TIFR is a National Centre of the Government of India, under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy, as well as a deemed University awarding degrees for master's and doctoral programs. The Institute was founded in 1945 with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust under the vision of Dr. Homi Bhabha. At TIFR, we carry out basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and science education. Our main campus is located in Mumbai, with centres at Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
The TIFR University runs Ph.D. and integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programmes in all areas of natural sciences that includes Physics. The graduate program is administered not only in the main TIFR Mumbai campus, but in all the Centres located in other parts of India. Degrees are awarded in Physics. Typically the Ph.D. program is for five-years, the integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme is for six years and the M.Sc. programme is for two years. Students are admitted to TIFR through a rigorous selection process, which involves a written test, followed by an interview. Selection is strictly by merit: only the top 1.5 percent applicants are selected.