The study period of PhD program shall be counted from the date of joining PhD / transfer to
PhD studies till the submission of copies of the final thesis to Dean (Research) office for evaluation.
The minimum period for the completion of PhD studies shall be three years whereas the
maximum period shall be six years.
In special circumstances, upon recommendation of supervisor / co-supervisor and HoD, Dean (Research) may
extend the maximum period by one year. In extraordinary situation, further extension shall be granted by
the Council (CGSR) with appropriate justification and after due recommendation of the BoS.
|Plan of Study
Student’s plan of study recommended by the BoS / Departmental Committee shall be submitted to the Dean
(Research) within three months after the joining. The plan of study shall include area of research and
courses to be studied.
Student shall submit the synopsis during the second year of her / his PhD studies.
A student can take leave of one or more semesters within her / his study period provided that she / he is
expected to complete PhD during the stipulated time.
The course work comprising graduate level courses with minimum of 18 credit hours with
minimum CGPA of 3.0 shall be required. In addition to this, a student shall also be required
to pass a course on Communication Skills if she / he has not studied this course earlier.
PhD students shall be required to register in each regular semester at PIEAS for a minimum of 9
credit hrs by the end of fourth week of each semester. Failure to register in
any semester may result in cancellation of PhD registration.
For PhD students who have not studied core courses relevant to academic program shall pass the
prescribed core courses in addition to 18 credit hours PhD level courses. These courses shall be
mentioned in the plan of study as core courses.
- Each PhD student is required to take her / his course work and qualifying
examinations during the first two years of her / his PhD study period. In extraordinary cases,
Dean Research may extend the period up to one year. Such requests shall be recommended by the
concerned supervisor and forwarded through HOD.
- A PhD student may be allowed course credit hours transfers, to be decided by a committee
comprising the HoD, supervisor and two senior departmental faculty members. Credit hour
transfer shall be allowed for the courses passed with A or B grades only at the PhD level
after completing 18 years of education from an HEC recognized university.
In case a student is registered in Research, one page progress report of the student, at the
end of each semester, shall be evaluated by the supervisors with a Grade Satisfactory
/ Unsatisfactory and shall be communicated to Dean Research and a copy to Controller of Examinations.
||A PhD student shall be required to pass Comprehensive Qualifying Examination (CQE) and Subject Qualifying
|Failure / Probation in Research Work
- PhD student registered in research / dissertation course shall be required to maintain
SATISFACTORY Grade throughout her / his PhD.
- A PhD Student obtaining an UNSATISFACTORY result at the end of any
semester in research / dissertation course will be placed on probation .
- A PhD Student obtaining two consecutive UNSATISFACTORY results or
three total UNSATISFACTORY in research / dissertation course will
cease to be a PhD student
||After passing the qualifying examination, the student is required to give at least two seminars on his thesis
topic of research, preferably one during third year and second just before submission of the thesis.
Before submission of a thesis for external evaluation, all PhD students shall be required to have
accepted for publication or published at least one technical / research paper in an Institute for
Scientific Information (ISI) Indexed Journal as first author. The paper published as second author may
also be accepted provided that the first author is her / his PhD supervisor.
Students of PIEAS and affiliated institutes shall mention Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied
Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad as an address in their research papers.
Upon completion of all PhD study / research requirements, the candidate shall submit to Dean (Research),
through the HoD, four soft-bound copies and one soft copy (pdf format) of the thesis on a CD along with an
application form duly approved by her / his PhD Supervisor / co-supervisor for the evaluation of his / her
- The student shall give a presentation in front of the approved panel of examiners in an open
gathering. The thesis defence shall be before the panel members only. The decision of the panel shall
be by majority.
- If the candidate fails to satisfy the examiners in the thesis defence examination, then the
panel of thesis examiners may require the candidate to defend the thesis for second and the last time
within a period of six months.
|Award of Degree
||The notification of the award of PhD degree shall be issued after all the administrative formalities /
requirements have been completed for the degree.