Postgraduate Diploma in

Public Policy

Today's world needs a new generation of leaders who are driven to find the best solution to society's problems. PGD in Public Policy is a well-structured program designed to equip participants with skills and knowledge necessary to tackle real world problems and make immediate impact on community. It also provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods to evaluate government policies and assess their efficiency and impact on society.

Learners in PGD in Public Policy will

  • Gain skills that lead to targeted evidence-based decision making
  • Ability to evaluate social political and economic situations from different perspectives
  • Understand key contemporary issues in public policy
  • Techniques for conducting policy analysis
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork

Who should attend?

  • Management level Executives wanting to enhance their skills in the public policy area
  • Public service professionals, people working in think tanks, NGOs, government and public lawyers
  • Graduates interested to pursue a profession in Public Policy
  • Entry and mid-level policy advisors, analysts

Mission Statement

PGD-PUP is a program that has been developed to fill the competency gap found in the space of effective public policy decision making. This program will transform the participants into competent Policy Designers and Analysts who play pivotal role in modern public organizations. It will develop them into life-long learners by providing an environment which is full of rigor and relevance. This will prepare them how to deal with existing and future policy challenges by developing a data driven mindset, policy leadership skill, professional ethics and social sense.

1. Knowledge of Core Disciplines Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of theory and practice in relation to economics and public policy relevant functions.
2. Global Mindset Students will develop an appreciation of global best practices and learn to adapt them to local contexts.
3. Critical Thinking Students are able to develop a critical approach in theory and practice leading to effective policy decision making
4. Communication Skills Students will be able to communicate effectively in wide variety of policy settings, employing mediums such as written, oral and visual
5. Ethics Students will have an understanding and awareness of the ethical implications of their policy decisions

12 Courses + 1 Live Project = 39 credits

  • Core - Ten courses
  • Elective - Two courses
  • Capstone - Project

Salient Features

  • 1 Year Weekend Program
  • Real Life Learning
  • Simulations
  • Guest Speaker Sessions
  • Case Study Based Teaching
  • Industry Trips
  • Live Projects
  • Video Conferences


Applicant must have a degree from HEC recognized educational institution in any area of study and:

  • 14 Years Education with 6 years post-qualification work experience
  • 16 Years Education with 3 years post-qualification work experience

Note: Preliminary Test and Interviews will be conducted to shortlist the candidates.

Testing Procedures

The testing procedures are congruent with these pedagogical objectives and are designed to ensure that these are achieved. Students will be assessed on the following:

Course Evaluation  
Class Participation/ Presentation/ Quiz 15%
Midterm exam 20%
Case study 20%
Group Project 20%
Final Exam 25%
TOTAL 100%

*could be changed as per nature of courses.

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The leading faculty for the program is drawn from a mix of academicians, industry practitioners and globally renowned professionals.

Public Policy
Time: Saturday 02:30 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Venue: NIBAF, Islamabad
Contact: Tel: (0213) 8104701
(Ext: 1827, 1809, 1812, 1822)


Round 2
  • Online forms availability1 November 2022
  • Forms submission deadline30 November 2022
  • Aptitude Test Date4 December 2022
  • Announcement of Aptitude Test ResultTBA
  • Interviews10 & 11 December 2022
  • Final result(After Interview)TBA
  • Orientation Session7 January 2023

Program Courses

Core Courses

  • 1Microeconomics and Public Policy
  • 2Communication for Public Policy Professionals
  • 3Contemporary Global Affairs
  • 4Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
  • 5 Macroeconomics for Policy Analysts
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  • 6Issues in Pakistan Economy
  • 7Socio-Economic Development and Policy
  • 8Theory and Practice of Public Finance
  • 9Public Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice
  • 10Policy Design and Delivery
  • 11Elective
  • 12Elective
  • 13Capstone Group Project

Elective Courses

  • 1Lessons from policies that went wrong: Seminar
  • 2Advanced Public Policy Analysis
  • 3Institutions, Politics and Governance
  • 4Globalization and Import-Export Policy
  • 5 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business
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  • 6Project Evaluation and Management
  • 7Organizational Behavior and Leadership

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