What will I learn?

This Doctor of Philosophy in 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.

Career opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy in 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 Electronic Engineering
  • Communication and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Intakes: January - December

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering, Technology and Built Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 - 5 Years)

Tuition fees
RM 40,000 for the entire course (minimum 9 semesters)
Start date

Expected January 2022


UCSI University

Kuala Lumpur Campus,

No. 1, Jalan Menara Gading, UCSI Heights (Taman Connaught), Cheras,


Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

56000, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have relevant Master’s degree (M. Sc) from institution of higher learning recognized by Senate. Equivalent entry qualification: other certificates that are recognized as equivalent to a Master’s degree or other relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognized by Senate; or a relevant bachelor’s degree with first class honours and they may convert their candidacy to the PhD programme after one year of studying at Master Level and approval by Senate. For application to a course with Higher Entry Requirements: recognised MBA degree or equivalent with two years relevant working experience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: 550 (written-based) in TOEFL, or applicants holding a previous degree from a university where the medium of instruction is English, will be deemed to have fulfilled this criterion.

For international students

Master’s Degree (level 7 MQF) in Engineering or in related fields, or its equivalent recognised by the University.

IELTS score Band 6.0; TOEFL score of 230 (computer-based) or 570 (paper-based) or a first degree from a university where the medium of instruction is English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.