m.PHIL - program

NIP, initiated an M.Phil Program in September, 1985. This two year degree program aims at a comprehensive understanding of the discipline of psychology and provide quality education to talented students; those who are looking for high quality, socially relevant and cutting-edge education in the field of psychology. The students who show promise in the M.Phil courses and research work are provided the opportunity to work on their Ph.D. The basic consideration in launching the M.Phil Program is to train competent students in diverse areas of psychology.

M.Phil Courses

The M.Phil program consists of 50 credit hours; course work of 24 credit hours and a thesis equivalent to 26 credit hours. Four compulsory courses of total of 12 credit hours are offered in the first semester. In the second semester students select optional courses of 12 credit hours. In the third and fourth semesters students undertake a research project and write a thesis equivalent to 26 credit hours. A CGPA of overall 2.5 is required to the degree.

Compulsory Courses (First semester) 12 Credit Hours

The four compulsory courses (3 credit Hours each) will be offered in 1st and 2nd semester. M.Phil research thesis will continue to be offered during the 3rd and 4th semesters. The basic premise of these compulsory courses is to train students with fundamental principles and concepts of psychology and research. These compulsory courses include:
Py-601: Research Methods in Psychology
Py-602: Applied Statistics
Py-603: Application of Contemporary Data Analysis Tools
Py-604: Seminars in Theories of Psychology

Optional Courses (Second Semester) 12 Credit Hours

The students select optional courses adding up to a total of 12 credit hours. The students will be encouraged to select a combination of courses that will help them to build a specialized area. The optional courses aim to represent an area of specialization within the field in which the students will go on to develop his or her dissertation research. These optional courses include:

Py-606: Counseling Psychology
Py-607: Psychology of Life Span Development
Py-608: Clinical Psychology
Py-609: Cross-Cultural Psychology
Py-610: Psychology of Attitudes & Opinions
Py-613: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Py-615: Community Psychology
Py-616: School Psychology
Py-617: Military Psychology
Py-618: Psychology of Special Education
Py-619: Psychology of Gender
Py-620: Population Psychology
Py-621: Cognitive Psychology
Py-622: Use and Interpretation of Tests
Py-623: Adolescent Behavioral Problems
Py-624: Abnormal Psychology
Py-625: Psychology of Policing & Law-Enforcement.
Py-626: Psychology of Self
Py-631: Psychometrics
Py-632: Advanced Social Psychology
Py-633: Consumer Behavior
Py-634: Psychology of Deviant Behavior
Py-635: Group Psychology
Py-636: Occupational Health Psychology
Py-637: Positive Psychology
Py-638: Antisocial Behaviors in Children and Adolescents
Py-639: Human Computer Interaction
Py-640: Marketing Management
Py-641: Health Psychology
Py-642: Criminal Psychology
Py-643: Geriatric Mental Health
Py-644: Psychosocial Interventions in Disaster Management
Py-645: Environmental Psychology
Py-646: Applied Sports Psychology

M.Phil Research (3rd & 4th Semester) 26 Credit hours
The focus of M.Phil research is to empower the significance of research culture and scientific knowledge in areas including, gender, education, health, clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, developmental psychology, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, psychometry, social and interpersonal psychology and industrial psychology. Students are encouraged to take up new and innovative ideas in research, which have practical implications for the betterment of human being and society at large. It is strongly recommended that the topic of research should be from their area of specialization so that students could apply the acquired knowledge in practice. Some initiatives have been recently introduced to enhance the quality of research and to ensure the timely completion of research work these include

M.Phil Research Progress Sheet (MRPS)
M.Phil Progress Sheet is specifically designed to monitor and evaluate each student’s progress systematically in each semester as the Progress Sheet provides each student some specific benchmarks of research to be completed in each semester.


Research Group Meeting
The research group is comprised of all NIP research students of M.Phil and PhD. The Research Group Meeting is held once in a month usually the first Saturday of the month. The purpose of this Research Group is to provide a forum for higher level research scholars; where they can learn by discussing research theoretical issues, critical reviews of articles, paper writing, sharing practical experiences of senior members and the brain storming on current research issues. This research group forum provides an excellent opportunity to all research students to remain in contact with their respective supervisors and get updated with latest research activities and get instant solutions of research related issues.

Research Seminars
The budding researchers who are still in the process of learning are provided an opportunity to participate in research seminars that are held in each week. Students discuss their research plans and practical executions of their research and get instant feed back from senior researchers and faculty members. .

Facilities in NIP
Facilities available for M. Phil students include:

  • - A highly up-to-date & equipped library as well as state of art computer lab.
  • - Online access to number of international HEC recognized journals.
  • - Facilities related to sophisticated statistical analysis, through training programme’s e.g., SPSS, AMOS, NVIVO.

ACTIVITIES AT NIP

NIP is very active in organizing the educational as well as extracurricular activities to facilitate students to excel and improve their personal growth.

  • Educational Activities
    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Conferences
    • Debate Competition

     

  • Extracurricular Activities
    • Welcome and Farewell Parties
    • Bonfire
    • Annual Dinner
    • Funfair
    • Trips

 

PROGRAM ADMISSION AND EXAMINATION DETAILS

Admissions

In order to be eligible for admission in M.Phil. program, a candidates must have obtained 1st Division in M.A./M.Sc. (Psychology) or B.A./B.Sc., should not have obtained 3rd Division in M.A./M.Sc. or B.A./B.Sc. In case of 3rd Division in F.A./F.Sc., the candidate should have obtained 1st Division in both M.A./M.Sc. and B.A./B.Sc. However, the Vice Chancellor can relax these conditions in case of teachers of University/Degree Colleges engaged in Post-Graduate teaching and employees of research organization. If a selected candidate is an employee of any organization, he/she has to produce a certificate of "No Objection" and study leave.
The selection for admission is made on the basis of merit determined by commulative academic record (55% marks), Admission Test (35% marks) and Interview (10% marks). Admission Test and Interview is conducted by NIP. The admissions are approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS & RB) of Quaid-i-Azam University. The M.Phil. program consists of (i) Course Work spread over two consecutive semesters of 24 credits, (ii) Research work spread over two semesters of 26 credits (extendable by another two semesters). Courses to be taken by a student are registered at the start of a semester. Selection of a research problem for the research work is approved by AS & RB within thirty days of the commencement of the third semester.

Dissertation

In order to be eligible for admission in M.Phil. program, a candidates must have obtained 1st Division in M.A./M.Sc. (Psychology) or B.A./B.Sc., should not have obtained 3rd Division in M.A./M.Sc. or B.A./B.Sc. In case of 3rd Division in F.A./F.Sc., the candidate should have obtained 1st Division in both M.A./M.Sc. and B.A./B.Sc. However, the Vice Chancellor can relax these conditions in case of teachers of University/Degree Colleges engaged in Post-Graduate teaching and employees of research organization. If a selected candidate is an employee of any organization, he/she has to produce a certificate of "No Objection" and study leave.


The selection for admission is made on the basis of merit determined by commulative academic record (55% marks), Admission Test (35% marks) and Interview (10% marks). Admission Test and Interview is conducted by NIP. The admissions are approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS & RB) of Quaid-i-Azam University.

 

 

Examination

A student is evaluated in each course on the basis of sessional tests, class assignments and terminal examinations, of which 50% of marks are reserved for sessional tests, class assignments and 50% for the terminal examination. A student is eligible to appear in the terminal examination provided that he/she has attended not less than 80% of the lectures delivered and 80% of practicals prescribed for the respective course.

The minimum pass marks for the each course are 50%. A student obtaining less than 50% marks in any course is deemed to have failed in that course and has to repeat the same course, if it is compulsory or the repeat the same or take an alternative course, if the course in which he/she failed is optional provided that he/she maintains the cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5. To continue in the second semester, the student must have obtained a Grade Point Average of 2.5 at the end of first semester and to continue the third semester student must have obtained a Grade Point Average of 2.5 at the end of second semester.

The Supervisor submits two progress reports of the student (first in the middle and the second towards the end of the semester) to the Controller of Examination during the fourth semester. If both reports are unsatisfactory, the student ceases to be a student. A student who fails to complete the requirements of M.Phil. degree in the normal period of four semesters ceases to be a student. However, in special circumstances extension can be granted but no extension beyond six semesters is granted under any circumstances.