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Updated on 28 Dec, 2017

PhD in Gender and Development Studies (PhD (GDS))

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 14,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


The eligibility criteria for admission of candidates for the Ph.D programme in Gender and Development Studies:
i.                 Master’s degree in Women’s Studies or Gender Studies with 55%
ii.                Master’s degree in other streams with one or two courses in the area of Women’s/Gender Studies and/or with demonstrable evidence of teaching and / or research and publications in the area of Women’s /Gender Studies.
iii.              Notwithstanding any of the above, the Doctoral Research Committee may recommend any additional coursework to individual candidates as required.


iv.              Fulfillment of eligibility criteria would be subject to qualifying in the entrance test and any other requirements as stipulated by the University.

The Ph.D. programme will contribute to refining and standardizing methodology and development of research tools. Inquiry into gender as a crosscutting analytical theme across all development sectors needs application of both traditional and innovative research design. Need assessment undertaken with non-governmental organizations and experts in the field highlights focal research needs linked to planning and implementing gender-sensitive development projects; skill enhancement in gender-sensitive participatory action; planning and implementing gender awareness programmes for a range of target groups and conducting gender impact studies. Thus, appropriate and need-based research can lay the foundation for positive, affirmative interventions.

In future there is likely to be a rapidly expanding job market for persons highly qualified in areas linked to gender budgeting, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis in both governmental and non-governmental/ voluntary sectors. A Ph.D. qualification would be of importance for positions at supervisory and policy making levels.

Thrust Areas for Research
Consultations with experts on relevance of gender and development studies identified the following thrust areas: Concepts and theories in gender studies in the context of development; gender analysis; gender and human rights; gender relations in family, community, society, workplace, labour market; gender roles and gender stereotypes (combating gender biases); gender training; gender and livelihoods; gender and law; gender and culture; gender and development; gender and governance; gender, education and literacy; gender, learning and conditioning; gender and media; gender, science and technology; gender and ICTs (gender and the digital divide); gender, food security and entitlements; gender and poverty; gender, health and nutrition; gender, extension and communication; gender differentials in access to resources; gender and social security; gender and traditional knowledge; gender planning and development policies; gender and entrepreneurship development. This list will not be considered an exhaustive list and is merely indicative in nature.

Programme Cordinators
Prof. Savita singh  Email : savitasingh@ignou.ac.in

Course Coordinators
Prof. Savita Singh savitasingh@ignou.ac.in