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Eligibility Criteria

  • MS/ M.Phil/ equivalent (18 Years of education) with strong background in relevant discipline preferably Aerospace, Avionics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering with minimum CGPA 3.00 out of 4.00 or Fist Division (where CGPA not available) from HEC and PEC recognized (where applicable) Institute/University or from Foreign Institute/ University of good repute
  • GAT (Subject) conducted by NTS in the relevant field of study with = 60% marks or GRE International (Subject) conducted by ETS, USA, with minimum 60 percentile or minimum 70% marks in GAT (Subject) type test conducted by the concerned department in case of unavailability of GAT/ GRE subject option
  • The IST institutional code to receive GRE scores is 1758

  • Specializations

    Four PhD specializations are being offered:
    • Structural Design Analysis (SDA)
    • Guidance Navigation & Control (GNC)
    • Global Navigation of Satellite Systems (GNSS)
    • Propulsion

    Course work

    • Minimum 18 credit hours of course work must be undertaken with at least CGPA of 3.0 out of band 4.0
    • Migration/ Transfer of the courses from other Universities/ Institutes is allowed as per IST Migration/Transfer policy
    • The list of six PhD courses must have been approved by DBGS
    • The DBGS will also assign student a supervisor as per IST Policy in vogue after conduct of presentation

    Comprehensive Examination

    Comprehensive examination is conducted after successful completion of PhD course work.
    Student will be required to appear in comprehensive exam within year after completion of course work.
    Schedule and structure of this exam will be as per IST policy. Students, who fails in comprehensive exam, will be allowed only once to reappear, failing which, the PhD-studentship will be terminated from IST

    Research Proposal

    After successfully passing comprehensive exam, a student will write research proposal and present/defend proposal in front of DBGS. The presentation/defense of proposal will be accepted or rejected by DBGS

    Research Work

    • 24 credit hours of research work spanning over at least two years through continuous registration in Thesis-I, Thesis-II, Thesis-III, and Thesis-IV of 6bcredits each
    • Two research publications in journal(s) of W-category, defined by HEC, and these publications should also be ranked by Journal Quality Ranking System (JQRS) (, defined by IST. It is important to mention that only W-category journals of HEC are ranked in JQRS. The publications topic(s) should be relevant to the PhD specialization area of research

    PhD Thesis

    On the successful completion of research work, the student will write a detailed report/ thesis about research outcome. This thesis/ report will then be recommended by DGBS. Moreover, A plagiarism check will also be and endorsed by the respective supervisor as per HEC policy. After getting a clearance certificate, this thesis will be sent to the international reviewer of technologically advanced countries (see guidelines of HEC for the advance countries list) and national expert of the relevant research area. An open defense of the thesis after positive feedback from foreign and national expert will be arranged. This defense will be conducted in the presence of defense committee and general audience. A viva meeting between candidate and defense committee to discuss corrections required in the dissertation will be held and the candidate will be informed about the outcome of defense

    Award of PhD Degree

    PhD degree will be awarded to the students after completion the following requirements

    • Successful completion of course work (18 credit hours)
    • Successful completion of comprehensive exam
    • Successful presentation/ defense of synopsis
    • Two research publications in JQRS indexed journals
    • At least two evaluations by the experts from technologically advanced countries, defined by HEC (Foreign experts)
    • Evaluation of thesis by at least two local experts (National universities experts)
    • Successfully defending the thesis in front of Defense Committee Approval by Graduate Studies & Research Council (GSRC)

    Fee Structure - MS & PhD Programs

    One Time Charges Local Fee Structure
    (Pak Rs)
    Intl Fee Structure
    (US $)
    Admission Fee 25,000 2,000
    Endowment Fund 7,000 250
    Library Development Fund 7,000 250
    Total One Time Charges 39,000 2,500
    Per Semester Charges (Pak Rs) (US $)
    Tuition Fee 73,205 4,675
    Service Charges 4,400 275
    Safe/ Smart Campus Charges 2,200 275
    Total Per Semester Charges 79,805 5,225

    Optional Charges per Semester

    Hostel Charges Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
    Dormitory Charges Pak. Rs. 55,000 US $ 600
    Transport Charges As per Contract's rates As per Contract's rates
    Locker Rent Pak. Rs. 1,000 Pak. Rs. 1,000

    Continual Enrollment Fee per semester

    Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
    All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course (Rs. 6,900 + Rs. 10,000 = Rs. 16,900 + Fee of any Registered Course) All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course (US $ 500 + US $ 1,320 = US $ 1,820 + Fee of any Registered Course)


    Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
    Repeat/Add Course Fee will be Rs 10,000 per credit hour. Repeat/Add Course Fee @ US $ 650 per credit hour will be charged.
    All Fees/ Charges are subject to change from time to time. All Fees/ Charges are subject to change from time to time.
    All Govt. Taxes will be charged as notified by FBR. All Govt. Taxes will be charged as notified by FBR.
    Student ID Card Fee is Rs 1,000 Student ID Card Fee is Rs 1,000
    Application processing Fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 3,000 Application processing Fee (non-refundable) is US $ 150 through direct remittance in IST Bank Account.
    Freeze charges will be Rs. 10,000 per semester. Freeze charges will be US $. 1,000 for each semester. Direct remittance in IST Bank Account.
      Direct remittance in IST Bank Account