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The purpose of 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.

  1. Food & Nutrition (Home Economics)
  2. Human Nutrition
  3. Community Health & Nutrition (AIOU)
  4. MSc (Hons.) Food Technology(with the condition to study deficiency courses in one extra semester)
  5. MSc. (Hons)Food Safety and Quality Management.

The Department reserves the right to withhold admissions to the Program without any prior notice depending upon the number of applications received, resources and human power available within the Department.

Selection Process

As per HEC policy


03 years

Medium of Instruction


Teaching Methodology

Face-to-face compulsory teaching each week will be held at the main campus in Islamabad only.

1.  2762 Nutrition Through Life Cycle 3 (2+1)

2.  2764 Principles of Nutritional Assessment3 (2+1)

 3.  2791 Food Safety and Health3 (2+1)

1.  2766 Nutrition and Dietetics for Health Care 3 (2+1)

2.  2767 Functional Foods 3 (2+1)

3.  2793 Advances in Food and Nutrition 3 (2+1)

1. 8195 Thesis -1

1. 8196 Thesis -2

1. 8197 Thesis -3

1. 8198 Thesis -4





Offering Semester: Autumn


36 credit hours research work


Yes- Thesis defense


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.