Question: When Admissions in PhD at NUST are advertised?

Admissions in PhD are advertised semi-annually for spring semester and Fall semester.

(>Admissions>PhD Programmes>PhD Admissions)


Question: Which Documents are required for PhD admission?

(1)       NOC from the Service HQ if serving in the Armed Forces of Pakistan /

NOC from the organization (If employed).

(2)       Research Proposal.

(3)       SSC Certificate / DMC or equivalence.

(4)       HSSC Certificate/DMC or equivalence.

(5)       Bachelor’s transcripts and Degree.

(6)        MA/MSc (16-year education) transcripts and degree.

(7)       MS/MPhil (18-year education) transcript and degree (with CH details including CH of coursework +  CH of thesis works) duly verified from HEC.

(8)       Domicile Certificate.

(9)       CNIC (NADRA).

(10)     HEC Equivalence for MS/MPhil (for Foreign degree)

(11)     Copy of passport (for foreigner candidate).

(12)     For International/National Students: valid Score of GRE (General) conducted by ETS, USA OR GAT-General  test conducted by      NTS OR HAT test conducted by HEC OR Graduate -NUST Entrance Test (G-NET) conducted by NUST (as applicable).​​​


Question: If my application is selected at initial scrutiny what will be the next step?

​You will be called for interview and test (if applicable) by the respective institution/department.​


Question: If I cleared my interview/test what will be the next step?

​Your case will be presented in PPCM (PhD Processing Committee Meeting) at Main Office, NUST. The committee will make the final decision in light of institution recommendation, eligibility Criteria, relevancy etc.​


Question: What are the stages for selection of PhD candidate Admission are at NUST?

​There are three major steps.

  1. Initial scrutiny of eligibility.
  2. Interview/test (if Applicable) at department/ institutions.
  3. Deliberation of recommended PhD student by PPCM at Main Office, NUST.

​​It is also mentioned that the student can be rejected at any of the above-mentioned steps.​


Question: How I will be informed if my admission is confirmed?

​You will receive an email by Academics Directorate Main Office, NUST. Furthermore, you can call at 051-90851098 during office hours for the update on PhD admission. ​


Question: If I have a very urgent issue and not getting a reply to email what should I do?

​The PhD section will reply you in due course of time after processing of your request/query. Although you can call at 051-90851098 and 051-90851075 during office hours or visit room 318,  PhD Section, Acad Dte, Main Office NUST further details.  ​


Question: Is it necessary to clear GAT (General) prior to admission in NUST?

Yes,  Passing of relevant GAT General test with the valid score is prerequisite for admission in PhD at NUST. However, online application for PhD Admission can be submitted without GAT score.


Question: Can I apply for admission if I have not cleared GAT General Test but I have registered for GAT General Test?

Yes, you can process your online application but you have to provide valid result card at PhD Section, Acad Directorate NUST Main Office for further processing.


Question: What are passing marks in GRE / GAT (General) / HAT / G – NET tests for admission in PhD?

For National/International Students​

The following are the tests with minimum score/passing marks required for admission in PhD:-

Admission Test Title Administered by Minimum Requirement
Graduate -NUST Entrance Test (G-NET) NUST, Pakistan Overall score => 60%
GRE (General) Test ETS, USA Quantitative 130/170
Verbal 130/170
Analytical Writing 3.0/6.0
NTS GAT (General) Test NTS, Pakistan Overall Score =>  60%
HAT  Test HEC, Pakistan Overall Score ­=> 60%


Question: I have got first division in my MPhil degree. Am I eligible to apply for PhD admission?

Yes, Candidate having MS/MPhil degree with CGPA > 3.0 out of 4.0 are eligible to apply for admission in PhD Programmes.


Question: How can I apply for admission to NUST?

On the announcement of admission schedule in National press and website, you can apply online for the desired PhD Programme through NUST website    link ‘” before the given deadline.


Question: Do I have to attach a copy of the paid fee challan with the online application?

You only have to mention the name of the HBL (Habib Bank Limited) branch and date of deposit in the online form.


Question: What are the disciplines in which NUST offers PhD Programmes?

For details of NUST PhD Programmes you may visit our website link ‘Admission’->’PhD Programmes‘->’Programmes of Study’.


Question: What are the fees for the PhD Programmes?

For fee and funding details, please visit our website ‘” link ‘Admissions’ ‘PhD Programmes’ ‘Fee and Funding‘.


Question: What is the registration process for the NTS organized GAT (General)?

One can register for the test online on the NTS website


Question: I have done DAE (in lieu of FSc), Bachelors of Engineering and MS (Engg). Am I eligible for admission in PhD Programme in relevant engineering discipline?

Yes, you are eligible for admission in the PhD programme of relevant engineering discipline.​


Question: Is there any scholarship or financial support to PhD students at NUST?

For more details, kindly check


Question: Do I fall under the expatriate student category?

​If you are temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than Pakistan, and hold either a Pakistani passport or dual nationality (one of them being Pakistani), you fall under the expatriate student category.


Question: How can I apply at NUST if I am an expatriate student?

​An expatriate holding either Pakistani passport or dual nationality can apply for online admission whenever admissions are advertised


Question: I am a born Pakistani with a foreign passport, can I apply as an expatriate student?

​An expatriate having single foreign nationality cannot apply for admission as an expatriate. However, you can apply as an international candidate.


Question: Is it mandatory to upload the Research Proposal?

​Yes, it is mandatory to upload research proposal in PDF form. However, the candidate can change/refine their proposal after admission in NUST PhD Programme.


Question: Can I choose any one of two tests, GAT General NTS and GAT General by NUST?

NO, you have to qualify either GAT (General) conducted by NTS OR GRE (General) Test conducted by ETS USA OR HAT  Test conducted by HEC OR Graduate -NUST Entrance Test (G-NET) conducted by NUST.


Question: Is it a candidate’s choice to select/attend either NTS General test or GRE (General) test or HAT  Test  or Graduate NUST Entrance Test (G-NET)?

Yes, the candidate can attend any of the aforementioned tests. However, the tests should be valid at the time of commencement of first semester.

Question: What will be the process after submitting online forms?

​Following steps will be informed via email

  1. Verification of your challan form.
  2. Scrutiny of your application form.
  3. If accepted, you will be called for interview and test (if applicable) by the Institute.​


Question: Is it mandatory to upload research proposal for an online application?

​Yes, it is necessary to upload research proposal for online application. Although, you can refine/change the research proposal after the admission in PhD Programme. ​