The purpose of the PhD in Public Policy is to create a generation of scholars and professionals that are equipped to deal with some of the most crucial problems confronting Pakistan and the world today. By combining elements of a traditional graduate education in social sciences, particularly political science, sociology and economics, with a significant component of training in policy sciences and information technology, the program’s graduates will be uniquely situated to undertake serious research and policy assessments with the goal of contributing towards formulation, interpretation and implementation of public policies.  The program includes a set of rigorous core requirements, but also provides students with the flexibility to pursue in depth research in a broad variety of critical policy issue areas.

Classes are held four days a week, in addition the fifth day would be a Research Work day. While on alternate week; CPPG holds mandatory seminar inviting local/national or international speakers.


The PhD in Public Policy program has the following features:

  • Duration: 3 years (1 year course work, 2 years research )
  • Classes will be held 5 days a week
  • 3 courses per Semester will be taught
  • 9 credit hours per semester will be taught
  • Coursework will comprise of 2 semesters
  • Thesis and Compulsory Viva is a requirement for graduation
  • Total Credit Hours taught will be 30 credit hours
  • Credit Hours for coursework is 18 credit hours
  • Thesis and Compulsory Viva (Credit Hours) is 12 credit hours
  • Admissions (for Fall and Spring Session) will open once a year in Fall Semester
  • Admission Criteria:
    • For admission into the PhD program, a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or First Division (in the Annual System) in MPhil or MS (with research)/equivalent as prescribed by HEC criteria in any area related to physical, social sciences and humanities is required.

Comprehensive Examination:
A comprehensive examination is a mandatory requirement for doctoral candidates as per the HEC guidelines. Students are not permitted to take comprehensive examinations for the PhD Public Policy until they have completed all required PhD core courses. The comprehensive exam will be based on the latest developments in the public policy field.

After passing of comprehensive examination, the student will present his/her PhD proposal before the DPC. Both the passing of the comprehensive exam and the approval of the PhD research proposal by the DPC are required for the grant of doctoral candidacy status to the student.

A student that fails twice in the comprehensive examination will not be allowed to continue in the PhD program.

Salient Features of the program: 

  1. 05 PhD Faculty members
  2. FCCU Public Policy Research and Resource Centre digital library access
  3. Fortnightly seminars, local and international speakers, gives a chance to enhance their knowledge
  4. Policy Dialogues
  5. Research, evidence based and policy driven is a continuous feature of the CPPG

Admission Criteria

For admission into the PhD program a minimum CGPA equivalent to 3.0 or First Division (in the Annual System) in MPhil /M.S (with research)/equivalent as prescribed by HEC criteria in any area related to physical, social sciences and humanities is required.

Students seeking admission in the PhD program shall appear for an entrance subject test. The test will be conducted by the University Committee consisting of the PhD faculty and be at par with the GRE Subject Test. The qualifying score for this test will be 70%. Alternatively, the candidate may submit GRE subject score along with the application. A 60% score in GRE subject test is required for admission.