Access to excellent research guidance is crucial for the success of any graduate degree program. Over the past 57 years, PIDE has earned an international reputation for its high-quality research on critical development issues. PIDE is the home of The Pakistan development review, which is recognized as a leading international journal in economics and social sciences. The Advisory Board of the Institute consists of world-renowned economists including Nobel Laureates Robert Mundell and Lawrence Klein. With over 60 researchers employed at PIDE and a number of them holding PhD from top-ranked foreign universities, the research- guidance that the Institute provides to her students is unmatched. It is this kind of faculty which will be teaching courses in Public Policy program.
The Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) is housed at PIDE and offers students and researchers a forum for discussing economic issues of the day. The 3-day annual conference that the PSDE organizes is the largest gathering of economists and social scientist in Pakistan with over 600 participants. Students of PIDE get an opportunity to attend and even participate in these annual conferences. The conferences, besides offering an excellent learning opportunity also allow the students networking opportunities which often prove invaluable in developing joint research projects and at times in securing employment.
The M.Phil in Public Policy is a rigorous two-year program that targets individuals with 16 years of education. Prospective students from all disciplines are welcome to enroll for the programme. The program is intended to serve the needs of individuals intending to join the ranks of policymakers, managers, administrators, politicians and development practitioners in not just the government, but private sector and international organizations as well.