During 2012-2013 the institute initiated the integrated PhD program, which is emant for students who have completed an undergraduate degree from elsewhere and wish to pursue the Masters and PhD program at IISER Mohali. The program identifies talented students at an early stage and brings them into the research field. The integrated PhD program consists of two years of course work and research projects. Qualifying students can then go on to do a PhD at the institute under the guidance of any faculty member. Under normal circumstances, the integrated PhD program saves one year for the student as the course work enables them to progress at a much faster pace than a student in a typical MSc/PhD program.