Ph. D. in Health Sciences


Ziauddin is well-known for its reputation in research excellence, innovation and quality of education. The postgraduate program in Health Sciences started at ZU in 1997.

Postgraduate program in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Ziauddin University is Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary with wide area of research and clinical facilities for student learning and innovation are present in different campuses with extensive interaction between the basic science and clinical faculty. Students’ learning experiences in biology and disease are enhanced by access to high profile teaching at Ziauddin service hospitals. In addition, the state-of-the-art infrastructure and an exceptional academic faculty is highly supportive of graduate program across the University which clearly demonstrates the research potential and firm commitment to achieve academic excellence, as already well-established for undergraduate training programs. Program objectives are achieved through a combination of formal course work, comprehensive examination and encouraging environment for independent research leading to thesis.

PhD Program Structure:

The Ph. D. in Health Sciences is offered as full time Ph. D. Program for faculty development at Ziauddin University.

The Ph. D. program duration is 3-8 (including extension with approval of statuary body) This will comprise of course work of minimum 18 credits in two semesters required to be completed in the first year. It will be followed by a comprehensive examination with the declaration of success notified as satisfactory/ unsatisfactory result to decide for the endorsement of Ph. D. candidacy. After that, the Ph. D. research synopsis would be allowed for submission, followed by a period of two to three years onwards for original research work (30 credit hours) that leads to open thesis defense. Presently, we are offering Ph. D. in four basic sciences subjects only as per availability of HEC approved Supervisors in the specific subjects as follows,

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

Eligibility Criteria:

The Program seeks candidates who show high scholarly promise, and have a strong undergraduate background in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

  1. Applicants who hold 18 years of schooling including a Masters or equivalent degree based on a minimum of 30 credits with an academic standing that is equivalent to at least a 3.0 CGPA (out of 4.0 in the Semester System) or First Division (in the Annual System) in MS/MPhil/FCPS equivalent degree, as per HEC policy. The candidate will be a full time regular student for three years to cover the course work and the research.

Admission Process:

  • If a candidate has GAT (General/ Subject) at the time of application, he/she will be exempted from university entry test


  • If the test is not available in NTS subject list, then a university committee consisting of at least 3 Ph. D. faculty members in the subject area, approved by the HEC will conduct the ZU Subject GAT at par with GRE Subject Test and qualifying score for this will be 70%. The test carries both the subject specific components (70%) along with English Language and Analytical/Logical Reasoning (30%).
  • Applicants should ensure that a complete application/ document should be submitted online.
  • Two academic references and a statement of research interest.
  • Short listed candidates will be invited for interview with short research proposal presentation to the Ph. D. Admission Committee.

Course Work: 

  1. Courses of 18 credit hours shall be completed during the first year (two semesters) of Ph.D. degree program.
  2. Course work of 18 credit hours includes core and electives and a semester shall not be more than 12 credit hours. The coursework will comprise of:

           i) Compulsory Core Courses: These will be based on 12 credit hours and will be offered during the semester. These are essential for all students.

          ii) Elective courses: Different elective courses will be available to students from which they can choose the ones related to their interest/specialty. These 06 credit hours elective courses will be taken during the semester. Minimum 75% attendance is mandatory for appearing in examinations.

The student shall be given two attempts for examination if his/her CGPA falls below 2.5 and will be dropped from the program if CGPA falls below 2.5 after second time.

After the declaration of the semester examination for the coursework, student will be eligible for comprehensive examination. After the declaration of the result/completion of all the requirements for the course work, PG office shall write student to fulfill the administrative requirements for the written comprehensive exam within three weeks’ time. It may include fee clearance, exam request form submission, proposed date within the allowed duration of six months from the date of declaration of the result of the last course taken by the candidate.

The outcomes may be Pass, Pass with condition (to appear and pass the oral examination), Failure with retake and Failure

CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
ZU-HS-900Advanced Research Methodology3 + 0
ZU-HS-901Advanced Epidemiology1 + 0
ZU-MD-906Elective I3 (2+1)
ZU-HS-903Molecular Biology & Genetics3 (1+2)
Total Credits10
ZU-HS-904Molecular Medicine & Genetics2 +0
ZU-HS-905Advanced Research techniques2 + 0
ZU-HS-902Advanced Biostatistics1 + 0
ZU-MD-907Elective II3 (2+1)
Total Credits8
Grand Total18
Research Thesis30

Ph.D. Research Proposal / Proposal Defense:

  • Every student will pursue his/her research at the constituent Colleges/ Institutes/ Hospitals /Service and Advanced research laboratory at the Ziauddin University.
  • D. candidates can submit research proposal after completion of 18 credit hours coursework with Minimum 3.0 CGPA.
  • Separate Guidance and Examination Committee (GEC) would be constituted for each student separately. The Committee would consist of four to five members including Executive Director Research, Director of Postgraduate (PG), potential Ph. D. supervisors and internal subject reviewers.
  • Synopsis open defense will be conducted in University Journal Club in front of Guidance and Examination Committee (GEC).
  • Director PG shall communicate the GEC decision and ERC approval (where applicable) to the candidate and the supervisor by an official email within one week after the proposal defense.
  • Synopsis certification by Ethical Review Committee (ERC).
  • Final synopsis endorsement by Board of Advanced Studies & Research (BASR).
  • A PhD student must have at least 01 original research papers published/accepted for publication before submission of final thesis, presented in at least HEC approved X category journals with impact factor in the relevant area as specified by GEC and endorsed by faculty / departmental RC.

Thesis Evaluation and Examination:


  • PhD Candidate should submit the thesis in specified format to the office of Director PG with the proper approval of assigned supervisor(s) not later than 3 months after successful 3rd Progress Evaluation.
  • Thesis submission for evaluation by two foreign experts to the Examination Department with a check list of required training documents (GAT result, Semester results, Comprehensive transcript, ERC certificate, BASR synopsis approval, a published article in HEC/ PMDC recognized W/X category journal).
  • A plagiarism test report of thesis is necessary, and must be submitted along with the submission of thesis.
  • The Board of Advanced Studies and Research shall appoint two international and two national examiners with scholarly background in relevant field.
  • After approval of international reviewers the thesis would be submitted to national examiners by the controller of examination for open thesis defense.
  • Guidance and Examination committee (GEC) may comprise of the Executive Research Director research, Director postgraduate, Supervisor, two External examiner, one internal examiner.
  • Final step is the BASR endorsement for the degree award.

Fee Structure

For PH. D. External CandidateAmount
Semester fee (two semester)77,000/-(1,54,000/-)
Examination Fee (2 Semester & 1 Comprehensive)10,000/- (30,000/-)
Thesis Defense1,00,000/-
Tax Amount 14,350
Grand Total498,350