PhD Biology


The Department of Biology offers a graduate programme leading to PhD in Molecular Biology. The goal of this programme is to produce independent researchers who can take up challenges of the 21st century biology. The state-of-the-art research labs, experienced faculty and a world class collaborative environment at LUMS contribute to our competitive advantage. Students take advanced classes and conduct independent research in partial fulfilment for their PhD degree. All PhD students receive generous financial support in the form of a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.

Research Opportunities

Research is an essential component of our graduate programme. Students will be exposed to a wide range of research programmes in Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Epigenetics, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology and will choose a dissertation project in the area of their interest. Research projects in the department are addressing fundamental questions in biology like how complex organisms develop from a single cell and how cell fates are determined, how gene expression is regulated in extremophiles, how cell cycle is controlled in stem cells and how organisms evolve over thousands of years. Mammalian, Drosophila

Drosophila, plants and bacterial systems are used to answer these questions through experimentation in the labs and through computational biological approaches in silico. Computational biologists are using mathematical and statistical tools to mine large sets of data and find solutions to complex biological questions as well as to model future drugs.

The department is equipped with state-of-the-art labs and equipment like fluorescent microscopes, fluorescence activated cell sorters (FACS), real time PCR machines, ultrasonic bioruptor, high speed centrifuges, tissue culture facility and cold rooms. Computer labs are equipped with modern computers for bio computing.

The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.

Full Tuition Fee Waiver and a Monthly Stipend* awarded to all admitted students (for up to four years).
*Subject to adequate academic performance

Important Dates

PhD (Computer Science / Electrical Engineering / Mathematics / Physics / Biology / Chemistry)

Online Application Deadline (PST)
20 Mar 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
21 Mar 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST) -- LUMS MS Continuing Students
20 Mar 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents - LUMS MS Continuing Students
21 Mar 2018
LGAT & SBASSE Subject Test administration for MS/PhD
08 Apr 2018
Deadline to take GRE
08 Apr 2018
Admission decisions
01 Jun 2018 to 31 Jul 2018

The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission to the Graduate programme.

The Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) offers PhD Programme in Biology of four years’ duration.

Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:

  1. Academic record
  2. Performance in the Admission Tests
  3. Research Statement & Completed application form along with all supporting documents
  4. Interview Performance

Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 Admissions

A minimum of 18 years of education is required for applying to the PhD Programme in Biology. Applicants are expected to have obtained their Masters degree (MS or MPhil) from national or foreign institutions that are accredited or recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

Applicants applying for the PhD Programme in Biology must have a Masters degree in any one of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Other closely related disciplines

As minimum academic performance, all applicants must have obtained a CGPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or First Division (in the annual system) in their Masters degree and at least a CGPA of 2.4 (on a scale of 4) or 60% marks in Bachelor’s degree. Applicants obtaining 2 years BSc. degree and 2 years MSc. degree must have secured at least 60% marks in both degrees.

Applicants with professional degrees (including, MBBS, BDS, Pharm-D) must have Second Division or above in their professional degrees and must also meet the above-mentioned requirement for their Masters degree in order to be considered eligible.

Applicants applying for PhD programme if they have their Masters degree with a CGPA computed over any scale other than 4.0 will be required to submit a letter/revised transcript from their respective University or submit a letter from HEC affirming that the applicant meets the CGPA requirement for PhD admission.

Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, will be required to obtain an equivalence certificate from HEC. For further information please visit:

Applicants completing their degree requirements after June 30th, 2018 will not be considered for Fall 2018 admissions.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for LUMS Graduate Continuing Students 

MS students graduating in 2018 or have graduated within the last 2 years from SBASSE with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. LGAT and SBASSE Subject Tests are waived for LUMS students who plan to continue their studies within the same Department. Application deadline for this category of students is March 20, 2018. Please visit the following link to apply for this programme:
MS students graduating in 2018 or have graduated within the last 2 years from SBASSE with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 applying across departments will be required to take the SBASSE Subject Test or GRE Subject Test (if available) in the subject they want to pursue their PhD in. LGAT is waived off for this category of students but they must register for LUMS SBASSE Subject Test if they have not taken GRE Subject Test. The deadline to register for the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test and submit complete application online is March 20, 2018. Please visit the following link to apply for this programme:
  • As per HEC requirements, students, once admitted, will be required to take the GRE Subject Test or NTS GAT Subject Test (if GRE Subject Test not available) if they have not done so already.
  • Please visit the following link to apply:


Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants to the PhD Programme in Biology are required to take the LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT), which is comprised of quantitative, verbal, and analytical sections. In addition, applicants are required to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Biology.

Exemption for applicants who have taken Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Tests

  • Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination GRE (General) through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA during the last two years (test taken on or after April 08, 2016) and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.
  • Applicants who have taken the GRE Subject Test in Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA during the last two years (test taken on or after April 08, 2016) and obtained a score at the 60th percentile or above may choose not to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Biology.

Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE - General Test as well as the GRE - Subject Test in Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology through the Educational Testing Service, ETS USA. For further information; please visit


  • LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for one academic year. The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores will be used for application evaluation, hence will not be disclosed to the applicants.
  • LGAT and LUMS SBASSE Subject Test will be scheduled at the same time in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi on April 08, 2018.
  • Please also note that GRE scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting GRE (General) and GRE Subject Test scores to LUMS is 0679.

Subject Test Guidelines:

Please visit the following link; Subject Test Guidelines

Research Statement & Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Research Statement

The Research Statement is a summary of your research accomplishments, current work, and future direction and potential of your work. Research statement is mandatory for all PhD applicants.

Supporting Documents

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 20, 2018; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before March 21, 2018.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of Rs.1000 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)
  • LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of Rs. 800 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher.  For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.

Interview performance

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic record, admission test scores and interview. Interview session will comprise of your research presentation followed by Q & A session.


Please visit the following link for the minimum eligibility criteria;

After the successful submission of the online application form you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

Test Registration Cards and instructions will be posted to the applicants' secure online application account and an email message will alert applicants that the Test Registration Card has been posted. It will be posted on applicants' online account one week before the test date.

If an applicant is unable to view his/her Test Registration Card despite completing all the requirements then he/she can write to us at

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your online application.

Applications submitted after the deadlines are not accepted.

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. No changes can be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

You should submit all your transcripts latest by the document submission deadline. Copy of your degree can be submitted later.

Admission in LUMS PhD Programme is purely merit based and there are no quotas.

The recommendation letters can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

In truly exceptional circumstances the Graduate Programme Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

Final admission decision will be communicated through an official letter; however, you can also check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding your application status by telephone or e-mail.

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.