Master of Philosophy Programme

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) is an advanced level study with special focus on research activities. It aims at producing highly qualified, competitive human resources in different areas such as Curriculum, Educational Planning, Administration, Supervision and Management. Faculty of Education (FoE) offers M.Phil. in Education with specialization in Curriculum Studies, Development Studies and Leadership Studies.


The requirements for entry into this programme are as follows:

  • A Master's Degree preferably in Education ( M.Ed.) or in any other discipline ( recognized by TU) at least with second division
  • Proficient in spoken and written English and competent in computer operation.


The admission to the M.Phil. in Education Programme is announced twice a year in January and July- one month before the commencement of the class. A candidate willing to join this programme will have to undergo a rigorous process of screening and selection. The screening process includes:

  • Entrance examination
  • Oral interview

As the medium of instruction and evaluation is English, a candidate proficient in spoken as well as written English and basic computer skills can benefit from the course.


The classes are conducted at the prime location of the city of Kathmandu in the evening between 4:00 to 8:00p.m. depending upon the seasons. As this is a full time course, candidates are required to attend all the classes regularly.


A candidate's performance is evaluated internally as well as externally. The internal assessment includes class participation, and writing and presentation of term papers/assignments regularly. An external examination is conducted at the end of every semester by the Dean's Office. Upon the completion of the total courses and their requirements, TU awards the candidate with the certificate of M.Phil. in Education.


This is a 3 semester programme out of which the first 2 semesters cover taught courses whereas the last one is meant for writing dissertation which is obligatory. It is a 32 credit hours course for the M.Ed. degree holders but it is a 36 credit hours course for those who have Master's degree in the areas other than M.Ed. The courses are divided into Core and Specialization areas as given below.

Semester I

Core courses: 10 credit hours with an additional 4 credit hours for those who have not studied education course before.

Semester II

Specialization courses:  8 credit hours

Core courses: 6 credit hours

Semester III

Dissertation: 8 credit hours


M.Phil. is a research oriented degree, which requires the candidates to be critical, explorative and innovative. In order to guide the candidates to fulfill their goal, academic advices are made available throughout the course. The academic advisers assist the candidates in getting their assignments/term papers done in the appropriate format, in selecting appropriate research topic and carrying out and completing  the research work for their dissertation. In order to facilitate the candidates in their study and research, a range of academic support consisting of journals, books, dissertations, e-mail and internet facilities are made available.


The total amount of fee for M.Phil. programme is NRs 80.000( eighty thousand only), which can be paid in 3 installments of Rs. 25,000 each plus some other small contingencies. The installments should be paid at the time of enrolment in the first, second and third semesters respectively. But the admission fee NRs 5,000 will be charged in the beginning of the first semester.




The evaluation is based on the Grading System in which A indicates the outstanding performance of the candidate whereas F indicates fail. The candidate must obtain at least Grade C to pass. The following chart illustrates the ranges of achievement of the highest to the lowest.

A                     Outstanding

A-                    Distinction

B+                   Good

B                     Average

B-                   Fair

C                     Pass

INC                Incomplete

F                      Fail

ABS                Absent



In the first two semesters, the candidates have to attend the taught courses followed by a dissertation work in the final semester. The dissertation work can be carried out independently in close consultation with the academic advisor. The taught courses, their credit hours and course numbers are given below.

First Semester (Core Areas)

1.                  Ed. 615 Foundations of Education (Credit hours 3)

2.                  Ed. 612 Education and Development ( Credit hours 3)

3.                  Ed. 613 Research Methods ( Credit hours 2)

4.                  Ed. 614 Basic Statistics (Credit hours 2)

5.                  Ed. 611 Fundamentals of Education (Credit hours 4 for those candidates who have not studied any foundation course in Education)

Second Semester

Core Areas

1.                  Ed. 621 Advanced Research Methods (Credit hours 4)

2.                  Ed. 212 Seminar (Credit hours 2)

Specialization Areas  

1.         Leadership Studies

            a.         Ed. LS. 623 Resource Management (Credit hours2)

            b.         Ed. LS. 624 Indigenous Vs Contemporary Manogement (Credit hours 3)

            c.         Ed. LS. 625 Leadership in Education (Credit hours 3)

2.         Development  Studies

            a.         Ed. DS. 623 Caste, Education and Development (Credit hours 2)

            b.         Ed. DS. 624 Indigenous People, Education and Development (Credit hours3)

            c.         Ed. DS. 625 Gender, Education and Development (Credit hours3)

3.         Curriculum Studies

            a.         Ed. DS.623 Curriculum Foundations, Principles and Issues (Credit hours3)

            b.         Ed. DS. 624 Curriculum for Diversity in Education (Credit hours2)

            c.         Ed. DS. 625 Curriculum Research, Evaluation and Development (Credit hours3)

Third Semester

 Ed. 639 Thesis/Dissertation (Credit hours 8)

  • The details of the courses are made available in a separate booklet ( M.Phil. curriculum) after the admission.



The deliberations of the courses require candidate's active participation and serious involvement in group discussion, issue presentation, experience sharing, analysis of the issues and case studies. The academic tutors of the respective courses play a key role in facilitating the learning environment with some input as and when necessary.

The candidate's assignments, research reports, write-ups and other scholarly works are disseminated to the wider audience through the publication of the M.Phil. programme from time to time.


Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur

Phone: +977 1 4331196

(10.00 A.M. - 4.00 P.M.)

M.Phil Programme Office

Dilli Bazar, Kathmandu

Phone: +977 1 4331196, 441149

(2.00 A.M. - 8.00 P.M.)