PhD in Health Sciences

Why study PhD in Health Science at School of Medical Science University of Hyderabad?

University of Hyderabad has been conferred with the Institute of Eminence status which speaks for its research might. The course prepares the students for

  • Improving their knowledge and skill sets and also helps them challenge misconceptions in their respective fields of study.
  • Make a contribution to their respective field of study.
  • Make them lifelong researchers

Eligibility for applying for PhD in Health Science

For Public Health stream

Master’s Degree or its equivalent in any stream of Bio-Medical Science including Indian Systems of Medicine, Life sciences, Applied sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Health Management and Health Administration, Social and Behavioural Sciences with an interest and inclination for public health with at least 55% marks.

For Optometry & Vision Science stream

Master’s degree in Optometry or Integrated Master’s in Optometry  or M. Phil in Optometry from a recognised institution with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade.

For Nursing stream

Master’s degree in Nursing and/or M. Phil in Nursing from a recognised institution with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade

For Biomedical Sciences stream

Master’s degree in Biochemistry/Animal Sciences/Biotechnology/Biosciences/Toxicology/Pharmacology /Microbiology/Biosciences from a corresponding statutory body with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade. For JRF Qualified candidates only.

No of seats: depend on the number of faculty taking PhD students


The entrance examination question paper will have 50 % of questions (40 questions) in Section A common to Public Health, Optometry & Vision Sciences and Nursing streams, and will have negative marking of 0.33 for every wrong answer. This section will have multiple choice questions based on general sciences aptitude plus analytical & basic research skills. Section B – specialty paper will not have negative marking will be divided into 3 specialty streams, namely Section B1 for Public Health; B2 for Optometry and Vision Sciences; B3 for Nursing; and remaining (50 % – 40 marks) will be allocated for this. The candidate has to answer this separately depending on the choice of the stream. The final marks will be moderated in order to make available at least 6 screened candidates for each Ph. D seat to be filled in the individual streams of research study.

Selection of final candidates for the Ph. D program in the 4 streams will be based on interview performance, whether screened in through entrance examination for 3 streams or JRF qualified candidates for biomedical and public health stream.

All other guidelines will be as per what is published in the prospectus of the University of Hyderabad 2019-20.

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