Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

JPT/BPP(N/520/8/0104)01/23, (MQA/PA9510)

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.


  • Part time 5 - 7 years
  • Full time 3 - 5 years
Intake Periods
Entry Requirements

A person is qualified to be enrolled in the programme if he or she:

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

English Entry Requirements

(for international students)*

TOEFL 500 (PBT) / 61 (iBT)
Pearson 36
Programme Module

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

Phase I – Prerequisite Coursework (6 credit hours)

Two core courses (3 credit hours)

  1. Research Methodology and 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.

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3-7 years
Duration of Study

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