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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

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Candidates pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Engineering must develop an independent thinking approach and a unique expertise in their own research interest. Independent research requires diligent and thorough investigation into a topic with the aim of formulating new and original ideas, findings and theories.
Nilai University’s School of Engineering and Technology specializes in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. We offer a well-established curriculum, backed by a highly qualified team of academics, who possess multidisciplinary research strengths in the following fields, but not limited to:
  • Automotive engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Communication system
  • Software engineering
  • Cloud computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Wireless communications
  • Machine learning
  • Data analytics
  • Speech recognition
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Electronics engineering
  • Engineering education
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Material engineering
  • Mechanical system design
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics
  • Polymer
  • Power electronics
  • Renewable energy
  • Semiconductor
  • Sensors
  • Structural engineering
  • Other related fields
Entry Requirements

A person is qualified to be enrolled in the programme if he or she: 
i. Has satisfied the academic requirement for the programme
ii. Holds a qualification approved by the university or by an authority approved by the University, and deemed to be equivalent to the entrance requirements of the University.
Evidence presented to Nilai University should be in the form of the educational certificates such as Master’s degree or its equivalent.

iii. Master’s degree in electrical & electronics/ mechanical/ chemical/ civil engineering or a related field



The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme encompasses the following five (5) phases:

Phase I – Prerequisite Coursework (6 credit hours)
Two core courses (6 credit hours)
  1. Research Methodology
  2. Statistics
(Only for students who do not have sufficient knowledge or background on research methodology and statistics)
Phase II – Comprehensive Examination

All PhD students are required to take a comprehensive examination in their respective areas of study on completion of the required coursework (if applicable). Only on passing of the comprehensive examination will students be allowed to commerce with their research. Each student is only allowed two attempts to pass his/her comprehensive examination.

Students exempted from coursework are to proceed with their research proposal for submission.

Phase III – Proposal Defence
Each student must publicly present and defend his/her research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase IV on passing of the defence of his/her proposal.
Phase IV – Thesis Preparation
The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and report writing.
Phase V – Viva Voce
After completion and submission of the thesis, the student is required to attend a Viva Voce to orally defend his/her thesis.