MRC offers two degree programs -
M. Sc. (Eng) and Ph. D.
The admission procedure
for both programs consists of two steps.
- Step 1: Candidates are required to
appear for the IISc entrance exam.
- Step 2: Based on the performance
in the entrance test, short listed candidates will be
invited for an interview. During the interview, performance
in other exams such as CSIR will be taken into account
- Exception: The only exception is made
for candidates with a ME degree, admission to ME having
been obtained after clearing the GATE exam, who are directly
eligible for the interview step.
More about the Degree Programs
- M. Sc.(Eng.): Students with a BE or
equivalent degree in materials science and/or engineering,
metallurgy, ceramics, mechanical, electrical, electronics
or chemical engineering are eligible for enrollment into
this degree program. Given that MRC is an interdisciplinary
centre students from other branches of engineering not
listed above who are interested in materials science are
also encouraged to contact MRC faculty to determine if
they might be suitable for enrollment.
- Integrated Ph. D.: Students with a
bachelor's degree in physics or chemistry can enroll in
the integrated Ph. D. program in the various basic science
departments. Students get an MS degree after 3 years,
following completion of the required course credits in
the department they are registered in and defending a
thesis based on 10 credits of research work. The research
towards the MS thesis can be performed under the guidance
of a MRC faculty member. The students can then continue
with the same topic for a Ph. D.
- Ph. D.: Students who either have a
masters degree from a recognized university or IISc in
materials science and/or engineering, metallurgy, ceramics,
mechanical, electrical, electronics or chemical engineering
can enroll in the Ph. D. program. Students enrolled in
the Ph. D. program are required to do 12 credits of course
work. Currently Ph. D. are supported by a monthly stipend
of INR 16000 for the first two years and INR 18000 for three years
after that, on completion of the comprehensive exam. At
the end of approximately 5 years students are expected
to summarize their research in a thesis which they defend
at a colloquium followed by submission of the thesis for
review within 3 months. The thesis is reviewed by two
examiners, one from within India and one from abroad.
Following receipt of reviews the student then defends
his thesis which constitutes the final academic step prior
to receiving the degree.