PhD Electrical Engineering


The Electrical Engineering (EE) Department at LUMS, the largest at SBASSE, started in 2008 by offering a very rigorous and modernised undergraduate programme which is accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council. Today, the Department has about 400 undergraduate students and 14+ full-time faculty members. The first batch of undergraduate students graduated in June 2012. EE department had reached critical mass in research active full-time faculty and established research clusters in all important areas of EE. In 2012, the department started offering new MS and PhD programmes; the previously offered programme in Computer Engineering has phased out but is covered under the larger umbrella of Electrical Engineering.

The graduate programmes in Electrical Engineering give students both a strong foundation and specialisation in three important areas of electrical engineering: Communication and Networks, Embedded Systems and Electronics, and Signal and Image Processing. Moreover, there is adequate opportunity to work with faculty and take courses in other important topics for which course streams are not being offered currently. These include control systems, robotics, electromagnetic, optics and energy systems. Students are also strongly encouraged to collaborate with other disciplines at SBASSE such as Physics, Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Chemistry.

The department hosts a growing research active full-time faculty with 14+ PhDs from the world’s top institutes. The EE faculty is committed to solving important issues pertaining to a wide range of subjects such as Communication Technologies, Power Systems, Embedded Microelectronics, Optics, VLSI Design, Robotics and Control Systems. Since the inception of the Department, the faculty and their academic staff (most of whom are LUMS graduate students) have published 25+ peer reviewed research articles in the highest ranked international journals published by IEEE, ACM, IET, IEE and IOP and presented their research findings at dozens of top tier conferences in their respective fields. Faculty members have also visited and maintained research collaborations with several top academic institutes of the world; hosted professors and students from institutes within Pakistan and abroad and organised workshops, conferences and seminars both locally and at the international level.

The PhD Electrical Engineering programme offers five specialization areas:

  • Communication Systems and Networks
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Systems and Controls
  • Electronics and Embedded systems
  • Optics and Electromagnetics

It is expected that specialization in "Electronic Materials and Devices" and "Energy and Power Systems" will be offered in the near future.

Structured into various research clusters and labs, the Department has collaborated and obtained funding from local and international industry including the likes of National Instruments, Mentor Graphics and Mitsubishi. It has also secured competitive grants from agencies including Higher Education Commission (HEC), National ICT R&D Fund and German Academic Exchange (DAAD). Some faculty members have served as consultants for several government agencies and non-government research organisation including the Punjab Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Punjab Irrigation Dept (PID), Cleaner Production Institute (CPI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

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)
02 Apr 2019
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
03 Apr 2019
Online Application Deadline (PST) -- LUMS MS Continuing Students
02 Apr 2019
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents - LUMS MS Continuing Students
03 Apr 2019
LGAT & SBASSE Subject Test administration for MS/PhD
14 Apr 2019
Deadline to take GRE
14 Apr 2019
Admission decisions
01 Jul 2019 to 31 Jul 2019

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 2019 Admissions

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

The Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) offers PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering 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 2019 Admissions

A minimum of 18 years of education is required for applying to the PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering. 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 Electrical Engineering must have a Masters degree in any one of the following areas:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering/Applied Physics
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Other engineering disciplines peripherally related to electronics or electrical engineering

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.

An Applicant obtaining Master’s degree with CGPA computed over any scale other than 4.0 will be required to submit a letter/revised transcript from the respective university stating his/her CGPA on the scale of 4.0 OR submit a letter from HEC stating that the applicant meets the CGPA requirement for Ph.D. 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, 2019 will not be considered for Fall 2019 admissions.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for LUMS Graduate Continuing Students

MS students graduating in 2019 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 April 02, 2019. Please visit the following link to apply for this programme:
MS students graduating in 2019 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 April 02, 2019. 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 2019 Admissions

Applicants to the PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering 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 Electrical Engineering.

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

  • Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GREGeneral Test (through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA) during the last two years (test taken on or after April 14, 2017) and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.

Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test (through the Educational Testing Service, ETS USA). Due to the unavailability of a GRE Subject Test in Electrical Engineering, these applicants will be assessed based on their GRE General Test score only. 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 14, 2019.
  • Please also note that GRE scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting GRE (General) scores to LUMS is 0679.

Subject Test Guidelines:

Please visit the following link; Subject Test Guidelines


Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2019 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 April 02, 2019; 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 April 03, 2019.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 1100 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of Rs. 900 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • The application processing fee of $76 for International applicants (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • The application processing and LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of $83 for International applicants (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.

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.

Applicants to the PhD Programme must have a CGPA of 3.0 or above (on a scale of 4) at the time of application submission.

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.

A Foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its International Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS International Student Programme.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.
HEC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for International students.