The Programme​​

The PhD programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Aga Khan University is central to its mission of producing research-based knowledge that is rele​vant to the developing world and which will have impact. With this a​im in view, a ​​graduate programme in Health Sciences was implemented at AKU in October 1999. 

The PhD in Health Sciences programme is accredited by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan.


​This is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programme with four specialities / streams. 

  • Biological Sciences 

  • Clinical Sciences 

  • Nursing 

  • Population and Public Health

Admissions are currently open for 2020 admission cycle. The Last date for submission of application is March 13.

Candidates are required to apply online. For assistance in completing the online application, please go through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Understand the Online Process.​

Only in situations where the online application is not accessible, you may request for a paper-based application by e-mailing at:

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must have 18 years of education including a Masters or equivalent degree based on a minimum of 30 credits after 16 years of education. A minimum CGPA 3.0 (out of 4.0 in the Semester System) or First Division (in the Annual System) in MPhil / MS / FCPS / FRCP / equivalent degree is required. 

Discipline​​​Minimum Eligibility Requirement
​Biological Sciences​MS / MPhil / Equivalent
​Clinical Sciences​FCPS / Equivalent
​Nursing​MS / MScN/MPhil / Equivalent
​Population and Public Health​MS / MPhil / Equivalent

Additional requirements include:

  • ​A minimum of 70% score on the AKU Graduate Admission Test. This test comprises Subject-specific component and Quantitative Reasoning. The English Language component tests language competency.

​For further information you can reach us via the following contact details:

Graduate Programme Admission Office
Office of the Registrar
Aga Khan University 
(School of Nursing and Midwifery Building) ​
Stadium Road, Karachi 74800
Tel: +92 21 3486 4537​ / 5456