Programs

 

The centre has regularly trained postgraduate researchers and awarded PhD and MPhil, degrees in Genetics and Microbiology. Possibilities for those students who want to work at the centre but obtain degree in a discipline other than Genetics exist, but this can only be managed through prior arrangements/collaborations.

MS leading to PhD

Subject to policies of the university, candidates enrol initially in MS programme under supervision or co-supervision of the director of the Centre for Molecular Genetics. Candidates must pass both a written entrance test and an interview by the departmental research committee of the department of the discipline in which the candidate is seeking admission to qualify for admission. Successful candidates must take courses worth 18 credit hours in genetics or allied subjects during the first year. Depending on the Grade Point Average score achieved (in accordance with requirement of the university, the students may be allowed to proceed with research work. An MS degree may be awarded after at least one year of research work followed by positive evaluation by Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR). Alternatively the student may opt further his/her research towards a PhD degree provided BASR reviews the student's progress and allows him or her work towards a PhD degree. A PhD degree may then awarded after successful defence of thesis examination conducted by the BASR's examination board.

PhD (direct admission)

Candidates holding MS or MPhil degree in genetics or allied subjects may directly apply in the PhD programme and enrol under supervision/co-supervision of the director of the Centre for Molecular Genetics, subject to policies of the University of Karachi. Candidates must pass both a written entrance test and an interview by the departmental research committee of the department of the discipline in which the candidate is seeking admission to qualify for admission. Successful candidates must take courses worth 18 credit hours in genetics or allied subjects during the first year followed by bench work. Subject to successful defence of the thesis examination conducted by the BASR's examination board, a PhD degree may then awarded.

MSc in Genetics

Researchers seeking the degree of MSc in Genetics and working under supervision or co-supervision of the director of the Centre for Molecular Genetics have regularly been supported for lab facilities and technical and academic supervision.