Research at SNU Chennai

Shiv Nadar University Chennai aims to attract the most creative and talented minds from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, with a keen interest to pursue excellence in interdisciplinary research. The University provides exciting opportunities to obtain a Ph.D. degree in the following modes:

• Ph.D. – Full Time

• Ph.D. – Part-Time

• Direct Ph.D. in Engineering

2023 ADMISSIONS OPEN for Ph.D. Programs

Areas of Specializations


Computer Science & Engineering 
    • Speech technology 
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • High-Performance Computing
    • Internet of things and Block Chain Technology
    • Data Science
    • Graph theory and its applications
    • Fibreoptics and Silicon Photonics
    • Machine Learning & Deep Learning Techniques
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Disorder studies
    • Computational Intelligence
    • Computer Vision
    • Speech Signal Processing
    • Dynamically Reconfigurable Architectures for Cognitive Computing
    • Accelerated Computing for Radiogenomics
    • Cognitive Reinforcement Models
    • Optimization Methodologies
    • Medical Image Processing
    • Networks
    • Cyber security 
    • Cloud Computing and Edge Computing
    • Video processing
    • Image processing
    • Clinical database
    • IP lookup algorithms and packet classifications
    • Wireless sensor networks
  • Civil Engineering 
    • FRP Concrete composites
    • Steel-concrete composites
    • Cold-formed Steel
    • Monitoring and retrofitting of structure


The key areas of research under the School of Science & Humanities, are listed below:
  • Fiber optics and  MEMS
  • Materials Science
  • Electronic Materials
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Quantum Dots
  • Optoelectronics
  • Light Emitting Diodes
  •  Graph Theory 
  • Graph Theory and its Applications
  • Fuzzy Theory and Applications
  • Fuzzy Graph Theory
  • Reliability 
  • Stability Analysis of Dynamical Systems
  • Sensors and Silicon Photonics
  • Crystal Growth
  • QPM Devices
  • Piezoelectric Ceramics and Sensors 
  • English Literature
  • English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • Public Finance and Policy
  • Rural Finance
  • Poverty
  • Inequality
  • Reading
  • Dyslexia


The key areas of research under the School of Commerce and Management are listed below:
  • Behavioural Finance 
  • Financial data analytics
  • Banking
  • Mergers & Acquisitions  
  • Equity Research
  • Investment management

Eligibility Criteria

For all the research programs, it is mandatory that the candidate should have studied in regular, full time and formal education in their previous degree programs (UG and PG).


Ph.D. In Computer Science and Engineering / Civil Engineering


Masters degree in Engineering / Technology / M.S.[By Research] in the relevant discipline of Computer Science and Engineering / Civil Engineering with a minimum of 60% marks / CGPA 6.5 on a 10 point scale.


Direct Ph.D. In Engineering:


The applicants should have completed their UG programme in Engineering / Technology in the relevant discipline within 5 years of application with a minimum of 8.5 CGPA and no history of arrears.


Ph.D. In Physics / Economics / English


Masters degree in the relevant discipline with a minimum of 60% marks / CGPA 6.5 on a 10 point scale.


Ph.D. In Commerce

  1. Masters degree in Commerce or related field with a minimum of 60% marks / CGPA 6.5 on a 10 point scale.

  2. BCom + CA/CMA

Selection Procedure

Selection shall be based on the performance in the University’s Entrance Examination score, PG Degree marks, Research proposal and Interview. Candidates, who fulfill the eligibility criteria prescribed, will have to appear for an Entrance Examination 2022, a Computer Based Test for 2 hours.


The shortlisted candidates need to appear for personal interview. The selected candidates for admission will be intimated within the stipulated date.

Fees for Ph.D Entrance Examination

Non-refundable* application fees of Rs. 1500 (One Thousand Five Hundred Only), shall be paid through on-line portal.


*Note that the University reserves the right to accept or reject any application based on its departmental screening criteria, hence all applications may not be shortlisted for written examination and/or interview. No requests for refund of the application fee shall be entertained under any circumstances.

Important Dates

Application Opening Date05 May 2023
Last date for submission of application23 June 2023
Written Test26 June 2023
Interview for shortlisted candidates30 June 2023
Notification for shortlisted candidates03 July 2023
Commencement of PhD Program10 July 2023

Important Dates

Issue of online application01st October 2022
Last date for submission of application

24th November 2022

Date of Test25th November 2022
Personal Interview02nd December 2022
Declaration of results*15th December 2022
Last date of online fee payment23rd December 2022
Commencement of classes

02nd January 2023

*Interview results will be announced shortly

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Telephone: 1800 208 1199