PhD Programme at Krea University

At the forefront of impactful
Research in Sciences and Humanities

Krea University offers two categories of PhD Programmes to choose
from - Full Time and Part-Time.


The Full-Time PhD entails coursework, teaching, and dissertation. Scholars are required to reside on campus (during term time) for the entire duration of the programme.


The Part-time programme or the Faculty Improvement Programme (FIP) is designed for professionals looking to further their research interests while also enhancing career prospects. Scholars opting for this category are required to stay on campus for the first term of the programme and visit campus as and when required, based on suggestions from the advisor and the Doctoral Committee (DC).

Why Krea?

Since its inception, Krea has focused on building an institution with exceptional research calibre. The PhD programme is, therefore, designed to be a holistic research experience that places equal importance on learning within and outside the classroom. Alongside rigorous coursework and support for writing the dissertation, PhD scholars at Krea will have access to cutting-edge research infrastructure and the requisite training to utilise these resources. The research governance and support structures at Krea are conducive to academic endeavours such as attending and hosting conferences, workshops, and thematic meetings. Furthermore, the programme creates avenues for collaborative, multidisciplinary research through Guest Lectures, cross-faculty consultation, and open-question seminars. 

From the Dean of Research

The PhD experience is envisioned to align with Krea University’s mission to help humanity prepare for an unpredictable world. It is an experiential programme that encourages scholars to constantly engage with the world around them. 

Krea is a budding research institute that has already made strides in the short period of its existence and we see the doctoral programme as a natural progression in this journey. Counting on the strengths of our acclaimed faculty and upcoming high-end research facilities, we are confident that our PhD scholars will make significant contributions to further the horizons of knowledge in various disciplines.  

We take this opportunity to invite PhD aspirants to apply for the Doctoral Programme at Krea University for the Academic Year 2024-2025.

Prof Sivakumar Srinivasan
Dean of Research, Krea University

Programme Overview

The PhD programme at Krea is designed to strengthen the creativity and scholarship of research scholars who are expected to engage in deep and impactful research. The programme takes a holistic approach, strengthening foundational knowledge through coursework and encouraging critical thinking to produce  original scholarship during the course of the doctoral programme. The faculty members of Krea come from diverse research backgrounds, thereby giving scholars access to mentorship across breadth of disciplines and areas of interest. Combined with state-of-the-art facilities including a fully equipped library, laboratories, and research centres, the graduate experience at Krea will produce scholars who contribute to humanity through academia, research, and industry. 

Research Areas

Biological Sciences



Environmental Studies





Admissions Checklist

Selection Process
How to Apply?
Fee Structure
Fellowship for Full-time Scholars
Application Timeline

Know Your Mentors

Faculty members are drawn from the best universities across the world and are a fine blend of academic expertise, combined with robust research credentials.

Course Structure

Year I

  • Coursework
  • Assigning advisor(s)
  • Formation of the Doctoral Committee (DC)

Year II

  • Formulation of research problem
  • Inputs and approval from the Discipline-specific-advisory group (DAG)
  • Basic training on relevant techniques/methodologies
  • Detailed presentation to the DC for approval

Year II, III & IV

  • Research/Field Work
  • Presentations in conferences
  • Publishing in Journals
  • The Doctoral Committee will conduct a progress review for every candidate at the end of each academic year.
  • For candidacy, scholars must complete the required coursework and get necessary approvals on their research proposal within the time period stipulated by the DC.
  • All full-time PhD scholars are required to work as Teaching Assistants for 2 courses every academic year, from the 2nd year onwards.

The Campus Experience

The Krea University campus is located in Sri City (Andhra Pradesh), 70 kilometres north of Chennai. A 40 acres campus surrounded by lush greenery, the space is designed to be conducive to the mental and physical well-being of its residents. Scholars will have access to multiple facilities such as a football field, badminton court, fitness centre, dance studio as well as a medical centre, convenience store, and salon. The campus is also equipped with technology enabled classrooms, laboratories, and a library that aim to enhance the research and learning experience. These amenities are well complemented by the vibrant, multicultural, and intellectually stimulating community at Krea, making the graduate programme an academically, professionally, and personally enriching experience. 

Research Centres at Krea

Krea houses diverse Research Centres and provides strategic oversight to few others, across the spectrum of disciplines. As a part of the Krea community, PhD scholars are encouraged to observe, contribute, and collaborate with these centres. 


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