Having a running business by the time you graduate

PhD EconomicsCredit HoursNo. of Courses
Graduation Requirements 54 6 + Dissertation
Core Courses 9 3
Elective Courses 9 3 (Can choose form 24 Elective courses)
Thesis 36 -

Total Course Work (18 credit hours)

9 – Credit hours of course work to be completed by studying three (3) core courses:

  • Topics in Advanced Microeconomics
  • Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Topics in Advanced Econometrics

Discipline Specific Courses

  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Techniques in Quantitative Research
  • Dynamic Optimization
  • Seminar in Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • Seminar in International Economics
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Economics of Research and Development

Comprehensive Examination

Before the commencement of the thesis, every student has to take a comprehensive examination to demonstrate his/her grasp of knowledge that he/she has acquired in the area of research. The comprehensive examination will be of 8 hours duration. The aim of the examination is to determine the student's ability to draw on the knowledge he/she acquired through an integrated framework. The comprehensive exam is required to be passed by the scholar within the first two years of admission.

PhD Synopsis

The scholars are encouraged to start their Research during their coursework so that they can present their PhD Synopsis in BASAR within one year after passing their comprehensive exam. As per UMT policy, any scholar who is unable to pass BASAR within one year after his/her comprehensive exam will be drop-out from the degree program and his/her admission will be canceled.

Doctoral Thesis (36 credit hours)

The complete thesis write-up will start after the approval of the research proposal by Board of Advanced Studies and Research. Final doctoral thesis as per HEC policy is sent abroad for evaluation from two foreign experts, and two experts from Pakistan. On the basis of the Evaluation Report by foreign and local experts, the student will be required to take a Viva examination. The examiners will include external (local experts) and internal examiners and, where possible, the foreign experts who evaluated the written thesis. All scholars must publish a scholarly paper in an HEC recognized journal for the award of PhD degree.