PhD in Health Sciences

PhD in Health Sciences

The PhD in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programme. The broad areas of study and research include: Biological Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Nursing, and Population & Public Health. The programme allows for collaboration between various AKU entities, including joint sponsorships, cross-disciplinary and jointly funded projects, sharing of funds and resources, and co-supervision of research projects.

The programme will comprise Coursework and Research work leading to the submission and defence of a thesis, and, upon successful completion, the award of a PhD degree. The duration of PhD candidature will be 4-5 years for full time students and 5-7 years for part time students.

In Pakistan, accreditation will be obtained from the Higher Education Commission (HEC). ​

Who is the programme for?

Professionals in the field of Health Sciences having research interests in disease aetiology and in the management of health care delivery systems respectively, preferably pertinent to Pakistan and the developing countries.


This programme aims to produce innovative scientists, scholars, and educators who will become leaders in their fields. Upon completion, the graduates will be expected to have:

  • Solid academic competence obtained from in-depth course work
  • State-of-the-art experimental skills, developed as a result of varied research experiences
  • Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, evidenced by design, production, and defence of a thesis
  • Strong potential for leadership in academia, government, or industry