A candidate seeking admission to the Ph.D. Programme of SMU should:
a) Have a Master’s degree of this University or its equivalent of another recognized University or Institute with a minimum of 55% marks. The degree should be relevant to the department to which he/she applied for PhD. In case of candidates holding a qualifying degree from Foreign Universities, registration for the Ph.D. will be confirmed after determination of equivalence by the relevant University body.
b) A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Abled and other categories of candidates as per the direction of the UGC from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.
c) In exceptional cases, a candidate with B.Tech./B.E./M.B.B.S degree having high first class with relevant experience commensurate to his proposed research and experience equivalent to a post graduate degree in the relevant field may be considered for registration on the special recommendation of the University Research Committee (URC). Such candidates will be required to complete higher number of credits (24 to 36 credits) as course work compared to 10 to 12 credits for those with postgraduate qualifications.
d) Clearing of entrance test is only one of the pre requisite for admission.
e) Should be recommended by the Department / Institute Research Protocol Evaluation Committee (D/I-RPEC) based on presentation of proposed Research Protocol and number of seats available.
f) Foreign students will be required to produce clearance from the Government of India/relevant authorities, for being considered eligible and are holding research visa.