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Master of Philosophy or M.Phil in Mathematics is an advanced postgraduate research degree which offers students with a stretch to research on particular fields of the chosen subject. It is one to two years course depending on colleges and is divided into 2 semesters.

M.Phil in Mathematics is one of the courses opted to gain research excellence in the area of its specialization. It compiles a diversified research over a wide range in a particular area under discussion. The basic eligibility for eligibility for the course is Masters in Mathematics in the relevant stream of chosen subject.

The average tuition fee for M.Phil in Mathematics in government aided colleges is as less as 5000 INR to 8000 INR for two years. For private institutions, the fee varies between 17,000 and 25,000 per semester.

Once a higher degree is acquired in a field of Mathematics, a postgraduate can seek various job opportunities with higher pay scale as compared to one with a graduation degree. Some of the designations are Data Analyst, Lecturer, Monitoring and evaluation officer, Economist, Statistician etc. The salary in this field of work after M.Phil in mathematics varies between 30,000 and 40,000.

What is M.Phil in Mathematics about?

M.Phil (Mathematics) is an advanced postgraduate degree or a preliminary research stage of PhD that provides the student with an opportunity to adapt their knowledge in a chosen area of the Mathematics. Having learned the advanced knowledge in masters or M.SC, a student can deliver their discoveries or insights through an in-depth research work. The course enables students to expertise their study by presenting a research paper and thus establish their competence.

Top Colleges for M.Phil. (Mathematics)

  • M.Phil. (Mathematics) in Tamil Nadu
  • M.Phil. (Mathematics) in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Phil. (Mathematics) in Rajasthan
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Chennai

Who Should Opt for M.Phil in Mathematics?

  M.Phil in Mathematics is offered to a postgraduate student with zeal to gain in-depth knowledge about Mathematics. This course is apt for students who having acquired competent understanding of mathematics can attribute additional information through their research. Since the course gives a wide exposure to the field of Mathematics, it is efficient for those wanting to go into the economic sector.


The course duration differs from college to college. It ranges from one to two year depending on the college. There are two semesters of which semester 2 comprises all of a dissertation paper. The maximum years given to students for completion of the M.Phil degree are rendered to be three. The duration to acquire M.Phil through distance learning is also between one and a half to two years.

Academic Options after M.Phil in Mathematics

After M.Phil in Mathematics, a student can opt for PhD degree in Mathematics and can carry out a broadened research into the field of Mathematics. M.Phil being just a preliminary stage of research provides less scope of interjection. Thus, PhD offers a great scope to interrogate the ground of study further. PhD in mathematics is available at University of Delhi, Amity University among a lot others. Few options which could be opted for PhD are:

  • PhD in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • PhD in Pure Mathematics
  • PhD in Applied Mathematics
  • PhD in Statistics

Where to Study M.Phil in Mathematics

M.Phil in Mathematics is available at many science colleges. Some of the top colleges/uinversities offering M.Phil in Mathematics are given below:

Name of the Institute


University of Delhi


Jamia Islamia University


Banaras Hindu University


Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women


Jawaharlal Nehru University


University of Mumbai


University of Calcutta


Annamalai University

Tamil Nadu

Kurukshetra University


Amity University of Applied Science


Dr BR Ambedkar University


Bharathidasan University


Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya




Stella Maris College


Maharishi Markandeshwar University


Presidency College


Eligibility Of the M.Phil. (Mathematics)

The minimum eligibility for admission to M.Phil in Mathematics is Masters in Mathematics or in any relevant stream.

While most of the colleges require 55% in post graduation for the application process, few of the colleges like Manonmaniam Sundaranar University,Tamil Nadu and University of Pune offers admission at 50% marks in Post Graduation.

How to Get Admission in M.Phil. (Mathematics)

Most of the colleges arrange entrance test and interview for admission in M.Phil in Mathematics. Yet few colleges like Kurukshetra University and IGNOU provide direct admission for acquiring distance-learning.

Direct Admission

 There is no direct admission to any regular colleges while admission could be acquired in colleges offering M.Phil in Mathematics in distance-mode such as Kurukshetra University.

Entrance Admission

The forms for entrance examinations are available in the months of June and July and the exam is ideally conducted in the month of June.  The entrance test is of 2-3 hours duration. While most colleges have objective type questions, JNU, Delhi has Subjective type questions thoroughly from the entire syllabus of Mathematics. Students are assessed on the basis of their performance in the entrance test and marks scored in Post Graduation examination. The merit list is issued based on 50% of entrance examination marks and 25% of marks obtained in Masters.

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