​Master of Philosophy in Education

​Our MPhil programme helps students build a strong research foundation enabling them to inquire about critical issues ranging from the core problems of classroom teaching and school leadership to concerns related to educational policy and governance. By the time of graduation, students are able to work as independent researchers with a sound understanding of research ethics and with general and specialist skills in research methodologies, academic writing and presentation. Under the supervision of our accomplished faculty, students develop a firsthand experience of creating usable knowledge to bridge the gap between theory, policy and practice and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in the education sector.​


Graduates of this programme are working as researchers, heads of educational institutions, teachers and instructors in secondary and higher secondary schools, faculty and academic advisors in teacher education colleges and institutions, and managers, project leaders and education consultants in development organisations.

Some of our graduates have used the MPhil degree as a stepping stone to pursue their doctoral studies at IED and other renowned international universities to fulfil their aspirations for senior academic roles in higher education institutions.

Why study this degree at IED?

  • ​Students achieving a CGPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale in this programme can join the PhD in Education programme at IED after fulfilling other admission requirements.​​

  • The programme content draws upon the quality, depth and breadth of the IED’s research and development work. 

  • For their research thesis, students can choose from a wide range of topics in the broader spectrum of education. Prominent areas of research that our students usually choose include but are not limited to: early childhood education and development, educational leadership and management, equity and quality issues in education, curriculum and policy studies, assessment and evaluation, alternate pathways to education and learning, and digital and blended learning.

  • IED has an exceptional team of faculty with rich experience in teaching, research and development work to guide and mentor the students in their research journey. Many of our faculty members have served as consultants for various national and international development organisations, advised government and civil society institutions as part of their think tanks and have lead several key educational research projects as principal investigators. 

  • Students are engaged in critical discussions and dialogue with national and international scholars, policymakers and other stakeholders in education. They get to organise and participate in national and international conference and seminars at the University and IED. 

  • By participating in a wide range of research assistance-ship opportunities in IED’s on-going projects, students gain hands-on experience in conducting research.


The MPhil degree is accredited by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Programme structure ​

It is a two-year programme, based on a total of 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of original research.​



Student Experience at AKU​

Complementing the academic experience, the Office of the Dean of Student​s​ offers services that seek to
develop our students as leaders and positive contributors​ to society.

"AKU provides the best learning opportunities to its students in a caring and highly supportive environment. The administrative and financial support, healthcare and housing facilities for students are exceptional."

Zar Muhammad, Class of '17

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"The research experience at IED empowered me to pursue my passion for pluralism and contribute to the body of knowledge in this particular area. I’ll always remember how satisfying it was to see students think about what it means to be a tolerant member of society."

​Munir Lalani, Class of '17

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"The programme deepened my understanding of educational problems, helped me build my research and leadership skills and become an advocate for women's education."

Shehnaz Bhutto, Class​ of '18

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