M.Phil. Sociology Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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M.Phil. Sociology or Master of Philosophy in Sociology is a postgraduate research course in Sociology. The course is a mirror equivalent of Ph.D. but is different from it in certain aspects. Many colleges offer this course in an integrated form with Ph.D. also. The course duration is generally 2 years but can be more if the distance education is pursued. When the M.Phil-Ph.D. integrated course is pursued, the M.Phil. duration is supposed to be 1 year.

The eligibility for pursuing this course is that the student should have obtained a masters degree in sociology from a good institute.

Colleges offering this course are mentioned below.

The admission to this course is mainly through entrance tests. Different universities conduct their tests individually.

Banasthali Vidyapith’s application forms will be available in April and the tentative exam month is June. To know more and keep a track, click here. JNU’s entrance test will be probably in May.

M.Phil. Sociology course focuses on teaching students about human society and the various ways in which humans interact with each other. In it, students study about The Foundational Canon, Academic Writing, Reading Primary Studies, Issues of Nation, Governance and Citizenship, Perspectives on Environment, Discourses of Development, etc. The average course fee ranges from INR 20,000-80,000.

After completing this course, students get to work with academic and educational institutions, government organizations, and many NGOs. The main job profiles are School Teacher, Professor, Research Assistant, Social Worker, Editor, PR Manager, etc. The average starting salary is INR 7-10 Lakhs.

M.Phil. Sociology: Highlights

Course Level Postgraduate Research
Examination Type Semester-wise/Year-wise
Eligibility for the program Masters in Sociology from a recognized institute.
Duration of the program 1-2 years
Average Tuition Fee INR 20,000-80,000
Average Salary (per annum) INR 7-10 Lakhs
Job Profiles School Teacher, Professor, Research Assistant, Social Worker, Editor, PR Manager, etc.

M.Phil. Sociology: What is it about?

M.Phil. Sociology is a research course in human society. The course provides a platform for students to carry out research in the study of human society; its development, functioning, and structure. Sociology as a subject includes many diverse topics relating to Humans and their society and other topics like crime, religion, family, state, division of race, social class, culture, social stability, radical change, etc.

The course focuses on teaching students about human society and the various ways in which humans interact with each other. It involves various studies and teaches students that they should apply these studies to social welfare, academic development of the society and for the developments in various other industries including the corporate sector. Sociology helps a student in understanding the Social, Religious, Political, Economic, and Government institutions in society.

M.Phil. Sociology Syllabus

The following table gives an insight into the syllabus of M.Phil Sociology at DU.

Reflections on Ethnography Contemporary Class Analysis
Philosophical Anthropology Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
Theorizing Democracy, Equality, and Social Justice Archaeology of Caste
Everyday Life and Its Horizons Sociology of Health and Illness
Theorizing Masculinities Nature, Society, Environment
Sociology of Civil War Studying the State
Agrarian Structure Transnational Migration, Gender, and Identities
Women in Indian Society Art, Modernism, and the Public

To know more about the M.Phil. Sociology Syllabus, click here.

M.Phil. Sociology: Top Institutes

Institute Name Location Average fee (per annum)
Banasthali Vidyapith Jaipur INR 44,000
Jaipur National University Jaipur INR 51,300
Barkatullah University Bhopal INR 21,500
Gujarat Vidyapith Ahmedabad INR 8,700
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith Varanasi INR 18,900
Indian Institute of Technology-[IIT] Hyderabad INR 30,000
Assam University Silchar INR 19,000
Gulbarga University Gulbarga INR 4,000
Saurashtra University Rajkot INR 55,700
Rajiv Gandhi University Itanagar INR 10,500
Jodhpur National University Jodhpur INR 1,00,000
Monad University Jaipur INR 24,500

M.Phil. Sociology: Eligibility

The main eligibility criterion which is considered by most of the colleges for offering M.Phil. Sociology is that the student should have a masters degree in sociology from a college recognized by UGC. But there are some universities which even give admission to those who have done their masters in social studies or history. The students should have obtained the minimum marks required as mentioned by the university. Some universities keep this criterion at 50%, but the general range is 45%-55%.

Those who are eligible according to the above criteria need to appear in the entrance examination conducted by the university.

M.Phil. Sociology: Admission Process

Admission to the course is entirely on the basis of an entrance exam. Since various colleges conduct different entrance examinations or follow the state or national level common entrance examination, it is important to keep a track of these different Entrance Exams.

Some of the important Entrance Exams for M.Phil in Sociology is as follows:

  • BU aptitude Test: Banasthali University conducts an aptitude test for entrance to M.Phil Sociology. Application forms for this are available in the month of April and the exam is held in June.
  • JNUEE: The “Centre for Study of Social Systems” of JNU conducts an Entrance Exam. Application forms for this are available in the month of April and the exam is conducted in the month of May.

Department of Sociology of Delhi University also conducts examination for entrance to M.Phil Sociology programme. Application forms are available in the month of June whereas the Entrance Exam and personal interview take place in the month of August.  

Entrance Exam

The above-mentioned entrance exams would include 100 subjective questions. The time allowed for the exam is 3 hours and the paper is of 100 marks. The paper consists of no Negative marking.

The syllabus for the entrance exam is usually the syllabus followed in Master of Sociology. However few of the topics are as follows:

  • Sociological Theories
  • Sociology of Kinship
  • Religion and Society
  • Political Sociology
  • Economic Sociology
  • Sociology of India
  • Methods of Sociological Research
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of Development
  • Gender and Society
  • Population and Society

Selection Process

Students will entirely be assessed on their academic merit for the admission to the program. To determine this academic merit, many universities and colleges might either take into account the score obtained in the state/ university/ national common entrance exam or they might regard the performance of the candidate in the entrance exam and the marks obtained in the M.A. Sociology degree as the final evaluation for admission to the program.

The Entrance exam is followed by a personal interview where a candidate’s communication ability as well as grip on the subject is tested.

M.Phil. Sociology: Distance Education

Those who want to continue with their current work and also want to get a degree in sociology can opt M.Phil. Sociology Distance Education mode. There are many universities in India which offer this course in distance education mode. Indira Gandhi National Open University-[IGNOU], New Delhi is one of them. IGNOU offers this course for a maximum duration up to 4 years while in some other universities the duration can go up to even 6 years. IGNOU charges INR 10,500 currently for this course. Moreover, there is no maximum or minimum age limit to pursue this course in distance learning (correspondence) mode.

M.Phil. Sociology: Career Prospects


Candidates after completing this course can find employment in:

  • Academic institutions
  • Government organizations
  • NGOs
  • Community Welfare Organizations

The profiles currently are:

  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Acquisition Manager
  • PR Manager

To know more, click here.

Higher Studies

Those who want to study more can choose:

M.Phil. (Sociology) Fee Structure in India

750 (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES66.84 K  (Maximum Fee)
18.25 K (Average Fee)
8.63 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES1.65 L (Maximum Fee)
71.36 K (Average Fee)

M.Phil. (Sociology) Fee Structure By state


17.64 K
28 KPrivate COLLEGES1.65 L
78.54 K


10.26 K
75 KPrivate COLLEGES1.49 L
94.75 K


36.07 K
8.63 KPrivate COLLEGES8.63 K
8.63 K

Madhya Pradesh

26.16 K
66.50 KPrivate COLLEGES66.50 K
66.50 K

Uttar Pradesh

25.20 K
24.50 KPrivate COLLEGES75 K
49.75 K


19.71 K
30 KPrivate COLLEGES30 K
30 K


14.74 K
60 KPrivate COLLEGES80 K
70 K


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M.Phil. (Sociology) Colleges IN INDIA

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Christ University
Bangalore, Karnataka
35 K first year fees
Delhi University - [DU]
New Delhi, Delhi NCR
1.15 L Total fees
University of Calcutta
Kolkata, West Bengal
4.4 K first year fees
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
73.6 K first year fees
8.98 K first year fees
Annamalai University - [AU]
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
25.01 K first year fees
Banasthali Vidyapith
Jaipur, Rajasthan
1.45 L first year fees