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The purpose of MS/MPhil based PhD Food and Nutrition is to offer a value added degree programme that focuses on the research based prevention strategies of wide range of avoidable nutritional problems. It focuses on in-service health professionals and nutritional experts involved in teaching postgraduate level programmes committed to undertake good nutritional care of the community.

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum entry requirement for admission to PhD programme shall be: 1. Minimum 18 years of schooling in the following subjects with first division from HEC recognized institutions. a) Food & Nutrition (Home Economics) b) Human Nutrition c) Community Health & Nutrition (AIOU) d) MSc (Hons.) Food Technology. (These candidates will be required to complete deficiency courses successfully before applying for admission in PhD. The Admission Committee will identify the deficiency courses on case to case basis keeping in view the requirements of the programmes.

Selection Process

As per HEC policy


03 years

Medium of Instruction


Teaching Methodology

Face to Face/ Blended learning

AIOU Credits Required

Minimum of 30 credit hours / Courses equal to 18 Credit hours

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Elective / Major Courses:





02 workshops each of two weeks duration, one in the beginning and one in the end of semester


12 credit hours research work


Lab/ community based


Yes- Thesis defence


The programme was partially funded by Department for International Development (DFID) & British Council under Higher Education Link (HEL) Programme. Technical assistance and expert advice has been provided by the Center for Health and Nutrition Research, Nine Wells Hospital of University of Dundee, Scotland, UK


The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.