The department offers PhD in Applied Economics after successfully running the program of MPhil in Applied Economics for twelve years. The department has a resolve to provide a high quality learning and research experience in the PhD program, capable to turn passion in to performance by transforming raw talent in to reliable human resource. The program intends to produce PhD scholars who are focussed to fathom, poised to perform and competent to contribute in the field of Economics. The graduates of the program will be given a global orientation about contemporary trends in the field of Economics as well as a local motivation to search for the solutions to some of the most challenging problems confronting Pakistan’s economy.
Duration of the Program:
The PhD degree shall be awarded for a minimum duration of three years and maximum of eight years (for normal circumstances). However, if a student is unable to complete the degree within eight years, the Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) will determine whether the delay was caused by circumstances beyond the student’s control, and if so, it may grant an extension for a maximum of two years in lieu of the exceptional circumstances. Thus there is a maximum of ten years’ duration to complete the degree. The duration of the degree starts with the students’ enrolment and it ends on the date of notification of the award of the PhD degree, subsequent to the PhD defense.
PhD program shall include a residence requirement for PhD students of at least two years.
Students enrolling from the BS stream shall have to do 48 credit hours of coursework whereas entrants from MS/MPhil/PhD can avail credits up to 24 credit hours for coursework done during their MS/MPhil studies. At the time of admission, a PhD student may apply to transfer the credit hours of MS/MPhil/PhD courses after proper permission by the PhD Committee of the department of Economics. The credit transfers will only be allowed from an HEC recognized University as per HEC criteria.
Deficiency courses will be offered to students if their previous exposure will be considered insufficient. The need for deficiency courses will be determined by the PhD committee of the department of Economics. Fee will be charged for the deficiency courses.
Following the completion of PhD coursework, every PhD student shall be required to pass a comprehensive examination, before formally starting the stage of research work. If a student fails to pass the comprehensive test, he or she shall be allowed one more attempt to take the comprehensive test. The comprehensive exam shall be based on the higher level courses of PhD program.
The research component of the PhD program is of 12 credit hours. Within six months of successfully completing the coursework (with a minimum GPA of 2.75) and passing the comprehensive exam (in no more than two attempts), each student is required to get the synopsis of research approved in order to register for the research work. The student should continue registering for research in every semester until the PhD degree is awarded.
Allocation of Supervisor:
Each student will be assigned to an HEC approved supervisor (from the department) and a co-supervisor (if essential to the research of the PhD student, on recommendation of the supervisor, duly approved by the PhD committee and BASR) from within the Department/University or from another University/ Research Organization. The supervisor will provide Semester-wise Report of the student to the PhD committee. In case of two consecutive adverse Reports by the Supervisor, BASR will recommend the cancellation of the candidacy of the student. In certain exceptional circumstances, a change of supervisor may be allowed on the concurrence of the current and proposed supervisor and approval of PhD committee and BASR.
A PhD student will present a PhD synopsis before the Departmental PhD Committee within six months of successfully completing the course work. The synopsis defense will be carried out in the form of a Departmental Seminar. The synopsis is expected to establish novelty of investigation, significance of objectives and a validity of methodology to seek those objectives. After approval from the departmental Board of Studies, the synopsis will be sent to BASR for the final approval. The approval of PhD synopsis by the BASR is mandatory before registering for the research work as a PhD candidate.
Before the submission of the dissertation, the student shall present his research work in anther departmental Seminar. Thereafter, the dissertation will be sent to the expert external reviewers after conducting a plagiarism test (in accordance with the HEC’s Plagiarism Policy). An open defense of the dissertation will be held after positive evaluation of the dissertation by the PhD committee and two external expert reviewers of high academic esteem. However, if the PhD candidate publishes his or her dissertation research (as first author) in a peer reviewed journal that is classified by the HEC as category X or above, the PhD dissertation will only require the evaluation by one external expert. It is mandatory for a PhD candidate to have at least one research paper (as its first author) published (during his or her doctoral studies) in an HEC approved Y category (or above) journal for the award of PhD degree.