PhD in Sociology

Course Description

This course is prepared for the course based PhD programme in Sociology to be operated under Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tribhuvan University. It has altogether 60 credit hours courses to be completed within the programme period and the course offers three semester courses with 30 credit hours and a compulsory thesis of 30 credit hours to be submitted at the end of the programme.  


The objective of this course is to impart up-to-date knowledge of the theories and methods of sociology to the students along with research training on field-work and secondary data analysis. The second objective is to produce skilled-knowledgeable human resource that contributes in research and policy making required for Nepal development needs. Thus the overall objective is to develop professional skill, in both theory and research, in sociology in the students of this discipline at a par with those of other countries.

Admission Criteria

A student holding a Master degree, with at least second division, in any of the following subjects recognized by Tribhuvan University is considered eligible to apply for admission.

  • Sociology; Anthropology; Social Work; Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology; Psychology; history; Home Science; Geography; Economics; and Political Science, Gender Studies, Rural Development, International Relations, and Development Studies
  • Any discipline from faculty of education, management and law
  • Any discipline from institute of medicine, engineering, forestry, agriculture and animal science

An applicant seeking admission to PhD in Sociology must appear in an Entrance Examination conducted by the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University. The applicant who fails to appear in the Entrance Examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission. Admission of the students will be based strictly on the merit list and on the enrollment capacity of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Central Department of Sociology.

Duration of the Course and Examinations

The duration of the course is of five years with four semesters. There will be an examination at the end of each semester. Eighty percent of the attendance in the class is compulsory for the courses. There will be a viva-voce after the PhD scholar submits his/her dissertation for final examination.


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Sociology 2nd Semester EXAM routine has been published.

Prof. David Seddon's talk remained insightful! Thank you those who participated.


Indu Pant giving a talk on child marriage practices in Nepal, this afternoon (December 6, 2016) at CDS. A very good presentation. Well appreciated, and thank you!!

Congratulations to Avash Bhandari, recipient of the Gopal Singh Nepali Memorial Research Award-2016 for his MA thesis 'Hindu School in a Secular State: Interpreting Secularism in Nepal Ved Vidhyashram'.