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Learn About our Doctoral Programs

Learn About our Doctoral Programs

Xavier University


“Creating a generation of young education researchers….”

Bring your passion to life and deliver game-changing contributions in your area of interest

Xavier University (XUB) views research as an activity where our core institutional values are expressed clearly. At XUB we recognize the need to participate in the global academic environment through high quality publications. At the same time, research at XUB is also driven by the need to engage with specific clients and user groups, in accordance with our vision and values.


In order that research activities at the University may add up to create a big picture consistent with our vision, XUB provides various institutional mechanisms to promote information sharing, shared understanding, extended research-oriented engagements with potential clients/users, and meaningful collaborations. overall, research at XUB seek the exciting frontiers of capacity building, social innovation, collective intelligence, human development, and such other ends as relevant to the mission of the various schools under the university.

The ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ (Ph.D.) program, intended to prepare the participants for teaching and research positions both within and outside academia. The participants who complete the program successfully are conferred the designation of “Doctor of Philosophy in ____________, Xavier University Bhubaneswar”. Our Scholars are expected to be specialists in their respective fields and capable of generating new knowledge that contributes to the development of management thinking and practice.


The program draws upon Indian and global experience in doctoral education in management and various related fields. The program is also designed to serve as a venue for nurturing various academic debates concerning research. The program structure includes a significant component of research training, facilitated by both in-house and visiting researchers. Ph.D. Scholars are expected to develop deep understanding in the areas of research selected by them. They also get a structured exposure to a range of management topics, develop various professional skills, and participate in the Institute’s academic activities.

  • Integrity and excellence in Research through research training, original research, and dissemination
  • To prepare students for professional leadership in the respective field of choice.
  • To facilitate research entrepreneurship wherein researchers are encouraged to explore themselves, ask questions, actively seek peers’ feedback, build conviction in their ideas with peers in specific and society in general.
  • To make scholarly contributions to XUB’s endeavor towards sustainability, Entrepreneurships and Analytics (SEA) by understanding those issues which are fundamental to research enquiry.
  • Prof. Gajendra Kumar Adil; Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Prof. Bernard McKenna; University of Queensland, Australia
  • Prof. D.P Dash; Swinburne University, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia
  • Prof. Purnima Singh; Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Prof. A.K. Sharma; Indian Institue of Technology, Kanpur
  • Prof. Vinish Kathuria; Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Prof. Rohit Varman; Indian Institute of management, Calcutta
  • Prof. Arkadev Chatterjea; Indiana University Bloomington, USA
XUB offers the following two PhD programs :
  • Ph.D. (Full-Time): This program is intended to prepare full-time participants for research and teaching positions both within and outside academia.
  • Ph.D. (Part-Time): This program has been designed to cater to the scholarly needs of candidates who are in a full-time employment.

The necessary information pertaining to eligibility, admission specific procedures and program duration are listed separately. For details please visit the following links:


Candidates joining the Ph.D. (Full-Time) Program will be given “University Sponsored” scholarship of 30,000 INR per month (for a duration of 4 years), subject to the information that they are not in recipient of any other financial support from any other sources. Candidates may also work as a Research & Teaching Assistant (RTAs) or participate in teaching assignments, research projects.

Candidate Categories:

The candidates who will be offered admission into the doctoral program will be classified in two categories:

  • Category I (Domain Candidates): These candidates have the requisite domain-level qualification as given in the table below (received within the last 5 years) at the time of admission.
  • Category II (Other Candidates): These candidates are applicants who do not meet the requirements of Domain Candidates as documented below
School Domain Qualification
a. Full time Post Graduate Degree from any AICTE/UGC approved institution on Human Resource Management/Psychology */Personnel Management/ Labour Welfare/Industrial or Employment Relations/Business Management having at least 55% marks in aggregate.
b. Masters or equivalent degree and UGC NET qualified in Subjects like- Human Resource Management/ Psychology */Personnel Management/Labour Welfare/ Industrial or Employment Relations/Business Management having at least 55% marks in aggregate.
* Students with Master’s degree in Psychology may have to take additional courses in the field of HRM after admission.
Master degree in Rural Management / Rural Development / Social Work.
For Ph.D- Urban Management and Governance:
Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration / Planning / Urban Design / Urban Development / Public Policy / Political Science / Public Administration / Governance or related specializations.
For PhD-Planning:
Master’s degree or equivalent in Planning / Urban Design / Urban Development or related specializations.
Master’s degree in Sustainability Management / Environmental Science / Social Works. OR
Master’s degree in Engineering / Technology (Biological Sciences and Bio-Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering).
Master’s degree or equivalent in Accounting / Finance / Marketing. Professional qualifications such as CA, CMA, CFA, and CS shall be an added advantage.
Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism/Visual Communication/Communication/Electronic Media/New media/Fine Arts/ Advertising and Public Relations/Broadcast Communication /Film Studies/English language and literature, OR a professional Degree in the stream of communication declared equivalent by the corresponding statuary regulatory body.
M. Tech./M.E. / Master Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Engineering
Doctoral Program Structure:
Doctoral Coursework:


  • Philosophies and Methodologies of Research
  • Introduction to Research Methods (Qual)
  • Research Communication & Writing (I)
  • Research Ethics and Plagiarism


  • Introduction to Research Methods (Quant)
  • Research Communication & Writing (II)
  • Magis of Teaching and Learning

Phase-III : School/Area Specific Doctoral Coursework

Comprehensive Qualifying Examination:

The Comprehensive qualifying examination will be conducted after the successful completion of doctoral course work. After successful completion of the comprehensive qualifying examination, the student will be allowed to proceed to the Thesis Phase.

Thesis Phase:

This phase will involve working on the thesis proposal till final submission of thesis. The scholar is conferred the title as given below on successful completion of all the requirements of the thesis.

School Title of Conferment
XIMB – Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management
XAHR – Xavier School of Human Resource Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management
XSRM – Xavier School of Rural Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Management
XAHS – Xavier School of Human Settlements
Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Management and Governance
Doctor of Philosophy in Planning
XSOS – Xavier School of Sustainability
Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Studies
XSOC – Xavier School of Commerce
Doctor of Philosophy in Commerce
XCOMM – Xavier School of Communications
Doctor of Philosophy in Communications
XCSE – Xavier School of Computer Science & Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science & Engineering

Any extension of time beyond the expected completion duration as noted above will be based on review of progress status of the scholars in concern. Students failing to comply with the program requirements will be de-registered. A student has to meet all the requirements of the Doctoral Program according to prescribed standards and no exemption will be granted for any reason whatsoever.

Indicative Areas of Research
At the time of applying for admission, a candidate is required to choose his/her School. They should also indicate their preferred area of research from the list provided below; this will however be formalized by the end of the doctoral coursework.
XIMB – Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar
Initial Public Offerings
Agency & Signaling
International Marketing
Artificial Intelligence
IS/IT Adoption and Diffusion
Asset Pricing
IT Management/Governance
Behavioural Finance
IT Project Management & Governance
Business Analytics
Knowledge Management
Business Communication
Law & Finance
Business Ethics
Machine Learning
Business Information Systems
Market Microstructure
Business Marketing
Marketing Communication
Consumer Behaviour
Corporate Diversification
Mutual Fund
Customer Relationship Management
Natural Language Processing
Data/Text mining
Operations Management
Decentralized Planning and Governance
Performance Analysis & Optimization of Manufacturing and Service System
Decision Sciences
Product & Brand Management
Digital Marketing
Public Finance
Economic Development
Retail Management
Sales & Distribution Management
Service Marketing
Social Marketing
Financial Intermediation
Strategic Management
Fiscal Policy and Taxation
Strategic Marketing
Green Marketing
Supply Chain Management
Health Informatics
Sustainability & Stakeholder Marketing
Health Information Systems
Sustainable Business Management
Information and Communication Technology
Term Structure of Interest Rates
XAHR – Xavier School of Human Resource Management
Change Management
Learning and Development
Compensation and Reward Management
Organization Development
Diversity and Inclusion
Organization Structure and Design
Employment Relations
Organization Theory
HR Analytics
Organizational Behaviour
Human Resource Development/Management
Performance Management
Industrial Relations
Positive Psychology
Labour Laws
Women in Organizations
XSRM – Xavier School of Rural Management
Development Financing
Rural Finance
Development Management and Livelihoods
Rural Marketing
Development Organizations Structure and Design
Rural Services Marketing
Development Policy and Strategy
Rural Society and Systems
E-Governance for Rural Development
Rural Technology and Operations
Gender & Equity
Social Entrepreneurship
Human Resources and Capabilities for Development
Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
Information and Communication Technology for Development
Women in Development
XSOS – Xavier School of Sustainability
Behavior Change
Low Carbon Energy Supply
Built Environment
Policy and Strategy: for governments and businesses
Carbon and Water Foot printing
Resource Consumption and Land use
Circular Economy
Social Research on Sustainability
Climate Change and Natural Resources Management
Sustainability Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Energy Demand and Efficiency
Sustainable development policies and practices
Energy, water, food nexus
Sustainable Energy
Environmental Pollution and Management
Sustainable Livelihoods
Human Development & Health
Sustainable Systems: design and modeling
International Development and Sustainability
Sustainable Transportation
Life Cycle Assessment, including social LCA and Life Cycle Costing
Sustainable Urban Systems
Lifestyles and Resource Consumption
Waste Systems
XAHS – Xavier School of Human Settlements
UMG Related Areas: Planning Related Areas:
Disaster Management
Decentralized Planning and Governance
Housing Finance and Affordabilities
Economic Development Planning
ICT & E-Governance for Smart Urbanization
Environmental Planning
Public Systems Management
Smart Cities
Informal Settlements
Sustainable Transportation
Infrastructure Planning (Water/ Waste)
Sustainable Urban Livelihoods
Land Regulation and Development
Urban and Regional Mobility
Municipal Services Planning
Urban Economic Development
Regional Development Planning
Urban Environment and Ecosystems
Rural and Regional/ District Planning
Urban Finance
Smart Cities
Urban Governance & Administration
Strategic Planning for Habitat Development
Urban Heritage Management & Sustainable Tourism
Transportation and Mobility Planning
Urban Institutions
Urban/ Area Planning
Urban Policy and Regulation
Urban Resilience and Disaster Preparedness
Urban Strategy
Waste Systems Management
XSOC – Xavier School of Commerce
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
XCOMM – Xavier School of Communications
Alternate Media
Media and Culture
Audience Studies
Media Effects
Audio-Visual Communication
Media Ethics
Communication Studies
Mediated Communication
Community Media/Community Radio
New Media/Digital Communication
Cultural Studies
Online Journalism
Development Communication
Print/ Electronic Journalism
Electronic Communication for Media
Public Relation and Corporate Communication
Film studies
Social Media & Online Journalism
Information and Communication Technology for Media
Television Studies
XCSE – Xavier School of Computer Science & Engineering
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Data Mining, Data Sciences, Databases, and Geographical Information Systems
Combinatorial Optimization
Networks, Distributed Systems, Cryptography and Security
Computer Architecture, VLSI Design and Embedded Systems
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Computer Vision and Image Processing
Social Network Analysis