College of Economics & Social Development

Course Detail

The aim of PhD in Education program is to promote scholarship, research and service at national and international levels. The research-oriented doctoral program is the highest academic degree facilitating candidates to remain updated in research literature and conducting socially relevant and intellectually competent research studies in specialized areas. The program offers a range of courses in contemporary topics of education and development, assisting the scholars to compete for leadership positions.



MPhil/MS (Education) or equivalent graduates from HEC recognized institutions meeting the following criteria:

  • All candidates applying for PhD must have at least a CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 in their last degree

Testing Requirement:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test administered by the Education Testing Service or a Subject Specific Graduate Admission Test (GAT Subject) administered by the Education Testing Council.

Statement of Purpose:

Required as part of the application to admission in PhD program

Program Requirements

PhD requires completion of course work and dissertation/thesis. Minimum duration is three years and maximum are eight years:

  • Course work of 24 credit hours (4 core courses and 4 electives)
  • The student must publish one research paper during his/her PhD studies
  • On completion of dissertation/thesis the student is awarded 30 credit hours
  • Any other HEC requirement
Semester One Semester Two

Methods and Issues in Advanced Qualitative Research
Methods and Issues in Advanced Quantitative Research


Ways of Knowing

Designing and Developing a Research Framework

Elective I

Elective II


Elective III

Elective IV


Thesis: 30 Credit Hours

Core Courses

PED701 Methods and Issues in Advanced Qualitative Research
PED703 Methods and Issues in Advanced Quantitative Research
PED705 Ways of Knowing
PED733 Designing and Developing a Research Framework

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

Elective Courses

PED741 Application of Research Methods in Education
PED831 Writing Proposals for Grants
PED833 Independent Research Study
PED835 Global Insights in Teacher Education
PED837 Research & Innovation in Educational Leadership
PED820 Innovations & Pedagogies in Teacher Education
PED839 Designing & Conducting Action Research in Education


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

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