The wide variety of disciplines at IIT Kharagpur provides a unique environment that fosters both core and interdisciplinary research in diverse areas of emerging technology such as energy, nanotechnology, medical, bioengineering, and computational sciences.
The Institute provides facilities for research leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The Ph.D degree is awarded on the basis of satisfactory performance of a registered candidate in the prescribed course work, comprehensive viva, seminar, the thesis submitted by the candidate and a final viva voce.
The thesis should be the report of research work characterized by either discovery of new facts or a new interpretation of known facts and theory, or an independent design and development, or development of a new instrument/technology.
There are several categories within the Ph.D programme in the Institute, viz.