Guidelines for the PhD Admission Test for Peace & Conflict Studies
candidates will sit for a multiple choice questions (MCQ), candidates,
who passed the cut off marks will be selected and intimidated to prepare
for interview on given days - the second phase of the admission
processes. Before the interview, the selected candidates must submit a
brief research proposal ranging from 2-3 pages in accordance with the
PhD Thesis Proposal mentioned on the CIPS’s website. Best of wishes.
Note: Please send your brief research proposal to these email addresses:
test shall comprise of one hundred MCQs. Four or more options shall be
given for each question. The candidates shall be required to encircle
the right option of each question. Followings are the main topics, which
shall be covered in the test.
||Peace and Security
||South Asian Affairs
|| Major International Disputes/Conflicts
|| Pakistan’s Foreign Relations
1. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
a. Theories of peace and conflict resolution
b. Conflict analysis
c. Founders of peace studies e.g. Johan Galtung, John Paul Lederach etc.
d. Nonviolence and non-violent resistance
2. Research Methodology (RM)
a. RM definitions
b. Concepts: Variables, Hypothesis etc.
c. Research Design
d. Reviewing literature
e. Sampling; basis, types, sampling error
f. Data collection; types and collection techniques
g. Documents Analysis; content analysis.
3. Global Affairs: Personalities and issues concerned with peace conflict in the world.
4. Peace and Security
b. Arms Control & Disarmament
5. International Organizations: ASEAN, BRICS, EU, MERCOSUR, UN, SAARC, World Bank etc.
6. South Asian Affairs
a. Indian global aims and objectives
b. Emerging options for Pakistan
c. US withdrawal from Afghanistan
7. International Relations
a. Key concepts in IR
b. The Cold War
c. US War on Terror and its fallouts on Afghanistan and Pakistan
8. International Law
a. History of international law
b. Key features of international law relating to peace
c. International Court of Justice
9. Major International Disputes and Conflicts
a. The two world wars of the twentieth century
b. The Cold War
c. India-Pakistan conflict
d. The conflict in Middle East
e. Non-state terrorists
10. Pakistan’s Foreign Relations
a. Pak-Afghan relations
b. India-Pakistan relations
c. Pak-Iran relations
d. Pakistan and the Middle East
e. Pak-US Relations