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Admission Notice for PhD Programme (Fall Semester-2024)

Applications from Pakistani/Foreign Nationals are invited for admission to PhD Programme of the University in the following disciplines latest by 23-08-2024:

Faculty of Biological Sciences

S.#DisciplineArea of StudyEligibility Requirement
1.BiochemistryBiochemistry, Molecular Biology. Molecular Genetics.MPhil or equivalent in any field of Biochemical: Biological/Medical/Pharmaceutical or related sciences from HEC recognized university.
2.BioinformaticsComparative and Evolutionary Genomics, Structural Proteomics, Software Development, Functional Genomics, Molecular Modeling, QM simulation, protein-protein interaction. Cancer GenomicsMPhil or equivalent in Bioinformatics/ Molecular Biology from HEC recognized university.
3.BiotechnologyMedical Genetics, Plant Cell Culture, Nanobiotechnology, Human Infectious diseases, Molecular Virology, Industrial Biotechnology, Signal Transduction.MPhil or equivalent in any field of Biological Sciences from HEC recognized university. MBBS/DVM/Pharm-D are also eligible.
4.Environmental Sciences1. Environmental Biology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Health. 2. Environmental Microbiology/Molecular biology, Bioremediation & Biodegradation. 3. Hydro-geochemistry, Hydrology. Water management, water resources and climate change 4. Phytoremediation, Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Biology 5. Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Risk Analysis of Chemicals, Fate & Effects of Pesticides in Environment, Chemical Stress Ecology, Chemical Toxicology of Fishes.  6. Clean Energy and Environmental Photocatalysis.  7. Environmental Waste Management, Remediation and Revitalization of abandoned soils. 8. GIS and Remote Sensing, Climate change.MPhil or equivalent in any field of Biological/ Chemical/Environmental Sciences from HEC recognized university.
5.MicrobiologyApplied & 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.
6.Plant SciencesPlant Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, Plant Ecology & Conservation, Plant Microbe Interaction, Plant Biology, Plant Proteomics, MycologyMPhil or equivalent in any discipline of Biological Sciences/ Botany/ Horticulture/ Forestry from HEC recognized university.
7.PharmacyPharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology.MPhil in relevant subject with basic degree in Pharm-D, B-Pharm (4-years) from HEC recognized university.
8.ZoologyParasitology, Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Animal microbiologyMPhil or equivalent in any discipline of Zoology/Animal Sciences/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry (except Plant Sciences) from HEC recognized university.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

S.#DisciplineArea of StudyEligibility Requirement
1.ChemistryInorganic/Analytical Chemistry: Organometallic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Materials chemistry, Polymers & Polymer Composites, Catalysis, Environmental Chemistry.
Organic Chemistry: Organic Synthesis, Natural Products, Heterocyclic Compounds, Organic Polymers, Catalysis, Bio-medicinal Chemistry, Supermolecular Chemistry.
Physical Chemistry: Material, Surface and Solid State Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Colloids and Surfactants, Photochemistry, Fuel Cell Chemistry, Time Resolved Spectroscopy, Computational Chemistry, Photonics, Sensors, Coatings, Non-Linear Optics.
MPhil or equivalent in the relevant field of Chemistry from HEC recognized university.
2.Earth SciencesGeophysics, Geology and Hydrogeology.MPhil or equivalent in the related field of Geophysics/Geology/Hydrogeology/Seismology from HEC recognized university.
3.Computer ScienceHuman 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. Sample test is available in
4.ElectronicsWave Propagation and Scattering, Complex Media, High Frequency Electromagnetics, Metamaterials, Information Theory, Communications and Signal Processing, Coding Theory, Image Processing, Embedded System, Microelectronics, Quantum Electronics.MPhil or equivalent in Electronics/ Physics/ Information Technology/ Mathematics/
Computer Science/ Electrical Engineering/ Telecommunication Engineering/ Computer Engineering from the HEC recognized university.
5.MathematicsRelativity, 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.PhysicsAtomic 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.StatisticsSurvey Sampling, Mathematical Statistics, Linear Models, Applied Statistics, Geostatistics, Operation Research.MPhil or equivalent in Statistics from the HEC recognized university.

Faculty of Social Sciences

S.#DisciplineArea of StudyEligibility Requirement
1.AnthropologyCultural Change and Development, Ethnographic Studies, Cultural Diversity and Integration.MPhil in Anthropology from the HEC recognized university.
2.American StudiesAmerican StudiesMPhil or equivalent in American Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Defence & Strategic Studies, History, Pakistan Studies, Mass Communication, English Literature, Anthropology, Sociology, Peace Studies & Economics from HEC recognized university.
3.EconomicsMicro/Macroeconomics, Econometrics, International/ Public/ Monetary/ Labour/ Development Economics.MPhil or equivalent degree in Economics from HEC recognized university.
4.HistoryMedieval and Modern South Asia, Pakistan Movement, Pakistan and Central Asia, Muslim History.MPhil or equivalent degree in History, Pakistan Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology and other relevant subjects of Social Sciences from HEC recognized university.
5.International RelationsInternational RelationsMPhil or equivalent degree in International Relations, Political Science, DSS from HEC recognized university. Preference would be given to those who are engaged in teaching and research.
6.Pakistan StudiesPakistan Studies (All topics in Social Sciences relating to Pakistan).MPhil or equivalent degree in any field of Social Sciences from HEC recognized university.
7.PsychologyEducational/School Psychology, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Developmental/ Psychopathology/Mental Health, Psychology of Gender.MPhil or equivalent degree in Psychology from HEC recognized university.
8.EnglishEnglish Literature, English Linguistics

1. Principles and Purposes.
The minimum requirement for admission to a PhD program shall be completion of the MPhil/ MS English degree.

2. Completion of Prior Degree.
Prior to entry into a PhD program, the student shall have been awarded his or her MS/ MPhil English or equivalent degrees.

3.Minimum GPA Requirement.
For admission in PhD programs, a minimum CGPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0in the semester system) or First Division (in the annual system) in the most recent degree obtained is required, whether such was degree obtained from Pakistani or foreign universities.

4. Testing Requirement.
All applicants to PhD programs shall be required to take subject test of English linguistics or English literature for admission to PhD English linguistics and PhD English literature programs respectively with 70% passing scores.

5. Statement of Purpose.
As part of the application for admission to PhD programs, applicants shall be required to submit a statement of purpose, which shall form an integral part of the application. The admissions committee shall use the information provided to ascertain the preparedness and interest of the candidate in pursuing doctoral studies, and whether the department has the requisite resources to train and supervise the doctoral candidate in the subspecialty he or she is interested in.

Admission Requirements

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.

  1. 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) preferably for three years (as a whole or year wise) at the time of joining the Department, failing to submit the leave notification the admission of the student shall be cancelled. The Chairperson of the Department/ Institute/School/Centre will ensure the study leave and report to the AS&RB along with progress report.
  2. The candidates applying for admission are required to submit a copy of synopsis. Admission will be given subject to the availability of the Supervisor in the field of research strictly according to HEC’s requirements.
    The applicants must provide official certificate showing percentage of marks obtained in MS/M.Phil programme

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 at QAU website ( The candidates will print the application processing fee invoice/challan from QAU website/Admission portal and will deposit fee/dues in favour of the Treasurer, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
  2. Paid Bank Challan/Invoice must be uploaded with the Online Application along with other scanned requisite documents; otherwise the application will not be entertained.
  3. Further details will be mentioned in Admission Notice QAU website.
  4. The applicants are required to scan & attach all academic documents along-with other relevant 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. University is required to:
    1. Conduct the test equivalent to GRE/HAT General developed at the University, with the passing score of 70% OR
    2. Accept a test equivalent to GRE/HAT General, conducted by testing bodies accredited by HEC, with a passing score of 60%
  3. The lists of pass applicants shall be displayed on the notice boards and at QAU website 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 urged to seek the consent of Supervisor before the admission test/ interview. and 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 score) 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. Candidates having a score in GRE (Chem) with 60% (percentile score) would be exempted from Department Tests in chemistry.
  8. Applicants seeking admission in the following subjects are required to appear in the Entry Test on the date, time and venue mentioned below: –

On the recommendations of Admission Committee, Vice-Chancellor shall grant approval of the Admission Notice while considering time to time changes/modifications as deemed appropriate.

On the recommendation of the Chairperson/HOD concerned duly endorsed by the Dean of the Faculty concerned, Vice-Chancellor shall grant approval to change Area of study and eligibility criteria of a program.

1.Plant Sciences28-08-2024Wednesday09:30 AMDepartment of Plant Sciences
2.Chemistry28-08-2024Wednesday09:30 AMDepartment of Chemistry
3.Pharmacy28-08-2024Wednesday09:30 AMDepartment of Pharmacy
4.Physics28-08-2024Wednesday09:30 AMDepartment of Physics
5.Mathematics28-08-2024Wednesday10:00 AMDepartment of Mathematics
6.Environmental Sciences28-08-2024Wednesday10:00 AMDepartment of Environmental Sciences
7.International Relations28-08-2024Wednesday10:00 AMSchool of Politics & International Relations
8.Computer Science28-08-2024Wednesday10:00 AMDepartment of Computer Science
9.Pakistan Studies28-08-2024Wednesday12:00 (Noon)National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS)
10.Biotechnology29-08-2024Thursday09:30 AMDepartment of Biotechnology
11.Statistics29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMDepartment of Statistics
12.Biochemistry29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMDepartment of Biochemistry
13.Electronics29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMDepartment of Electronics
14.Economics29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMSchool of Economics
15.Anthropology29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMDepartment of Anthropology
16.American Studies29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMArea Studies Centre (ASC)
17.Microbiology29-08-2024Thursday10:00 AMDepartment of Microbiology
18.Earth Sciences30-08-2024Friday10:00 AMDepartment of Earth Sciences
19.History30-08-2024Friday10:00 AMDepartment of  History
20.Zoology30-08-2024Friday10:00 AMDepartment of Zoology
21.Psychology30-08-2024Friday10:00 AMNational Institute of Psychology (NIP)
22.Bioinformatics30-08-2024Friday11:00 AMNational Centre for Bioinformatics (NCB)
23.English linguistics/literature30-08-2024Friday10:00 AMDepartment of English

Dr. Shafiq Ur Rehman

PhD Programme

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