PhD in Education
Week-end Program

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College of Economics & Social Development

The aim of PhD in Education program is to promote scholarship, research and service at an academic level. The doctoral program is the highest degree of excellence at the Institute of Business Management for faculty and candidates alike, allowing them to remain updated in research literature and to conduct socially relevant and intellectually competent research studies in specialized areas. This program will address research competencies with a range of courses in the contemporary topics of education, research and development, helping the scholars to compete for leadership positions in the field of education.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate and communicate knowledge of higher education
  • Evaluate and synthesize national and international challenges to education
  • Critique and assess concepts and theories from education
  • Demonstrate and measure competence in designing and communicating research
  • Analyze, critique and validate education-related research

Career Path

  1. Curriculum Developer
  2. Corporate Trainer
  3. Principal
  4. Educational Consultant
  5. Educational Policy Developer
  6. Career Counselor
  7. School Administrator
  8. Professor
  9. University Vice Chancellor
  10. Entrepreneurs in education (private sector)
  11. Development Sectors (NGOs)


MPhil or equivalent graduates from HEC recognized institutions meeting the following criteria:

  • A minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 (or overall 60% marks) or equivalent
  • A minimum of 18 years of schooling that corresponds to MS / MPhil or equivalent degree from HEC recognized institutions in a relevant discipline
  • GRE subject specific or GAT subject test conducted by the NTS, or equivalent in the relevant discipline
  • Interview conducted by the Institute
  • All other HEC stipulated requirements

Program Requirements

PhD requires completion of course work and dissertation/thesis. Minimum duration is 3 years and maximum is 8 years:

  • PhD course work requirements consist of six graduate level courses (18 credit hours)
  • On completion of dissertation/thesis the student is awarded 30 credit hours

PhD students must additionally go through the following route for degree completion:

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Identify Supervisor
  • PhD Proposal/Synopsis Development
  • PhD Proposal/Synopsis Defense
  • BASR Approval of PhD Proposal/Synopsis
  • Continuous enrollment in supervised research courses for meeting the full-time residency requirements
  • Completion of PhD Dissertation/Thesis
  • Approval of External Evaluaters/Examiner by BASR
  • Publication of at least one paper in an ISI indexed or an HEC recognized journal on an official acceptance of the paper
  • Evaluation of PhD Dissertation by two foreign faculty members from developed countries as per HEC criteria
  • Dissertation/Thesis Finalization
  • Open defense of PhD dissertation
  • Any other HEC requirement
  • Final Dissertation/Thesis Submission to BASR

Interested in this program? Visit the admissions page for more information.

Course Structure

Core Courses Elective Courses

PED701 Methods and Issues in Advanced Qualitative Research

PED703 Methods and Issues in Advanced Quantitative Research

PED731 Ways of Knowing

PED733 Designing and Developing a Research Framework

PED831 Writing Proposals for Grants

PED833 Independent Research Study

PED835 Global Insights in Teacher Education

PED837 Research & Innovation in Educational Leadership


PED991 Research Thesis (3 credit-hour)
PED992 Research Thesis (6 credit-hour)
PED993 Research Thesis (9 credit-hour)

NB: It is mandatory for students to attend defense sessions given by MPhil and PhD candidates.

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