Following are the general requirements of the PhD degree program:
- PhD Coursework: 18 Credit Hours
- PhD Comprehensive Exam
- PhD Proposal Defence
- PhD Research and Thesis: 36 Credit Hours (culminating in a Dissertation)
- Publication Requirements (a minimum of one publication in an HEC approved journal)
- Thesis Evaluation by Foreign and Local Experts
- Thesis Defence
PhD students are required to complete a coursework of 18 credit hours wth a CGPA of 3.0/4.0. The
coursework consists of an approved set of courses as decided by the PHD students’s Supervisor and
After having completed the PhD coursework satisfactorily, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0, a PhD
candidate is required to pass a Comprehensive Written and Oral Examination in his/her field of study
before being allowed to formally start the research phase. The Advisory Committee will conduct written
and oral comprehensive examination and award a Pass/Fail grade to the candidate. The written
examination is, primarily, based on the course undertaken during the coursework phase but may also test
the candidate’s overall knowledge of the fundamentals of the subject. The written part of the
comprehensive examination must be conducted within three months of the completion of the coursework.
The oral part of the comprehensive examination will consist of the defence of candidate’s PhD research
proposal. The oral examination shall be conducted, at the latest, within six months of the passing of
Research and Thesis
A PhD candidate will start his/her research work after passing the comprehensive examination. The
research work is to be carried out under the supervision of the Supervisor and/or Co-Supervisor. The PhD
candidate must develop his/her research proposal within 6 months of the completion of the coursework
phase and defend it successfully as second part of the comprehensive exam. The research proposal should
clearly identify the research problem and review the state-of-the-art. The candidate shall defend it orally
before the Advisory Committee and interested audience. The thesis is expected to be the candidate’s own
account of the research work undertaken. The thesis may consist of a single written work. The language
of expression and analysis must be English and must demonstrate a satisfactory standard of literary
presentation. The PhD thesis is expected to make a distinct contribution to knowledge and must show the
evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts and/or by offering new interpretation.
The PhD candidate must publish at least one research paper based on his/her PhD research in an HEC
recognized journal prior to the submission of final draft of the thesis to the University.
The PhD thesis will be evaluated by at least two Foreign and one Local Evaluator. The thesis shall be
evaluated as “Approved,” “Not Approved,” or “Conditionally Approved”. The Conditionally Approved
evaluation report shall mean that an Evaluator wants the candidate to make specific changes in the thesis.
The Evaluator shall specify changes required in the Conditionally Approved evaluation report. The
candidate shall make the required changes in consultation with the Supervisor, within the time period
fixed by the Board of Advanced Studies and Research. If the candidate has made the suggested changes to
the satisfaction of the Evaluator, the thesis shall be considered to have received an “Approved” evaluation
report after the Evaluator has approved the changes in writing. The thesis must be approved by the
Foreign Evaluators, before the candidate will be allowed to make a defence of the thesis.
After receiving approval of the thesis by the Foreign Evaluators, the Supervisor and the majority of the
Advisory Committee, PhD candidate is allowed to conduct the final defence of the thesis. The thesis
defence shall be publicized and open to all those interested, ut the formal evaluation shall be done only by
the approved Panel of Examiners.