Admissions & Aid
PhD Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science at LUMS was founded in 1994, as an undergraduate program with just two faculty members. Today, the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering programs combined have nineteen faculty members, with doctorates from some of the best universities in the world. They conduct research in fundamental and applied areas of computer science including computer architecture, computer vision, data mining, multimedia systems, network and wireless communications, software engineering and theory of computation. In 2008, the department became part of the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering.
Over the past three years, the research by the faculty members of the Computer Science Department, together with their graduate students, has been published in more than ninety conferences, including more than thirty top-tier conferences. More than twenty-five journal papers have also been published, with the average quality more than twice the international average. The high output has been recognized both in Pakistan and internationally, with the department being awarded more than PKR 120 million in research grants and industrial partnerships.
The PhD degree is conferred upon those candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research. They have shown, to the satisfaction of the Department, their command over their subject of interest, and their capacity to contribute to the frontiers of knowledge.
The PhD programme in Computer Science puts emphasis on rigorous coursework and high quality research that should be published in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. All PhD students are encouraged to tackle both coursework and research in parallel. Success in both these components is a requirement for the award of the PhD degree.
Students who have a Bachelor's degree (16 years of education) and are interested in undertaking a PhD, are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD programme. Upon admission, their status will be of an MS-leading-to-PhD student. Applying for PhD admission does not reduce the chances of MS admission. Candidates not clearing the higher bar for PhD admission will automatically be considered for MS admission.