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 relevant 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

Applications for admission for second cycle of 2019 will be accepted from August 19 until September 13.

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

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 please go through the Programme Information Booklet. You can also 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