• The Department of Cultural Studies offers an MPhil in Cultural Studies. This programme aims to balance theoretical issues and debates in Cultural 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, 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 programme offers students a broad and rigorous education in the analysis of culture, comprehension and the use of the past and its integration into contemporary art and cultural forms. Students will be introduced to the exploration of the Pakistani cultural realm as a critical channel to address questions of identity politics, globalization, development, religion, the inter-cultural role of heritage, museums and art.

    To create scholars and practitioners in the field of cultural studies with a focus on visual and material culture, heritage, arts, and museum studies. Through focused analytical and critical theoretical tools, students learn a deeper understanding of contemporary cultural realm by critically examining the intellectual moment and the debates around identity, gender politics, and globalization.

    • To develop a body of scholarship and research in the discipline of Cultural Studies in Pakistan.
    • To theorize the forces that shape lived reality of the 21st century Pakistan.
    • To sensitize institutions and professionals in the domains of art and culture, public service, media, academia, and museums.
    • To provide deep and multilayered understanding of cultural heritage supplemented by research and analytical skills.

    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 interdisciplinary cultural studies theory and practice simultaneously allowing students to develop disciplinary fluency in a particular subfield.


Total Number of Credits 36
Taught Subjects (Credits) 30
Thesis (Research & Design Credits) 06
Total Number of Semesters 04
Semester Duration 18 Weeks
Classwork 16 Weeks
Testing and Evaluation 02 Weeks
Course Load /Semester 9-12 Credits


Semester 1

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
CULTS-5101 Cultural Studies I 3 Theory 3
CULTS-5102 Global Ideas and Theories I 3 Theory 3
CULTS-5103 Academic Writing 2 Theory 2
CULTS-5104 South Asian Visual Culture 2 Theory 2
Total 10

Semester 2

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
CULTS-5201 Cultural Studies II 3 Theory 3
CULTS-5202 Global Ideas and Theories II 3 Theory 3
CULTS-5203 Research Methods and Writing 3 Theory 3
CULTS-5204 South Asian Material Culture 2 Theory 2
Total 11

Semester 3

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
CULTS- 6101 Cultural Studies III 3 Theory 3
CULTS- 6102 Proposal Writing 2 Theory 2
CULTS- 6103 Elective 2 Theory 2
CULTS- 6104 Elective 2 Theory 2
Total 9

Semester 4

No Course Title Credit Hours
1 Cultural Studies Thesis 6
Total 6
  • Cultural Studies I, II, & III

    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, where engaging with culture is a critical practice with a “democratizing intent.”
  • Global Ideas and Theories I & II

    This course will expose students to salient texts and ideas that have laid the foundation for the critical discourse of culture and society. Students would learn to grasp the theoretical underpinnings of the modern mind by placing influential ideas and systems of thought in cultural and historical contexts.
  • South Asian Visual Culture & South Asian Material Culture

    The course is designed to provide students with a cricital insight into the visual and material culture of South Aisa from 1857 till present. It will investigate the nuances of art, architecture, and design that were in constant flux because of local and foreign invasions under the British Raj. The students will be exposed to the context required to understand the global position and practices of contemporary South Asian art. Student will be enabled to use this historical frame to develop a critical methodology when engaging with South Asian visual culture.
  • Research Methodology and Writing

    The course intends to provide students with tools and techniques to carry out a variety of data collection, analyses and interpretation as may be useful when developing a social sciences/humanities and research project.
  • Academic Writing

    Students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of academic writing. This course will teach students to apply the tools of academic writing to express complex ideas and to study different writing approaches in academia.
  • Proposal Writing

    This course guides students through the process of identifying a thesis topic, designing an approach and research plan, and writing a research proposal for their theses. Regular peer workshops aid the students in editing their own drafts as well as providing a critical outlook on the work of their peers.
  • Thesis Research and Writing

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


  • (i) Applicants with minimum 16 years of education or equivalent qualification in the relevant fields with minimum 60% marks from an HEC recognized institute are eligible to apply.
    (ii) Candidates must pass NCA’s own aptitude test at par with GAT.
    The MPhil Programme in Cultural Studies is ideally suited for individuals with a proven interest in investigating, analyzing and writing about visual culture in the contemporary and the historical context and in its many forms.

    → Completion of 16 years of education or 4 year education (124 credit hours) after HSSC/F.A./F.Sc/Grade12 or equivalent will be required for admission in the MPhil/Master.
    → Submission of relevant published or unpublished written work, or research in other media.
    → Submission of Personal Statement and research proposal 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 GAT (Subject) to demonstrate ability of comprehension and written expression of both visual and the text.
    → Appearance for an interview before the admissions committee.


  • 1. In most of the courses, the students will be required to work on assignments and presentations which will count for 50% of the total marks. By the end of semester each student will be required to write a research paper (30005000 words) which will carry 50% of the total marks. Some of the courses will include assignments/presentations which will be progressively marked. The research paper will be assessed according to the following criteria:
    • Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject
    • Writing Skills
    • Analytical Skills
    • Research Skills
  • 2. In the 4th semester, students will be required to write a dissertation (15000-20000 words) in Chicago Style, which will be assessed by external examiners on the basis of following criteria:
    • Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject
    • Writing Skills
    • Analytical Skills
    • Research Skills


Prof. Dr. Farida Batool

(On Leave)
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

Dr. Shaila Bhatti

Associate Professor
Programme Director
MA Museum Ethnography University
College, London, UK
PhD in Anthropology University College, London, UK

Ms. Saher Sohail

Assistant Professor
MA History and Theory of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute, USA

Amina Ejaz

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

Ammara Khalid

MPhil Communication Studies University of the Punjab, Lahore

Gul Mehreen Rehman

MA Anthropology of Media
SOAS University of London

Sehr Jalil

MA (Hons.) Visual Art National College of Arts, Lahore

Zohreen Murtaza

MA (Hons.) Visual Art National College of Arts, Lahore

Ghazala Raees



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