PhD Program in Health Sciences

West Bengal University of Health Sciences

The PhD in Health Sciences under WBUHS is generally research based program to be completed within a timeframe of six years. This is based on original research conducted by PhD scholar and requires peer reviewed publications during the course of research. The program is available in both full-time & part-time option which may be completed within a period of 3 to 6 years. In general students are required to take courses that cover Statistics, Ethics, Research methodology, health policies & evidence- based medical practice.

Graduates of PhD in Health Sciences program typically advance their career in of Health Sciences as research scientists or educators in higher education.

The current health care delivery and service paradigm demand that trained researchers to find innovative solutions to problems inside and outside of academic settings through original research.

From the perspective of safeguarding the reputation of the PhD as a research degree, universities develop institutional strategies to train young researchers by and through original research.

For safeguarding reputation of PhD as a research degree, University Grant Commission established Minimum Standard Procedures for implementation & monitoring of PhD program. Guided by National & International guidelines as well as evidence, contextual factors & University regulations, PhD advising / monitoring committees decide program strategies, operationalize roll out of these strategies, evaluate quality of proposed initiatives & continuously optimize their approaches.

Acceptance to the PhD program and progress (toward completion) are monitored by an Interdisciplinary PhD Committee at the level of the University. Each PhD student is fully integrated into a research group & complies with mandatory University PhD regulations regarding Minimum Standard Procedures prescribed by UGC.

Main criteria for acceptance are the professional background of the candidate, the fit with the supervisor, the subject of PhD research, the quality of the proposal—in particular the adequacy of the methods—and the fulfilment of the minimum standard procedures of the whole PhD process as mentioned in the PhD regulation (2023).

PhD program 2023 onwards begins with Rapid Aptitude Test (RAT). The qualifying candidate will follow the process of Registration, Course work & Exit examination, Annual presentation & half yearly progress report, Final conclusion report, Pre-PhD seminar, Thesis submission and Viva-voce examination. It is mandatory for all scholars to appear in the exit examination of course work, organised by the University only.

The scholars who will submit the final PhD thesis after 13th July 2023 the University will check the Plagiarism by following the processing charges as published in notification on 13th July 2023 vide University Memo No. OG/WBUHS/2023/0728 dated 12 th July 2023.

In line with university regulations, each PhD student is supervised by a Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of senior researchers at the Institute level. Each committee meets at least twice a year to discuss the student’s half yearly progress report. PhD in Health Sciences consists of supervised practical research under faculty-wise eligible Supervisors which leads to a PhD thesis. The University has no direct supervisory role.

As an educational platform, the PhD program’s goal is to enable students to become qualified researchers with a comprehensive knowledge base specific to their discipline, to enhance their research dissemination skills and advocate the promotion of research.

The PhD committee ensures quality control of the PhD project in respect to professional development as well as scientific conduct and research ethics.