Doctoral Programs

PhD Advanced Materials

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

PEOs #

PEO Title

PEO Description



Academic Excellence

Demonstrate compressive knowledge in the areas of materials, conduct research independently, and propose investigation methods to unsolved research





Gain expertise and demonstrate a broad knowledge of materials based on

research, and use this to develop new knowledge following ethical standards.




Develop communication skills to  write and speak effectively about scientific

topics, industrial problems, and research at the national and international level.

Program Learning Outcomes(PLOs)

PLOs #

PLO Title

PLO Description


Knowledge and


An ability to systematically review, analyze and interpret the scientific literature

and innovations in the areas materials engineering




An ability to develop diagnostic approaches to technological problems and

shortcoming through interdisciplinary utilization of materials




An ability to use the in-depth understanding of material properties and behaviour

in order to envisage and devise novel applications



Engineering Tools

An ability to use modern engineering tools and techniques to successfully practice

the engineering profession in a variety of settings.



An ability to effectively disseminate the research output in research journals,

conferences, seminars, thesis, and other scientific venues.


First Semester

Code Course Title Credit Hours
 AM-7101  Advanced Statistical Methods for Research  3
 AM-7102  Advanced Testing & Characterization Methods  3
 AM-7103  Recent Developments in Textile Industry  2
 AM-7104  Review Paper   1
 Total  9

Second Semester

Code Course Title Credit Hours
 AM-71XX  Elective – I  3
 AM-71XX  Elective – II  3
 AM-71XX  Elective – III  3
 Total  9
 Total Credit Hours of Taught Courses 18

Third And Fourth Semester

Code Course Title Credit Hours
AM-8090  Research Thesis  30
 Total  48


List of Elective Courses

  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
  • Electronic and Mechanical of Materials
  • Nano materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Fluid Flow in Porous Media
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Woven structures for Advance Engineering Applications
  • 3D Textile Structures (Woven, Knitted, Braided, Nonwoven)
  • Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Shape Memory Materials
  • Surfaces and interfaces

N.B. Any other course may also be chosen with the consent of Supervisors and PhD Program Coordinator. The approval of ASRB will be mandatory in such case.

Course Specifications

AM-7201: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials 

This course explores materials and materials processes from the perspective of thermodynamics and kinetics. The thermodynamics aspect includes laws of thermodynamics, solution theory and equilibrium diagrams. The kinetics aspect includes diffusion, phase transformations, and the development of microstructure. The following major topics are discussed: basic laws of classical and irreversible thermodynamics, phase equilibria, theory of solutions, chemical reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, surface phenomena, stressed systems, and statistical thermodynamics.

Recommended Book: 

Stanislaw Sieniutycz, Thermodynamic Approaches in Engineering Systems, Elsevier, 1st Ed. (2016)

AM-7202: Electronic and Mechanical of Materials

This course includes the fundamental concepts that determine the electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and polymers. Structure and imperfections in materials, mechanical properties of metals and strengthening mechanisms, structure and properties of polymers, ceramics, and composites. Conductors and semiconductor devices, dielectric, magnetic, and optoelectronic materials. Their characteristics: break down strength. Magnetic properties of materials: Ferromagnetic materials and ferrites, Insulators and Dielectrics; dielectric strength, conduction processes, Polarization. Applications as capacitors and electrical insulators. Seebeck effect, Piezoelectric, pyroelectric, and ferroelectric effects etc.

Recommended Book:

David C. Jiles, Introduction to the Electronic Properties of Materials, CRC Press, 2nd Ed. (2017)

AM-7203: Nano Materials

This course deals with an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the physical properties and materials dimension. It will cover the different synthesis and characterization techniques of one-dimensional and two-dimensional nanostructures. The applications of these nanomaterials with respect to their properties in various fields of advanced materials will be studied in detail.

Recommended Book:

Guozhong Gua, Nanostructures & Nanomaterials, Synthesis, Properties & Applications, Imperial College Press (2003)

AM-7204: Biomaterials

A biomaterial is a substance that has been engineered to interact with biological systems for a medical purpose, either a therapeutic or a diagnostic one. Biomaterials include metals, ceramics, glass, and polymers. These biomaterials can be found in things such as contact lenses, pacemakers, heart valves, orthopedic devices, and much more. The utilization of biomaterials in textile applications, including heart valves, stents, and grafts; artificial joints, ligaments, and tendons; hearing loss implants; dental implants; and devices that stimulate nerves. This course highlights the applications of biomaterials in textiles, their engineering aspects, and possible modifications to meet the end requirements.

Recommended Book:

Hasirci, Vasif, Hasirci, Nesrin, Fundamentals of Biomaterials, Springer (2018)

AM-7205: Heat and Mass Transfer

The course provides an insight of the governing laws for heat and mass transfer. The topics covered include one- dimensional and two-dimensional steady-state conduction, transient conduction, fundamentals, and engineering treatment of convection heat transfer, external and internal heat flow and free convection. Applying the rigorous and systematic problem-solving methodology with examples and problems is discussed during this course.

Recommended Book:

RK Rajput, Heat and Mass Transfer, S. Chand Publishing, (2019) DS Kumar, Heat and Mass Transfer, SK Kataria Publishers, (2013)

AM-7206: Fluid Flow in Porous Media

Processes of flow and displacement of multiphase fluids through porous media occur in many subsurface systems and have found wide applications in many scientific, technical, and engineering fields. This course focuses on the fundamental theory of fluid flow in porous media, covering fluid flow theory in classical and complex porous media, such as fractured porous  media  and  physicochemical  fluid  flow  theory.  Key concepts are introduced concisely, and derivations of equations are presented logically.

Recommended Book:

Liang Xue, Xiaozhe Guo, Hao Chen, Fluid Flow in Porous Media: Fundamentals and Applications. World Scientific, 1st Ed. (2021)

AM-7207: Finite Element Methods

The objective of this course is to teach the fundamentals of the finite element method for the analysis of engineering problems arising in solids and structures. The course emphasizes the solution of real-life problems using the finite element method underscoring the importance of the choice of the proper mathematical model, discretization techniques, and element selection criteria. The students learn how to judge the quality of the numerical solution and improve accuracy in an efficient manner by optimal selection of solution variables.

Recommended Book:

Daryl Logan, A First Course in the Finite Element Method, Cengage Learning, 6th Ed. (2016)

AM-7208: Woven structures for Advance Engineering Applications

Understanding and predicting the structure and properties of woven textiles are important for achieving specific performance characteristics in various engineering applications. This course provides comprehensive coverage of the structure, behavior, modeling and design of woven fabrics. It covers discusses the mechanics of woven fabrics, including yarn behavior in woven, tensile, buckling, bending and creasing behavior. The practical applications of woven fabrics for advanced engineering are also discussed.

Recommended Book:

B K Behera, P K Hari, Woven Textile Structure. Woohead Publishing, 1st Ed. (2010)

AM-7209: 3D Textile Structures (Woven, Knitted, Braided, Nonwoven)

The 3D textile structures are used in various engineering applications due to their integrity of the structure and enhanced mechanical performance compared to 2D structures. This course covers the different approaches employed for the development of 3D structures. These techniques include weaving, knitting, braiding and nonwovens. The production of 3D structures on different machines, their processes, and modifications are discussed in this course. The applications of these structures are also discussed in detail.

Recommended Book:

Y. Kyosev, Advances in Braiding Technology Specialized Techniques and Applications, CRC Press (2016) Kin-Fan Au, Advances in knitting technology, Woodhead Publishing (2011)

AM-7210: Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials

The fiber reinforced composite materials have vast applications in advanced engineering areas including civil/construction, sports, defense, automotive/aerospace, etc. This course is designed to provide students a thorough knowledge of fundamental issues of fibers reinforced composites. Students will understand how composites are made from different fibers and how the inherent properties and layout of fibers affect the mechanical behavior of composites. They will also learn the fabrication techniques, their costing, mechanics, fracture analysis, etc. The different nanocomposites, hybrid composites, sandwich composites, and their applications in different high-tech areas.

Recommended Book:

Daniel Gay, Composite Materials: Design and Applications. CRC press, 3rd Ed. (2015)

AM-7211: Mechanics of Materials

Mechanics of materials is a branch of applied mechanics that deals with the behavior of solid bodies subjected to various types of loading. This course deals with stress-strain behavior of different materials, testing techniques, constitutive equations, micromechanics, modeling, and simulation techniques for structural analysis. This course develops understanding and knowledge of material response and performance under various types of forces. It helps to understand material failure behaviors and their prediction. Main concepts include: stress and strain, force systems on structures, moment of inertia, and shear and bending moments etc.

Recommended Book:

Parviz Ghavami, Mechanics of Materials An Introduction to Engineering Technology, Springer, 1st Ed. (2015)

AM-7212: Shape Memory Materials

The intent of this course is to explore the recent advances in the field of shape memory polymers and materials, the ease of manufacturing techniques, and the wide range of potential applications that have spurred interest in the field. Moreover, this course also covers the details about the synthesis, processing, characterization and application of shape memory polymers.

Recommended Book:

Parameswaranpillai, J., Siengchin, S., George, J.J., Jose, S., Shape Memory Polymers, Blends and Composites Advances and Applications, Springer (2020)

AM-7213: Surfaces and interfaces

This course gives a descriptive account of interfacial phenomena, from simple to complex, to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge in interfacial materials chemistry. Many case studies are provided to give real-world examples of problems and their solutions, allowing  students  to  make  the  connection between fundamental understanding and applications. The applications in nanomaterials and nanotechnology are also discussed during the course.

Recommended Book:

Andrei Honciuc, Chemistry of Functional Materials Surfaces and Interfaces, Elsevier, 1st Ed. (2021)

MS/M.Phil Mechanical Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering/Product and Industrial Design/Materials Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics/Electrical Engineering/Electronics Engineering/Mechatronics Engineering/Bio Chemistry/Biotechnology/Polymer Science & Engineering or equivalent degree with minimum CGPA 3.00/4.00 or 3.50/5.00 in semester system or 60% marks in annual system from HEC recognized University /Institute.

  1. Applicant must pass NTS-GAT (Subject) test with minimum 60/100 marks prior to apply.
  2. Applicant having MS or equivalent degree without thesis is not eligible to apply.
  3. It is mandatory to pass interview in order to compete on merit.
  4. Applicant must not be already registered as a student in any other academic program in Pakistan or abroad.
  5. Result waiting applicants may apply for admission, however their merit will be finalized only on submission of final MS/M.Phil or equivalent official transcript or degree.
  6. Relevant Admission Committee will determine relevancy of terminal degree and decide deficiency course/s (if any) at the time of admission interview, the detail of which will be provided to the student in his/her admission letter/email.
  7. Deficiency course/s will be treated as non-credit and qualifying course/s for which student will also pay extra dues as per fee policy. Those course/s will neither be mentioned in student’s final transcript nor will be included for calculation of CGPA. However, the student may obtain his/her a separate transcript for completion of deficiency course/s.

Merit Criteria

Admission merit will be calculated as per thefollowing criteria:

MS or Equivalent

50 % weightage


30% weightage


10% weightage

Publication/Relevant experience

10% weightage (05% + 05%)


Fee Head1st 2nd3rd4th5th6th
Tuition Fee 30000 30000 21000 21000 21000 21000
Admission Fee 20000 - - - - -
Degree Fee - - - - - -
Certificate Verification Fee 2000 - - - - -
Processing Fee - 5000 - - - -
University Security 5000 - - - - -
Red Crescent  Donation 100 - - - - -
University Card Fee 300 - - - - -
Library Fee 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000
Examination Fee 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000
Medical Fee 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000
Student Activity Fund - - - - - -
Endowment Fund - - - - - -
TOTAL 65400 43000 29000 29000 29000 29000