M. Phil. Leading to PhD

REGULATIONS FOR M.PHIL. LEADING TO PH.D. DEGREE

PROGRAM Introduction
These Regulations shall apply to those postgraduate students, who want to register initially for a M.Phil. degree program and later on, transfer to Ph.D. degree program. This program of studies and research shall be called M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program.

Eligibility
To be eligible for admission to the M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program, a student must possess first class (Minimum 2.50 CGPA) Bachelor’s degree (04 year education after F.A./F.Sc.) in the relevant field from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology or any other university recognized by Mehran  University of Engineering and Technology for this purpose. He/She is further required to be proficient in English Language, and be physically and mentally fit for the study. 

The GAT (General) test conducted by the NTS with a minimum 50% cumulative score is required prior to admission in the M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program.

Registration
A student desiring to enroll for this program shall apply for registration and proceed to complete all the formalities required.

M.Phil. Course and Research Work

Course Work
For strengthening student’s knowledge in his/her field of research work and for enabling him/her to carry out research properly, he/she is required to study the courses of 24 credit hours and pass the examinations with at least 60% marks (aggregate), whenever these courses are offered in the University.

Transfer of credits earned in other Institutions may be approved in individual case up to a maximum determined by the Equivalence Committee.

Research Work
Each student has to prepare his/her research proposal in consultation with his/her supervisor and apply on prescribed form to the concerned director who will process his/her application and forward it to the Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) for approval. The ASRB will also approve the supervisor and, if needed, co-supervisor in consultation with supervisor. After approval of his/her research proposal by the ASRB, the student shall be required to give initial seminar before the ASRB.

Before a candidate is finally registered for M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program, the research proposal is to be evaluated by at least three experts in the relevant field, one from within the country and the two from technologically/academically advanced countries abroad.

After completing all the formalities for registration, including initial seminar, the student shall proceed with his/her research work under the guidance of his/her supervisor in accordance with the approved Regulations for the M.Phil. degree program, and deliver intermediate seminars and submit progress reports as required by the ASRB.

Transfer to Ph.D. Degree Program

Supervisor’s Consent
After completing the course work, carrying out research for about two years after registration and passing GRE/GAT subject test, a student desiring to transfer to Ph.D. program shall approach his/her supervisor to seek his/her consent for changing his/her registration from M.Phil. to Ph.D. program. If the supervisor is convinced that the research work done by the student shows potential for extending it to the Ph.D. degree level, he/she may advise the student to apply for change of registration for transfer to the Ph.D. degree program otherwise the student shall have to continue his/her research work for getting M.Phil. degree.

Application
The student shall apply for change of registration from M.Phil. to Ph.D. program on the prescribed form, pay the processing fee and resubmit his/her research proposal for Ph.D. degree along with a detailed report of the research work already done by him/her, through his/her supervisor to the Director of Postgraduate Studies or the Director of the concerned Institute, as the case may be, who will in turn submit the same to the ASRB for evaluation and approval.

Evaluation of Research Work
The report of the research work done by the student will be considered by the ASRB and will also be sent to the same experts within the country and abroad who had originally evaluated the research proposal for evaluation with regard to its originality and scope for continuation for Ph.D. degree, provided that if he/she is not available, the ASRB shall appoint a new evaluator. The student shall also deliver a seminar on his/her research work. If a favourable report is received from the evaluators, the student will be allowed by the ASRB to continue his/her research work for Ph.D. degree. However, if the research work is not considered by the evaluators to be fit for its continuation for Ph.D. degree, the student shall have to complete the research work and submit his/her thesis for M.Phil. degree.

Other Formalities
After approval of the ASRB, the student must complete all the other formalities required for a Ph.D. student, including payment of the required fee etc, as per the approved Regulations for Ph.D. degree program.

Ph.D. Course and Research Work

The student shall complete the course work of at least 18 credit hours followed by a comprehensive examination and continue with his research work diligently and regularly, submit progress reports and deliver seminars as required under the approved Regulations for the Ph.D. degree program.

Duration of Program
The minimum duration for completing all the requirements for the full time and part time M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program shall be four years and six years, respectively. The maximum duration for completing all the requirements for the M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program will be determined by the ASRB for each individual student considering all the relevant circumstances as well as the recommendation of the student’s Supervisors.

Other Regulations
All other regulations for the approved Ph.D. degree program, such as payment/refund of various fees, approval/change of thesis topic, completion of course work, passing comprehensive examination, delivery of seminars, submission of progress reports, leave of absence, no objection certificate/study leave from employer, preparation and evaluation of thesis, publication of research paper, conduct of thesis examination, declaration of result, award of degree etc. shall also apply to the M.Phil. leading to Ph.D. degree program.

Amendment to Regulations
These  Regulations may be  amended from time  to time  as deemed fit by the  authorities  of the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, and, unless specifically stated otherwise, the amended Regulations shall apply  to  the  already  registered  students  as well as to  the  new  students.