PhD Electrical Engineering

Overview

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 22 PhDs from the world’s top institutes. The vision of EE Department is to ‘To become internationally recognized regional leaders in electrical engineering research and education, and to serve society through innovation, indigenous solutions, and development of valuable human resource’. EE faculty and students have published over 250 high quality research papers in the past three years with grants won in access of 250 million PKR. Faculty members have also close research collaborations with several top academic institutes of the world; hosted professors and students from institutes within Pakistan and abroad and organised workshops, and seminars both locally and at the international level.

The PhD Electrical Engineering programme offers following specialization areas:

  • Signal and image processing
  • Electronics and Embedded Systems
  • Photonics and Semiconductor Devices
  • RF and Micro electronics
  • Electrical Power and Energy Systems
  • Systems, Control & Robotics
  • Communication Systems
  • Networks

The Department of EE has 6 PhD graduates with 3 working in Pakistan as faculty members and 3 moving abroad for postdoctoral research positions.

Note:

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)

ActivityDate
Online Application Deadline (PST)
01 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
02 Apr 2020
Online Application Deadline (PST) -- LUMS MS Continuing Students
01 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents - LUMS MS Continuing Students
02 Apr 2020
LGAT & SBASSE Subject Test for MS/PhD
12 Apr 2020
Deadline to take GRE
12 Apr 2020
Admission decisions
01 Jul 2020 to 31 Jul 2020
Notes: 

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

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for 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 and submitted application form and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline;
  4. Interview Performance

Note:

This is the minimum criteria that applicants need to fulfil in order to be eligible to apply. Fulfilment of this criteria does not guarantee admission to LUMS.

Academic Requirements for Fall 2020 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 Master's degree (MS or MPhil) from national or foreign institutions that are accredited or recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the HEC, Pakistan, will be required to obtain an Equivalence Certificate from the HEC.

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 Master's 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 who have their Master’s 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. For further information, please visit: www.hec.gov.pk.

Applicants applying for the PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering must have a Master's 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

Note:

  • Applicants completing their last degree by June 30, 2020 are also eligible to apply for PhD Programme if they are meeting all minimum admission requirements at the time of submission of application.
  • Please note applicants need to provide the final official transcript by June 30, 2020 or they will not be considered for admission in PhD programme.

ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR LUMS SBASSE CONTINUING STUDENTS

MS - PHD PROGRAMME

  1. LUMS MS students graduating in 2020 or have graduated within the last 2 years from SBASSE with a minimum CGPA of ≥ 3.0 are eligible to apply for PhD Programme. LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) and SBASSE Subject Tests are waived for LUMS students who plan to continue their studies within the same Department.

    The application deadline for this category of students is April 01, 2020. Please note that the exemption from the LGAT and LUMS Subject test will only be granted if the CGPA ≥ 3.0 requirement is met at the time of application submission.

  2. LUMS MS students graduating in 2020 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. LUMS Graduate Admission Test (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 the complete application online is April 01, 2020; 5:00 PM (PST). Please note that the exemption from the LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) will only be granted if the CGPA ≥ 3.0 requirement is met at the time of application submission.

Notes:

  • LUMS SBASSE MS students with a CGPA of < 3.0 (at the time of application submission deadline) are not eligible to apply for PhD programme.
  • As per HEC requirements, PhD students, once admitted, may 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 note that shortlisted SBASSE MS students (with an incomplete degree at the time of application submission) will be required to complete their MS degree requirements with a CGPA 3.0 or above. In case this CGPA requirement is not met by June 30, 2020, the student will not be considered for PhD admission.
  • Please visit the following link to apply for this program: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

a. Local Applicants

Applicants to the PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering are required to take following two (2) admission tests in order to be considered for Fall 2020 admission:

  1. LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT); and
  2. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test in Electrical Engineering

Please visit the following link to apply  https://admissions.lums.edu.pk.

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 (2) years (i.e. after April 01, 2018) and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.
  • Due to the unavailability of GRE Subject Test in Electrical Engineering, all local applicants must take the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test in Electrical Engineering.

b. International Applicants

Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA. For further information, please visit www.ets.org.

Due to the unavailability of GRE Subject Test in Electrical Engineering, such applicants will be assessed based on their GRE General Test score only.

Note:

  • LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) is comprised of Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical sections.
  • The LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) and the SBASSE Subject Test in Electrical Engineering for Fall 2020 admission will be held ONLY ONCE on April 12, 2020.
  • LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for One (1) academic year.
  • The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores will be used for application evaluation, hence will not be disclosed to applicants.

Subject Test Guidelines:

Please visit the following link; Subject Test Guidelines

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2020 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 01, 2020; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk. In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before April 02, 2020.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 1200 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of Rs. 1000 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • The application processing fee of $81 for International applicants (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • The application processing and LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of $89 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

Interview session will comprise of your research presentation followed by Q & A session.

FAQs

Please visit the following link for the minimum eligibility criteria; https://admission.lums.edu.pk/graduate-programmes

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 helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk 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.