Programmes / Post Graduate / Department of Cultural Studies
Department of Communication and Cultural Studies
Department of Cultural Studies


The Department of Cultural Studies offers an MPhil in Cultural Studies. This program aims to balance theoretical issues and debates in Cultural and Heritage Studies with conceptual and analytical aspects of both visual and material culture. It provides students with an opportunity to examine the concept of “culture” in its many facets through time, thereby developing the analytical and critical tools to formulate new and revealing readings of Pakistani society.

Through a combination of coursework and independent research, the MPhil program offers students a broad and rigorous grounding in the analysis of culture, comprehension and the use of the past, and an integration of various cultural and artistic forms. Students will be introduced to the exploration of the Pakistani cultural realm as a critical channel to address questions of identity politics, globalization and development, religion, and the inter-cultural role of “heritage”, museum and art.


• To develop a body of scholarship and research in the discipline of Cultural Studies in Pakistan, that will be able to theorize the forces that shape the lived reality of     the 21st century.
• To sensitize institutions and professionals in the domains of development, public service, media, academia, and museums, to deep and multilayered cultural and     heritage understanding through research that supplies a variety of analytical skills.

Program Structure:

Duration of the Program and Term-Wise Breakup of Workload/Credit Hours
The MPhil in Cultural Studies is designed for students whose interests cut across traditional modes of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences and who seek to understand the meanings of the past in our contemporary culture. Course requirements are designed to build competence in a variety of interdisciplinary subjects that are part of cultural studies.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Cultural Studies 1

Cultural Studies 2

Proposal Writing

Research Seminar

Critical Theory

Research Methodology 1

Research Methodology 2: Application of Ideas

*The MPhil thesis is required to be between 15,000-20,000 words; submission of the final draft is due in February following the fourth term.

Cultural Heritage 1

Cultural Heritage 2

Comparative Museology

*The MPhil thesis is required to be between 15,000-20,000 words; submission of the final draft is due in February following the fourth term.

South Asian Visual & Material Culture 1

South Asian Visual & Material Culture 2

Key Ideas & Key Thinkers

*The MPhil thesis is required to be between 15,000-20,000 words; submission of the final draft is due in February following the fourth term.

8 Credit Hours

8 Credit Hours

8 Credit Hours

9 Credit Hours

33 Credit Hours

Cultural Studies I & II

This course brings together some of the foundational elements of Cultural Theory and Cultural Studies with the aim of acquainting students with an interdisciplinary perspective that views culture as an unfinished project and where engaging with culture is a critical practice with a “democratizing intent.”

Critical Theory

This course will expose students to important texts and ideas that have laid the foundation for the critical discourse of culture and society.

Cultural Heritage I & II

This course takes the student on a journey into the past and asks epistemological, philosophical, and practical questions along the way: how do we know when the past begins and when it ends? Can we be sure that time is linear and that history is sequential? What are the basic sources and tools for understanding history and to what degree can we rely on their accuracy and usefulness?

South Asian Visual and Material Culture I & II

The course’s aim is to discuss works of art, architecture, and design within the context in which they were made.

Research Methodology i & II

The course intends to provide students with research tools and techniques to carry out a variety of data collection, analysis and interpretation as required to carry out a social science / humanitarian research project.

Key Ideas & Key Thinkers

This course is designed to acquaint students with canonical writers from various disciplinary backgrounds with relevance to the field of Cultural Studies.

Comparative Museology

It will examine the global phenomenon of the museum in relation to collecting/collectors, issues of representation and cultural politics in order to situate it within the broader contexts that have impacted the development of the museum in the West, and its subsequent translantion to non-western societies.

Proposal Writing

This course guides students through the process of identifying a thesis topic, designing an approach and research plan, and writing a proposal for the thesis.

Thesis Research and Writing

Students undertake independent research and writing on a topic of their choice under the supervision of the program’s faculty.

Entry/Admission Requirements of the Program

The MPhil Program in Cultural Studies is ideally suited for individuals with a proven interest in investigating, analysing and writing about the many forms of culture (Visual and Material) in the contemporary and historical contexts.

Candidates for admission must meet the following criteria:

• Completion of 16 years of education 4 year education (130 credit hours) after HSSC/F.A./F.Sc/Grade12. Equivalence will be required for admission in the    M.Phil.
• Submission of relevant published or unpublished written work, or research in other media.
• Submission of Personal Statement showing aspirations and future goals of the candidate.
• Evidence of excellence in theoretical courses during their previous studies.
• Passing a written aptitude test at par with GRE (General) and GRE (Subject) to demonstrate abilities of comprehension and written expression of both visual    and the text.
• Appearance for an interview with the admissions committee.

Assessment & Rules and Regulations

Throughout the programme, students will be assessed to a mixture of tests, coursework assignments such as essays, term papers, group projects and class participation. An assessment will be decided for each course separately and students will be informed accordingly at the beginning of each semester. Students must attain a pass grade in each class in order to be accepted to undertake a research paper/thesis. At the end of Term 3 a committee will review the grades and academic progress of each student and carry out interviews in order to decide whether a student can progress onto the thesis stage.

The assessment for each course will be conducted and recorded by the respective faculty member and collated by the Head of Department.

• Each student is assigned an advisor from the program faculty in the second year of the program.
• The students will be assessed on 25% class participation, 25% class assignments, and 50% exam paper.
• A Thesis Perposal Review Committee will assess the progress of the student at the end of second term, and will officially conduct a review before the end of the    third term before allowing the student to start field research.
• Each student must submit a paper / thesis of between 15,000 - 20,000 words of publishable journal article quality.
• The research thesis shall be submitted within 6 months after the expiry of the period of study/ the end of 3rd term. The Principal, on the recommendation of    the Head of Department / Program Director, shall have the power to extend the date of submission for the thesis by a period not exceeding six months in     genuine cases.
• Examination of the thesis will be conducted 2 external in line with HEC specification.
• The program will include a mandatory seminar on plagiarism and all course work will be checked using the HEC supported Turnitin facility. All thesis must pass    the Turnitin test for plagiarism.
Student complaints about grades will be dealt with as prescribed by the rules and regulations of the College.

  • Prof. Dr. Farida Batool

Prof. Dr.Farida Batool
Head of Department
Master (Research) in Art History and Theory,
University of New South Wales, Australia
PhD Media and Film Studies, School
of Oriental and African Studies,UK

  • Shaila Bhatti
    Dr. Shaila Bhatti

Dr. Shaila Bhatti
Associate Professor
MA Museum Ethnography University College, London, UK
PhD in Anthropology University College, London, UK

  • Ms. Saher Sohail
    Ms. Saher Sohail

Ms. Saher Sohail
Assistant Professor
MA History and Theory of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute, USA

  • Amina Ejaz
    Amina Ejaz

Amina Ejaz
Assistant Professor
MA History of Arts and Display
University of Edinburgh, UK

         Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. Ayesha Pamela Rogers
  • Visiting Professor
    MA Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Birmingham, UK
    PhD Archaeology Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK

  • Mr. Awais Mehmood
  • MPhil in Philosophy GC University, Lahore

  • Ms. Sarah Suhail
  • MA Women and Gender Studies,
    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    PhD Candidate for Women and Gender Studies,
    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

         International Visiting Faculty

  • Wasim Jurgen Frembgen, PhD
  • Chief Curator of the Oriented Department,
    at Museum of Ethnology, Munich

  • Anna Suvorova, PhD
  • Professor of ludolslanic Culture
    Columbia University, Department of Asian Literatures

  • Richard Engelhardt,
  • Honorary UNESCO Chair Holder
    MA – PhD, Anthropology and Archaeology, Harvard University, USA

  • Dr. Dina Bangdel
  • Director, Art History
    VCU Qatar, and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

  • Professor Christopher Pinney
  • Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture
    Visual Culture of University College, London, UK