MPhil is a two year academic degree program comprising of two full semesters of course work, followed by one year of research thesis.
The course curriculum comprises of four types of courses. Participants take four Required courses for grounding in concepts and skills that are essential for policy scholars. Further, a student may take four courses from a selected concentration: Governance, Democracy, and Institution Building (GDIB), Environment, Demography, and Urban Change (EDUC) and Peace Building and Conflict Resolution (PBCR), dependent on class size and concentrations being offered in a particular year. Further, a supervised Research Thesis under active faculty guidance provides the opportunity to conduct in depth research on a particular policy problem so as to inform and contribute towards a better understanding.
Required Courses comprise of essentials of Public Policy for young scholars. This includes: an introduction to public policy to familiarize participants with general approaches to ask questions in the policy world and answer them by using appropriate research methods; instill the required knowledge and skills of economics, human development, institutionalization and policy’s interaction with technology for conducting effective policy analysis.
Governance, Democracy, and Institution Building (GDIB)
Improving governance, constructing representative, transparent and accountable government, enhancing civil society and reviving and revitalizing institutions remain critical public policy issues in Pakistan, like many developing countries. This concentration will explore various topics: from civil services reform to local bodies; autonomy and independence of judiciary to interface between bureaucracy and political parties in a democratic setup; issues pertaining to productive functioning of provincial and national assemblies to training of legislators; skill development of bureaucrats, and the role of Election Commission of Pakistan. The class discussion would involve both theoretical aspects as well as an understanding of ground realities.
Environment, Demography, and Urban Change (EDUC)
Environmental decay, rising population and accelerated urbanization is visible in Pakistan. Demographic change is phenomenal. The country has a population of 170 million and growing at a rate of 2% per annum. Forecasts of demographic transition in Pakistan raise concerns about citizen security, environmental decay, challenges of urban governance, energy self-sufficiency, water conservation, employment generation, peace, security, governance and the list is unending. Population is a human resource that demands investment in improving its quality, productivity and skills.
The concentration will explore the nexus between environment, urban change and demographic transition, specifically exploring questions in population strategy that helps in managing demographic transition and is not simply a Family planning/Reproductive health issue but a core national issue, which has implications for the very survival and efficient functioning of the Pakistani nation-state.
Peace Building and Conflict Resolution (PBCR)
Pakistan has been mired in various conflicts both internal and with its neighbors since independence. The Kashmir imbroglio with India, the continuing war in Afghanistan, the insurgency in Baluchistan, the multifaceted violence in the large metropolis of Karachi, the religious sectarian violence, and ‘honor’ killings against women are but a representation of various types of violence in Pakistan. The PBCR concentration is meant to analyze these conflicts at a programmatic level to develop the necessary mediatory space, to produce skilled mediators, negotiators and facilitators as a go between the various parties or to create the necessary alternative discourse and effective institutions to counter the violence.
- Completion of two semesters of course work
- Completion of research thesis
- Passing the Viva Voce examination
Centre for Language Development (CLD) at FC College offers personalized sessions to improve writing and analytical skills in English language. A participant may take their assignment along with feedback to the CLD to work with a language instructor to improve their grammar, sentence structure and overall writing style.
Students may take the following courses offered by the Department of Political Science, FC College in lieu of courses offered by the CPPG:
PLSC 507: Constitutional and Political Processes in Pakistan
PLSC 508: Foreign Policy and Analysis
PLSC 517: Politico-Strategic Dynamics of South Asia
PLSC 519: Local Government System in Pakistan
PLSC 523: Research Techniques in Political Science
- Baccalaureate or 16 years of education from any HEC recognized university
- Have a degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences
- Submit a Research Proposal (1000 words)
- Clearance of Entrance Exam
- Short listed candidates to be interviewed by the CPPG Selection Committee