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.
For MPhil and/or PhD, the candidates must possess specialization or previous degree in Defence & Strategic Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Defence & Diplomatic Studies, US Studies, or War Studies.
As per university rules, the minimum CGPA should be 3.00 or First Division in MS/MPhil or equivalent Degree from a recognized University, in case of seeking admission in PhD program. Those admitted will need to complete 24 credit hours course work of MPhil level as pre requisite for moving into the Ph.D. Programme. A Govt. College/Public Sector University teacher or member of the research staff of a Govt. Research Organization who has shown undoubted promise for research and holds MA/M.Sc. degree may be recommended by the Admission Committee for admission directly to Ph.D. Programme. However, he/she would have to complete the course work required for MPhil/MS.
A No Objection Certificate from the employer is required to be attached with Admission Form and routed through Proper channel in case of in-service candidates. Admission to Ph.D. Programme is made on a competitive basis. The minimum period for completion of PhD. Programme shall be three years whereas maximum period shall be seven years. Students applying for admission are required to submit a copy of synopsis/research work. Admission will be given subject to the availability of the Supervisor in the field of research strictly according to HEC’s requirements.