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PhD Astronomy and Astrophysics

As the oldest of the natural sciences, astronomy and astrophysics is deeply intertwined with the evolution of human thinking, the development of new technologies as well as the understanding of natural phenomena. From the use of celestial bodies and stars for finding directions, to the understanding of the model of the Solar system, to the beginning of the space era and study of the nature of the Universe in the 20th century, astronomy and astrophysics has had a deep influence on human society.

Currently, the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics is one of the most rapidly growing domains of study. This growth is made possible through the complimentary approaches of observation, computation/simulation and theory. Observational data are gathered through high performance telescopes in all domains of the electromagnetic spectrum as well as gravitational waves, neutrinos and charged particles. High performance computational systems allow the simulations of complex systems such as the collision of galaxies and the analysis of large amounts of data. All of this results in the refinement and development of better theoretical models of various objects and phenomena, ranging from the solar system, to stars and plasmas in the Milky Way, to the study of complex objects such as neutron stars, supernova explosions, galaxies and their supermassive black holes, and large scale structures in the Universe.

IST’s Astronomy and Astrophysics PhD program aims to train future researchers through quality education in astronomy and astrophysics. The courses are geared towards fostering the investigative capacity, creative thinking and intellectual curiosity of students. While the research projects hone out the multiple skills required by students in order to finish a successful PhD dissertation and carry out their own research endeavours in the future.

Currently research is carried out in several domains of astronomy and astrophysics. The Astronomy and Astrophysics group at IST has highly qualified faculty with significant international collaborations and access to well-equipped facilities, abroad as well as in Pakistan.

  • Supermassive black holes and galaxy mergers
  • Binary stars
  • Gravitational waves and their data analysis
  • Theoretical plasma astrophysics
  • ·Experimental plasma physics
  • High energy astronomy and astrophysics

PEO 1: Establish active research groups of international standards in different areas of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

PEO 2: Establish international collaborations in this field with high impact research.

PEO 3: Develop, strengthen and excel in indigenous research.

PEO 4: Meet the needs of academia and industry in Pakistan.

Attain thorough and deep scientific knowledge in the field of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Be able to use analytical, numerical and observational techniques in academia and research organizations.

Be able to do research in the field of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

  • To receive the PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, students must complete a total of 48 credit hours i.e. 18 credit hours of course work and 30 credit hours of research work
  • The minimum 18 credit hours of course work will consist of 700/800 level courses
  • In addition to the minimum 18 credit hours course work, prerequisite courses of the core course work will be notified as “Deficiency Courses” and shall not be counted towards the degree and calculation of CGPA
  • The student Graduate Education Committee (GEC) may even specify additional courses to be taken by a student, if considered essential. These will be notified as “Additional Courses” and shall not be counted towards calculation of CGPA
  • The IST policy for award of PhD degree will be applicable
Course Credit Hours
Cosmology 3-0
Advanced Plasma Physics 3-0
Stars Binary 3-0
Astronomical- Observation and Data Analysis Methods 3-0
Advanced Electrodynamics 3-0
Electrodynamics 3-0
Astronomy and Astrophysics 3-0
Astrostatistics 3-0
Galaxies (Structure, Dynamics and Evolution) 3-0
General Relativity 3-0
Plasma Physics I  
Plasma Physics II  
Gravitational Wave Data Analysis  
  • MS/ M.Phil./ equivalent (18 Years of education) with strong background in relevant discipline with minimum CGPA 3.00 out of 4.00 or First Division (where CGPA not available) from HEC and PEC recognized (where applicable) Institute/University or from Foreign Institute/University of good repute
  • GAT (Subject) conducted by NTS in the relevant field of study i.e. Physics/ Mathematics (with specialization in Applied Mathematics) with = 60% score or GRE International (Subject) conducted by ETS, USA, in the relevant field of study with minimum 60 percentile or minimum 70% marks in GAT (Subject) type test conducted by the concerned department in case of unavailability of GAT/ GRE subject option
  • The IST institutional code to receive GRE scores is 1758
  • IST Admission criteria will be followed as laid down in IST PhD Admission policy
  • Candidates having publications in the related areas in well reputed journal(s) or conferences will be preferred