IIT Madras – Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Inter Disciplinary Dual Degree in M.A. (Public Policy)

The problems facing the country and the world today (such as climate change, energy crisis, malnourishment, digital divide among others) require a multidimensional approach and involves training that is interdisciplinary and policy oriented. The proposed programme will produce a new breed of professionals trained in Engineering and Policy Sciences.

  • IDDD in MA (Public Policy) is open to all B.Tech students. ​
  • The programme consists of 5 core courses, 3 electives, and Project work (in three stages).
  • Courses include - Policy Analysis Methods, Technology and Public Policy, Governance and Institution, Intellectual Property Rights, Economic Analysis of Public Policy, Computational Economics, Social Network Analysis, Renewable Technologies, Global Health Policy, Urban Development Policy, Digital Economy.
  • Joint-teaching of both core and elective courses with faculty members from multiple Departments.
  • Project work – with guidance jointly by HSS and faculty from other Departments.
  • The programme involves a project work in three stages with a summer term (after the 8th Semester). Project work with Planning Commissions of various state governments, Think Tanks, reputed Non-Governmental Organizations, and with elected representatives (MPs and MLAs).

The proposed programme

(a) will enhance overall value of DD students in the market -- especially for those students aspiring to enter the consulting jobs; and
(b) will prepare well the students who aspire to enter the "civil services".

Besides, most high profile corporate firms (such as TCS / Cognizant) have a Policy / Systems Division looking for persons with abilities to think from larger societal perspectives.

Sl No Semester Course Type Corse Code Course Title Credits
17th Semester Core HS3031 Technology and Public Policy 9
28th Semester Core HS5950 Economic Analysis of Public Policy 9
38th Semester Core HS5952 Governance and Institutions in India 9
48th Semester Elective-1
5Summer Project
(stage 1)
- after 8th Semester
Compulsory Project-1 20
69th Semester Core HS5550 Research Methodology (developed exclusively for the MA students) 9
79th Semester Core HS5953 Pollution, Public Health and Public Policy 9
89th Semester Elective-2
99th Semester Elective-3
109th Semester Compulsory Project-2 20
1110th Semester Compulsory Project-3 20

Sl. No.Core CodeCore TitleCreditsCore Type
1HS3031 Technology and Public Policy 9Theory / Core
2HS5950 Economic Analysis of Public Policy 9Theory / Core
3HS5952 Governance and Institutions in India 9Theory / Core
4HS5953 Pollution, Public Health and Public Policy 9Theory / Core
5HS5550 Research Methodology 9Theory / Core

1Core (5x9 credits) 45
2Electives (3x9 credits) 27
3Project (stages 1/2/3) (20+20+45) credits 85
Total 157+

Sl NoCourse CodeCourse TitleCredits
1ID5060Energy Economics9
3HS4007Corruption and Development9
4HS4330Computational Economics and Public Policy12
5HS5125Environmental and Resource Economics12
6HS5709Global Health and Policy9
7HS5880Indian Economy12
8HS5951Intellectual Property Rights: Global and Indian Perspectives9
9HS5954Public Policy for Urban Development9
10MS3540Introduction to Game Theory9
11MS4610Introduction to Data Analytics12
12MS4710Digital Economics and Enterprises9
13CE5870Infrastructure Planning and Management9
14CS6012Social Network Analysis12
15ME6148Renewable Energy Technology9