Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations

Eligibility of the Ph.D. Degree

University Requirements

  1. The minimum CGPA should be 3.00 or First Division in MS/M. Phil either of the following subjects:
    1. International Relations
    2. Political Science
    3. Defense and Strategic Studies
    4. Economics
    5. Law (case-to-case basis)
    6. Development Studies (case-to-case basis)
    7. Media and Mass Communication/Journalism (case-to-case basis)
    8. Pakistan Studies (case-to-case basis)
    9. Area Studies (case-to-case basis)

HEC Requirements

  1. In addition, the candidate must have passed Subject GRE (International) test at the time of application for admission.

Program Requirements

  1. The candidate must complete 18 credit hours of coursework in the Ph.D. program.
  2. Upon successful completion of the coursework, the candidate has to appear for a Comprehensive Examination conducted by the Department
  3. The candidate must complete 36 credit hours of additional dissertation writing
  4. The candidate must submit a dissertation to the Department with a attached consent letter from the concerned supervisor
  5. The candidate must also attain a minimum CGPA of 3.00/4.00
  6. Students will follow the APA Manual Style in writing the dissertation
  7. The Ph.D dissertation must be evaluated by at least two experts from technologically advanced countries.
  8. Publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved journal is also required for the award of the Ph.D degree.
  9. The candidate will give a final thesis seminar right before submission of dissertation. The faculty of the Department will provide feedback, as necessary.
  10. Finally, the candidate has to defend his dissertation in a public defense in a viva-voce examination.

Program Contents:

  1. Coursework: (18 credit hours).
  2. Qualifying Comprehensive Examination
  3. Dissertation: (36 credit hours)
    (Total number of credit hours to be completed is 18+36=54)
  4. A minimum of 3.00/4.00 CGPA is required for the award of the Degree