The general rules for the MPhil programme in DSS are the same as for all the MPhil programs offered by QAU, in accordance with the criteria established by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The MPhil programme comprises of 50 credits hours of coursework and dissertation. The requirements for the MPhil degree shall normally be completed within four consecutive semesters. However, on the recommendation of supervisor and approval by the Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) of the University, extension can be granted for one or two semesters.
A total of 24 credit hours are to be earned by passing 06 courses and the remaining 26 credit hours are to be earned by writing and successfully defending a thesis. Each MPhil course in the DSS Department is worth 04 credit hours. Out of the selection of courses outlined for MPhil, 03 courses are compulsory and 03 are optional, along with a seminar worth 04 credits. The MPhil course work, worth 24 credit hours shall normally be completed within the first two semesters. The thesis research shall normally be carried out during the third and fourth semesters. A student has maximum of six semesters to complete the degree.
MPhil leading to PhD:
At the completion of MPhil coursework the DSS Department may allow a candidate to transfer from MPhil to PhD programme, provided the candidate has earned at least 75% marks in the entire MPhil coursework. This transfer is subject to recommendation by the DSS Department and approval by the ASRB of the University.