Graduate Programs

Details & Semester Outlines for PhD

PhD (Management Sciences)

SZABIST offers PhD in Management Sciences in the specialized areas of Human Resource Management, Marketing and Finance. The Students are required to complete 48 credit hours including 18 credit hours for course work and 30 credit hours for Dissertation. The course work includes 5 courses of 3 credit hours each and one Independent Research Study of 3 Credit hours. After completing course work, a dissertation of 30 credit hours to be completed. The degree can be earned in minimum 3 years and maximum 8 years. Following are the details of the program:

• There are two compulsory courses in PhD i.e. Advanced Research Methods and Techniques and Advanced Quantitative Tools for Research.

• Students cannot register in IRS before completing all compulsory courses.

• Candidate may be given prerequisite/deficiency courses or theses which will be decided by the Interview Board at the time of admission.

• Prerequisite Courses are non-credit courses.

• The student will not be allowed to register in PhD courses before completing prerequisite courses/ thesis if any.

• Dissertation of 30 Credit Hours is Compulsory.

• Registration in Dissertation is allowed after passing Comprehensive Examination, GAT- Subject Test and maintaining minimum CGPA requirement

• All the requirements of HEC pertaining to PhD must be fulfilled which include:

         o Minimum 60% GAT Subject at the time of Admission,
         o CGPA requirement (3.00 GPA/CGPA minimum pass requirement for each course and for CGPA.
         o Passing Comprehensive examination to establish the PhD candidacy (maximum 2 attempts allowed).
         o One Research Paper Published from the thesis in W,X, and Y-category journal before the completion of             30 Credit Hours Dissertation.

• Elective Courses to be selected from the specialized area of Marketing, Finance, Human Resource and Research.

• Maximum Course Load for each Semester is 9 Credit Hours.

• All General guidelines mentioned in DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS are applicable on PhD-Management Science.

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

MS 6106 Advanced Research Methods Techniques MS 6XXX Elective II
MS 6216 Advanced Quantitative Tools for Research MS 6XXX Elective III
MS 6XXX Elective I MS 6XXX Independent Research Study

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

MS 6xx Dissertation (Proposal in One or Two Semester) MS 6XX Dissertation

Third Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

MS 6XX Dissertation MS 6XX Dissertation

Elective courses are listed under MBA / MS / PhD electives following the MBA program.

Elective courses may vary from time to time. All courses may not necessarily be offered every year. Alternate courses may be substituted as and when required.

Course registration is subjected to course offering as per Zabdesk each semester. The above course plan is tentative for basic understanding. Students can register in any number of offered course/s but not exceeding 3 courses (9 credit hours) per semester. One extra course can be allowed depending on the approval of program manager. Summer is not a regular semester and no new registration is offered during summer. A student can take maximum two interdisciplinary elective courses in SS/CS/IT/Media/MBA program with the prior approval of respective program managers.

PhD (Computing)

The PhD program requires students to complete 48 credits hours. Course work of 18 credits (6 courses) is needed which includes core courses, electivs and independent study. Dissertation of 30 credits is also required to be completed. The maximum time limit to complete the PhD degree is 5 years.

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

CSC 6101 Research Methodology CSC 6xxx Independent Study
CSC 6xxx Elective I CSC 6xxx Elective III
CSC 6xxx Elective II CSC 6xxx Elective IV

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

CSC 6xxx Dissertation CSC 6xxx Dissertation

Third Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

CSC 6xxx Dissertation CSC 6xxx Dissertation

Elective courses are listed under MS Computer Science program.

PhD course work credits may be implemented via selection of a particular mode of course execution (as recommended by the respective Graduate Committee/Program Coordinator) from the various available approaches, including guided/ taught courses, seminars, and independent research studies.

PhD in Educational Leadership and Management (Evening)

The PhD in Educational Leadership and Management program at the Department of Education aspires to meet the growing demand of leaders and managers with expertise in the field of education. There is a strong emphasis on research and critical awareness on issues of social justice and equity in educational contexts. It equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to have impact on educational policy, reform and practice.

The PhD in Educational Leadership and Management is a 3 year program spread over six semesters. It is a 48 credit hour program comprising 5 courses, 1 Independent Research Study (3 credit hours), and a Dissertation (30 credit hours).

The students will have the opportunity to specialize in the fields of Sociology of Education, Educational Policy, Testing/Evaluation, Teacher Education, Professional Development, School Administration/ Educational Leadership, Guidance & Counseling, Educational Psychology, Curriculum development, Technology Integration in Education.

Eligibility:

  • - GAT subject with minimum 60% score is also required. Last degree verification from HEC is required.
  • - Candidate must have 18 years of education in the relevant discipline, i.e.an MS/ M.Phil. in education/educational leadership and management, with minimum 60% marks/CGPA 3.00 from an HEC recognized institution.

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ELM 6101 Advanced Research Methods and Techniques-I (Qualitative) ELM 6xxx Elective-II
ELM 6102 Advanced Research Methods and Techniques-II (Quantitative) ELM 6xxx Elective-III
ELM 6xxx Elective-I ELM 6108 Independent Research Study-I

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ELM 6xxx Dissertation (Proposal) ELM 6xxx Dissertation

Third Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ELM 6xxx Dissertation ELM 6xxx Dissertation

COMPULSORY COURSES*

ELM 6101 Advanced Research Methods and Techniques-I (Qualitative) ELM 6102 Advanced Research Methods and Techniques-II (Quantitative)

ELECTIVES

ELM 6xxx Sociological Issues in Education/Access/Outcomes and Quality ELM 6xxx Learning Effectiveness in Higher Education Contexts
ELM 6xxx Use of Technology in Education ELM 6xxx Education in the Context of Conflict
ELM 6xxx Socio-Politics of Language Policy in Educational Contexts ELM 6123 Change Management in Education
ELM 6124 Education Policy and Politics ELM 6xxx Performance Management and Professional Development
ELM 6xxx School Evaluation and Monitoring ELM 6xxx Teacher Education
ELM 6xxx Research Philosophy ELM 6xxx Testing, Assessment and Evaluation
ELM 6xxx Finance and Resource Management ELM 6xxx Organizational Development

All the students have to appear in Comprehensive Examination at the end of their course work.
*The research courses are compulsory for all the students except for SZABIST continuing students who will take two elective courses instead.


PhD course work credits may be implemented via selection of a particular mode of course execution (as recommended by the respective Graduate Committee/Program Coordinator) from the various available approaches, including guided/ taught courses, seminars, and independent research studies.

PhD Social Sciences

For PhD Program, Students are required to complete 48 credit hours. 5 courses of 3 credit hours each and one Independent Research Study of 3 Credit Hours (total 18 Credit hours for Course Work) and One dissertation of 30 credit hours (Total 48 Credit Hours for PhD).

  • •There are two compulsory courses in PhD i.e. Advanced Research Methods and Techniques (Qualitative) Advanced Research Methods and Techniques (Quantitative)
  • • Students cannot register in IRS before completing compulsory courses.
  • • Candidate may be given prerequisite/deficiency courses or theses which will be decided by the Interview Board at the time of admission.
  • • Prerequisite Courses are non-credit courses.
  • • Dissertation of 30 Credit Hours is Compulsory.
  • • Registration in Dissertation is allowed after passing Comprehensive Examination, GAT- Subject Test and maintaining minimum CGPA requirement
  • • All the requirements of HEC pertaining to PhD must be fulfilled these are:
    • Minimum 60% GAT Subject at the time of Admission,
    • CGPA requirement (3.00 GPA/CGPA minimum pass requirement for each course and for CGPA.
    • Passing Comprehensive examination to establish the PhD candidacy (maximum 2 attempts allowed).
    • One Research Paper Published from the thesis in Y-category journal before the completion of 30
    • Credit Hours Dissertation.
  • • Elective Courses to be selected from the specialized area of International Relations, Economics, Psychology and Sociology
  • • Maximum Course Load for each Semester is 9 Credit Hours.
  • • Time duration for PhD is Minimum 3 years and Maximum 8 years.
  • • All General guidelines mentioned in DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS are applicable on PhD- Social Sciences.

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

SS 6104 Advanced Research Methods and Techniques-I (Qualitative) SS 5xxx Elective-II
SS 6105 Advanced Research Methods and Techniques-II (Quantitative) SS 5xxx Elective-III
SS 5xxx Elective-I SS 6xxx Independent Research Study

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

SS 6x09 Dissertation SS 6x09 Dissertation

ELECTIVES

PhD (International Relations)

SS 5xxx Dynamics of Security SS 5xxx Globalization in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
SS 5xxx Role of Great Powers and International Relations SS 5xxx Critical Geo-Politics
SS 5104 Politics of Geo-Economics SS 5111 Democratization as a Global Process
SS 5212 NGO Management SS 5306 Sacred and Secular
SS 5311 Environmental Studies SS 5312 Globalization and Developing Countries
SS 5313 Intellectual Property Rights and Laws SS 5226 Issues in Pakistan’s Political and Constitutional History
SS 5321 History of Ideas SS 5206 Political Economy in the Global Perspective
SS 5402 Law and Human Rights SS 5xxx Globalization: Issues and Debates
SS 5xxx Political Theory SS 5xxx History of Economic Thought in Contemporary Perspective

PhD (Economics)

SS 5xxxxxx International Trade SS 5xxxxxx Economic Growth and Development
SS 5xxx Monetary Economics SS 5xxx Public Finance
SS 5xxx Globalization in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities SS 5223 Financial Time Series
SS 5104 Politics of Geo-Economics SS 5305 Political Economy of Pakistan
SS 5214 Public Policy Management SS 5322 Topics in Political Economy
SS 5206 Political Economy in the Global Perspective SS 5327 Development Economics and Sustainability
SS 5xxx Organizational Culture & Development SS 5xxx Marketing and Consumer Psychology
SS 5xxx Organizational Conflict and Management SS 5xxx Assessment and Diagnosis – I
SS 5xxx Assessment and Diagnosis – II SS 5xxx Psychotherapy and Counseling- I
SS 5xxx Psychotherapy and Counseling- II SS 5xxx Psychophysiology and Psychopharmacology
SS 5xxx Clinical Internship SS 5xxx History of Economic Thought in Contemporary Perspective *ARMT-I and ARMT-II are mandatory courses
SS 5312 Globalization and Developing Countries SS 5321 History of Ideas
SS 5228 Corporate Governance SS 5xxx Advanced Microeconomics
SS 5xxx Advanced Macroeconomics SS 5xxx Advanced Econometrics

PhD (Sociology)

SS 5xxx Sociology of Development SS 5xxx Population Dynamics
SS 5xxx Social Statistics SS 5xxx Cultural Anthropology
SS 5212 NGO Management SS 5xxx Gender and Human Rights
SS 5402 Law and Human Rights SS 5xxx Community Development and Social Mobilization
SS 5xxx Gender Issues in Global Scenario SS 5xxx Sociology of Gender Issues
SS 5xxx Gender, Work and Economy SS 5xxx Women Studies
SS 5xxx Gender Issues in Rural Development SS 5xxx Sociology of Sexuality
SS 5xxx Globalization: Issues and Debates SS 5xxx Global Governance
SS 5xxx Sociology of Science, Knowledge and Technology SS 5xxx Industrial Sociology
SS 5xxx Immigration in Contemporary Perspectives SS 5xxx Sociology of Migration and Urbanization
SS 5308 Sustainable Development SS 5xxx Social Change and Development
SS 5xxx Rethinking Global Development: New Frameworks for Understanding Poverty, Inequality and Growth in 21 Century SS 5xxx Community Organizing and Development
SS 5xxx Religion and Development SS 5xxx Population and Development: Current Issues and Future Implications

PhD (Psychology)

SS 5xxx Applications of Contemporary Data Analysis Tools SS 5xxx Use, Construction
SS 5xxx Interpretation of Tests SS 5xxx School Psychology
SS 5xxx Cross-Cultural Psychology SS 5xxx Community Psychology
SS 5xxx Environmental Psychology SS 5xxx Gender Psychology
SS 5xxx Consumer Behavior SS 5xxx Perspective in Organizational Psychology
SS 5xxx Psychological Assessment in Organizational Psychology SS 5xxx Psychology of Leadership

PhD in Biosciences New Program

The PhD in Biosciences is minimum 3 year program that requires completing a total of 48 credit hours. The maximum time limit to complete the PhD degree is 8 years. Maximum course load for a semester is 3 courses (9 credit hours).

The following is the break-up of the 48-credit hour courses:

  • • 2 Core Courses (6 credit hours) *
  • • 4 Elective (12 credit hours) OR 1 IRS (3 credit hours) and 3 Electives (9 credit hours)
  • • 1 Thesis (30 credit hours)
* The research courses are compulsory for all the students except for SZABIST continuing students who will take two elective courses instead.

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BIO 6104 Statistical Tools for Research BIO 6201 Research Methodology
BIO 6xxx Elective-I BIO 6xxx Elective-III
BIO 6xxx Elective-II BIO 6xxx Elective-IV/IRS-I

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BIO 6xxx Dissertation BIO 6xxx Dissertation

Third Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BIO 6xxx Dissertation BIO 6xxx Dissertation

Interdisciplinary courses can be allowed with the approval of both the Program Managers subject to the relevance of courses. Elective courses may vary from time to time. Followed by successfully completion of the course work, Comprehensive Examination is required to pass in order to acquire PhD Candidacy after which research period starts. The entire research work is carried out under the supervision of the PhD supervisor which is assigned and approved as per the university procedure. The complete research work is required to be submitted in the form of a “Dissertation” after a minimum period of two years.

ELECTIVES

BIO xxxx Advances in Molecular Genetics BIO xxxx Computational and Systems Biology
BIO xxxx Advanced Immunology BIO xxxx Next Generation Sequencing Techniques
BIO xxxx Analytical Techniques for Biomolecules BIO xxxx Advances in Plant Biotechnology
BIO xxxx Oncobiology BIO xxxx Recombinant DNA Technology
BIO xxxx Food Science and Technology BIO xxxx Cell Signaling Mechanisms
BIO xxxx Biomaterials Science and Engineering BIO xxxx Principles of Synthetic Biology