The programme is divided into two phases. The first phase of two years requires the scholar to undertake course work followed by a Comprehensive Examination (CE). The CE is based on scholar’s chosen area of interest. The purpose of CE is to provide an opportunity to the scholars to identify their area of research interest and build sound background knowledge for dissertation. During the second phase, scholars are expected to work on their doctoral thesis. The award of FPM at the end of second phase requires the scholar to prepare thesis proposal, pursue research based on the approved proposal and finally, defend the thesis before the research committee.