Rules and Regulations For M.Phil Economics
Admission to the Program
a) Eligibility and Non-Eligibility
- To be eligible for admission to M.Phil., a candidate:
- Shall possess an M.A./M.Sc. Economics or 4 years B.S. Economics degree or its equivalent in the Economics.
- Shall have obtained first division in M.A./M.Sc. or B.A./B.Sc. or at least 60% marks in B.S. (Hons) and all other 4-5 years degrees.
- Shall not have obtained third division in B.A./B.Sc. or M.A. or M.Sc.
- In case of a third division in F.A./F.Sc. the candidate should have obtained first division in both B.A./B.Sc. and M.A./M.Sc. or at least 60% marks in B.S. (Hons) and all other 4-5 years degrees.Provided that any of the conditions (ii) – (iv) above may be relaxed by the Vice-Chancellor in case of a teacher of a university/college and an employee of a research organization.
- Non eligibility for admission to M.Phil., a candidate:
- Anyone who has been rusticated or expelled by any University or College for miss-conduct or for use of unfair means in the examinations or any offence involving moral turpitude.
- Anyone who was admitted earlier to M.Phil. program but later was declared to have been ceased to be a student of the University under these regulations.
- Admission Process
- b) Each candidate shall make an application for admission in response to an advertisement by the University on a prescribed form along with documents specified in the form. Normally admissions are announced twice a year in the months of December / January and August / September.
- c) The admission to M.Phil. program shall be made on the basis of cumulative merit to be determined from previous academic record, written test and interview following the given scheme:
- d) The admission to M.Phil shall be approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board after a candidate has qualified in a written test and interview and recommended by the Selection Committee of the department/institute/centre concerned.
- e)The Selection Committee for each department/institute/centre shall be constituted by the Vice-Chancellor in co9nsultation with the Chairman (Chairperson)/Director of the department, institute/centre concerned.
- Previous Academic Record: 50 marks
- Written Test: 40 marks
- Interview: 10 marks
Note: minimum 50% marks are required in each component.
- Scheme of Marks for Previous Academic Record
- a) For candidates with 2 years B.Sc. / B.A. degree
Marks Obtained (%) Marks to be Granted for Admission Marks Obtained (%) F.Sc. / F.A. or equivalent B.Sc. / B.A. or equivalent M.A./ M.Sc. Annual System M.A. / M.Sc. Semester System 45 – 49 05 07 08 04 50-54 50 – 54 07 09 10 06 55-59 55 – 59 09 11 12 08 60-64 60 – 64 11 13 14 10 65-69 65 – 69 13 15 16 12 70-74 ≥ 70 15 17 18 14 75-79 70 – 74 75 – 79 80 – 84 ≥ 85 16 80-84 18 ≥85
- b) For candidates with 4 years B.S degree
Marks Obtained (%) Marks to be Granted for Admission Marks Obtained (%) F.Sc. / F.A. or equivalent B.S (Hons.) 4/5 years degree 45 – 49 05 18 60-64 50 – 54 07 21 65-69 55 – 59 09 24 70-74 60 – 64 11 27 75-79 65 – 69 13 30 80-84 ≥ 70 15 35 ≥85
General (Duration of the Program and Credit Hours)
- The requirements for the M.Phil degree shall comprise course work of 24 credits and a dissertation of 26 credits.
- The requirements for the M.Phil degree shall normally be completed within four consecutive semesters.
- The course requirement shall normally be completed within the first two semesters.
- Dissertation based on research shall normally be completed by the end of the fourth semesters.
- Each M.Phil student shall follow the syllabi and courses of studies as may be prescribed by the Academic Council from time to time.
- All semester examinations shall be held on the University Campus.
- English shall be the medium of instructions.
- An M.Phil student shall be required to pay tuition fee and such other dues as determined by the Syndicate from time to time.
Registration of Courses
- At the beginning of each semester, a student shall register in the course(s) / thesis being offered for M.Phil. program by the School in a prescribed format.
- A student may change / drop course(s) within 15 days from the commencement of semester on the recommendations of the teacher and the Chairperson/Director of the department / school / institute / centre concerned. No change / drop of the registered courses shall be allowed after 15 days of the commencement of semester.
- A student should register in at least 50% of the credit courses in the first semester and the remaining credits in the second semester
- A student dropping all the registered courses or choosing not to register in any course during a semester shall deem to have dropped the semester.
- The student dropping a semester shall be required to pay tuition fee for the semester.
- The dropped semester shall be counted towards the maximum period of six semesters
- The semester shall only be dropped provided the student seeks the permission /recommendation of the Director/ Dean of the faculty concerned and applies in this respect to the Controller of Examinations within 45 days of the commencement of the semester. No request for dropping of semester shall be entertained after the prescribed time on any ground whatsoever.
Courses of Study
The courses of study and syllabi for the M.Phil degree shall be submitted through the respective boards of studies and the Board of Faculties to the Academic Council and Syndicate for the approval. Such courses and syllabi shall become effective from the date of approval by the Academic Council or as may be prescribed.
Organization of Teaching
- Teaching in various courses for M.Phil shall be conducted in the University departments or the constituent affiliated institutions through lectures, tutorials, discussions, seminars, field work and other methods of instruction as approved by the Academic Council.
- Teaching shall be conducted by the University teachers or by such other persons who may be allowed by the Vice Chancellor to teach.
- Teaching shall be organized through courses prescribed by the Academic Council / Syndicate from time to time.
- Teaching shall be instructed to a person who possesses a doctorate unless otherwise permitted by the Advance Studies and Research Board.
Examinations of Course Work
- A student shall be evaluated in each course on the basis of periodical test(s)/assignments(s) during the semester and terminal examination at the end of the semester. Each course shall carry 100 marks of which 50% shall be reserved for class test(s)/assignment(s) and 50% for the terminal examination.
- There shall be a written examination for each course at the end of each semester on the dates fixed by the Controller of Examinations in consultation with the Chairman (Chairperson) and Dean concerned.
- A student shall be allowed to appear in the examination provided that he/she has been on the rolls of the University during that semester, has registered himself/herself for the courses of study and has attended at least 80% of the lectures / laboratory work and completed the course work to the satisfaction of the teacher and the Chairperson / Director of the department / school / institute / centre concerned.
Dissertation and Appointment of Supervisor
- Each student shall perform research work as partial fulfillment of the requirement of degree under supervision of a person appointed for the purpose by the Advanced Studies and Research Board on recommendations of the Chairman (Chairperson) of the department and the Dean of the faculty concerned.
- A supervisor or co-supervisor appointed for M.Phil. research must hold a doctorate degree unless otherwise permitted by the Advanced Studies and Research Board.
- Where necessary and desirable, a co-supervisor may also be appointed.
- A student shall select a topic of dissertation which will be recommended by the supervisor and the Chairman (Chairperson) of the department concerned to the Advanced Studies and Research Board for approval within thirty days of the commencements of the third semester.
- The supervisor shall submit progress reports of the student towards the end of the third and fourth semesters to the Controller of Examinations and beyond, if permitted to continue. If two consecutive reports are unsatisfactory, he/she shall cease to be a student of the university.
- In addition to satisfactory progress report in the third semester, a student shall continue to maintain a CGPA of 2.5 on the basis of course work taken up in that semester. If the CGPA is less than 2.5 he/she shall cease to be a student of the University.
- A student who fails to complete the requirements of the M.Phil. degree in the normal period of four semesters shall cease to be student unless provided with the benefit of Clause 7(h).
- In case a student fails to complete the M.Phil. requirements within the normal period of four semesters, the Advanced Studies and Research Board may allow him/her an extension for one semester on the recommendation of the supervisor duly endorsed by the Chairman (Chairperson). Extension for another semester may be allowed by the Advanced Studies and Research Board, provided the supervisor justifies the extension to the satisfaction of the Board by indicating the circumstances which led to non-completion of M.Phil. program within five semesters. No fellowship or financial assistance shall be provided during the extended period of 5th or 6th semesters.
- No extension beyond six semesters shall be granted under any circumstances. A student failing to submit his/her dissertation by the end of the sixth semester shall cease to be a student of the University.
- A student who is granted the benefit of Clause ‘h’ of the Regulations shall be allowed to submit his/her dissertation within the extended period. He/she shall be required to pay such charges for use of facilities as the University may prescribe from time to time.
- i. After the completion of research, each student shall submit five copies of the dissertation approved by the supervisor to the Controller of Examinations before the final examination.ii.After viva-voce examination and critical comments, if any of the examiners have been incorporated: four copies of the final hard-bound dissertation be submitted.
- The dissertation shall be printed on A4 size (11”x 8.5”) paper and shall have a green hard binding with golden lettering on the front and the spine.
- A student is required to submit the hard bind copies of the dissertations after the Viva voce and corrections suggested by the external examiners. If the student fails to deposit the thesis within four months of the Viva voce, he/she will be asked to deposit fine as follows:
- Within 4-5 months of the viva voce: Rs.5000/-
- Within 5-6months of the viva voce: Rs.10000/-
- Thereafter, the fine would continue to increase at the rate of Rs.5000/- per month.
Dissertation and Appointment of Supervisor
A student who has completed the following requirements shall be eligible for admission to M.Phil. final examination.
- That he/she has been a student on a regular basis in a teaching department of the University/Institute/Centre for the prescribed period, or allowed necessary extension as provided under Clause 7(h).
- That he/she has successfully completed the prescribed courses, guided reading and class assignments, including seminars, colloquia and tutorials to the satisfaction of the teacher and the Chairman (Chairperson) of the department concerned.
- That he/she has completed a dissertation on research topic approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board.
- A student, who has completed the requirements stated above, shall submit an application on a prescribed form to the Controller of Examinations for admission to the final examination for M.Phil.
- The Supervisor shall inform the Controller of Examinations through the Chairman (Chairperson) of the department concerned about the date on which the viva-voce examination is to be held. The Vice-Chancellor shall on the advice of the Supervisor /Chairman (Chairperson), appoint an External Examiner from the panel of examiners approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board.
- The examination shall be held on the University Campus on such dates as may be notified by the Controller of Examinations in consultation with the Supervisor/Chairman (Chairperson) of the department concerned.
- The viva-voce examination in defense of the dissertation shall be conducted by a committee consisting of the Chairman (Chairperson) of the department concerned, Supervisor of the student and the External Examiner.
- Each successful student shall be awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) on successful completion of the requirements of M.Phil.
Grades, Promotions and Merit
- The minimum passing marks for each course shall be 50%. Candidates securing 80% marks or more shall be placed in grade ‘A’ those securing 65% or more but less than 80% marks in grade ‘B’ and those securing 50% or more but less than 65% marks in grade ‘C’.
- If a student fails to appear in the terminal examination of a course on medical or any other reason, he/she be treated as absent and failed.
- In each of the first and second semesters a student will be required to obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 failing which he/she shall be deemed to have failed in that semester
- A student who has failed in any semester under Clause 9(c ) may be give one chance as a concession to continue his / her studies. Such a concession shall be granted ONLY ONCE during the entire study period for M.Phil degree.
- A student failing twice under clause 9 (c ) shall cease to be the student of the university.
- The Supervisor shall submit two progress reports of the student during the third and forth semesters as provided under Clause 7(e ) to the Controller of Examinations. If both reports are unsatisfactory , he/she shall cease to be the student.
- A student who, by the end of third semester, does not pass 24 credits of course work or does not maintain a CGPA of 2.5 shall be deemed to have failed and shall cease to be the student of university as provided under Clause 7(f).
- A student obtaining first position in his/her department shall be awarded a Certificate of Merit and Chancellor Medal provided that he/she obtains a CGPA of at least 4.0 points, and has not failed in, or has not repeated any course and has completed the entire requirements for M.Phil. degree within four consecutive semesters.
- A student obtaining first position in the faculty concerned shall be awarded a Certificate of Merit and President’s Gold Medal provided that he/she obtains a CGPA of at least 4.0 points, and has not failed in, or has not repeated any course and has completed the entire requirements for M.Phil. degree within four consecutive semesters.
- The result of a student in each course, whether passed or failed, shall be indicated on the transcript by letter grade. A separate transcript shall, however, be issues to each student showing percentage of marks, grade obtained in each course and cumulative grade point average, Grade point shall be determined on the basis of Numerical Grade (given in k).
- The Grade Point Average (GPA) shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:Grade points Table is given below:
% Marks G.P. Grade % Marks G.P. Grade % Marks G.P. Grade 50.0 2.0 C 65.0 3.0 B 80.0 4.0 A 51.5 2.1 66.5 3.1 81.5 4.1 53.0 2.2 68.0 3.2 83.0 4.2 54.5 2.3 69.5 3.3 84.5 4.3 56.0 2.4 71.0 3.4 86.0 4.4 57.5 2.5 72.5 3.5 87.5 4.5 59.0 2.6 74.0 3.6 89.0 4.6 60.5 2.7 75.5 3.7 90.5 4.7 62.0 2.8 77.0 3.8 92.0 4.8 63.5 2.9 78.5 3.9 93.5 4.9 95.0 5.0
- For Numerical Grade of 63.5 and 64 in Grade ‘C’ GP values shall be the same i.e., 2.9
- For Numerical Grade of 78.5 and 79 in Grade ‘B’ GP value shall be the same i.e., 3.9
- If the second fraction after decimal is 4 or less, it will be ignored. However, if the second fraction is 5 or more, it will be taken into account by raising the first fraction to the next higher digit. The third and higher digits shall be ignored. Thus GP for ‘A’ shall be from 4.0 to 5.0 for ‘B’ from 3.0 to 3.9 for ‘C’ 2.0 to 2.9 and for ‘F’ zero
- The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at the end of a semester shall be the Grade Point Average of all the courses which have been passed up to that time.
- There shall be no re-evaluation of answer books. A student may on payment of fee as prescribed by the Syndicate, get the answer book re-checked for totaling and for verification that all questions or parts thereof have been fully marked, in the presence of the concerned teacher, the Chairperson of the department and the Controller of Examinations, within one month from the date of declaration of the results. Errors or omissions if any shall be rectified.
Fee and Other Dues
Each student shall be required to pay tuition fee and such other charges as may be determined by the Syndicate from time to time.
Limit of Maximum Number of M.Phil. students with a Supervisor
- Maximum number of M.Phil. students with a supervisor per year / at any one time: 08
- Maximum number of M.Phil. students with a supervisor per semester: 05
- Minimum number of M.Phil. students with each eligible faculty member per semester or per year: 01
- These rules and regulations of M.Phil. program are approved by the statutory bodies of Quaid-i-Azam University. We took care while typing these rules and regulations but still errors and omissions are expected.
- For further details visit ‘Quaid-i-Azam University Calendar – 2012’ (https://www.qau.edu.pk/qaucalendar/)
- Quaid-i-Azam University keeps right to modify / amend these rules & regulations from time to time. Any such modification / amendment will be implemented by School of Economics in its true spirit.