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Philosophy Programme


  1. Admission Requirements
    • Minimum Educational Qualification: Pre-degree or +2 with a minimum of high second class or its equivalence and one year of Orientation programme/training in English after Pre-degree or +2.
    • Proficiency in English: To assess the proficiency of the applicants an English Test will be conducted by JDV in the month of June. Those who do not pass this examination will be given ‘provisional admission’ only and will be required to attend ‘Remedial English Classes’ for one semester (with additional charge) and will have to prove their proficiency in English at the end of the semester.
  2. Programme Requirements
    • The BPh degree is a Three-year programme. To qualify for the degree a student must, as a rule, obtain 180 credits. If a student has already a bachelor’s degree, she/he may be allowed to complee BPh in two years, considered on an individual basis.
    • The BPh programme consists of Obligatory Basic, Supplementary Obligatory and Additional Optional Courses. Obligatory Basic and Supplementary Obligatory Courses are prescribed for all the B.Ph students. In addition, every student must take a certain number of Additional Optional Courses.
    • he students are required to register for the optional courses of their choice at the beginning of the academic year.
    • Students may withdraw from an optional course only for very serious reasons and with the written permission of the Dean. There is a fee for change of the registration for optional courses.
  3. Examinations
    • There will be final examinations for all the courses taught. Final examinations will be held at the end of every semester.
    • Each course will have on-going assessments (or internal evaluations) of the students by the professor(s) concerned who will grade them according to their academic performance. Besides class participation, there will be two components of internal evaluations usually for each course which will have a weightage of 50 % of the grade.
    • Absence from an examination without the prior written permission of the Dean will be counted as failure.
    • Degree students who have five failures in basic and/or optional courses-including failures in re-examinations- at the end of two semesters, or seven failures at the end of three semesters, will automatically cease to be eligible for the degree and will be transferred to the Two-Year Certificate Programme.
    • To obtain BPh degree the student will have to appear for a comprehensive examination, which consists of a written test of three hours and an oral exam before a board of two examiners.
    • Re-examination sessions will be held twice: in January, after the Christmas holidays, for examinations of the first semester courses, and in June, after the re-opening, for
    • examinations of the second semester courses. For failures in the last semester, re-examinations will be held in the beginning of January before the Comprehensive Examination.
    • Those who wish to appear for re-examinations will have to apply in writing to the Controller of Examinations on the dates indicated in the Calendar. There is a fee for registering for re-examinations.


  1. Admission Requirements
    • Minimum Educational Qualification: Pre-degree or +2 with a minimum of high secondclass or its equivalence.
    • Proficiency in English: Those who do not pass this examination will be given ‘provisional admission’ only and will be required to attend ‘Remedial English Classes’ for one semester (with additional charge) and will have to prove their proficiency in English at the end of the semester.
  2. Programme Requirements
    • This two-year programme, which fulfills the basic requirements of philosophy for candidates to the priesthood, contains the same obligatory basic subjects as for the degree programme, but in every subject taught certain more difficult questions may be omitted, as will be indicated by the teacher. The total number of credits required is 120.


The Faculty of Philosophy offers post-graduate programmes with two different specializations: Master’s in Systematic Philosophy (MPH-SP) and Master’s In interfacing Science, Philosophy and Religion (MPH-SR). These programmes will be comprehensive in scope in view of qualifying the students to teach Philosophy.

  1. Admission Requirements
    • The candidates are required to have at least a second class in their BPh or its equivalent. Those who have completed their philosophy studies in a non-degree conferring institution or seminary may also be admitted, depending on their academic performance in philosophical studies.
    • Students seeking admission to any of these Master’s programmes may obtain the application form either from the Registrar’s office or download from the JDV website (https://jdv.edu.in), and send them, duly filled in, to the Registrar by 15 March.
  2. Programme Requirements
    • The Master’s programmes consist of four basic courses, (besides a Pro-Seminar, Research Methodology and Dissertation), six seminars and five optional courses.
    • Besides the prescribed courses, a dissertation (scientific research paper) on a philosophical topic is an essential requirement for the completion of the Master’s programmes. The length of the dissertation is about 20,000 words. Four copies of the dissertation must be submitted to respective coordinators of the Master’s programmes at least three weeks before the defence but, in any case, by 15 February, the latest.
    • Students are expected to complete all the requirements for the programme within the stipulated period of two academic years. Those failing to do so will have to re-register and pay tuition fees for the third academic year.


The aim of the cycle of studies that leads to the Doctorate is “the furtherance of philosophical and theological studies and allied disciplines” (Art. 2). The doctor’s degree is conferred after the successful completion of the doctoral programme that consists of two parts.

  1. The purpose of the first part of the doctoral programme, which lasts for six months, is twofold: to check the capacity of the candidate to do research and to enable him/her to do the preparatory work in the area in which he/she desires to do research. Accordingly, the first part consists of
    • the Orientation Programme,
    • the study of required languages,
    • writing two research papers of 7000 to 8000 words each related to the area of one’s doctoral research under two guides within six months, and
    • passing the candidacy examination with a minimum grade of B+, in which a two-member board consisting of both guides will examine the student orally for one hour on the basis of the two research papers.
  2. The Second part of the doctoral programme intends to help the student to do independent scholarly research with the guidance of his/her guide, thus to make an original contribution to the particular area of research through writing the dissertation, defending it and publishing it at least in part. Accordingly, the second part consists of
    • submitting doctoral dissertation proposal to the chairperson of the doctoral committee within three months from the time the candidacy examination is held, which includes the aim of the dissertation, the method to be employed, and the guide suggested for the doctoral dissertation.
    • writing a doctoral dissertation under a guide, which must be composed according to the norms of scholarship, of 60,000 words minimum if it is a systematic study, and of 100,000 words minimum if it is a historical study.
    • presenting a paper related to the student’s doctoral research in the doctoral colloquium of the respective faculties before submitting his/her doctoral dissertation,
    • public defence of the dissertation before a board of three examiners, and
    • publication, at least in part, of the doctoral dissertation in order to obtain the doctoral degree. (For further details see Bye-Laws to Art 31, Statutes of Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth).

During the tenure of the doctoral programme, the doctoral student reports to the chairperson of the doctoral committee the progress of his/her research every year on or before March 30. The annual report of research progress should also include timeline of further research and be approved by his/her guide.

Application and Admission

Admission to the third cycle leading to the Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) presupposes the corresponding Master’s degree in Philosophy (MPh) with at least a high second class obtained from a Faculty recognized by the Holy See.
The application to the doctorate programme should be submitted to the Registrar. It must include the following :

  1. A letter from the authority or person who sponsors and accepts financial responsibility for the student
  2. A letter of application of not more than 300 words explaining the reasons for attempting a doctorate and indicating the topic of research and its relevance.
  3. A copy of the Master’s thesis.
  4. True copies of the certificate and marks sheet of the Master’s degree.
  5. Two separate confidential testimonials from: The Dean of the Faculty/the Head of the Department where the student completed the Master’s degree, and any competent person of the student’s choice.

Apply to The Registrar