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Masters of Philosophy in Political Science or M. Phil in PoliticalScience is a 2year full time course. The minimum eligibility requisite for this course is a Master's degree in concerned subject with minimum 55% marks.

M. Phil programme in political science is intended to help students in expanding their knowledge regarding the nature of politics, political problems, political systems, international relations etc. The goal is to prepare the students for a wide range of possible careers including Civil services and teaching.

M. Phil in Political Science is offered by many private and government institutes. A student has to clear 2 elective papers along with a theory test on Research Methodology as course work. After the end of course work, a student has to write a dissertation on the chosen topic.

Tuition fee for this course ranges from 5,000 INR to 20,000 INR, if one has to do it full-time from a reputed college or University. Students are anticipated to earn a stipend of 10,000-15,000 rupees per month for telephone, transportation and internet costs.

There are many fields in which student of this course can work, like politics, public administration, law and marketing fields. They can also work in international voluntary organizations, like UNO or media housesas politicalresearchers/analysts and can have a great career ahead.

What is M. Phil Political Science About?

The M. Phil in Political Science focuses on the research based study of government and political institutions and grants a variety of educational experiences in an array of learning environments to build up ones written and oral communication skills as well as other practical skills.

It covers up a wide range of topics like Public Administration, International Politics, Political Sociology, Research Methods, Contemporary Political Theory and Indian political System.

Top Colleges for M.Phil. (Political Science)

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

Who Should Go for M. Phil Political Science?

Candidates, aspiring to enter the real world of politics and to make a career in political science, should have huge leadership qualities with a sense of accountability. Decision-making and stress management capabilities, along with communication and interpersonal proficiency, will be an additional benefit for them. It is also appropriate if one desires to later go on board upon doctoral research.


M. Phil. in Political Science is an advanced 2 year doctoral program in JNU, New Delhi, The IIS University, Jaipur, DU, New Delhi that provides guidance in research methods and enables one to gain information in the sub-areas of the discipline. This 2 year duration may differ sometimes with some colleges like in Presidency College, Chennai the duration is of 1 year while in Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, the term lasts for 1 year and 6 months.

In Distance mode, the course durates for 18 months (4 years maximum) in IGNOU and 2 years in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad

Academic Options afterM. Phil. in Political Science

One can go for Ph.D. in Political Sciences from a reputed private or government institutes after completing M.Phil. Political Science. There are no. of arts college that offer Ph.D. in concerned subject.


A student can find many reputed arts college and universities in India that offer M.Phil. Political Science. Few of them are listed below:

Name of the Institute


Presidency College


Banasthali University



New Delhi


New Delhi

Kurukshetra University


Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati University


Maharshi Dayanand University


Punjab University


Pondicherry University


Rajiv Gandhi University


University College of Arts and Social Sciences


Eligibility Of the M.Phil. (Political Science)

Universities like Delhi University, MDU, Rohtak asks for a Post-Graduate Degree in relevant discipline with minimum 55% marks or an equivalent grade from a recognized College or University.

The percentage in qualifying Master’s degree increases to 60% in colleges like Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. While it drops down to 50% in Presidency College, Chennai.

Open universities like IGNOU and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad asks for 50% and 55% respectively in post-graduation. 

How to Get Admission in M.Phil. (Political Science)

Admission in M.Phil. Political Science is provided through Entrance Exam conducted by various universities and colleges. Students are selected through a written test and personal interview thereafter. Final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks secured by a student in written entrance test, marks of the interview and marks secured by him/her in the qualifying examination. Colleges that follow this criteria before offering admission to any student are Jawaharlal NehruUniversity, New Delhi, DU, New Delhi, MDU, Rohtak, Banasthali University, Jaipur, Berhampur University, Orissa, Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya.

Candidates having NET/JRF score are however exempted from the entrance test and have too appear only for interview.

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