MPhil in Curriculum, Planning, and Leadership

MPhil in Curriculum, Planning, and Leadership

Master of Philosophy
1 year 6 months

As inquiry and discovery are crossing disciplines, Far-Western University (FWU) has taken a step to introduce an interdisciplinary MPhil/Ph.D. program. With regular and intensive coursework, the program will span across traditional disciplines and support students in developing knowledge and skills for independent research on the fundamental issues and experiences of human civilization. The program is designed to provide self-directed students with academic training at the highest level of scholarship, which would develop their ability to integrate principles and theories from different disciplines using approaches, methods, ethical principles, and tools to pursue research inquiry. 

The purpose of the program is to prepare students to conduct a significant scholarly inquiry into the relation of inter and cross-disciplinary processes. Students, therefore, will be exposed to a variety of research methods and approaches and invited to explore insights into varied processes and practices that have been advanced by a wide array of intellectual traditions and theoretical conversations.


The applicants must have a master's degree (preferably in Education) from Far Western University or any university recognized by FWU with at least 3.0 CGPA  out of 4.0 or second division in aggregate. The applicants are also required to appear for the written entrance examination and an interview. 

Students applying for coursework MPhil/Ph.D. programs will be required to submit the following documents:

Official/attested transcripts of all previous academic works from undergraduate degree onwards;

Statement of purpose of 500 words;

Writing sample (a research paper) of 1000-1500 words. 

Applicants will be evaluated according to their previous academic records, recommendations, the quality and appropriateness of their statement of purpose, writing samples, performance in the entrance examination/comprehensive test.


Admission Criteria

Students applying for MPhil/PhD program should have completed Masters or MPhil in a relevant field. The initial screening of the prospective students will be done on the basis of a writing sample and a statement of purpose submitted along with a completed admission form provided by the university. Eligible students will then have to appear for an entrance examination administered by the university if they are joining the course-based MPhil/PhD program. Those with the Mphil degree will be registered to the PhD program based on the recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample, and the results of the comprehensive test. The selection will be on the basis of merit and the number of seats available.

Curricular Structure

The MPhil/Ph.D. program will be based on coursework culminating into thesis/ dissertation writing with cross-faculty academic engagement along with a possibility of inter-faculty grade transfer in relevant domains. The total credit hours required to complete the MPhil/Ph.D. programs are 30 and 60 respectively. The first and the second semester will consist of 4 courses of 3 credit hours each (12+12=24 credits). Students may carry out an independent study or project work equivalent to one 3-credit-course in the second semester. In the third semester, students will work towards completion of the MPhil/Ph.D program, students can opt for at least one course offered in another discipline with a provision of internal grade transfer. Students who have completed their MPhil coursework can apply for the Ph.D. program if they meet the academic requirements.

Grading System

Far Western University’s evaluation follows a grade point system. Students are evaluated on a scale of 4 (four). The grade point equivalence with marks, letters, and words is given below. Students acquiring a minimum grade of 3.0 points will only be entitled to the award of the degree. There will, however, be a provision of grade improvement in a maximum of two courses to meet the degree requirement. The MPhil/PhD program of Far Western University follows the following grading system:

Grade point


Letter Grade



90 - 100


Dean’s list

3.7 - 3.99

85 - 89.5



3.3 – 3.69

80 – 84.9


First Division

3.0 – 3.29

75 – 79.9


Second Division

2.7 – 2.99

70 – 74.9


Passed in individual subject

2.3 – 2.69

65 – 69.9


Passed in individual subject

2.0 – 2.29

60 – 64.9


Passes in individual subject

Below 60




 MPhil/Ph.D. Courses in Curriculum, Planning, and Leadership (CPL) (Subject to modifications as and when required)

The program will encompass (but not limited to) the following broad categories and their subsets:


Courses Course Title Credit Hours Course Code
Semester - I
Mandatory 1. Advanced Research Writing 3 CPL Ed. 611
2. Advanced Research Methodology 3 CPL Ed. 612
Specialized Disciplines Group – A 6  
1. Curriculum: Principles, Theory, and Practice CPL Ed. 613
2. Test Theory: Learning and Development CPL Ed. 614
Group – B  
1. New Trends in Educational Planning and Management CPL Ed. 615
2. Organizational Behavior in Education CPL Ed. 616
Group – C  
1. Educational Administration Supervision CPL Ed. 617
2. Practices in Educational Leadership CPL Ed. 628
(Select two subjects from any group)  
Semester - II
Mandatory 1. Project work: Indigeneity in Education 3 CPL Ed. 631
Specialized Disciplines Group – A 6  
1. Diversity in Education CPL Ed. 632
2. Culturally Responsive Pedagogies CPL Ed. 633
Group – B  
1. Development Trends in Education CPL Ed. 634
2. Learning Management System in the 21st Century CPL Ed. 635
Group – C  
1. Teacher Professional Development CPL Ed. 636
2. Interdisciplinarity in Education CPL Ed. 637
(Select two subjects from any group)  
Electives 1. Foundations of Special Needs/ Inclusive Education 3 CPL Ed. 638
2. Participatory Action Research CPL Ed. 639
3. Educating Children Facing Challenges CPL Ed. 640
4. Early Childhood Development and Learning CPL Ed. 641
(Select any one subject)  
Semester - III
  1. Thesis/Dissertation 6 CPL Ed. 651
  Total Credit Hours: 30