CIPOD Courses

Course Requirements

The M.Phil. degree involves both course work and dissertation-writing. The course work must be completed in the first two consecutive semesters, followed by the preparation and submission of a dissertation within a period of two semesters. The entire M.Phil. course has to be completed in four consecutive semesters. The credit requirement for M.Phil. course work and dissertation-writing is 24 credits, with 18 credits for the course work, including Research Methodology, which is compulsory, and 6 credits for the dissertation.

The synopsis for the Ph.D must be completed and approved by the appropriate Centre and School level committees, within a year from the date of registration to the Ph.D programme. Submission of Ph.D theses may be completed after a minimum of four semesters (two years) and a maximum of eight semesters (four years) from registration in the Ph.D programme. Under exceptional circumstances – and subject to the approval of the Centre and School level committees – an extension of one year may be granted on a case-to-case basis, as per rules laid down in the JNU Ordinances.


Course Offered

The Centre offers a number of courses under its four M.Phil./Ph.D programmes of study. M.Phil. students are required to take six courses over two semesters, and these courses are specified by the programme of study that students join. It is notable that students are also allowed to choose courses offered by programmes other than the one they are admitted to, as optional course/s. In other words, insularity is something that the Centre deliberately avoids in its teaching. Centre faculty also teach courses at the M.A. and B.A. programmes.

The courses offered at the Centre are listed below:


MPhil Courses


MPhil in International Politics


MPhil in International Organization


MPhil in Diplomacy and Disarmament Studies


MPhil in Political Geography


MA Courses

The courses offered by the Centre faculty form the nucleus of the teaching of one-third of the compulsory and core courses (besides several optional courses) offered as a part of the MA programmes in international studies at the SIS. Some courses are taught in a collaborative teaching mode with other faculty members of SIS.


BA Courses

CIPOD offers two courses for undergraduate students of the School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies.