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Program of MPhil Science Education offered by the department is unique program as it emphasizes on philosophical understanding and its application in actual settings. It provides opportunities to teachers of science and mathematics to develop and enhance their knowledge background and conduct research in their areas of interest. The program aims to develop competency of the enrolled students so that they may cater the needs of the learners by understanding nature and of subject, teaching process and learners’ background. Normally teachers have content knowledge but lacks in understanding the nature of science and its application in real world. This program through taught courses of 24 Credit hours and research thesis of 12 credit hours provide insight to both teaching and research.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for MPhil Science Education must possess MEd/MS Ed/MA or BEd (4 Years) degree in science education or BS Science Education, with at least 2nd division or equivalent CGPA/GPA.
Admission to MPhil will be granted on merit basis according to the approved criteria of AIOU.

Selection Process

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


Minimum 2 Years (4 Semesters), Maximum 4 Years (8 Semesters)

Medium of Instruction

Medium of Instruction of MPhil Science Education is English.

Teaching Methodology

The instructional modes shall include student and tutor face to face contact for approved prescribed period, teaching workshops, video conferencing, e-mail, internet, telephone coaching on prescribed schedules, broadcast and non-broadcast audio visual programs etc.

The minimum number of compulsory face to face teaching hours shall be 48 for each course of three credit hours.

The evaluation of 24 credit hours course work of MS/MPhil or equivalent shall be conducted by the Controller of Examinations as per prevailing practice of the University.

The distribution of continuous assessment and final examination of each 3-credit hours course work shall be as follows:

i)   Continuous Assessment & Mid Term                            50% (20+30)

ii)  Final Examination                                                        50%


Pass percentage in aggregate shall be 50%. Studentshave to pass continuous assessment/assignments and to maintain the minimum mandatory class attendance of 70% in each course.

AIOU Credits Required

36 Credit Hours

Course:1 Trends and Issues in Education-3701
Course:2 Qualitative Research Methods-3748
Course:3 Advance Course in Research Methods and Statistics-3706
Course:4 Trends and Issues in Science Education-6771

Course:5 ICTs in Science Education-6772
Course:6 Teaching Model Strategics in Science Education-6773
Course:7 Assessment and Evaluation in Science Education-6774
Course:8 Curriculum Development in Science Education-6775

Course:9 THESIS-3720

Course:9 THESIS-3720  (Continued)



Minimum Four semesters, Maximum eight semester


Two weeks workshop for proposal development after enrollment in course 3720 Thesis. Student have to develop and defend proposal in front of Research Proposal Committee.


Twelve credit hours thesis, students will work under the supervision of approved supervisor and submit quarterly progress reports to department.


Practical and experiments if required during the conduct research are being arranged by students and supervisors in collaboration with educational organizations.


Viva Voce after approval of external and internal examiners.


Department collaborates with education organizations for facilitating students in conduct of research and data collection. Research students of science education department mostly conduct experiments in schools, colleges and universities.


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.