NUST Admission 2020: Schedule, Programs, Eligibility Criteria, Semester Fee & Everything Else

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is a semi-government research institute that operates under the administrative control of Pakistan Armed Forces. Conceived in 1991, the institute was initially intended solely to train and educate the commissioned officers in the various fields of engineering and sciences. However, a few years after its inception, the institute achieved the status of a public research institute.

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As of today, NUST boasts being the number one education and research institute in the country and also being among very few of the internationally revered higher education institutes in Pakistan. It has slightly north of 15,000 students, over 20 separate departments with their own specializations, and about 1300 faculty members. It has 4 campuses, namely, in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi and Risalpur.

NUST also has a number of accolades to it name. The most notable one was perhaps becoming the 1st ever institute in Pakistan to be awarded the ISO 9000 certification for their engineering excellence. Furthermore in terms of international recognition, QS World University Rankings placed NUST at 355 in the world and for the Engineering category whereas the university was placed as 251-300. In the Asian University rankings, NUST came in at #83.

In Pakistan, NUST is regarded by the engineering and business students as THE place to go to. Google Trends data revealed that NUST is the most searched Pakistani education and research institute, a status that it has held for over 16 years.

All You Need to Know About NUST Admissions:

As mentioned prior, NUST offers a wide array of higher education programs. Each program has its own set of eligibility criteria for admission. Following are some of the important detail that you must bear in mind, with respect to the different programs:

Undergraduate:

NUST allows the aspiring students the opportunity to choose from a wide assortment of undergraduate programs. Being a standout contender in terms of the quality of instruction, NUST is regarded as a gold standard of educational prowess by the students and the teachers alike. To stay true to their reputation, the institute maintains high quality education and also sets a high bar for the hopefuls to achieve that privilege. With that said, following are the details that are to be borne in mind while applying for an undergraduate program at NUST:

Programs:

Following are some of the particulars pertaining to the nationality status of the candidates:

Sr. No Nationality Status NET SAT National SAT International
1 Pakistani National (Pakistani Scheme of Studies) Yes Yes No
2 Pakistani National (Foreign Scheme of Studies) Yes Yes Yes
3 Expatriate Yes Yes Yes
4 Dual National (Pakistan and Any Other) Yes Yes Yes
5 Foreign National No No Yes

NUST offers a wide array of undergraduate programs for the aspiring candidates to choose from. Following is the list of all the undergraduate programs and the prior degrees that the students must have to apply for each program:

Programs Pakistani System of Studies Foreign systems of studies
Engineering ​FSc Pre-Engineering Group
FSc Computer Science Group
FSc Pre-Medical with additional Maths
​O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” including Maths, Physics and Chemistry as mandatory subjects.
BS Computer Science ​FSc Pre-Engineering / Computer Science Group ​O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” OR “Computer Science group” including Maths, Physics, Chemistry/Computer Science/Computer Studies as mandatory subjects.
BS Applied Biosciences ​FSc Pre-Medical Group ​O level (SSC) equivalence of “Science group” and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Medical group” or any other group with three subjects including Biology and Chemistry as mandatory subjects.
BBA, BS Economics, BS Mass Communication, BS Public Administration, BS Psychology ​HSSC with any combination ​‘O / A’ Level (SSC and HSSC) or equivalent with any combination
​BS Accounting & Finance ​HSSC with Maths or Accounting and Finance or Accountancy as one of the major subject. ​O level (SSC) equivalence and A level (HSSC) equivalence with Maths or Accounting and Finance or Accountancy as one of the mandatory subject.
BS Mathematics ​HSSC with Maths ​O level (SSC) equivalence and A level (HSSC) equivalence with Maths as one of the mandatory subject.
BS Physics ​FSc Pre-Engineering Group or Computer Science Group ​O level (SSC) equivalence and A Level (HSSC) equivalence  with three subjects including Maths and Physics as mandatory subjects.
BS Chemistry ​FSc Pre-Engineering Group or Pre-Medical Group ​O level (SSC) equivalence and A Level (HSSC) equivalence  withChemistry as major subject along with Physics OR Mathematics
Architecture and Industrial Design ​FSc Pre-Engineering Group or Computer Science Group ​O level (SSC) equivalence with Maths & Physics as mandatory subjects and A level (HSSC) equivalence of “Pre-Engineering group” or any other group  with three subjects including Maths and Physics as mandatory subjects.
Eligibility Criteria:

Furthermore, as mentioned prior, the applicant must fall under the eligibility criteria set against each program offered by the institute. With that said, following is the general eligibility criteria for all undergraduate programs:

  • Minimum 60% aggregate marks each in SSC and HSSC OR equivalent exams (as per IBCC equivalence).
  • Candidates of FA/FSc stream may apply for NET based on FA/FSc Part-I result. However, the confirmation of admission is subject to provision of FA/FSc certificate or Detailed Marks Certificate.
  • All non-FSc stream candidates must have equivalence certificate of their qualification, duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan in relevant groups/subjects and with minimum 60% marks.
  • Candidates of O/A Level or any other foreign equivalent qualification can apply on the basis of O Level (SSC) equivalence certificate obtained from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) office but confirmation of their admission is subject to provision of A Level (HSSC) equivalence certificate duly obtained from IBCC, Pakistan.
  • Candidates of O/A level or any other foreign qualification are advised to contact IBCC, Pakistan for issuance of equivalence certificates as per university requirements with more than 60% marks in required subjects / group, well in time. Any deficiency of subjects or non-provision of IBCC equivalence certificate before start of classes will lead to cancellation of admission at any stage.
  • Merit for BS Applied Biosciences program will be based on complete FSc / A Level or equivalent qualification (as per IBCC Equivalence Certificate) result.
Admission Schedule:

Ever since the outbreak of Coronavirus across the country, many institutes including NUST have had to go to online education methods to accommodate the currently residing batches of students.

Due to some concerns regarding their capacity pertaining to online teaching methods, the university is holding back the admission opportunity for new students. However, the university is set to open the admissions for new batches back up again once the pandemic goes away.

For now, subject to any betterment in the COVID-19 situation, NUST plans to conduct Entry Test Series-2 & 3 in months of Aug & Sep respectively. Exact dates will be intimated by end of July 2020. Registration for Series-3 and SAT is likely to commence from the 1st of July 2020.

Following are some of the important dates you should bare in mind:

Entry Tests Schedule – 2020:
Series Online Registration To Be Conducted
Series-1 28 Oct – 3 Dec 2019 7 Dec 2019 Onwards
Series-2 2 Feb – 4 Mar 2020 Aug 2020 Onwards (Depending on Current Situation)
Series-3 ​Apr – Jun 2020 ​Sept 2020 Onwards (Depending on Current Situation)
S.A.T. Basis Application Schedule – 2020:
Online Registration ​Last Date to Receive​ SAT Scores
May – July 2020 15 July 2020 (will be reviewed)
Undergraduate Programs Commencement – 2020 (Tentative):

Engineering & Computer Sciences:

Programs Dates
SCEE, SMME, SCME, SEECS September, 2020
​PNEC September, 2020
​CAE, ​MCE, MCS, C of E&ME November, 2020

Business Studies, Social & Natural Sciences and Art and Design:

Programs Dates
​NBS, S3H September, 2020
​SADA ​September, 2020
SNS September, 2020

BS Applied Biosciences:

Programs Dates
ASAB November 2020
Submission of SAT Results:

SAT scores should reach NUST from College Board, USA by 15 July 2020 (will be reviewed). The candidate is responsible for providing the SAT scores by due date.

Selection of Candidates:

Selection of candidates for Engineering / Computer Science / Natural Sciences / Business Studies & Social Sciences / Architecture and Industrial Design was to commence in August 2020 and Applied Biosciences in October 2020 as per given dates. However, these dates are subject to change, given the current situation pertaining to COVID-19.

How to Apply:

Suppose you’re up to the mark in terms of eligibility criteria and you wish to apply for an undergraduate program in NUST. Here’s how its done:

  • Visit http://www.ugadmission.nust.edu.pk and register with a valid e-mail ID.
  • Enter the password provided by NUST to access the online application form.
  • Upload a recent passport size photograph (with plain background)
  • Fill and submit the online form.
  • Successful submission of form will be confirmed through an e-mail.
  • Re-Login to the account and Print the Challan from ‘My Account’ page.
  • Fee can be deposited at any branch of HBL or Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Ltd. Upon fee submission, a confirmation e-mail shall be sent to the candidates within 10 days.
  • Islamabad centre candidates will have to choose Test Date and Session out of the available options. Allocation of Test Date and Session shall be done on ‘First Come First Served’ basis.
  • Islamabad centre candidates will be provided their Roll Numbers, Test Centres, Test Sessions, Log-in IDs and Passwords for Computer Based NUST Entrance Test (CBNET).
  • For Paper Based Test at Karachi and Quetta in July, candidates will be informed through email regarding printing of Admit Card containing exact time and centre. For Entrance Test, Admit Cards will be retained at the Test Centre for further verification.
  • Candidates are required to print their Admit Cards and bring them to the Test Centre along with the original CNIC or a document with a Photo ID such as Passport, original Matric/FSc certificate bearing photograph, etc.
  • Result for computer based test will be announced within 24 hours. For paper based test, the result will be announced within 7 days.

Refer to the “admission schedule” section of the article for relevant dates.

Fee Structure:

The fee structure for the undergraduate programs is as follows:

​Engineering/IT, Bio
Sciences & Natural
Sciences ​
​Architecture, Social
Sciences & Business
Studies ​
Admission Procession Fee ​35,000/- ​35,000/-
​Security Deposit ​10,000/- ​10,000/-
​Semester Fee 95,000/- 110,000/-
​Miscellaneous Charges (per semester) 2,700/- 2,700/-

Note: ‘Harvard Business school licensing fee’ will be charged from BBA and BS Accounting & Finance students at Rs.7000/year.

Masters

Like the undergraduate programs, you can find a plentiful variety of masters programs at NUST as well, all while resting assured of the top-notch instruction quality and learning opportunity. Following is a comprehensive list of Departments, programs being offered within the departments and the eligibility criteria against each of the programs:

Departments:
IT & Engineering:

Following is the eligibility criteria against each of the programs being offered within the said department:

  • Sixteen years of mandatory schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks (percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not mentioned on the transcript).
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2018 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score or Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC in or after March 2019 with at least 50 accumulative test score or GRE (General) conducted by ETS, USA, with following minimum score separately in each section:-
    • Quantitative – 151/170
    • Verbal – 146/170
    • Analytical Writing – 3.5/6.0

Bachelors/Masters degree must be accredited by PEC/HEC (as applicable) in the disciplines relevant to each of the following programs:-

Discipline Prerequisites                
Aerospace Engineering BE in Aerospace / Mechanical / Mechatronics / Industrial / Manufacturing / Electrical
Avionics Engineering BE in Electrical / Electronics / Avionics / Computer / Software/ Aerospace.
Biomedical Engineering BE Biomedical / Chemical / Electrical / Mechanical / Mechatronics / Computer / Materials.
Bioinformatics B​S  in Bioinformatics / Biosciences / Molecular Biology / Biotechnology / MBBS.

OR

MSc in Molecular Biology / Biotechnology / Computer Science.

Chemical Engineering BE in Chemical / Petroleum
Computer Engineering BE in Electronics / Industrial Electronics / Computer System / Electrical / Electrical & Communication / Telecommunication / Avionics.
Computer Software Engineering / Information Technology / Computer Science BE in any discipline.

OR

MCS / BCS (4 years) / BIT (4 years) or MSc in Statistics / Physics / Applied Physics / Mathematics / Electronics with BIT / BCS (2-3 years).

Computational Science & Engineering (Modelling & Simulation) Masers/Bachelors in any discipline of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Computer Science / Geology / Biosciences/ Electronics / Statistics / Pharmacy and Public Health.
Construction Engineering and Management BE Civil / Transportation, BE Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture.
Cyber Security BE in Electrical / Teleocmmunication / Computer Software / Computer System/ Electronics / Industrial Electronics / Electrical & Communication / Avionics / Communication Technologies

OR

MCS / MIT / BCS (04 years) / BIT (04 years) / BS (MIS) (04 years)

OR

MSc in Statistics / Physics / Applied Physics / Mathematics / Electronics

Data Science BS in Computer Science / Information Technology / Software Engineering / Statistics and Mathematics.

OR

BE in Computer Engineering / Electrical engineering.

Electrical Engineering BE in Electrical / Telecommunication / Mechatronics / Electronics / Industrial Electronics / Electrical & Communication / Avionics / Communication Technologies / Computer System.
Energy Systems Engineering / Thermal Energy Engineering BE in any Engineering Discipline recognized by PEC.

OR

MSc/BS (04 years) in Chemistry/Physics/Electronics/Environment.

Electrical Engineering (Power) BE in Electrical/Electronic recognized by PEC
Engineering Management BE in any discipline.
Environmental Engineering BE in any discipline from PEC / HEC (as applicable) recognized institution of Pakistan or abroad.
Environmental Science MSc (Physics / Applied Physics / Chemistry / Biological Science / Microbiology / Biochemistry / Forestry / Agriculture Science) / MBBS / BDS.
Geotechnical / Structural / Geotechnical & Tunneling Engineering BE in Civil Engineering.
Transportation Engineering Transportation Engineering
Information Security BE in Electrical / Telecommunication / Computer Software/ Computer System/ Electronics / Industrial Electronics / Electrical & Communication / Avionics / Communication Technologies.

OR

MCS / MIT / BCS (4 years) / BIT (4 years) or MSc in (Statistics / Physics / Applied Physics / Mathematics / Electronics) with BCS / BIT.

Innovative Technologies in Learning 16 years of education from HEC/PEC recognised institute in disciplines in Computer Science / Information Technology / Education / Social Sciences / Management Sciences / Basic Sciences OR BE in any discipline.
Mechanical Engineering BE in Mechanical / Mechatronics / Industrial / Manufacturing / Aerospace / Agricultural.
Mechatronics Engineering BE in Mechatronics / Mechanical / Electrical / Telecommunication / Computer / Industrial / Manufacturing / Aerospace/Avionics.
Manufacturing Engineering and Management / Design & Manufacturing Engineering BE in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering / Electrical / Electronics / Avionics.
BE in Materials and Metallurgical / Mechanical / Mining / Petroleum / Chemical / Engineering Sciences.

OR

MSc in Chemistry / Physics / Mathematics / Environmental Sciences. (These candidates may be considered but will have to undertake additional courses as deemed necessary to cover deficiencies for engineering degree essentials.)

Nanoscience & Engineering BE in Material / Chemical / Mechanical / Environmental / Computer / Electronics / Polymer.

OR

BS in Physics / Chemistry / Environmental & Bioscience.

Naval Architecture BE in Naval Architecture / Mechanical / Electrical / Civil / Aerospace / Avionics Engineering or any other related Engineering discipline.
Process Systems Engineering BE in Chemical / Petroleum / Mechanical / Environmental / Polymers / Materials.
Remote Sensing and GIS Masters/Bachelors in Remote Sensing and GIS / Geography / Geology / Computer Science / Environmental.

OR

Masters / Bachelors in Town Planning / City & Regional Planning / Urban Planning / Forestry / Business Management / Health Management / Public Health / Architecture.

OR

BE in Civil / Environmental / Electrical / Mechanical / Petroleum / Mining / Marine / Transportation.

OR

Masters / Bachelors in Archeology / Economics / Rural Development / Architecture / Business Management / Public Administration and Management or any other Social and Management Science disciplines.

Robotics & Intelligent Machine Engineering BE in Mechatronics/Mechanical/ Electrical/ Computer / Industrial / Manufacturing / Aerospace / Avionics / Computer Software / Computer Science OR equivalent degree.
Systems Engineering BE Mechanical / Mechtronics / Production / Industrial / Automobile / Electrical / Electronics / Avionics / Telecom / Computer Engineering / Software Engineering.

OR

​MCS / MIT / BCS (4 years) / BIT (4 years) or MCs in (Statistics / Physics / Applied Physics / Mathematis / Electronics) with BCS / BIT.

Urban and Regional Planning BE Civil / Construction  / Architecture / Geo Informatics or BS Architecture /  City & Town Planning.
Water Resources Engineering BE in Civil / Agriculture / Environmental / Geological / Geoinformatics / Transportation.
Natural Sciences:

Following is the eligibility criteria against each of the programs being offered within the said department:

  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant subjects with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks (percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not included on the transcript).
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2018 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score.
  • Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC on or after March 2019 with a minimum of 50 accumulative test score.

Bachelors/Masters degree must be accredited by PEC/HEC (as applicable) in the disciplines relevant to each of the following programs:-

Disciplines Prerequisites
Chemistry
  • Masters / Bachelors (4 years) in Chemistry.
  • Masters / Bachelor’s degree must be recognised by HEC.
Mathematics
  • Masters / Bachelors (4 years) in Mathematics.
  • Masters / Bachelor’s degree must be recognised by HEC.
Physics
  • Masters / Bachelors (4 years) in Physics.
  • Masters / Bachelor’s degree must be recognised by HEC.
Statistics
  • Masters / Bachelors (4 years) in Statistics / Mathematics.
  • Masters / Bachelor’s degree must be recognised by HEC.
Business Studies and Social Sciences:

Following is the eligibility criteria against each of the programs being offered within the said department:

  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant subjects with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks except for MBA, MS Logistic & Supply Chain Management, MS Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MS Career Counselling & Education, in which case, the minimum CGPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 OR 60% marks are required. Percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not included on the transcript.
  • The candidate must have cleared GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2018 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score or Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC on or after March 2019 with at least 50 accumulative test score or GMAT conducted by GMAC, USA with minimum 50 percentile score.

Bachelors/Masters degree must be accredited by PEC/HEC (as applicable) in the disciplines relevant to each of the following programs:-

Discipline Prerequisites
MBA (2 years)
  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after FA/FSc/A Level.
  • Bachelors/Masters degree must be recognised by HEC.
Executive MBA
  • Minimum 16 years education.
  • Minimum of 3 years full time experience in executive post.
  • Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC.
MS Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after FA/FSc/A Level.
  • Bachelors/Masters degree must be recognised by HEC.​
MS Human Resource Management
  • MBA / M.Com / BBA / B.Com (04 Years) / BE / MBBS.
  • Masters / Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC/PEC/PM&DC (as applicable) recognised institute.
MS Logistic & Supply Chain Management
  • Engineering / IT / BBA / MBA and related discipline form HEC recognised institute.
  • Masters / Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC/PEC/ (as applicable) recognised institute.
MS Clinical Psychology
  • MSc / MA / BS (4 years) in Psychology and must have studied Clinical Psychology as a subject.
  • Masters / Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC recognised institute.
MS Economics
  • MS / BS (4 years) in Economics (minimum 124 credit hours).
  • Bachelors / Masters degree must be recognised by HEC.
MS Mass Communication
  • Masters / BS (04 Years) in Mass Communication/Journalism/Media Studies/Public Relations.
  • Masters / Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC/PEC/PM&DC (as applicable) recognised institute.
MS Development Studies
  • Masters / Bachelors (04 Years) in Social Sciences / Natural Sciences / Applied & Engineering Sciences / Commerce / Humanities
  • Masters / Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC/PEC (as applicable) recognised institute.
MS Career Counselling & Education Masters / BS (04 years) in any discipline from HEC recognised institute with minimum CGPA of 2.5/4.0 or 65% marks.
MS Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Masters / Bachelors (04 Years) in International Relations / Defence & Strategic Studies / Defence and Diplomatic Studies / Political Science / Pakistan Studies / Peace & Conflict Studies / Economics / History / Psychology / Sociology / Anthropology / Engineering / Natural Sciences / Management.
  • Masters / Bachelors degree must be recognised by HEC/PEC (as applicable) recognised institute.
MS Disaster Management Masters / BS (04 years) in any discipline from HEC recognised institute.
Applied BioSciences:

Following is the eligibility criteria against each of the programs being offered within the said department:

  • Sixteen years of schooling or 4 years education after HSSC/A’ Level in relevant subjects with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 OR 55% marks (percentage will only be considered if CGPA is not included on the transcript).
  • GAT (General) conducted on or after 01 August 2018 by NTS with at least 50 accumulative test score or GRE (General) conducted by ETS, USA with minimum eligible score.
  • Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC on or after March 2019 with a minimum of 50 accumulative test score.

Bachelors/Masters degree must be accredited by PEC/HEC (as applicable) in the disciplines relevant to each of the following programs:-

Discipline Prerequisites
Industrial Biotechnology/ Plant Biotechnology/ Healthcare Biotechnology MSc in Life Sciences / BSc (4 years) in Biotechnology / Biochemistry / Molecular Biology / Biosciences / Bioinformatics / MBBS/ DVM / BDS.
Biomedical Science BS (4 years) or Masters in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Materials Science, Biosciences, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology or MBBS/BDS.
Admission Schedule:

Following are some of the important details pertaining to admission schedule that you must remember:

Commencement of Online Application Submission 1st of July, 2020
Commencement of Classes
  • H-12 Campus, PNEC, MCS, C of E&ME, MCE
    (Oct 2020)
  • CAE
    (Nov 2020)

Also, the details pertaining to the submission of GAT (General)/HAT/GRE/GMAT final results are as follows:

  • The scores of GRE (General) / GMAT, should reach NUST by 8 July 2020. Note that NUST will only accept the scores of GRE (General) / GMAT examinations conducted on or after August 01, 2017.
  • NUST will accept the scores of GAT (General) conducted by NTS on or after August 01, 2018.
  • NUST will obtain the GAT (Gen) score held on or after August 01, 2018 till July 2020 directly from NTS Pakistan

Note: All the candidates must provide the correct CNIC number on the NUST Online Admission Application Form and on NTS form. Failing to do so may result in their scores becoming invalid.

  • Score of Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) conducted by HEC on or after March 2019 will also be accepted. For more details, visit http://eportal.hec.gov.pk
  • Candidates, whose final result is awaited, can also apply for Masters admission (2020), provided that they submit their final result before commencement of classes.
How To Apply:

Here’s how you can apply for a graduate program at NUST:

  • Visit http://pgadmission.nust.edu.pk/ (site is accessible at time of admissions only) to fill out the application form. Then, you’ll be given a password to access the application form, after providing their valid e-mail addresses.
  • Candidates can apply for more than one discipline through single registration. However, they will be charged admission application fee for each discipline applied.
  • A recent photograph of candidate is required to be provided.
  • If both the percentage and CGPA are mentioned on Bachelors/ Masters Degree/ Transcript, then only the CGPA will be entered.
  • Candidates, whose final results have not yet been announced, will enter the earned percentage/ CGPA of the last term/ semester.
  • The eligibility criteria of the desired program must be consulted before selecting the preferences. Candidates will not qualify for the programs which they aren’t eligible for.
  • Candidates can deposit the fee online, after taking the print of the fee bill in any branch of HBL.
  • Scanned copies of academic documents are to be attached with the online application. Following documents must be provided:
    • Matric/equivalent certificate.
    • Undergraduate degree(s) along with transcript showing the exact duration.
    • Postgraduate degree(s) along with transcripts showing the exact duration.
    • Computerized National Identity Card.
    • NOC from employer (for employed candidates).
    • Experience certificate (for MBA/EMBA candidates).
    • Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) result card (as applicable)
Fee Structure:

The fee structure for the undergraduate programs is as follows:

​MS Engineering /IT, Social Sciences(Eco), Bio Sciences, programs MS HRM, MS Logistics & Supply Chain Management, MS Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Rupees) EMBA MBA, Engineering Management & Construction Engineering Management​
​Admission Processing Fee 10,000/- 10,000/- 10,000/- 10,000/-
​Security Deposit 10,000/- 10,000/- 10,000/- 10,000/-
​Semester Fee ​68,000/- 80,000/-​ 25,000/- (per course) ​105,000/-

Note: “Harvard Business school licensing fee” will be charged from business students (MBA, MS HRM, EMBA, MS Logistics & Supply Chain Management & MS Innovation & Entrepreneurship) at Rs.17, 000/year. Miscellaneous charges shall be Rs.2700/- per Semester.

PhD Programs:

Like the Undergrad and Masters programs, the aspiring researchers and academicians also have a fair few specializations to choose from. Following are the PhD programs and their Prerequisites:

Applied BioSciences:
Discipline Prerequisites
Applied Biosciences MS/MPhil/ Equivalent degree in Basic Medical Sciences Subjects
Natural Sciences:
Discipline Prerequisites
Chemistry MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
Mathematics MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Mathematics.
Physics MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering​
Engineering & Sciences:
Discipline Prerequisitesss
Electrical Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Power Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligent
  • Physics
  • Energy Systems Engineering
Computer Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Agriculture field Engineering
  • Computational Science & Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
Design & Manufactring Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • ​Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
Robotics & Intelligent Ma​chine Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • Robotics and Intelligent Machine Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical or Computer Engineering
Environmental Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Transportation / Structural / Geotechnical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering​
Environmental Sciences MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
Mechatronics Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Avionics Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electronics
Energetic Material Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • ​Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical / Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Marine Engineering or any relevant Engineering qualification
  • Physics/Chemistry/Applied Mathematics or equivalent
Materials and Surface Engineering​ MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Materials and Surface Engineering.
Transportation Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering & Management
Construction Engineering & Management MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Construction Engineering & Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Civil Engineering
Structural Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Civil Engineering.
Geotechnical Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Civil Engineering
  • Fire Engineering
  • Material Engineering
Computational Sciences & Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the related field.
Engineering Management MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Engineering Management.

  • Construction Management​
  • Environmental Engineering Management​
  • Energy Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Maintenance Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Innovation Management​
Water Resources Engineering and Management MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Water Resources Engineering & Management
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
Urban & Regional Planning MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • City & Regional Planning
  • Urban & Regional Planning
Remote Sensing & GIS MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Remote Sensing & GIS
  • Space Sciences
  • Geodesy, Cartography
  • Geomatrics / Geoinformatics Engineering
Biomedical Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
Biomedical Sciences MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Biosciences
Chemical Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Sciences and Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
Nano-sciences & Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Computational Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Energy Systems Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Environmental/Energy Science
  • Computational Science and Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering and Management S/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Design & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Nanosciences
Aerospace Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Avionics Engineering
Avionics Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Avionics
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Computer
  • Software
  • Mechatronics
  • Aerospace
  • Telecom
  • Robotics
  • Systems
  • Computer/Computational Science
Electrical Engineering (Power) MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Sytstems Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Systems/Control Engineering
  • MS in other related disciplines
Mining Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
Computer & IT Studies:
Discipline Prerequisites
Software Engineering MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Avionics
Information Security MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​​

  • Information Security​
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Avionics​
Information Technology MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​​

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Telecom Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Technology
Computer Science MS/MPhil/Equivalent in the following:-​

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Technology
Social Sciences:
Discipline Prerequisites
Economics MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Economics.
Business Administration MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Business Administration / Management Sciences.
Peace & Conflict Studies MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Social Sciences / Humanities.
Psychology MS/MPhil/Equivalent in Psychology.
Eligibility Criteria:

The PhD programs has set eligibility criteria that the candidates fall under in order to qualify:

  • 18 years of education in subjects relevant to program of interest, with minimum CGPA 3.0/4.0, 3.75/5.0 (in the Semester System) or First Division (in the Annual System) in M.Phil/MS/Equivalent with research work.
  • The candidate should have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours, out of which, 24 credit hours must be coursework. Percentage shall be entertained only if the CGPA is not included in the degree/transcript.
  • MS/MPhil/Equivalent degree must be approved by HEC.
  • GRE/GAT score must be valid at the start of semester date/joining date of PhD programme.
  • Foreign qualified candidates to provide recognition and equivalence certificate of MS/MPhil from HEC.
  • Percentage will be valid only if CGPA is not mentioned in degree / transcript.
  • The candidate must also have qualification in the following:-
    • GAT (Subject) Test for Direct PhD programme by NTS with the score higher than or equal to 60%. If NTS (Subject) Test is not offered in particular subject then NUST local GRE Subject type test must be qualified with the 70% score or higher. You can find more details about the test on NUST’s own website. (It may be noted that NUST will only accept the scores of GAT (Subject), NTS conducted on or after September 02, 2017 for PhD admission Fall 2019 only.)

      OR

    • GRE(General) conducted by ETS, USA, with following minimum score separately in each section
      • Quantitative – 151/170​
      • Verbal​ – 146/170​
      • Analytical Writing – 3.5/6.0​

Note: It may be noted that NUST will only accept the scores of GRE (General) conducted by ETS, USA​ on or after September 02, 2016 for PhD admission Fall 2019 only.

Admissions Schedule

Following are some of the important details pertaining to admission schedule that you must remember:

Applications can be processed online from the NUST website April 2020
​The last date for the submission of applications May 2020
​Classes will commence from 7th of September, 2020

Note: PhD Admission for Fall 2020 will tentatively begin from April 2020​.

How to Apply:

Here’s how the PhD candidates can apply for the programs:

  • Visit www.phdadmission.nust.edu.pk to fill the application form. Afterwards, you shall receive a password to access the application form after providing the valid e-mail addresses.
  • A recent photograph is required to be uploaded.
  • If both percentage and CGPA are mentioned on Bachelors/Masters Degree/MPhil Transcript, then only CGPA is to be entered.
  • Eligibility criteria of the program, for which applying, must be consulted before selecting the preferences. Candidates will not be considered for the programs for which they are not eligible.
  • Candidates can deposit the fee via online deposit, after taking print of Challan form amounting to Rs. 2000/-, in any branch of HBL.
  • Candidate will have to upload scanned copies of his Research Proposal and all the related documents with the application form. List of HEC approved supervisors is available on NUST Website https://bit.ly/3epLixk
  • Remember your Roll No for all future references.

Note: Candidates willing to undertake research related ​​​to National Needs will be given due preference.

Fee Structure:

The fee structure for the undergraduate programs is as follows:

PhD (All Programs)
​Admission Processing Fee 5,000/-
Security Deposit 10,000/-
Semester Fee 68,000/-

Note: “Harvard Business school licensing fee” will be charged from business students (MBA, MS HRM, EMBA, MS Logistics & Supply Chain Management & MS Innovation & Entrepreneurship) at Rs.17, 000/year. Miscellaneous charges shall be Rs.2700/- per Semester.

There you have it! This is everything you need to know before taking admission in NUST. It bears mentioning however that the dates are all tentative at the moment, due to the current pandemic-induced uncertainties. However, we shall keep you posted as and when new details surface.

Stay tuned!


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