QAU at a Glance
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AT A GLANCE
Established in 1967, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) is a public research university located in Islamabad. QAU is internationally known for its research work, higher learning and intellectual interaction with various international institutes and organizations. It’s one of the most popular universities in the country and has attracted outstanding scholars and intellectuals to serve as faculty.
QAU consists of four faculties and Departments operate under these faculties:
- Faculty of Natural Science.
- Faculty of Social Sciences.
- Faculty of Biological Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine (Affiliated)
- Business & Management
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Business Administration Bachelors 79356 4 Business Administration Masters 42598 2 Business Studies Bachelors 42598 2 Management Sciences Masters 51370 2
- Computer Science & IT
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Computer Science Doctorate 74000 5 Computer Science Masters 51370 2 Computer Science Masters 42000 2 Computer Science Bachelors 82198 4 Information Technology Masters 51370 2 Information Technology Masters 43000 2 Information Technology Bachelors 82198 4
- Engineering & Technology
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Electronics Engineering Doctorate 72000 3 Electronics Engineering Bachelors 79356 4 Electronics Engineering Masters 50064 2 Electronics Engineering Masters 42000 2
- Humanities & Social Sciences
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) American Studies Doctorate 72000 3 American Studies Masters 50064 2 Anthropology Masters 50064 2 Anthropology Masters 42000 2 Anthropology Doctorate 72000 5 Archaeology Masters 73000 2 Archaeology Masters 42000 2 Asian Studies Doctorate 72000 3 Asian Studies Masters 50064 3 Defense & Strategic Studies Masters 50064 2 Defense & Strategic Studies Masters 42000 2 Defense & Strategic Studies Doctorate 72000 3 Economics Bachelors 79356 4 Economics Masters 50064 2 Economics Masters 42000 2 Economics Doctorate 72000 3 Gender Studies Masters 73000 2 Gender Studies Masters 42000 2 History Masters 50064 2 History Masters 42000 2 History Doctorate 72000 3 International Relations Bachelors 79356 4 International Relations Doctorate 72000 3 International Relations Masters 50064 2 International Relations Masters 42000 2 Pakistan Studies Doctorate 72000 3 Pakistan Studies Masters 50064 2 Pakistan Studies Masters 42000 2 Political Science Bachelors 79356 4 Political Science Masters 42000 2 Psychology Doctorate 72000 3 Psychology Masters 50064 2 Psychology Masters 42000 2 Public Administration Masters 42000 2 Sociology Masters 42000 2 Statistics Masters 50064 2 Statistics Bachelors 79356 4 Statistics Masters 42000 2 Statistics Doctorate 72000 3
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Law Bachelors 82198 5
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Linguistics Masters 73000 2 Linguistics Masters 42000 2
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Pharmacy Masters 50064 2 Pharmacy Doctorate 72000 3 Pharmacy Bachelors 82198 5
- Natural Sciences
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Bio-chemistry Masters 42000 2 Bio-chemistry Doctorate 72000 3 Bio-chemistry Masters 50064 2 Bioinformatics Doctorate 72000 5 Bioinformatics Masters 50064 3 Biological Sciences Masters 42000 2 Biotechnology Masters 50064 2 Biotechnology Doctorate 72000 3 Chemistry Masters 50064 2 Chemistry Masters 42000 2 Chemistry Bachelors 79356 4 Chemistry Doctorate 72000 3 Earth Sciences Masters 50064 2 Earth Sciences Masters 42000 2 Earth Sciences Doctorate 72000 3 Environmental Sciences Doctorate 72000 5 Environmental Sciences Masters 50064 3 Environmental Sciences Masters 42000 2 Geophysics Bachelors 79356 4 Mathematics Masters 42000 2 Mathematics Bachelors 79356 4 Mathematics Masters 50064 2 Mathematics Doctorate 72000 3 Microbiology Doctorate 72000 3 Microbiology Masters 42000 2 Microbiology Masters 50064 2 Molecular Biology Masters 42000 2 Physics Masters 42000 2 Physics Masters 50064 2 Physics Doctorate 72000 3 Physics Bachelors 79356 4 Plant Sciences Doctorate 72000 3 Plant Sciences Masters 42000 2 Plant Sciences Masters 50064 2
- Public Administration
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Administrative Sciences Doctorate 74000 3
Major Level Fee per Semester (Rs.) Duration (Years) Animal Sciences Masters 42000 2 Animal Sciences Doctorate 72000 3 Animal Sciences Masters 50064 2
Ranked 1st in the general category by HEC, QAU is doing fair in the academics. The university is not structured therefore, the academics are not organized as well. Being a public sector university, administration and academic processes are extremely lethargic with no technical support. The university relies mostly on papers and files for its academic processes. Where the library is fairly good, the labs are in deteriorating condition. The computers are years old and quite out dated. Some departments such as the department of management sciences doesn’t even have a lab. Students have to struggle for academic facilities.
Originally established for research and starting off with doctorate programs, QAU stands strong in research studies. Masters degrees were introduced afterwards and are quite famous however, bachelor degrees are the most recently introduced. The university is extremely famous for its research work and the amount of research papers published every year. Opportunities for masters and doctorate level research are commendable. The university attracts a very high amount of research funds. Bachelor degrees are only doing average.
QAU is extremely famous for studies in the field of natural sciences, anthropology, political science and international relations. In the field of natural sciences, physics and chemistry departments are exceptionally good but the department for biology is unmatchable. The departments for management sciences and economics are not very famous and are rather struggling in comparison to similar departments of other private and public sector universities.
Teachers at QAU have been famous for a very long time, however, those who excelled at their job for example Pervez Hoodbhoy, Abid Barki and Tahir Amin have now moved to other top notch universities of Pakistan. Still QAU harbors state of the art teachers who are extremely strong in research studies. The teaching methodology remains old and non-interactive. Students believe that teachers practice favoritism and an extremely bureaucratic teaching methodology where opinions of students are given little importance. Students can choose from a wide variety of subjects to study but once chosen their field of study, students cannot alter their majors. Therefore, making extremely informed decisions right from the beginning is critical to academic satisfaction of students.