Getting an M.Phil is not just a great way of boosting your chances for PhD but also helps in adding value to the résumé. Other than maximizing career prospects, with an M.Phil, one can expect to proper preliminary PhD training along with improved professional growth options. Several M.Phil universities in India offer the program and duration is 2 years.
Famous M.Phil Options include M.Phil in computer science, M.Phil in nursing, M.Phil in education, languages (English, Hindi, Sanskrit etc) and several more. More people with Post graduation in Computer science are seeking this higher qualification as it will help them gather more knowledge and better monetary reimbursement through improved career.
Computer science is one of the most commonly pursued option in India so getting an M.Phil in Computer Science would really give the necessary boost to one’s professional profile. Even in Nursing, one can choose M.Phil as a higher qualification since it will raise the value of one’s study profile and the dissertation will help one seek research based or academic career. To be able to apply for M.Phil in nursing, one must have a master’s degree in Nursing with 55% marks and 50% in Bachelor’s degree (nursing) and intermediate examination. In fact, several universities demand 60% in post graduation too (however, the minimum Master’s score remain between 55-60% unless specified different by the UGC).
To get admission in any M.Phil program, entrance test (National) is conducted by M.Phil Universities in India. So, in order to get admission, one needs to have academic as well as entrance test merit. The program is year based or semester based (varying as per institutes) and offers distance education, regular program, internal full time/part time, external part time/full time etc options to candidates. Distance and part time programs are best suited to those who are already employed and they can also choose an internal program if they are employed by the university (in which they are also admitted to the M.Phil Program). In an M.phil, a candidate is supposed to write a dissertation (shorter and easier version of a thesis which is required in a PhD).
Different universities also conduct interviews as part of the admission process in addition to the entrance test or sometimes in place of the entrance test. Moreover, those candidates who have passed the NET test often don’t have to go through the entrance test and are eligible for admission based on their NET and Merit score directly. Some universities also provide scholarship to NET candidates.
After passing out with an M.Phil, one can explore several career options. Academics are apparently the first obvious choice of many with this qualification. However, there are several other industries like the Research and development industry in which one can get a well paying job. In fact, with an M.Phil, one can expect a bigger opening paycheck as compared to his/her counterpart with a bachelor’s degree plus 4 years of experience. So, whether in academics or anywhere else, getting an M.Phil is always a win-win situational for all.