Unlock career opportunities like never before with the highest academic qualification - a full-time or a part-time Ph.D. from NICMAR Doctoral School. Fuel your passion for research as you make original contributions to the CRIP sector in the form of unique, high-end solutions. Through engaging, time-bound, and focused research offerings, the Ph.D. programs at NICMAR assist you in shaping the research career of your choice.

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Our Specializations

Choose from a vast range of academic areas under any of NICMAR’s eminent schools to pursue your doctoral degree. Based on your interest area and your topic of choice, you will be assigned a supervisor who will help you fulfill your career ambitions.

  • School of Construction

    - Construction Management
    - Health & Safety in Construction
    - Sustainable Construction
    - Digitalization in Construction
    - Contracts Management and allied fields
  • NICMAR Business School

    - Financial Management
    - Human Resource Management
    - Marketing Management
    - Operations and Supply Chain Management
    - Analytics in Business and allied fields
  • School of Project Management

    - Project Management
    - Project Risk Management
    - Project Quality Management
    - Industry 4.0 preparedness and allied fields
  • School of Planning, Real Estate, and Infrastructure

    - Infrastructure Development
    - Urban Transport
    - Urban Planning & Development
    - Fire Safety and Building Design for Energy Performance
    - Real Estate & Infrastructure Finance and allied fields
  • School of Energy and Environment

    - Sustainability
    - Disaster Management
    - Circular Economy and allied fields

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Programs at a Glance

Discover what the Ph.D programs at NICMAR Doctoral School have in store for you.


Reach your full potential

Lay a firm foundation for your research career ahead in the field of your interest. The Ph.D programs train you to provide academic research solutions for complex business and managerial issues of the construction, real estate, infrastructure, and project (CRIP) sector.

Compulsory courses

Take advantage of compulsory courses such as Research Methodology and Research and Publication Ethics that prepare you to utilize robust statistical tools in the resolution of research problems. Also get a grip on the nuances of ethical issues in the research field.

Expert guidance

As a scholar at NDS, you will be urged to work on a topic of your interest under the expert guidance of our esteemed Student Research Advisory Committee (SRAC). The committee ensures that you receive end-to-end training on all the skill sets required to emerge as a quality academician in your chosen field.


Full time

The full-time Ph.D. program shall be for a minimum duration of three years and a maximum of six years from the date of admission.

Part time

The part-time Ph.D. program shall be for a minimum duration of three years after registration confirmation (upon successful completion of the coursework) and a maximum of six years from the date of admission.


Pune Campus

Seamlessly blending with Baner’s elite, cutting-edge lifestyle, our Pune campus will leave you enchanted with its state-of-the-art learning and living facilities.


For full-time Ph.D. programs

As a full-time Ph.D scholar, you’ll be required to report to the institute on a daily basis, except on pre-approved leaves sanctioned by the competent authority. During the course of the program, you are not expected to take any other external assignment, either on a part-time or a full-time basis.

For part-time Ph.D. programs

Part-time scholars are not required to physically report to the university on a daily basis. However, they must provide a regular update about their progress to the concerned supervisor and are required to fulfill all requirements of the program. As a part-time Ph.D. scholar at NICMAR, you will pursue the program alongside your regular job at your parent institute.



All scholars admitted through the admission process are registered provisionally. The registration is done from the date of payment of the first semester fee.

It is only after the candidates successfully complete the coursework that their status will be changed from provisional to confirmed. The date of confirmed registration will be the date of declaration of the coursework examination.

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It is mandatory for all scholars to enrol for coursework within six months of admission. The duration of the coursework lasts for six months, and all courses recommended must be pursued within six months. Scholars must also register for required courses as suggested by the Student Research Advisory Committee (SRAC).

In order to be eligible to continue the Ph.D. program and confirm their registration, scholars must successfully complete the coursework, and obtain a minimum of 60% or its equivalent grade in the UGC 10-point scale.

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Comprehensive Examination

The objective of comprehensive examination is to test the general capability of the research scholar and the breadth of knowledge related to the chosen field of research. The examination is conducted orally.

All registered research scholars must pass the comprehensive examination within 18 months of joining the research program. A scholar can appear in the comprehensive examination only after completing the coursework requirements prescribed by the SRAC.

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Progress Evaluation & Report

All research scholars shall appear at least twice on a yearly basis (once every semester) before the SRAC for progress evaluation. Furthermore, their registration will get canceled if they receive two continuous ‘unsatisfactory grades’ in their progress evaluation.

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Our leader

Dr. Rajni Kant Rajhans
Program Director, Postgraduate Research Programs

An Associate Professor of Finance at NICMAR, Dr. Rajhans carries with him over thirteen years of academic and industry experience. He takes keen interest in the areas of Project Finance, Project Appraisal, Real Estate Finance, Risk Management, and Investment Management. He is a proud recipient of the NICMAR Teaching Excellence Award, courtesy his consistently high ratings from students in the form of feedback. Before foraying in academia, Dr. Rajhans worked with Hindalco Industries Limited, a flagship company of Aditya Birla Group.

Dr. Rajhans has published many research papers and case studies in journals of repute. He is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of Emerging Market Case Studies, Emerald Publishing, and has edited a special issue focused on Construction, Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Projects (CRIP) management in emerging markets for this journal. He has organized and attended many case-writing workshops, conferences, and symposiums. He has also conducted MDPs for reputed companies such as Tata Projects, Welspun Enterprises, and Government of Rajasthan.

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Admission Process & Assistance

  • Candidates seeking admission into the Ph.D. program must have successfully completed:
    4-year Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with a minimum of 75% marks or equivalent, OR Master’s degree in relevant discipline with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale or equivalent grading points on other scales, OR M.Phil. degree in relevant discipline with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent.
  • Application for admission to both full-time and part-time Ph.D. programs is invited two times in a year - October-November (for sessions commencing from January), and April-May (For sessions commencing from August).
  • All eligible candidates are invited to apply for admission in various specializations, and NICMAR Ph.D admission test will be conducted for all applicants. The duration of the examination is 120 minutes, and comprises 120 questions (60 questions on Research Aptitude and 60 questions on the relevant subject).
  • While all eligible candidates are shortlisted for a written test and interview, UGC/CSIR-NET/JRF and GATE/SLET/SET candidates are exempted from the written test.
  • The admission test and interview hold a weightage of 70% and 30% respectively in the final shortlisting process for admission. Candidates are expected to show research preparedness and aptitude for research during the interview process.
  • Only those who have secured a minimum of 50% in the written examination and 50% in the interview separately are eligible for admission. The final admission offer also relies on additional criteria like the candidate’s research aptitude, and the availability of a supervisor in their chosen field.

Financial Assistance

Other than the University Grant Commission (UGC) Fellowship or other government fellowships, NICMAR offers its own ‘Doctoral Fellowship’ called ‘NICMAR Doctoral Fellowship’ (NDF) to select full-time Ph.D. scholars admitted through the admission process laid down by the university.

Under this scheme, few candidates selected for full-time Ph.D. programs will be provided a generous scholarship of up to INR 1,00,000 (Rupees One Lakh) per month during the first, second, and third years of the program, so long as they meet the academic performance criteria laid down under this scheme.

Additionally, Rs. 50,000 (Rupees Fifty Thousand) will also be provided to scholars as a contingency grant every year during these three years of the program to present papers at conferences and purchase recommended books/ stationery/equipment/software. This will be reimbursement of actual subject to the limit.


The full-time scholars may be self-sponsored sponsored by industry or other sponsoring bodies including educational institutions. Foreign nationals will be admitted to the full-time scheme only.

Note: There is no financial assistance offered to part-time Ph.D. scholars from NICMAR.

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News & Updates

NICMAR University is Recognised as State Private University by UGC.

NICMAR University Pune Act (L. C. Bill No. Of 2022) was passed by Maharashtra State Government on 16th March, 2022 and appeared in “Maharashtra Government Gazette” on 12th May 2022 (Mah. Act No. XXXVI of 2022).