Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Environmental Sciences Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences is a Pre-Doctorate academic research course in the domain of environment and its related science. A minimum eligibility criterion applied for admission to the course is a minimum of 55% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at PG level in the respective domain.

The course is offered by various colleges/universities across the country (however, seats per course are not very extensive and there are limited intakes). Some of the popular colleges/universities offering this course are:

The fee for the course across various colleges and universities across the country varies from INR 8,000 to 60,000 depending on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government.

The course structure involves four semesters distributed over a span of two years. Admissions to the course are based on the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate at Post Graduate (PG) level. There are certain colleges/universities that follow Common Entrance Test (CET) based admission criteria, however, mostly admission is based on Merit-based system (Percentage of marks at PG level).   

M.Phil. in the domain of environmental sciences is a research level course which involves an in-depth and detailed study of the subject. It aims at providing doctoral level research and understanding of the subjects to the students. Since it is a higher level course it deals with much specific kind of content but deals it with detail.

M.Phil. in environmental sciences pass out student can have a variety of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. He/she can make a career with Pollution control board, waste treatment plants, NGOs, government departments, Research labs, etc. A fresh Pass out candidate can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 15,000 to  22,000 per month. The average salary range across the country is almost same with a little variation here and there.

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Course Highlight Table

Course Type Pre-Doctorate
Area Concerned Environment
Duration of Course 2 Years
Admission process Merit-based (Based on PG percentage)/ Entrance Test based
Structure of Course Semester-Wise
Eligibility Graduation from any college/university with a minimum of 55% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at PG level.
Top recruiting areas Pollution control board, waste treatment plants, NGOs, government departments, Research labs
Job Profiles Environmental specialist, health and safety head, Soil scientist, Researcher, professor.
Course Fee INR 8,000 to 60,000
Average starting salary INR 15,000 to 22,000

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: What is it about?

The environment is defined as everything that surrounds us. The study of our surroundings and our relationship with it along with the respective effect of this relation is what that comes under the ambit of environmental studies.

Since environmental pollution has been increasing on a gigantic scale in modern times various scientific and technical methods are being devised for its control. This collaboration of environment with science has given birth to a new domain of environmental science.

M.Phil course in this domain is aimed at the detailed analysis and research on the topic with an aim to explore some new and sustainable solutions for the well being of our environment. Students are provided with a holistic view of the subject in a gradual and progressive manner so, as to allow them the time to understand the key concepts.

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Top Institutes offering the course

M.Phil in Environmental Sciences is offered as course by many colleges and universities to candidates who have passed their PG or equivalent examination from a recognized state or central University. 

For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.

Institute City Average Fee
Awadhesh Pratap Singh University Rewa INR 30,250
Bundelkhand University Jhansi INR 45,000
Chaudhary Devi Lal University Sirsa INR 30, 500
Fakir Mohan University Balasore INR 42,000
GITAM Institute of Science Vizag INR 30, 170
Gulbarga University Gulbarga INR 3,775
Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar INR 27,562
Indian School of Mines Dhanbad INR 25,200
JNU Delhi INR 400
Jiwaji University Gwalior INR 22,000

Interested candidates can make an application for admission to the above-mentioned Universities and colleges.  Students can also search for an option in face of institutes offering the course in their local region/region of residence in case they are not willing to relocate for the purpose of their graduation.

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the PG or equivalent examination from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University with at least 55% (45% to 50% for reserved category candidates) of the marks at Post Graduation level.

  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/subjects at PG level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission (like work experience of certain years).
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
  • Certain Institute provides admission through Common Entrance Test (CET) (Like Delhi University). To get admission in these institutes candidates would have to qualify the respective entrance exam by securing minimum qualifying marks.

The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Admission Process

Admissions to the course involve a mix of both merit-based selection procedure and a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country). 

  • Some Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test (Like DU) for admission into the course hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college.
  • Once the final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.
  • The new academic year begins after the completion of all the above processes.

In most of the colleges, the admission process would be based on merit-based admissions.

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Syllabus and Course description

The syllabus of the course is divided into four semesters spread over a span of two years with each year comprising of two semesters. The syllabus of the course is divided into various parts and modules that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below for the reference to the candidates.

Year I Year II
Environmental Biology Wildlife management
Environmental Chemistry Immunology and Toxicology
Geology in relation to environment Environmental Physics
Fieldwork Impact assessment
Research Work Project work
Practical Viva-voce

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have interest in the domain of Environmental Sciences.
  • Those who have a career in Indian forest services in mind can also try their hands at this course.
  • Those who are looking for a career in the field of Teaching.
  • Those aiming at a career as a researcher can also opt for the course.

M.Phil. in Environmental Sciences: Career Prospects

M.Phil (Environmental Sciences) pass outs have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to works as Environment specialist, health and safety head, Soil scientist, Researcher, professor etc.

To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where M.Phil. pass outs can look for in terms of their career.

M.Phil in Environment Science Average salary
Area/Domain Role Average Salary for Fresher’s
Environment Scientist The job involves research and analysis on effect of natural and anthropogenic activities on environment and devising ways to minimize damage INR 2.6-3.38 Lacs
Soil Scientist A Soil Scientist is involved in determining the nutrient-profile of the soil so, as to enhance its productivity without allowing it go barren. INR 2.25- 2.74 Lacs
NGO Worker A NGO worker can indulge in raising concerns towards various policies and measures that can harm environment and wildlife. INR 2.28 – 2.50 Lacs
Researcher Researchers are involved in determination and deliberation on a certain specified areas related to the domain of environmental science. INR 2.40-2.72 Lacs
Forest Service Officer It is a public sector job for which recruitment is done through an exam conducted by UPSC. The job involves overview and supervisory role in regards to forest management. INR 5.8- 6 Lacs

M.Phil. (Environmental Sciences) Fee Structure in India

1.39 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES69.70 K  (Maximum Fee)
19.11 K (Average Fee)
28 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES1.40 L (Maximum Fee)
83.19 K (Average Fee)

M.Phil. (Environmental Sciences) Fee Structure By state


15.26 K
75 KPrivate COLLEGES75 K
75 K


2.57 K
28 KPrivate COLLEGES82 K
62.50 K


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M.Phil. (Environmental Sciences) Colleges IN INDIA

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1.39 K first year fees
Jiwaji University - [JU]
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
33.82 K Total fees
11 K first year fees
CMJ University
Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya
2.55 L Total fees
11.75 K Total fees
Mewar University - [MU]
Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
28 K Total fees