Department of Political Science and International Relations


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MPhil International Relations

(HEC Approved Program)
PhD International Relations

( HEC Approved Program)


PhD Test guidelines

It is to inform to all the prospective candidates who intend to seek admission in PhD International Relations, that following are the guidelines for securing admission in PhD International relations

University of Management & Technology Lahore

PhD IR Admission Test

General Guidelines


Admission Process


The screening of prospective candidates will be based on;

a) Previous academic record – all details, documents should be attached with admission form – minimum eligibility criteria set by HEC should be fulfilled.

a)  Admission Test – 100 marks -- 70% score in the test is required to qualify for the interview.

c) Interview – 50 marks


Admission Test


Objective: A Diagnostic test that aims to evaluate candidates’ ability in the following areas;

a)       Reading comprehension, critical, analytical ability

b)      Research Orientation and Writing ability

c)      Knowledge of the subject and research methods in Social Sciences





Total marks 100 – Time Allowed: 2.5 hrs.


The test will consists of a combination of MCQs, short and long questions.


The following areas will be included. The exact weightage of each part can vary.




-          Reading Comprehension, Critical, Analytical Ability - One or two reading passages will be given (content related to IR / related fields) with questions.



-          Research Methodology, Research Orientation and Writing ability  


           This section will be further divided into two parts;


         Part A - Knowledge of Social Research Methods

         Part B – Writing of a tentative research proposal that includes your original research idea ,    how you plan to explore it , why is it worth exploring



-          Knowledge of the Subject


This section will include questions from key areas of the subject including;


-          International Relations Theory

-          Foreign Policy of Pakistan

-          Current Affairs 

-          Modern World History

-          Basic International Relations



Interview – 50 marks.


Successful candidates will appear in the interview to be taken by Dept. Graduate Committee.

Each member of the committee will assess the candidate and decide his/her score after mutual consultation.



Some Basic Guidelines


IR Theory


Candidates are expected to be familiar with a range of theoretical perspectives in IR including;


-          Realism – all variants

-          Liberalism – all variants

-          The English School

-          Constructivism

-          Marxism / Neo Marxism

-          Critical Theory

-          Post Structuralism

-          Feminism

-          Post colonialism

-          Great Debates in IR Theory


Research Methods


Candidates are expected to be familiar with;

-          Major Types of Social Research

-          Components of a research proposal / dissertation

-          Difference between Qualitative and quantitative approaches

-          Qualitative and Quantitative Sampling


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