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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

Offered by: Nilai University
Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration3 - 5 Years
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time / Part Time
FeesShort semester-RM3200, Long semester-RM6400
Fees (International Student)Short semester-RM3200, Long semester-RM6400
FacultyCentre for Postgraduate Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDoctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Field of StudyEngineering & Engineering Trades
Mode of StudyResearch
Course Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree designed to develop the research capability and scholarly practice of those who aspire 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 the required courses, he/she begins to consult a prospective supervisor and a supervisory committee on their 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 their dissertation / thesis for examination, candidates are expected to present their research-in-progress, as well as participate actively in CPSR’s Doctoral Colloquium.


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 commence 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.
Entry Requirements

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

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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