​​​PhD in Education​

The acute educational problems facing Pakistan and other developing countries need researchers who can ask critical questions, design innovative methods of inquiry and generate usable knowledge for scholars, education practitioners and policymakers. Our PhD in Education is designed for professionals who aspire to play such a role in improving the provision and quality of education.
The programme deepens students' understanding of educational problems and research needs in the developing world preparing them for leadership roles​. It enables students to conduct research to inform educational policies and practices in the developing world.

Why study this degree at IED?​​

  • It is a completely merit driven programme. Students are required to go through a rigorous admission process. Scholarships including tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend are given to the best candidates.

  • Designed in collaboration with experts from the University of Toronto, Canada and Oxford University, UK, the programme draws upon the quality, depth and breadth of the IED’s research and development work. 

  • 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 to develop their research dissemination and networking skills. 

  • By participating in a wide range of research assistance-ship and internship opportunities at IED and other organisations, students are able to apply and refine their research skills.


Graduates of this programme are working as lead researchers, policy and academic advisors,  and faculty and leaders of higher education institutions.​


Our​ PhD degree is accredited by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Curriculum ​

​Our Alumni

Find out how our PhD programme has helped our alumni progress in their careers​ and
make a difference in the ​​communities and organisations they work for.

Dr Munira became an Assistant Professor ​​at IED after five years of her graduation. She is currently working as the Coordinator, Doctoral Programmes. 

Dr Munira Amirali, Class of '11​

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"The PhD experience at IED immensely strengthened my profile as a researcher. Building on this experience, I have worked as a lead researcher and a consultant for different institutions in Afghanistan. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Kardan University, Kabul."

Hajee Parveen Roy, Class of ‘12

"Following his PhD at IED,  Dr Haji Karim stepped into higher education to teach as an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltistan."

Dr Haji Karim​​ Khan, Class of '09

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Faculty​ and researc​h​

Teaching expertise  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Find out ​about eligibility criteria, English language requirements,
fee structure details, scholarships and all forms of financial assistance available.​