Requirement / Eligibility Criteria for MS, M Phil & PhD Programs at NUML, Islamabad


Facts and Figures

At present MS / M Phil / PhD programs are offered in fourteen (14) disciplines. The number of students enrolled at present is 668; that is the students who are at different stages of study that is, doing course work (146), preparing for synopsis and working on thesis (349) and awaiting evaluation for defense (73). So far, NUML has awarded 134 PhD, and 89 MS/M Phil degrees. NUML is the only university where students are enrolled in PhD in rare languages like Chinese, French, German and Hindi. It is the first university to initiate PhD program in Governance and Organizational Sciences. It is the only university to award a PhD degree in Russian language.

Eligibility Criteria

Earlier, the students were enrolled in M Phil or in PhD. The criterion for admission was determined by the University itself. When University Grants Commission that is UGC became Higher Education Commission that is HEC in 2002, the criterion for admission and scheme of studies was given by HEC to all public and private sector universities for strict compliance. HEC has been sending directives off and on to universities across the country that need to be implemented. Nevertheless, it also allows the universities to set its own criterion also for award of degree. For instance one of the hot issues is the award of MPhil degree on the basis of 30 credit hour of coursework. The case was put up in the Academic Council and was vetoed as it was unanimously agreed that awarding MPhil degree without research meant compromising with quality and standard.

  • In 2005, HEC launched the MS / M Phil leading to PhD program and provided a Flow Chart to facilitate universities for award of degrees.
  • In 2007, HEC introduced a separate MS program in Economics, English and Management Sciences for which the criteria was slightly relaxed. The syllabus has been designed by HEC. The requirement is submission of a project instead of a thesis as and duration is 1 ½ years.
  • In 2008, HEC issued another directive for students enrolled in MS/M Phil/PhD from August 2005:
    • MS/M Phil:  clearing GAT General with at least 50% score.
    • PhD:   securing at least 3.0 CGPA in M Phil. 
    • clearing International GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
    • with at least 60% score.


    • Clearing NTS GAT (Graduate Admission Test) Subject
    • with at least 60% score.
    • clearing university devised GAT subject (in disciplines
    • in which it is not offered by NTS) with at least 70% score.
  • In 2010, clearing the tests prior to admission has become mandatory.
  • In addition to this, the university also sets its own criteria like percentage of marks in Masters, clearing Entrance Test, etc.

HEC’s conditions to start the program

In 2010 HEC issued the following directive:
• There should be at least two (02) permanent PhD holders to start M Phil program in a discipline.
• There should be at least three (03) permanent PhD holders to start PhD program in a discipline.
Faculty on contract is considered permanent by NUML. Exemption has been given by HEC to NUML in rare languages such as Chinese, French, German, Hindi and Russian where even two PhDs are not so easy to find.

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