Admission

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Admission Timeline

Centre for Public Policy & Governance (CPPG)

Summer 2021

M-PHIL, EXEC MASTERS AND PhD IN PUBLIC POLICY

Admission Begin July 12, 2021
Last date for form submission October 1, 2021
Admission Test October 7, 2021
MPhil Public Policy Time: 11 am – 1 pm Venue: E – 002
Executive Masters Time: 3 – 5 pm Venue: E – 002
PhD Time: 3 – 5 pm Venue: E – 002
Interview October 12, 2021 (M-Phil)
October 14, 2021 (Exec. MA)
October 14, 2021 (PhD)
Time: individual slots
Venue: E-017
Merit List Displayed October 15, 2021
Last Date for fee submission October 27, 2021
Classes Begin November 1, 2021

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Application Process:

  1. Fill the online form; do not miss out any information – find links to online forms below the instructions
  2. Print the form and attach the documents mentioned below
  3. Click the Submit button when the application is complete
  4. Please note down your computer generated Admission Tracking Number
  5. Please attach the following with the printed application form
  6. All of the above should be on separate sheets of paper
  7. Submit the form along with the documents mentioned above, in the Admissions Office, Room No: 009, Ahmad Saeed Administration Building

In case of any query, contact cppg@fccollege.edu.pk

Eligibility Criteria

CGPA not less than 3.0 (First division in the Annual System) in M-Phil or MS (with research)/equivalent as prescribed by HEC in areas related to Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Sociology and broadly Social Science and Humanities. 

Admission Test

Research Proposal (1500 – 2000 words)

CGPA not less than 3.0 (First division in the Annual System) in M-Phil or MS (with research)/equivalent as prescribed by HEC in areas related to Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Sociology and broadly Social Science and Humanities. 

Admission Test

Research Proposal (1500 – 2000 words)

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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 Research Proposal (1500-2000 words): including the research questions that 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 some familiarity with the social science research methods.

3.       A personal statement (maximum 1000 words), highlighting why the applicant wants to pursue PhD in public policy.

4.       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 2 hours. It will have the following sections:

1.       A 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 PhD Selection Committee.. 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.

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