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        The program of study and research leading to the M.Phil. degree in International Relations consists of at least 6 courses and a dissertation which can be normally competed in a time not exceeding four semesters of six months each.


  • Course work: 24 credits (two semesters).
  • A dissertation based on original research: 26 Credits (Two Semesters)
  • Each Course if not specified otherwise will be of 4 credits hours.
  • Two courses will be compulsory.
  • Students may register for any of the four optional courses.
  • Dissertation based on research shall normally be completed by the end of forth semester. In exceptional circumstances extension may be given upto two more semesters.  
  • A student may be required to pass a Proficiency examination in a Foreign Language (Other than English) relevant to his field of research if deemed necessary by the department.
  • A minimum Cumulative grade point of 2.5 shall be maintained by each student.
  • Evaluation in each course shall be on the basis of periodic tests/assignments, seminar reports and end of semester examination.



Course Code

Title of Course


   IR.-201 Theories of International Relations 4 Credits
   IR.-202 Research Methodology 4 Credits



Students may register for four optional courses

Course Code

Title of Course


   IR.-203 Foreign Policy Analysis 4 Credits
   IR.-204 A Comparative Study of Foreign Policies of Major Powers: USA, Russia, China 4 Credits
   IR.-205 Diplomacy 4 Credits
   IR.-206 International Organization 4 Credits
   IR.-207 Seminar on Selected Contemporary Issues of International Politics 4 Credits
   IR.-208 Pakistan and the Islamic World 4 Credits
   IR.-209 India-Pakistan Relations 4 Credits
   IR.-210 Politics of South Asia 4 Credits
   IR.-211 Seminar on Kashmir Dispute 4 Credits
   IR.-212 Politics of Middle East. 4 Credits
   IR.-213 Islamic Revivalism 4 Credits
   IR.-214 Politics of the Gulf Region. 4 Credits
   IR.-215 Arms Control and International Security. 4 Credits
   IR.-216 War and the Contemporary International System. 4 Credits
   IR.-217 Comparative Defense Policies: India and Pakistan. 4 Credits
   IR.-218 Use of Force in I.R 4 Credits
   IR.-219 Strategic Thought (Selective thinkers) 4 Credits
   IR.-220 Law of the Sea 4 Credits
   IR.-221 Law of Treaties 4 Credits
   IR.-222 Human Rights in I.R. 4 Credits
   IR.-223 Political Ecology of the third world 4 Credits
   IR.-224 New International Economic Order 4 Credits
   IR.-225 Regional Economic Integration 4 Credits
   IR.-226 Politics of Indian Ocean 4 Credits




          Admissions are opened twice a year for this course normally in January and August.The University shall call for this admission applications through proper media each year. M.Phil program shall be open only to persons selected as Junior Research Assistants by the University.To be eligible for selection as a Junior Research Assistant, a candidate:        

  • Must have good character.
  • Must have obtained 1st division in M.Sc./B.Sc.
  • Should not have obtained 3rd division in B.A./B.Sc. or M.A. /M.Sc.
  • In case of a 3rd division in F.A./F.Sc. the candidate should have obtained 1st division in both B.A./B.Sc. and M.A./M.Sc.

         The application forms can be collected from Manager, Bookbank/Book Shop of the University by paying a fee of Rs.100/-. Those wishing to apply shall have to submit properly filled-in admission application forms to the admission office of the University by the last date advertised for such a purpose. 

          Eligibility Criteria for this course is:

  • M.A. /M.Sc. in International Relations/Political Sciences/ Defence & Strategic Studies.
  • Those engaged in teaching or research in the above disciplines may also apply.

          Each JRA shall be selected on the basis of cumulative merit to be determined from previous academic record and written and oral tests. The allocation of marks for determining merit shall be as follows:-

Academic Record 55 marks
Admissions Test 35 marks
Interview 10 marks
  • Table showing distributions of marks allotted to the academic record shall be as under:

    1st Division

    2nd Division

    3rd Division

    M.A./M.Sc. 20

    to be Distributed according to % of marks obtained

    B.A./B.Sc. 20 13 Zero
    F.A/F.Sc. 15 10 Zero
  • The selection of each JRA shall be approved by the advanced studies and research board after a candidate has qualified in the written and interview conducted by the Selection Committee of the department concerned.
  • The Selection Committee for each Department shall be constituted by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the Chairman of the Department.



  • In case of incorrect information/concealment of facts, University will have the right to refuse/cancel an admission or expel a student.
  • Copies of the following documents should accompany the application:
  1. Matric Certificate.
  2. Intermediate certificate and Detailed Marks Certificate.
  3. Bachelor's degree and Detailed Marks Certificate.
  4. Master's degree and Detailed Marks Certificate.
  5. Character Certificate from the institution last attended.
  6. Domicile Certificate of the Candidate.
  7. No Objection Certificate (in case of in-service candidate).
  8. I.D. Card of Candidate.
  • Originals must be produced later, when required.
  • Foreign students must route their applications through the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.


  • M.Phil program shall be open only to persons selected as Junior Research Assistants by the University.
  • The requirements for the M.Phil. degree shall normally be completed within four consecutive semesters.
  • The requirements for the M.Phil. degree shall comprise Course work and Dissertation.
  • The course credit shall normally be completed within the first two semesters. The course requirements for each department shall be 24 credits.
  • Dissertation of 26 credits based on research shall normally be completed by the end of the fourth semester.
  • A course of one credit mean one hour of s.
  • The chairman of each department shall forward within seven days of  the commencement of the semester classes all the registration of courses cards to the Controller of Examinations. The JRA can change/drop course(s)within fifteen days from the date of commencement of semester on the recommendations of the teacher and the Chairman of the Department concerned.
  • A JRA must register in at least 50% of the credit courses in the first semester and the remaining credits in the second semester.

                The following Application Forms are not yet operational but in near future you will be able to apply through them.This form should be printed and filled in triplicate and submitted before the due date and according to the procedure laid down by the University for that purpose.

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Faculty List:


Dr. Ijaz Hussain


Dr. Pervez Iqbal Cheema



Dr. Muhammad Waseem
Dr. Tahir Amin
Dr. Rukhsana Siddique



Mr. Raja Ehsan Aziz
Dr. Syed Rifaat Hussain
Mrs. Aqila Khawaja
Mr. M. H. Butt
Miss Lubna A. Ali



Mr. Imran Hameed
Mr. Naseem Rizvi
Miss Ayesha Zulfiqar

Job Opportunities:

            The Demands for true and dedicated professionals in the field of International Relations is growing rapidly in the prevailing job market.  This course of  International Relations in Quaid-i-Azam University is prepared keeping in view the demands of the job market. Most of the graduates of this courses tend to prefer the job prospects according to their learned skills and approach. That is the reason that most of the graduates of this course are offering their services in very reputable organizations and they also tend to excel in their respective fields. The students have ample opportunities to proceed abroad for further studies in this field.

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