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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

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Programme Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree designed to develop the research capability and scholarly practice of those who inspire to become researchers in the field of Engineering. This programme provides an opportunity for candidates to extend their development beyond scholarly understanding and practice to include the capacity to conduct research within an area of interest in the field of Engineering.

Method of Delivery

Research Supervision
Once the student has passed all required courses, he/she begins to consult a prospective supervisor and a supervisory committee on his/her proposal. The dissertation/thesis proposal has to be formally presented and examined for approval, before the candidate qualifies to proceed with the dissertation/thesis research. Before submitting his/her dissertation/thesis for examination, candidate is expected to present his/her research-in-progress, as well as participate actively in conference and seminar CPR’s Doctoral Colloquium.


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.