Doctor Of Philosophy (Engineering)

Open throughout the year
Course Duration
Full Time 3 - 5 Years / Part Time 4 - 7 Years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full-time / Part-time
Approval Code
R/520/8/0074; 05/2027
Accreditation Code
MQA/FA 5877


This Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) is a full research postgraduate qualification that focuses on advancing engineering research and theoretical knowledge. The programme encompasses engineering fields such as electrical, mechanical, civil and petroleum engineering, among others.... The holistic approach to the PhD programme provides learners with the competency needed in all levels of engineering. This starts from issue analysis and conceptualisation, to planning a research project and transferring this to an application in the industry or for the commercial market.

This programme focuses on research (thesis and publications) as the major requirement for PhD candidates to obtain this qualification. To give candidates an advantage in conducting quality research, the programme includes the specifically-designed Research Methodology coursework. The 3-credit hour coursework focuses on the essential tools for competitive research, presentation and publication for national and international scientific channels. In addition to lectures and assignments, candidates are encouraged to participate in national and international engineering conferences at least once during their candidature period. The Faculty also organises seminars, talks, a journal club and various engineering workshops where PhD candidates can take part as presenters or participants.

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About the Programme

Programme Objectives

  • To produce graduates who are competent in developing and executing research that transform synthesized knowledge in engineering field for the benefit of the community.
  • To produce graduates who are capable of executing independent research professionally and ethically, and having the ability to lead / supervise research projects in partnership with industry.
  • To produce graduates who contribute to the understanding of current issues and technological advancement in engineering, through the report of research findings to peers at levels suitable for national/international publications.

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical and in-depth understanding of frontier knowledge by generating substantial and original contributions to engineering field and/or practice.
  • Synthesise existing and new knowledge in the engineering discipline area to develop new concepts or interpretations or applications.
  • Conduct rigorous and independent research or investigation with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate intellectual leadership qualities and management skills.
  • Perform research adhering to legal, ethical, professional and sustainable practices.
  • Communicate cogently in the engineering field and interact with specialist and general audience.
  • Select and use suitable digital and analytical techniques to research problems.
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.



Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

i. A master’s degree (MQF level 7) in Engineering or related fields accepted by the University Senate;
ii. Other qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree (MQF level 7) recognised by the Government of Malaysia.
iii. Candidates without a related qualification in the engineering or working experience in the engineering fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the University.

English Language Requirements

For Local Students

Must possess English competency as per Malaysian undergraduate requirement, whereby the medium of instruction is in English.

For International Students
Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Pearson Test of English
Band 3.5
B1 (High B1)

Courses Offered

General Fields Offered:
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Communication and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
Semester 1
  • Research Methodology
  • Research (a)
Semester 2 to 9
  • Research (b) – Research (i)

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) is a programme that will equip you with highly transferable skills that help you chart an upward trajectory in the following careers. Graduates will have the necessary research skills to succeed in academia as academicians, research institutions as researchers, commercial science or technology corporations as chief technical officers, among others.

General Fields Offered:

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Communication and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering


Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

(without bridging course)
RM 50,960

(with bridging course)
RM 51,680

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

(without bridging course)
RM 63,282

(with bridging course)
RM 64,182

Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

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