IIT Patna has ten departments: These are Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE), Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Humanities & Social Science departments. Budding research scholars are admitted in the PhD program of this Institute in all ten (10) departments. The broad objectives of the Ph.D. programme are to contribute to expanding the frontiers of knowledge and to provide research training. The academic programme leading to the Ph.D. degree is broad based and involves a course credit requirement and a research project leading to thesis submission. The Institute also encourages research in interdisciplinary areas through a system of joint supervision and interdepartmental group activities. The Institute undertakes sponsored research and development projects from industrial and other organizations.

Students holding foreign passports (including persons with OCI or PIO cards) will be eligible to apply for this scheme.

M.Tech. Programme:

The institute offers eight (8) different M.Tech Programme in core and interdisciplinary areas. They are Mechatronics, Mathematics and Computing, Computer Science & Engineering, Communication System Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and VLSI & Embedded Systems.

The programme is open to candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering / Technology / M.Sc or equivalent professional degrees. Candidates seeking admission to M.Tech Programme of the Institute shall have to possess a minimum of 60% marks (or a CGPA of 6.5 in 10 point scale) or equivalent in the qualifying degree.