M.Phil in Public Policy and Governance

Introduction

The M Phil in Public Policy at the CPPG aims to contribute to the education of a new generation of public policy-makers and policy analysts, familiarizing them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. The program aims to equip students with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making in emerging democracies; including the changing nature of governance, practices and ethical questions surrounding the role of the state. The thrust of the program is to bridge the gaps between research and policy making.

Breaking Boundaries:

This proposed 2-year M Phil program in Public Policy is distinctively different from the other programs offered in the country. Our program would be a multi-disciplinary program that will contextualize and analyze issues relating to South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. It would be innovative and inculcate in the students leadership qualities, managerial skills and analytical acumen. It will draw upon faculty expertise to enable students to explore one of the most complex and fascinating regions of the world compelling them to address crucial political, economic and social issues confronting us in the twenty-first century. These include, for example, questions of the appropriate design of institutions, the management of contractual relationships, and the design of regulatory mechanisms and economic and sociological approaches to policy evaluation. Appropriate Information Technology and Management (ITM) skills would be integrated into the program to bring about attitudinal change and develop professional expertise in promoting methods for efficient, judicious and transparent policy execution through Electronic Governance. Students would be encouraged to shape their course program and research according to their interests, needs, and desired areas of specialization. Upon completion of all requirements leading to M Phil, the students would be able to do policy analysis and research independently.

Besides receiving rigorous academic training, students would also be exposed to the practical side of policy making. Over the years the CPPG has institutionalized its net working with eminent national and international scholars and policy makers who hail from different government departments, NGOs, consultancies, think tanks or businesses and are invited as guest speakers. The CPPG Seminar and Policy Dialogues Series offer a mix of both practitioner and academics who discuss their work. Seminar series and policy dialogues at the CPPG demonstrate our continued commitment to research that engages and interacts with the academia and broader policy-making community.

FCC has a strong and evolving base of social sciences departments that enable students to supplement their education. The CPPG has the distinction of holding and encouraging duel appointments across disciplines and departments. In that spirit the program would design and encourage cross-listing of courses with other social sciences graduate programs at the FCC.  The CPPG also has Adjunct/Visiting Faculty from retired and serving civil servants. More importantly, the CCPG has recently created its own FCC Public Policy Research and Resource Centre, which has Library and virtual space facility. At this point we are in the process of building archives and documentation through digitization.

Admissions

The M Phil in Public Policy at the CPPG aims to contribute to the education of a new generation of public policy-makers and policy analysts, familiarizing them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. The program aims to equip students with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making in emerging democracies; including the changing nature of governance, practices and ethical questions surrounding the role of the state. The thrust of the program is to bridge the gaps between research and policy making.

ROUND 1

Admissions Open June 1, 2015 (Monday)
Application Deadline July 31, 2015 (Friday)
OPEN HOUSE August 3, 2015 (Monday) 4 – 5:30 pm in E-002
Admissions Test August 6, 2015 (Thursday) – 3-5 pm E-025
Tentative Interviews August 11 and 12, 2015 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Notification of Selection August 21, 2015 (Friday)
Orientation August 25, 2015 (Tuesday)
Commencement of Classes September 7, 2015 (Monday)
Class Timings 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

ROUND 2

Application Deadline (extended) August 17, 2015
Admissions Test August 18, 2015 (Tuesday) E-002, 3pm -5pm
Interviews August 20 2015 (Thursday)
Notification of Selection August 21, 2015 (Friday)
Orientation August 25, 2015 (Tuesday)
Commencement of Classes September 7, 2015 (Monday)
Class Timings 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Instructions

  1. Fill in the form online with complete information. Links to admissions forms are mentioned below the instructions.
  2. Print the forms and attach the documents mentioned below.
  3. Click the submit button when the application is complete.
  4. Please note down your Admission Tracking number.

 Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate or 16 years of education from any HEC recognized university
  2. Open to all who fulfill the above criteria and have degree in Social Sciences/ Humanities/ Sciences.
  3. Submit the application form in Ahmad Saeed Building, Forman Christian College.
  4. CPPG Entrance Test ( 4 sections: a) Comprehension and Précis Writing b) Quantitative (GMAT and SAT sort) c) Essay Writing d) Analysis and Reasoning
  5. Short listed candidates will appear for an Interview

Documents

  1. Two copies of CNIC
  2. Two passport size photographs
  3. Attested copies of degrees and certificates from Matriculation/O Level to Masters/Baccalaureate supporting 16 years of education.

 

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students should be able to critically engage in debates regarding development policies and be well versed in theoretical, methodological and ethical issues related to policy research.

Specific aims of the program are:

  • Enhanced analytical and conceptual skills to enable critical thinking and pursue policy relevant research.
  • Thorough training in comparative analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge of the main historical events, actors and processes that have shaped development in the Greater South Asia.
  • Detailed and comparative examination of local and international interpretations of policy issues and developmental perspectives.
  • Knowledge and skills needed for pursuing career in development agencies, international and national institutions or academia.

Structure of the Program

The program will be made up of eight core courses, and the students would be required to have four.  The M Phil program will have selection of six areas of specialization. The program is designed to unfold over a period of three years (2014-17). In the first phase (Fall 2014), the CPPG will offer only three specializations.  The CPPG will continue to work on the other three and will offer these in the second phase along with the launch of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Policy to embark on the final phase. In the first phase commencing from the academic year 2014-15 (Fall), the following three specializations will be offered:

  • Governance, Democracy, Institution Building
  • Environment Policy, Demography, and Urban Change
  • Peace Building and Conflict Management

The following will be offered in the Second Phase

  • Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies
  • Culture Media and Globalization
  • Social Change and Sustainable Development

           Core Courses and Breakdown of Specializations:

The CPPG proposes to offer eight Core courses (615-622); however, only four would be required depending upon the availability of expert faculty. The CPPG proposes to offer 2 Core courses in the first Semester and the other 2 in the Second Semester.

In Each area of their choosing/Specialization the students would be required to complete at least 3 courses. They will have the choice of selecting one course from an area of other than their opted specialization. Besides, submitting M Phil Thesis entailing original research on the topic of their selection, the students would be required to complete a total of eight courses consisting of 3 credit hours each.  The course work has to be completed in one year. M Phil thesis will have 6 credit hours. Hence the two year program consists of 30 credit hours. However, for the submission of thesis with the approval of the Supervisor along with the consent of the Director and also subject to the approval of the Advanced Board of Studies, the student could be given an extension of one more year for completion of his/her thesis. The M.Phil program shall not extend beyond three years.