The Indian Institute of Technology Madras belongs to the genre of new generation institutes of national importance in higher education in the field of Technology and Science. The institute has grown from strength to strength ever since it obtained its charter from the Parliament of India in 1961 and has established itself as a premier centre for education, research, consultancy and technological/scientific development. It all began in the year 1956 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, was on an official visit to West Germany and was offered assistance by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, to set up a higher technological institute in India. This resulted in the signing of the first Indo-German Agreement in Bonn in 1958, for the establishment of an Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, with assistance from Germany in terms of faculty, technical staff and equipment.

The institute has sixteen departments, which offer undergraduate and post-graduate courses in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences. The Central Library and Computer Centre of the institute are well equipped to fulfill the needs of the faculty and students. There are many advanced research centres in the institute having excellent facilities for carrying out research in frontier areas of science and technology. The institute has about 470 faculty members, 6200 students and 735 administrative and support staff.

The institute with a self contained beautiful campus of 630 acres is located in South Chennai, on Sardar Patel Road. It is at a distance of about 14 kilometres from the Central Railway Station as well as from the Airport, and is well connected with buses to the city.

The campus is residential, with 17 student hostels (Two hostels exclusively for girl students) and quarters for the families of faculty and staff. The general facilities for the residents of the campus include two schools (one Kendriya Vidyalaya and another with IIT Management), Banks (SBI, Canara Bank and ICICI Banking facility), Post Office, Shopping Complex, Hospital, and an Open Air Theatre. The campus houses a natural forest, which is a haven for spotted deers and black bucks. It offers several student amenities such as Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, Canteens and Play Grounds. Campus bus transportation facility is also available.

Master of Science Programmes

Indian Institute of Technology Madras offers two-year M.Sc. programmes in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The M.Sc. programme has a credit based curriculum. Besides a common core programme, students have opportunity to register for a number of elective courses to match their interests. The evaluation is based on continuous assessment through quizzes, assignments and tests.


Merit scholarship: On the basis of the performance at the end of the 1st semester, 25% of the students admitted or 25% of the sanctioned strength, whichever is less, will be awarded merit scholarship for the first two semesters of the programme and renewal for III and IV semesters will be based on the performance in the II and III semesters, at the rate approved by the GoI from time to time (presently Rs.1000/- per month). These students are exempted from payment of tuition fees.

Fee Waiver: In addition, 10% of the students admitted or 10% of the sanctioned strength, whichever is less, are exempted from payment of tuition fees for the first two semesters of the programme and renewal will be based on the performance in the II and III semesters. Out of the remaining students, those securing CGPA of not less than 6.5 and whose parental income is not more than Rs.4.5 lakhs per annum will be awarded 50% waiver of tuition fee.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry has 32 faculty members with expertise in diverse areas of Chemistry. The Department typically has 150+ students registered for Ph.D and 80+ students registered for M.Sc. In addition, the Department is supported by many technical and other staff members. The 2 year (4 semesters) M.Sc course is an internationally well-recognized programme and is designed to expose students to all important branches of Chemistry.

New curriculum and syllabus are in place for the M.Sc programme from July 2011 onwards. Core theory and laboratory courses are offered during the first three semesters and elective courses in highly specialized subjects in the fourth semester. The core theory courses are designed to expose the students to advanced levels of Chemistry in all the areas. The core laboratory courses are designed to give practical training in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. In addition, a computational and spectroscopy laboratory course is also offered as a core laboratory course to train the students in these areas. M.Sc students have an option to either carry out a project (9 credits) under the supervision of a faculty or take additional three elective courses (instead of the project) to earn the 9 credits. The project work is expected to be an original piece of research work and it is meant to prepare students adequately for a career in research. The duration of the project is for 2 semesters in the second year of the programme. Students who get more than 8.0 CGPA in the M.Sc programme can be directly admitted to Ph.D programme with an interview at the Department level. They need not write GATE or CSIR/UGC-NET examinations. The top two first year M.Sc students who have secured the highest All India JAM rank (within first 50 ranks) are eligible for Professor and Mrs. V. Ramamurthy scholarship.

The Department is endowed with excellent instrumentation (UV-Vis, FTIR, Fluorescence, ESI-MS, NMR, powder and single crystal XRD, TGA and DSC, AFM-SPM, CHN analyzer etc.) and computational facilities. Students have access to Scifinder, a Chemistry on-line database, and several on-line journals. With funding from MHRD and DST more and more facilities are being added every year to make the Department one of the best in the country and comparable to top ranking universities around the Globe. The National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCCR), MRI-MRS Centre and DST Unit of Nanoscience are part of the Department. In addition to the Central Library the Department Library houses books that are prescribed for the courses. For further information, students are encouraged to contact the Head of the Department (,

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is engaged in teaching and research in many areas of Pure, Applied and Computational Mathematics. The department offers M.Sc. (two-year programme) and Ph.D. Degree programmes in Mathematics, and a two-year M.Tech. Degree programme in Industrial Mathematics and Scientific Computing. The outgoing students of the department are recruited by leading industries through the institute Placement Office. They hold high positions in reputed institutes, universities and companies around the globe.

The core courses for the M.Sc. programme are offered in the first three semesters. These courses include subjects such as Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Calculus of Variations, Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, Topology, Measure and Integration, Probability Theory, Principles of Computing and Numerical Analysis. In the second year, students can choose electives from a rich menu of subjects such as Computational Fluid Dynamics, Combinatorial Optimization, Commutative Algebra, Fuzzy Sets, Operator Theory, Fixed Point Theory and Applications, Graph Theory, Stochastic Processes and Operations Research. The students will also do a project, which will introduce them to advanced topics and research methodologies. Seminar and viva-voce are also part of the programme.

The department has 31 faculty members. In addition to teaching and research, they are actively engaged in continuing education and consultancy. Several faculty members have authored books which are used as texts in many universities. Many of them coordinate important projects funded by national agencies/organizations like CSIR, DST, ISRO, DRDO, DAE and NBHM. Many of them are recipients of national and international awards for their teaching and research. Their research areas include Real and Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, Operator Theory, Harmonic Analysis and Wavelet Theory, Applied Algebra, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Topology, Numerical Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Optimization Theory, Differential Equations, Inverse and Ill-Posed Problems, Mathematical Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes, Graph Theory, Fuzzy Sets, Mathematical Logic and Theoretical Computer Science.

The department is well-equipped with two computer labs meant for research scholars and post-graduate students. Each lab has about 30 systems, high-end servers and workstations. All the machines are connected under institute network system. The department has a separate library to cater to the needs of our students and faculty.

The department conducts weekly seminars and invited lectures addressed by visiting mathematicians and faculty from IIT and other institutes. The department arranges two annual events, namely, the National Symposium on Mathematical Methods and Applications held on 22nd December commemorating the birth anniversary of Indian Mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and FORAYS – a MATHFEST conducted by students. Besides, the faculty members organize National/International Conferences/ Workshops periodically.

Department of Physics

The Department of Physics currently has 44 faculty members and 25 technical and supporting staff members. It offers B.Tech. in Engineering Physics, M.Sc. (2 year programme) in Physics, B.S.-M.S. Dual Degree in Physics (5 year programme), M.Tech. (2 year programme) in Solid State Technology and Ph.D. degree in Physics.

The core courses offered in the department include Classical Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronics, Atomic and Molecular Physics and Nuclear and Particle Physics. A number of elective courses are offered - these courses include Condensed Matter Physics, Lasers, Modern Optics, Digital Electronics, Low Temperature Physics, Physics and Technology of Nanomaterials and Theoretical Physics. The students undertake Project works in various areas to gain exposure to various advanced level research topics in physics.

The research and development activities of the department encompass different areas of condensed matter physics, lasers, photonics and theoretical physics. Some of these areas are: Low Temperature Physics, Superconductivity, Thin Films, Heterostructures and Nanostructures, Microwave Materials, Magnetic Materials and Magnetic Resonance, Ultrafast Phenomena, Holography, Imaging and Photonic Materials, Photonics and Laser Physics, Semiconductor, Transport and Dielectric Properties of Material, Solid State Ionics, Physics and Application of Nanomaterials, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Classical and Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Computing and Quantum Information Theory, String Theory, Theoretical Biophysics, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Complex Fluids and Experimental High Energy Physics.

The Department is equipped with several major facilities in its laboratories. These include Helium and nitrogen liquefiers, thin-film coating units, He-Ne lasers, argon ion laser, excimer laser, ruby laser, Nd-YAG Laser, Tunable Diode lasers, X-ray diffractometer UV-Visible Spectrometer, Confocal Raman Spectrometer, Vibrating sample Magnetometer, MPMS SQUID Magnetometer, TGA and DSC, impedance spectroscopy, etc. The department has a modern applied optics laboratory and facilities such as physical properties measurement system (PPMS), HFCVD, MWCVD, FESEM and HRTEM are available as part of the Nano functional materials technology centre (NFMTC). A machine shop facility is available to assist research and teaching laboratories.

A department computing facility (DCF) is available for research-oriented and general purpose computing by physics students and faculty. At present there are several desktop machines, servers running on GNU/Linux, with most of the standard scientific computation packages installed. The department publishes quality research papers in reputed international journals. Further information is available in the website

Fees and Payment (in Rs.):


Tuition and Admission fee



Refundable Deposit



Hostel fee, including advance dining charges of Rs.10,000 for the first semester and medical insurance annual premium of Rs.742.


Tuition fee of Rs. 3,000/- per semester is exempted for SC/ST students.