The Third Cycle – (PhD Programme)
The Third Cycle, leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ecclesiastical) will promote philosophical maturity in the candidate through a specialized study of one or two outstanding Indian or Western thinkers. The doctoral thesis will be written under the direction of a guide in the Faculty, who must be approved by the principal and the Academic Council. The theme or the area of research is to be likewise approved by the guide chosen, and by the Principal and the Academic Council. The approved guide will supervise the preparation and composition of the thesis, especially its final draft.
The minimum period required for the completion of the doctoral research as a full time student is two years. Normally, residence in Chennai during the entire period of research will be required, unless the academic council grants leave of absence for part of the time.
The Thesis will be read by the supervisor and two other experts from other approved faculties. At least two of the readers must approve the thesis for defense and the defense will take place before the supervisor and the two readers. The positive votes of all the three are required for passing the defense.