IIT Kharagpur-University of Manchester Dual PhD programme admissions 2021

Are you looking for admission to a PhD programme at a reputed institute? Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) and the University of Manchester is accepting online applications from eligible candidates for admission in the dual PhD programme-2021. Interested candidates can find all the details like program details, eligibility criteria, application and selection procedure etc. in this article.

About the Programme

The Office of International Relations at IIT Kharagpur and the University of Manchester, UK has announced a Dual PhD programme and is currently inviting applications for the Joint Degree Program for 17 approved projects.

Department-wise Research Topics

  • Multi-scale design of novel self-healing polymer-matrix syntactic foam composites.
  • Mathematical modelling of solute transport in particulate flows.

  • Computational Chemistry
  • Transition-metal catalysed di-functionalization of Arynes and Cyclic Alkynes.

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering
  • Hydrodynamics of prosthetic mechanical heart valves.
  • Vibration control of flexible component machining.
  • Improving Manufacturing through multi-sensors based Condition Monitoring.
  • Model-based decision-making for integrated catchment management.

Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Groundwater Quality & Water Security in India.
  • Microbial cycling of arsenic in aquifers.

Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
  • Crystal Engineering and Crystallisation
  • Synthesis of graphene and graphene-based composites using agriculture waste for desalination.
  • Using waste products to sustainably produce peptide hydrogels for health care applications.

  • Development of novel metal/ceramic composites via laser-assisted additive.
  • Manufacturing processing for advanced surface engineering applications.
  • Modelling of void formation in composites during resin infusion across different compaction levels.
  • Microstructural effects on environmentally assisted cracking in model 7xxx alloy.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Nano-material based tunable quantum terahertz opto-plasmonic smart sensing chips

Duration of the Program

The dual PhD programme is a time-bound programme and will be of four years duration. The term will start in July 2021.

Number of Scholarships

In the program, there is a total of 5 positions with scholarship including 3 further top-up scholarships from UniMan.

Time allocation between Institutions

The time will be allocated between IIT Kharagpur-University of Manchester as follows:
  • Year 1: Entire coursework of the PhD programme will be completed in the first two semesters (first year) and will be spent at IIT-KGP. The preliminary research activity will also be started in the first year itself under joint supervision. In the first ten months, a comprehensive exam must be taken at IIT Kharagpur and cleared. The candidates can attempt a maximum of twice in the comprehensive exam. After two successful attempts in the comprehensive exam, the candidates will be asked to leave the programme. Same is the case, if the course grade is 'D' or lower.

  • Year 2:After successful completion of a comprehensive exam, students will continue research at the University of Manchester in the second year. In this stage, supervisors from both sides (IIT-KGP & University of Manchester, UK) monitors this program continually. Registration Seminar gave in Manchester.

  • Year 3: Now, research will be continued at Kharagpur and Manchester. In this stage, supervisors from both sides (IIT-KGP & University of Manchester, UK) monitors this program continuously. Enhancement Seminar will be given in Kharagpur.

  • Year 4: In the fourth year, the thesis work will be completed and submitted to both institutions and sent for examination as per the institution's rules and regulation. A synopsis seminar will be conducted at IIT-KGP. IIT Kharagpur will send the thesis to the Indian and Foreign Examiners for review. After acceptance from the examiners, a defence seminar will be organised as per IIT-KGP rules either in Manchester or Kharagpur depending on the location of the student. Evaluation and closed-door defence will be organised at Manchester as per the University of Manchester rules. Other sides will attend seminar through video conferencing.

Milestones in the Programme

Year 1: Comprehensive Exam @IITKgp = First year/Continuation @ UManchester
Year 2: First annual review @ UManchester = Registration seminar @IITKgp
Year 3: Enhancement seminar @IIT Kgp = Second annual review @ UManchester
Year 4: Third annual review @ UManchester = Synopsis seminar @IITKgp
Closed-door defence @ UManchester AND Open Thesis defence @Kgp

Award of degree

A joint degree will be awarded to the student upon successful defends the thesis as per the requirement of each institution.

Financial assistance

  • Tuition Fee: The tuition fee will be waived off by both University of Manchester and IIT-KGP.
  • Stipend: During the residency at IIT Kharagpur, students will be awarded a stipend at the prevailing JRF or SRF rates. The University of Manchester will also provide competitive scholarship opportunities to the students while the student is in residence at Manchester.

Post-study work visa: As per prevailing rules of the UK and India.

Eligibility requirements

For Indian Nationals:
  • The candidates studying at IIT or IISc are eligible to Apply.
  • The candidate must hold a B.Tech or M.Tech or MSc degree from any IIT or IISc with a minimum CGPA of 7.5 on a scale of 10.

For the UK and other Nationals:
  • The candidate must hold a Bachelors or Masters degree in Science, Engineering or related fields from a globally reputed university (with QS rank within 500).
  • They must have secured a minimum of first-class or equivalent or minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Application process

The candidates who wish to apply for the Dual PhD programme of IIT Kharagpur and the University of Manchester, UK can check the official notification available on the official websites of IIT-KGP and the University of Manchester, UK. Candidates can apply through the online portal of IIT-Kharagpur. After registration, the candidate must log in using login credentials and fill the application form. Initially, only one application form is required. Candidates will have to send other forms also if selected. An applicant can apply for one project only.

Documents to be uploaded

Following documents should be uploaded in the portal
  1. Academic Transcripts
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interest (Maximum-750 words)
  4. Recommendation letters- 2 Nos.
  5. Any photo ID proof such as Passport or Aadhar Card or Voter ID or Student ID Card.
  6. Scanned Photo
  7. Scanned Signature

Selection procedure

Selection of the candidates will be done by both institutions jointly and will involve two steps:
  1. Applications will be evaluated by the supervisors from both institutions and recommend the names of the top candidates for the respective projects.
  2. Based on the merit 5 positions for the scholarship will be selected by the Joint Programme Board involving members from IIT Kharagpur and the University of Manchester.
The selected students must qualify for the English proficiency test such as IELTS (score of 6.5) or TOEFL iBT (score of 90).

Key date: Application Window will remain open from 1st April 2021 till 23rd April 2021.

Contact details

  • IIT Kharagpur
    Branding and Communications,
    Office of International Relations,
    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
    Pin – 721302, India
    Email: media@iitkgp.ac.in
    Official website: https://international.iitkgp.ac.in/
    Facebook: @IITKgp
    Twitter: @IITKgp
    Instagram: @iit.kgp

  • University of Manchester
    The University of Manchester
    Oxford Rd, Manchester
    M13 9PL
    Phone: +44 (0) 161 306 6000

Important links
List of Projects: https://international.iitkgp.ac.in/static/website/UoManJDP/List of approved projects.pdf
Terms and conditions: https://international.iitkgp.ac.in/static/website/UoManJDP/TERMS%20AND%20CONDITIONS_31032021.pdf
Online Application Portal: https://international.iitkgp.ac.in/ApplyUoManJDP/

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