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The Department of History was established in 1997 as part of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities. Since inception, the department has been running academic programs at intermediate, graduate and post-graduate level. MPhil History has been launched since Spring 2015. This aims to cater the needs of faculty members working at higher educational institutions and general Public.


The major objective of the program is to inculcate the sense of history and historiography through research on local, regional and international history.
The evolution stemming from British India (colonial India) is highlighted through specialized study courses consisted of Muslim Arab and international political studies.
The endeavors of Muslim leaders during freedom struggle is focused.

Eligibility Criteria

The students are eligible to apply for admission in MPhil History with the following educational background:

  1. 2nd class Master Degree in History.
  2. Candidates with published articles will be preferred.
  3. All other rules and instructions applied by Allama Iqbal Open University from time to time.
  4. Test and interview will be conducted by the Admission Committee, Department of History AIOU, slamabad.

Selection Process

Selection of the candidates will be made strictly on the basis of merit/criteria laid down by the department/university.


 The minimum period for the completion of coursework (24 credit hours) shall be one year (two semesters). The minimum period for the completion of research work will be one year (two semesters)

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction and examination is English.

Teaching Methodology

The following methodology will be adopted for running the MPhil Programme in history. The outline of courses along with the required reading material and assignments will be provided to the students by the department.

AIOU Credits Required

The MPhil in History programme will be of 36 credit hours in total: 24 credit hours coursework and 12 credit hours of research work. Semester wise offering of courses will be as under:

1. British India (1857-1947)-I (2731)
2. British India (1857-1947)-II (2732)
3. Historiography (2733)
4. Research Methodology (2734)


1. History of Modern World Since 1945-I (2735)
2. History of Modern World Since 1945-II (2736)
3. History of Pakistan (1947 - 1988)-I  (2737)
4. History of Pakistan (1947 - 1988)-II (2738)

1. Thesis (2739)





One Week Workshop per 3 Credit Hours








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.