Program Introduction

Computer science program at ITU is distinguished by the excellence of the faculty, main focus on research, and by the breadth of its Ph.D. program. The department has been growing steadily since its founding in 2012, and currently has about 360 students and 14 full time faculty members, out of which 11 are with Ph.D. degrees and Postdoc experience. The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree and is awarded on the basis of scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement in a special field, and the capacity for independent, original investigation.

Objective to offer program

The Doctor of Philosophy program in Computer Science at ITU will have two principal objectives for the intellectual development and the educational experience of participating graduate students. First, the program is intended to provide technically oriented and scientific postgraduate education to the motivated knowledge seekers and researchers. Second, the program will offer students opportunities to study the philosophical and theoretical foundations underlying the discipline. These two objectives will lead to intellectual growth in ITU students. The central mechanism for this intellectual growth will be the preparation of a research-intensive thesis. Students will be required to conduct, report, and defend original research that makes a scholarly contribution to their field. Prior to commencing their thesis work, candidates will be required to prepare a detailed research proposal, which includes a thorough review of the relevant scientific literature, formal description of the research problem and some preliminary notions about the methodology. At this stage, guided by their faculty supervisor(s), students will learn how to clearly define a research problem and how to specify a systematic plan for its investigation. They will learn the methodologies used for the analysis of the problem, which may include experimental techniques, numerical/mathematical methods and software tools.

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Application Process
  • Admissions Test

In order to be eligible for admission into PhD Computer Science program applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • A minimum of 18 years of education is required for applying to the PhD Computer Science.
  • M.Phil/MS/Equivalent degree in Computer Science or related field (Approved by the Faculty Board of Studies (FBS) of Computer Science Department) from an HEC recognized university.
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0 in the Semester System) or First Division (in the Annual System) in M.Phil/MS/Equivalent degree.

“ITU has introduced Graduate Fellowship Program to support Doctoral students in a full time course of study. A graduate student fellow will be given a monthly salary of PKR 75,000.”

  • A subject test/interview shall be conducted by the institution in the area of specialization chosen at the PhD level and must be cleared with 70% marks prior to admission for the PhD Program.

All post-graduate applicants will be required to take the ITU Admissions Test for their respective PhD programs.