Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the Maximum and Minimum durations for completing the MS and PhD programs at RCMS?
(a) Master of Science (MS) Minimum duration: 1½ Year Maximum Duration: 4 Years
(b) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):For MS/MPhil qualified Minmum: 3 Years Maximum: 8 Years
Question: What are the requirements for the award of MS degree at RCMS?
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), on recommendations of the Faculty Board of Studies of RCMS, awards Master’s degree to the students who satisfy the following conditions, namely:-
(a) Have completed prescribed credit hours for coursework and research work / Projects;
(b) Have achieved a minimum CGPA of 3.0 in course work with a minimum of ‘B’ grade in thesis (6 credit hours);
Question: What is fee policy for post graduate students at RCMS?
Full tuition fee will be charged for on-campus duration. However, students who do not complete the coursework within the on-campus duration will continue to pay full tuition fee till completion of the coursework. Thereafter, 50% of the tuition fee will be charged till completion of degree requirements.
Question: What are the minimum CGPA requirements for completing degree at RCMS?
To successfully complete the degree requirement, a student must obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 for Masters/MPhil and 3.50 for PhD degree.
Question: How students are graded at RCMS?
It is the University policy to workout GPA through relative grading on a scale of 4.00 points according to distribution curve based on the performance of a particular class by the faculty. The performance of each student in a course of study is graded as follows:
Grade Grade Point
Question: What is meant by ‘I’grade?
A student, who, because of illness or other reasons acceptable to and approved by the Departmental/Faculty Board of Studies, fails to complete the required work in any course or misses any examination/test , provided his overall attendance is not less than 75%, is given ‘I’ as a grade. The student receiving such a grade makes up the unfinished portion of his course and is given a grade as per the university grading policy without prejudice to the previous grade ‘I’. In case the student fails to make up the course work within the time periodprescribed by the Faculty Board of Studies, the student receives a ‘F’ grade unless further extension is given by the Faculty Board of Studies.
Question: What is meant by ‘F’grade?
In addition to ‘F’ grade awarded on the basis of academic failure, a student shall not be allowed to appear in final examination of a subject in which his/her attendance is less than 75%, and he /sheshall be awarded ‘F’ grade in that subject. The ‘F’ grade so obtained shall only be cleared by repetition of the course, whenever offered.
Question: What is the procedure for obtaining Academic Transcript?
A student desirous of obtaining Academic Transcript/Detailed Mark Sheet may apply to Controller of Examinations NUST through RCMS along with the prescribed fee, as per the Policy issued on the subject.
Question: What is the policy on Adding/Dropping of course?
(a) Adding / Droppingof course(s) will be allowed within the first two weeks of start of a semester. It will be ensured that minimum number of credit hours is not less than 6 and maximum number of credit hours does not exceed 12.
(b) A student taking less than regular semester load will not be considered for any academic honour / award.
(c) A student will be allowed to drop a registered course latest by 8th week of a regular semester and 5th week of a summer semester with recommendation of the HoD and approval of the Dean. Letter grade ‘W’ will appear in the transcript against the specific course and will not be considered for computation of GPA.
(d) Student having ‘W’ on the transcript will not be considered for any academic honour / award.
(e) A Masters student will be allowed maximum of one ‘W’ in a semester. Registered credit hours should not fall below 6 credit hours in a regular semester and the students will not be allowed to accumulate more than two Ws at a particular time during course of studies.
Question: When can a student start his/her research work?
Student can start research work after completion of 9 (nine) credit hours of course work provided his /her CGPA is ≥ 3.0. Thesis defense will only be allowed once a student has attained a CGPA of ≥ 3.0 in coursework.
Question: How can I improve my CGPA?
A student may repeat a course at any stage, in which he / she received the grade point < 3.0 but ≥ 2.0 in order to improve his / her CGPA. Procedure for repeating a course shall be as under:
(i) The candidate shall apply to the HoD for permission to repeat a course. The case shall be presented before the FBS which may permit a student to repeat a course subject to its offering and availability of necessary resources;
(ii) The student shall have to repeat the course within the time limit given by Faculty Board of Studies; and
(iii) A student shall be allowed to repeat a maximum of 2 courses for MS during his / her entire course work apart from clearance of ‘F’ grade, if any.
(iv) The student shall not be allowed to improve his CGPA after the completion of the degree.
Note: The degree program shall be considered complete on fulfillment of prescribed requirements of the degree, request of the student for final transcript / award of degree and formal notification by the Controller of Examinations.
Question: Can I get temporary suspension during my studies at RCMS?
Temporary suspension up to one year from coursework may be allowed to students facing acute domestic problem(s) / valid reasons, subject to approval of NUST on the positive recommendations of RCMS Faculty Board of Studies. During suspension period the student shall be required to pay 50% of tuition fee per month for each suspended semester to continue his / her registration with NUST. Out of this 25% fee will be credited to the student upon rejoining the program after suspension.