Admissions for PhD Programme (Spring-2021) >> Admission Notice

Applications from Pakistani/Foreign Nationals are invited for admission to PhD Programme of the University in the following disciplines latest by 08-02-2021

Faculty of Biological Sciences

S # Discipline Area of Study Requirement
1. Biochemistry Biochemistry, Molecular Biology. Molecular Genetics.
MPhil or equivalent in any field of Biochemical: Biological/Medical/Pharmaceutical or related sciences from HEC recognized university.
2. Biotechnology Medical Genetics, Plant Cell Culture, Nanobiotechnology, Human Infectious diseases, Molecular Virology. MPhil or equivalent in any field of Biological Sciences from HEC recognized university. MBBS/DVM/Pharm-D are also eligible.
3. Environmental Sciences 1.Environmental Biology, Ecotoxicology,
Environmental Health.
2.Environmental Microbiology/ Molecular biology, Bioremediation & Biodegradation.
3. Environmental Toxicology, Geochemistry, Hydrology, Phytoremediation.
4.Environmental Biotechnology, Environmental Risk Analysis of Chemicals, Fate & Effects of Pesticides in Environment, Chemical Stress Ecology, Chemical Toxicology of Fishes.
5. Clean Energy and Environmental Photocatalysis.
6. Environmental Nanotechnology.
7. Environmental Waste Management, Remediation and Revitalization of Abandoned Soils.

MPhil or equivalent degree in any field of Biological/Chemical/Agricultural/ Environmental Sciences from HEC recognized university.
4. Microbiology Applied & Industrial (Food, Microbial Metabolites), Environmental (Biotreatments, Biofuel/Bioenergy), Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Veterinary Microbiology. MPhil or equivalent in Microbiology or any field of Biology/Medical/Veterinary and related sciences from HEC recognized university.
5. Plant Sciences Plant Physiology, Plant Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, Plant Ecology & Conservation, Plant Microbe Interaction, Plant Biology, Plant Proteomics, Mycology. MPhil or equivalent in any discipline of Biological/Botanical/Agricultural Sciences from HEC recognized university.
6. Pharmacy Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacognosy , Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology. MPhil in relevant subject with basic degree in Pharm-D, B-Pharm (4-years) from HEC recognized university.
7. Zoology Reproductive Physiology, Parasitology, Molecular Biology, Endocrinology, Human Genetics. MPhil or equivalent in any discipline of Zoology/Animal Sciences/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry (except Plant Sciences) from HEC recognized university.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

S # Discipline Area of Study Requirement
1. Chemistry Inorganic / Analytical Chemistry: Organometallic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Organic/Inorganic Materials, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Polymers and Polymer Composites, Catalysis, Green Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry.
Organic Chemistry: Organic Synthesis, Natural Products, Reaction Mechanism, Heterocyclic Compounds, Photochemistry, Organic Polymers, Biomedicinal Chemistry.
Physical Chemistry: Chemical Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Molecular Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Electrochemistry: fuel cell chemistry, photovoltaics, Materials Chemistry: nanochemistry, polymer & composite materials, Surface Chemistry: solid state, colloids and surfactants, Photochemistry: time resolved spectroscopy, photonics.
MPhil or equivalent degree in the relevant field of Chemistry from HEC recognized university.
2. Computer Science Human Information Interaction: Interaction Design, Usability Engineering, Information Visualization.
Knowledge Engineering: Social Computing, Image Processing & Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Software Testing and Software Re-engineering.
Networking and Communication: Internet of Things, Next generation Networks, Network/Information Security and Software Defined Networks.
MPhil in Computer Science or computing related discipline or MS (18 years) in Computer Science or computing related discipline from HEC recognized university.
3. Earth Sciences Geophysics, Geology and Hydrogeology. MPhil or equivalent in the related field of Geophysics/Geology/Hydrogeology/Seismology from HEC recognized university.
4. Electronics Electromagnetics: Microwave Engineering, Antenna Theory, Wave Propagation and Scattering, Complex Media, High Frequency Electromagnetics, Metamaterials. Communication and Signal Processing: Information Theory, Coding Theory, Ad-hoc Networks, Communication Systems, Signal and
Image Processing, Machine Learning, Embedded System and Microelectronics. Quantum Electronics: Opto- Electronics, Quantum Information, Quantum Chaos.
MPhil or equivalent in Electronics/ Physics/ Information Technology/ Mathematics/Computer Science/ Electrical Engineering/ Telecommunication Engineering/ Computer Engineering from the HEC recognized university.
5. Mathematics Relativity, Fluid Mechanics, Numerical Analysis, Astrophysics, Commutative Algebra, Wave-Motion, Fuzzy Algebraic Structures, Soft Sets and its applications, Functional Analysis. MPhil or equivalent in Mathematics from the HEC recognized university.
6. Physics Atomic and Molecular Physics, Semiconductor Physics, Plasma Physics, Magnetism and Nanomaterials, High-Tc Super Conductivity, Laser Physics, High Energy Physics and Cosmology, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Optics/Quantum, Information Theory, Computational Physics. MPhil or equivalent in Physics from the HEC recognized university.
7. Statistics Survey Sampling, Mathematical Statistics, Linear Models, Applied Statistics, Geo statistics, Operations Research. MPhil or equivalent in Statistics from the HEC recognized university.

Faculty of Social Sciences

S # Discipline Area of Study Requirement
1. Defence & Strategic Studies International Security, South Asia, Global Political Economy, Arms Control and Proliferation Issues. MPhil in DSS/IR/South Asian Studies/Peace & Conflict Studies, Journalism or equivalent from HEC recognized university.
2. Economics Micro/Macroeconomics, Econometrics, International/ Public/ Monetary/ Labour/ Development Economics. MPhil or equivalent degree in Economics from HEC recognized university.
3. History Medieval and Modern South Asia, Pakistan Movement, Pakistan and Central Asia, Islamic History, History of Afghanistan. MPhil or equivalent degree in History, Pakistan Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology and other relevant subjects of Social Sciences from HEC recognized university.
4. Management Sciences Management Sciences MS/MPhil degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject from HEC recognized university.
5. Psychology a) Educational/School Psychology;
b) Industrial/Organizational Psychology;
c) Developmental/Psychopathology/Mental Health
d) Children/Women Issues
MPhil or equivalent degree in Psychology/ Behavioral Sciences from HEC recognized university.
6. Sociology Topics within Sociology MPhil Sociology from HEC recognized university.

Admission Requirements:

  1. The minimum CGPA for admission is 3.0 (out of 4.0 in the Semester System) or First Division (in the Annual System) in MPhil/MS/Equivalent degree from HEC recognized university.
  2. In case of in-service candidates, the applicants are required to submit NOC from the head of institution at the time of submission of PhD admission form. Further, he/she is required to submit study leave notification(s) at least for three years (as a whole or year wise) at least for one year extendable to three years duly signed by the competent authority at the time of joining the Department, failing to submit the leave notification the admission of the student shall be cancelled. The Supervisor and Chairperson of the Department/ Institute/School/Centre will ensure the study leave and report to the AS&RB along with progress report
  3. The candidates applying for admission are required to submit a copy of synopsis/research work. Admission will be given subject to the availability of the Supervisor in the field of research strictly according to HEC’s requirements

Course Work:

  1. Course work of 18 credit hours preferably in the first year is required to be completed and followed by a comprehensive examination for granting candidacy as PhD researcher.
  2. Admission to PhD programme is made on a competitive basis. The minimum period for completion of PhD Programme is three years whereas maximum period is seven years.
  3. The applicants must provide official certificate showing percentage of marks obtained in MSc/BS Hons/4-5 years programme.

How to Apply:

  1. The applicants can apply through Online Application System from the QAU website, along with a Challan of the Habib Bank Ltd. OR Askari Bank Ltd. (Online Admission Facility will be available up to 08-02-2021 due to special circumstances of COVID-19)
  2. The applicants are advised to deposit Rs.2115/- in any branch of Habib Bank Ltd. OR Rs.2100/- in any branch of Askari Bank Ltd. in favour of the Treasurer, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
  3. The Bank Challan should be attached with the online Admission Data Summary Sheet along with other scanned requisite documents, otherwise the application will not be entertained.
  4. The applicants are required to scan & attached the requisite/required documents with Online Application for verification of data and determination of merit:

Subject Test/Interview:

  1. The admission to PhD programme shall be made on the basis of cumulative merit to be determined from previous academic record, University written subject test and interview.
  2. Only the test pass applicants who secured 70% marks will appear before the interview/presentation of research proposals as per schedule of the Department/ Institute/ School/ Centre (DISC) concerned.
  3. The lists of pass applicants shall be displayed on the notice boards of the relevant Department/ Institute/ School/ Centre (DISC).
  4. Applicants appearing in the Entry Test must bring original CNIC for identification.
  5. If a test date is declared as holiday or for any reason, the test will be conducted on the next working day.
  6. All applicants of PhD Physics are also required to appear in the written test as per schedule given below in the Department of Physics; however the candidates having a score in GRE (Physics) > 45% percentile would be exempted from Department test in Physics.
  7. For PhD Chemistry: The candidates are urged to seek the consent of Supervisor before the admission test/ interview.
  8. Applicants seeking admission in the following subjects are required to appear in the Entry Test on the date, time and venue mentioned below :-
1. Pharmacy 10-02-2021 Wednesday 09:30 AM Department of Pharmacy
2. Psychology 10-02-2021 Wednesday 10:00 AM National Institute of Psychology (NIP)
3. Mathematics 10-02-2021 Wednesday 10:00 AM Department of Mathematics
4. Environmental Sciences 10-02-2021 Wednesday 10:00 AM Department of Environmental Sciences
5. Management Sciences 10-02-2021 Wednesday 10:00 AM Quaid-i-Azam School of Management Sciences (QASMS)
6. D.S.S. 10-02-2021 Wednesday 10:30 AM Department of D.S.S.
7. Earth Sciences 10-02-2021 Wednesday 11:30 AM Department of Earth Sciences
8. Plant Sciences 11-02-2021 Thursday 09:30 AM Department of Plant Sciences
9. Chemistry 11-02-2021 Thursday 09:30 AM Department of Chemistry
10. Biotechnology 11-02-2021 Thursday 09:30 AM Department of Biotechnology
11. History 11-02-2021 Thursday 10:00 AM Department of  History
12. Zoology 11-02-2021 Thursday 10:00 AM Department of Zoology
13. Biochemistry 11-02-2021 Thursday 10:00 AM Department of Biochemistry
14. Statistics 11-02-2021 Thursday 10:00 AM Department of Statistics
15. Economics 11-02-2021 Thursday 10:00 AM School of Economics 
16. Computer Science 11-02-2021 Thursday 11:30 AM Department of Computer Science
17. Physics 12-02-2021 Friday 09:30 AM Department of Physics
18. Microbiology 12-02-2021 Friday 10:30 AM Department of Microbiology
19. Electronics 12-02-2021 Friday 11:00 AM Department of Electronics
20. Sociology 12-02-2021 Friday 11:30 AM Department of Sociology

In case of the continuation of COVID-19, the online subject tests will be conducted by the respective Department/Institute/School/Centre on the above said date & time.

Prof. Dr. Zahid Asghar