Overview

The Department of Physics has an outstanding teaching and research environment. The research focuses on probing fundamental physical aspects of the universe and the underlying mathematical structures as well as novel applications in diverse areas, including nanoscience, optics and materials. An important character of the Department is embodied in encouraging students to get involved in research questions and exploratory experiments outside the formal classroom or laboratory coursework. Regular seminars and colloquia are led by the faculty, students and distinguished speakers from outside LUMS and provide a chance to keep abreast of cutting-edge and high impact research.

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

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 activation
18 Oct 2016
Deadline to submit online admission application
28 Mar 2017
08:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
29 Mar 2017
05:00 pm
LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test for MS/PhD
16 Apr 2017
Deadline to take GRE
16 Apr 2017
Deadline to apply for admission (LUMS students - BS)
28 Mar 2017
08:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents (LUMS students - BS)
29 Mar 2017
05:00 pm
Admission decisions
01 Jun 2017 to 30 Jul 2017
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 2017 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 Physics 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. Interview Performance
  4. Completed application form along with all supporting documents

Academic Requirements for Fall 2017 Admissions


A minimum of 18 years of education is required for applying to the PhD Programme in Physics.

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) of Pakistan.

Applicants applying for the PhD Programme in Physics must have a Master’s degree in any one of the following areas:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Materials Science
  • Optics
  • Other allied engineering 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 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 B.Sc. degree and 2-years M.Sc. 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. Applicants requiring equivalence certificate(s) may do so by contacting:

The Director (A & C), 
Higher Education Commission,
Sector H-9, East Service Road,
 Islamabad

 

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for LUMS Graduate Continuing Students

 
MS - PHD PROGRAM
 
MS students graduating in 2017 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 28, 2017. Please visit the following link to apply for this program:  https://admissions.lums.edu.pk
MS students graduating in 2017 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 28, 2017. Please visit the following link to apply for this program: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk
 
Note:
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.
SBASSE MS students with a CGPA of < 3.0 must take LGAT and SBASSE Subject Tests. They are expected to apply through the regular admission process. Application submission deadline for this category of students is March 28, 2017. Please visit the following link to apply:  https://admissions.lums.edu.pk
 


Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2017 Admissions


Applicants to the PhD Programme in Physics 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 Physics.

Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test as well as the GRE Subject Test in Physics (through the Educational Testing Service, ETS USA (www.ets.org)).

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

  • Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GREGeneral Test (through ETS USA) during the last two years 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 Physics (through ETS USA) during the last two years and obtained a score at the 60th percentile or above may choose not to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Physics.

Note:

LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for one year. The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores 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 16, 2017.

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; Sample Guidelines

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2017 Admissions


Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 28, 2017; 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 March 29, 2017.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 950 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)
  • LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of Rs. 750 (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 and admission test scores and invited for an interview.

FAQs

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

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 helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk.

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.

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.