Eligibility Criteria

For admission into the PhD program, a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or First Division (in the Annual System) in M-Phil or MS (with research)/equivalent as prescribed by HEC criteria in areas related to Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Sociology and broadly Social Sciences and Humanities.

Required Documents:

  1. The applicants for the PhD program will submit the following documents, besides testimonials of academic qualification and research experience (if any), with their application:
  2. A 2-4 page research proposal on the research question the applicant would like to explore in case (s)he is selected for the PhD program. It will require the applicant to provide background, justification, and significance of research question, and a brief methodology. The applicant’s response should reflect her familiarity with the social science research methods.
  3. A writing sample (preferably published but unpublished is also accepted) of any length that is written by the applicant alone.
  4. A brief write up (maximum two pages) on applicant’s approach and interest (and experience, if any) to teaching public policy and political issues to undergraduate students.  
  5. A personal statement (maximum two pages), highlighting why the applicant wants to pursue PhD in public policy.
  6. Two reference letters from people who have worked with the applicant and who can testify to her/his writing and research capabilities.

Admission Test Requirements for PhD in Public Policy

After scrutiny of their submissions, applicants will be invited to a written examination. The duration of the examination will be 3 hours. It will have the following sections:

  1. A 2-3 page short essay on a public policy issue facing Pakistan or South Asia. The essay will require giving a reasoned understanding of the given issue.
  2. A mathematical section. This section will be similar to the mathematical section of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  3. A section consisting of short questions on public policy issues to assess applicant’s analytical capacity.
  4. A brief comments section (maximum one page) on the policymaking institutions of Pakistan to check applicant’s familiarity with them.

Interview for Admission  

The final stage of the selection process will be an interview with the Director and the faculty of the CPPG. The interview process is rigorous which will assess candidates, research competence, aptitude and motivation for PhD in Public Policy. The interview will be conducted with reference to the candidates’ academic qualification and experience, and performance in the admission test.

PhD Public Policy fee structure for 2019-2020 is:

Tuition Fee            253,000/-

Admission Fee       17,000/-

Security                   15,000/- (refundable)


Total                      PkR. 285,000/-

Admission Form Link:

For any query/problem regarding filling out the PhD Public Policy application form, please contact Ms. Shine Ross at or 042- 99231581-88 ext 566.

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

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