Graduate Programme

About the graduate programme

IMSc offers an outstanding intellectual environment for fundamental research.

IMSc actively encourages able and motivated students with a deep interest in research to apply to our doctoral (graduate) programs in Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology. We value motivation, creativity, independence and the ability to work hard. We look for these qualities in students who apply to us. 


If you are a prospective graduate student, this is what you need to be aware of: We select our graduate students every year, usually in June. Entering students typically have a basic undergraduate or post-graduate degree in the sciences or in an engineering discipline.

Students with an undergraduate degree enter an integrated MSc-PhD programme. 

The normal route to the IMSc graduate research program is through an interview, screening for which may involve a written test. The precise structure of the test differs from group to group.

While your understanding of basic material will certainly be examined in both the written test and the interview, we are specially interested in evaluating your ability to think independently when confronted with a problem.

Once selected, you will spend typically a year or two doing course and project work in preparation for research. You can identify a research supervisor whose interests match yours most closely during this period and investigate the possibility of working with him or her.

Although our preparatory coursework is intensive, nothing prevents you from beginning to explore research problems on your own, using seminars, scientific meetings and the opportunity to interact with both Institute members and our many visitors as a springboard.

As a student, you are entitled to hostel accomodation, either within the Institute campus or arranged by the Institute off-campus. You may also choose to stay off-campus on your own, in which case you will be eligible for a house-rent-allowance (HRA) according to government guidelines.

The Institute provides a spectrum of recreational facilities, including a well-equipped gym, tennis and badminton courts, a small soccer/cricket ground, a movie club and a cultural association.

Junior Research Fellowships are awarded to all students whom we accept. They come with a monthly stipend ranging from Rs. 25,000/- to Rs. 28,000/-, together with hostel accommodation, medical benefits, and annual book/ contingency grants. Fellowships are awarded for up to 5 years. They are renewed, based on performance, at the end of every year.

If you have more questions about our admission procedures, about your eligibility or simply about life and work at IMSc, do write to any of the faculty members or students listed on our home page.

If they can answer your queries directly, they will do so. Otherwise, they will redirect you to an appropriate Institute member in a position to best respond to you.