This section presents details related toPhD program offered by the University. The information in this section is very brief but useful for students to plan their PhD programs. Students will be provided additional information by their respective Departments and Supervisors. All students begin their PhD studies with the status of "admitted to the PhD program". Continuation in the PhD program requires that the student perform satisfactorily during various stages such as course work, comprehensive and thesis proposal defence. Finally, admission to candidacy requires that the student demonstrate evidence of research ability on the thesis proposal defense conducted by the University. The key program activities are expected to complete as per HEC guidelines for PhD program.

Admission to the PhD Program

Abasyn University offers admission to its PhD program on the basis of open merit. Admission to PhD program is offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters. However, under special circumstances a candidate maysubmit his/her application to the University any time during the academic year. The Graduate Studies and Research Management Council (GSRM) is the final authority to verify and confirm PhD admission.

General Criteria and Procedure for Admission

Candidates seeking admission in PhD program have to fulfill certain requirements depending on their respective field of study. The final evaluation of students seeking admission in PhD program will be done by GSRM on case to case basis. However, all applicants are required to meet the following eligibility criteria for direct PhD admission:

  • A minimum of eighteen years of education resulting in a Masters or M.Phil degree with thesis option from an HEC recognized University.
  • 3.0/4.0 Cumulative GPA in semester based system or First Division in the annual based system or equivalent.
  • NTS/GRE/GMAT/IAT (Abasyn Admission Test)
  • NTS – 60 or above accumulative score or GRE General Score
  • -450/800 -Verbal reasoning
  • 550/800 - Quantitative reasoning
  • 3.5/6 - Analytic writing
  • GRE Subject Test—As per department requirement or (if applicable)
  • Abasyn Aptitude Test (AAT) – 70%score (Note: If the Test is not availablein NTS subject list, then a University Committee consisting of at least 3 PhDfaculty members in the subject area will conduct an AAT for the applicants).

Procedure to apply for the PhD

A candidate will apply for admission in a PhD program using Application form available for this purpose. A personal research statement will also be submitted by the student along with the application form. The admission committee or the admission office will thoroughly scrutinize the application form and send the research statement to the relevant Department. If the AdmissionOffice and the concerned Department are satisfied with the qualification and suitability of the candidate then the applications of all candidates will be sent to the GSRM for final approval.

Transfer Cases

AU accepts transfer students into Ph.D. program. However, the university or program from which a student intends to transfer should be HEC recognized university or program. The courses already studied by the candidate will be evaluated by the PhD admissions committee at the department level. The concerned department will submit candidate's application for transfer along with the accepted courses to Graduate Studies and Research Management Council (GSRMC) for final approval.

PhD Program: Credit Hours Distribution

A PhD candidate is required to complete 48 credit hours which are distributed in the following manner:

  • Minimum 18 CrHr course work for students who are enrolled in direct PhD program.
  • PhD Thesis of 30 CrHr
  • The 18 CrHr course work is distributed as follows
  • Two Core or Compulsory courses (6 CrHr).

A PhD student will be required to take two core courses. The two core courses will be offered from the list of approved core courses for the program in which the student is enrolled. Four elective courses (12 CrHr) from the area of Specialization: In addition to two core courses, four elective courses will be offered from the approved list related to area of specialization of the student. Note: In some cases (if suggested by the supervisor or PhD advisory committee) a PhD student may require to take courses from the support areas such as Math, Research Methods, etc.

List of Courses

The University offers PhD program only in the area of Management Sciences, student will be allocated core and elective courses form the following list. Supervisor with the consultation of the Department concerned can add new courses after the approval of the GSRMC:

Core Courses (Two Courses)

  • Philosophical Foundation of Management
  • Advance Research Methods
  • Theories of Organization design
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship

Elective Courses

Four courses out of the field of specialization/research list given below


Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MG 513 Strategic HRM 3
MG 412 Organizational Behavior 3
MG 321 HR Planning, Recruitment & Selection 3
MG 514 Performance Management System 3
MG 515 Employees Training & Development 3
MG 516 Managing Diversity at work Place 3
MG 517 Motivation at Work Place 3
MG 414 Conflict Management 3
MG 425 Project Management 3
MG 317 Total Quality Management 3
MG 413 Industrial Relations 3
MG 331 Change Management 3
MG 434 Labour Laws in Pakistan 3
MG 319 Leadership & Team Management 3
MG 528 International human resource Management 3


Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MG 518 Financial accounting and Financial Management 3
MG 519 Advance Managerial Accounting 3
MG 520 Banking 3
MG 316 Islamic Banking system 3
MG 503 Corporate Finance 3
MG 312 Financial statements Analysis 3
MG 328 Investment and portfolio Management Analysis 3
MG 412 Organizational Behavior 3
MG 425 Project Management 3
MG 317 Total Quality Management 3
MG 522 Financial Institutions and Financial Markets 3
MG 103 Managerial Economics 3


Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MG 302 Marketing Management 3
MG 306 Consumer Behavior 3
MG 523 Advertising 3
MG 524 Strategic Brand Management 3
MG 525 Intellectual property rights 3
MG 529 Supply Chain Management 3
MG 526 International Marketing 3
MG 412 Organizational Behavior 3
MG 425 Project Management 3
MG 317 Total Quality Management 3
MG 508 Strategic Marketing 3
MG 527 Tourism marketing 3
MG 106 Sales Management 3
MG 107 Personnel Selling 3
MG 530 Market Communication process 3

Course Work

Course Work – Comprehensive ExaminationCrHr Thesis Proposal/ Thesis/ Thesis Defense
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Semester – I Semester – I Semester – I Semester – I
Core Course no. 1
Core Course no. 2
Allocation of the PhD
Support area course
no. 3
Support area course
no. 4
Work on thesis
Registration for 10
CrHr Thesis
Work on thesis
Student will be registered
as thesis write-up student
with no CrHr hrs in this
Thesis Defense (if thesis
is completed), otherwise
thesis write-up status will
continue to next semester
Semester – II Semester – IISemester – II Semester – II
Support area course
no. 1
Support area course
no. 2
Work on Thesis
Proposal – Student
must be registered
for 10 CrHr Thesis
Thesis Proposal
Work on thesis
Registration for 10
CrHr Thesis
Thesis Defense
(if thesis is not
completed in the
speculated period
PAC can grant
extension for one
year to enable
student to complete
his/her thesis.
Work on thesis
Thesis defense
In case thesis is not
completed, further
extension will only be
granted by the COUNCIL
after the recommendation
of the PAC.

Note: Student may take courses during summer semester (if available).

2014 organized by UET Peshawar Financial and Assistantship

The University believes in promoting research culture in the country; therefore, maximum support is provided to PhD scholar to financially support their studies at the AU. Further, AU admits students purely on meritn basis, regardless of their financial status. PhD students after the completion of course work may be involved in teaching undergraduate level courses in order to provide them financial support from the University. The following schemes of fee waiver orm discount are available at the AU:

  • Qarza-e-Hasna.
  • Assistantship in the form of Research Fellow, Teaching Assistant, Lab Assistant.
  • Fee discount for student with research experience, journal publication and bright academic record.
  • Assistantship through industrial projects (if available and subject to the approval of the Project Investigator).
  • Students can also obtain grants from other organizations such as HEC, ICT R&D fund and Ministry of IT (if available).

Tuition and other financial charges

The breakdown of the Tuition and other financial charges is as follows:

Admission fee Rs. 20,000/- (one time)
Tuition fee Rs. 75,000/- per semester (2 sem in year)
Registration and other charges RS. 10,000/- per semester
Total for the 2nd and 3rd year Rs. 160,000/-
Library and Laboratory Security (refundable) Rs. 25,000/- (For Life Sciences,
Computing and Engineering)
Total for the first year Rs. 180,000/-
Total for the 2nd and 3rd year Rs. 160,000/-
Continuation fee behind 3rd year Rs. 75,000/-

Evaluation of thesis by expert from Technological

Advanced Country $300/- (one time)
Final Examination and Internal Review fee Rs. 50,000/- (one time)

Rupees 10,000/- per credit hour will be charged in Summer Semester (if required)