Ziauddin University

Ph.D. Human Nutrition and Dietetics

The Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in Ziauddin University was established in the year of 2020 in the College of Natural Sciences under the Faculty of Eastern Medicine. The Department aims to provide quality education in the undergraduate and post graduate programs and transform the students into internationally competent professionals.  Currently, Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in Ziauddin University is the only institute in Karachi which offers admissions of Ph.D. program in the discipline of Human Nutrition & Dietetics.

Mission
  1. Establish Internationally Comparable undergraduate and postgraduate professional education programs in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Undertake, promote ad support research that can provide evidence base for resolving human nutrition issues.
  3. Liaison with the industry and corporate sector to facilitate provision of nutrition promoting product and services.
  4. Liaison with private and public stakeholders to Undertake, promote ad support projects to promote nutritious and safe diets and healthy life styles.
Vision
  1. To Serve as a Center of Excellence (Institute) for Education and Research for Best Quality Human Nutrition Care in Pakistan and Low Middle Income Countries.
Goals
  1. Quality education at newly started undergraduate programs.
  2. Establishment of Post graduate program.
  3. Establishment of HND Research Center.
  4. Establishment of professionals, corporate sector and social networks to promote nutritious and safe diets and healthy life styles.
Duration of Programme

PhD-HND:  Minimum duration for PhD program is 03 years and Maximum duration is 8 years.

Academic Calendar

The year of study is scheduled as follows:

First Semester:

Commencement of Regular Classes (January 13, 2024)

Mid-Term Examinations (March 16, 2024)

Preparation of Final Semester Exam (May 25, 2024)

Final Examinations (June 01, 2024)

Location
Ph.D-HND

3rd Floor, DPT Building, Ziauddin University, Block-B, North Nazimabad, Karachi-74700.

  • Clinical Dietitians- Nutritionists
  • Nutrition Educationists
  • Public Health Nutritionists
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetics Researcher and Scientist
  • Nutrition experts in media

Candidates with a BS in Human Nutrition & Dietetics/BS in Home Economics (Nutrition major)/BS in the equivalent field, as well as a Master’s (MS/MPhil.) degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics or in relevant disciplines, are eligible to apply for admission. Candidates from the relevant disciplines will have to study the preparatory/deficiency courses in one semester prescribed by the Department to enhance their knowledge about the field.

Admission Test

Appearance in Ziauddin University Entrance Test is mandatory for all applicants, who wish to seek admission in PhD program to be conducted by the Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics.

Test Specification

  • Candidates will be required to score at least 70% marks in each section to be eligible for consideration for the provisional admission.
  • If a candidate has already qualified the International (subject) GRE/GAT/NTS, he/she will be exempted from the subject test component. The validity of International (subject) GRE is 5 years and NTS/GAT is for two years. The passing score of GRE minimum is 60% and that of NTS/GAT is 60%. However, the candidate has to appear in interview.
Interview

All the students who (qualify & exempted) from the Ziauddin University Entrance test will be required to appear for an interview to be conducted by the Department of human Nutrition & Dietetics to finalize the admission procedure.

ZU HND & PND Test Specifications

The test shall comprise of the following sections:

  • Section-I Nutrition 80%
  • Section-II English 10%
  • Section-III Analytical Reasoning 10%
      1. Time allowed 2.5 hours
      2. Test will consist of 100 MCQs
      3. Minimum marks required for passing the test are 70
      4. Calculators are not allowed
S.No.All compulsory sectionMCQs
1.      English Language10
2.      Analytical Reasoning10
3.      Nutrition80
 I. Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (30 %) 
 II. Nutrition Care (40%) 
 III.  Development and delivery of normal and therapeutic foods (10%)

A maximum of 12 Credit Hour courses can be taken in one semester. A minimum of 18 credit hours (two semesters) of the coursework will be required to be completed by those who have done MS/M.Phil. in Human Nutrition & Dietetics.

 S.No Details Amount
1. Admission Fee (One time) 25,000
2. Documentation Fee (One time) 5000
3. Enrollment Fee (One time) 10,000/year
4. Security Deposit (One time) 15000
5. Dissertation / Thesis Evaluation   Fee 80,000
6. Comprehensive Examination 5000
7. Viva Voce Exam Fee 20000
8. GEC Evaluation Fee 15000/year after comprehensive   examination
9. Examination Fee (Per semester) 10000
10. Tuition Fee (Per semester)    150000/=
11. Total Fee at the time of admission 205,000
Department Introduction

The Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in Ziauddin University was established in the year of 2020 in the College of Natural Sciences under the Faculty of Eastern Medicine. The Department aims to provide quality education in the undergraduate and post graduate programs and transform the students into internationally competent professionals.  Currently, Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in Ziauddin University is the only institute in Karachi which offers admissions of Ph.D. program in the discipline of Human Nutrition & Dietetics.

Department Mission
  1. Establish Internationally Comparable undergraduate and postgraduate professional education programs in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Undertake, promote ad support research that can provide evidence base for resolving human nutrition issues.
  3. Liaison with the industry and corporate sector to facilitate provision of nutrition promoting product and services.
  4. Liaison with private and public stakeholders to Undertake, promote ad support projects to promote nutritious and safe diets and healthy life styles.
Department Vision

To Serve as a Center of Excellence (Institute) for Education and Research for Best Quality Human Nutrition Care in Pakistan and Low Middle Income Countries.

Department Goals
  1. Quality education at newly started undergraduate programs.
  2. Establishment of Post graduate program.
  3. Establishment of HND Research Center.
  4. Establishment of professionals, corporate sector and social networks to promote nutritious and safe diets and healthy life styles.
Duration of Programme

Masters-HND:  Minimum duration for Masters program is 1.5 years and maximum 4 years.

Academic Calendar

The year of study is scheduled as follows:
First Semester:
Commencement of Regular Classes (Monday, 15th January 2024)
Mid-Term Examinations (Monday, 18th March 2024)
Final Examinations (Wednesday, 15th May 2024)

Location

Masters-HND

3rd Floor, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ziauddin University, Block-B, North Nazimabad, Karachi-74700.

Dr. Rubina Hakeem

Chief Nutritionist and Head of Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics PhD (Nutrition) (UK), RD (UK), FAfN (UK), FAND (US)

Khursheed Hashmi

Professor PhD (Microbiology)

Musarrat Jahan

Assistant Professor PhD (Biochemistry)

Naveed Khan

Assistant Professor PhD (Food science & Technology)

M/S Nida Azhar

Lecturer BS in Home economics (Human Nutrition & Dietetics)

M/S Warda Qamar

Lecturer BS hons. in Home economics (Food and Nutrition)

M/S Summaya Iqba

Demonstrator BS in Home economics (Human Nutrition & Dietetics)

Career Perspective
  1. Clinical Dietitians- Nutritionists
  2. Nutrition Educationists
  3. Public Health Nutritionists
  4. Human Nutrition and Dietetics Researcher and Scientist
  5. Nutrition experts in media
ZU HND & PND Test Specifications
    1. Time allowed 2.5 hours
    2. Test will consist of 100 MCQs
    3. Minimum marks required for passing the test are 70
    4. Calculators are not allowed
    S.No. All compulsory section MCQs
    1.       English Language 10
    2.       Analytical Reasoning 10
    3.       Nutrition 80
    I. Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (30 %)
    II. Nutrition Care (40%)
    III.  Development and delivery of normal and therapeutic foods (10%)
Interview

All the students who (qualify & exempted) from the Ziauddin University Entrance test will be required to appear for an interview to be conducted by the Department of human Nutrition & Dietetics to finalize the admission procedure.

Candidates who have done BS as well as MS/M.Phil. in Human Nutrition & Dietetics are eligible to apply for admission. If candidates have a degree in a different subject and wish to be considered for admission, they must provide equivalency of their degree. These candidates are allowed to take up to three courses, with a maximum of 9 credit hours, to fulfill any deficiencies in their academic background. However, if the deficiency exceeds 9 credit hours, the candidate is not eligible to apply for the program.

 S.No  Details  Amount
1.  Admission Fee (One time)  25,000
2.  Documentation Fee (One time)  5000
3.  Enrollment Fee (One time)  10,000/year
4.  Security Deposit (One time)  15000
5.  Dissertation / Thesis Evaluation   Fee  80,000
6.  Comprehensive Examination  5000
7.  Viva Voce Exam Fee  20000
8.  GEC Evaluation Fee  15000/year after comprehensive   examination
9.  Examination Fee (Per semester)  10000
10.  Tuition Fee (Per semester)   (25000/COURSE)  150000/=
9.  Total Fee at the time of admission  205,000