be admitted to the Ph.D. Programme under one of the following categories:

  • Full-time Ph.D. Student (with or without fellowship)
    “means a person enrolled in the Ph.D. Programme devoting full-time to completing the requirements of the degree.”
  • Part-Time Ph.D. Student (without fellowship)
    “means a person who is registered in the Ph.D. Programme devoting part of his/ her time for completing the requirements of the degree while discharging other employment obligations.”
Selection Procedure

Admission & Selection

The minimum and maximum period of study and research shall be three years and six years respectively from the date of registration of the student.

Credit Requirement & Coursework Details
Credit Requirement & Coursework