A Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) program is suitable for those who want to be experts in their field of knowledge. PhD in Engineering programs train students to integrate research practices and procedures with their professional responsibilities. 

Intensive advance training in research during the course will enable candidates to reach high scholarly achievements. 


Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) career pathways

A PhD in Engineering will equip you with skills and deep knowledge that will help to advance your career. 

You will be able to pursue highly technical engineering practice roles and leadership positions in commercial science or technology corporations. You will also develop the necessary skills needed to chart and upward trajectory in academia and research institutions. 


What will I gain from a PhD in Engineering?

PhD courses are usually quite intensive in nature as it aims to develop and sharpen your skills and abilities that will put you ahead of all your peers. 

  • You will be exposed to new ideas, methods and techniques in engineering, as well as address the challenges faced by engineers and innovators. 
  • You will be able to contribute to the scientific body of knowledge in the engineering field, as well as related fields that are of interest to you
  • You will be able to sharpen your communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken
  • You will be able to conduct independent research. 


Why study Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering at UOW Malaysia KDU?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering program provides innovative training which enhances professional knowledge in a specialisation area and develops a wide range of advanced transferable skills, ensuring the development of high calibre graduates.

The nature of the program ensures that students develop academically in their professional capability, intellectual creativity, innovation, scientific skill sets and become an independent researcher, as well enhance their personal attributes through personal confidence, leadership traits, communication and entrepreneurial skills. Graduating with a PhD signifies a contribution of the graduate to the community of engineering scholars around the world.

As a research-based program, students would be trained to critically analyse a problem, design a solution (or make a discovery) and implement the solution. In that process, students would collaborate and innovate. With partnering overseas institutions, enabling research students to experience overseas exposure such as exchanging research findings and ideas, culture, working ethics, and many other exciting adventures. This PhD program is tailored to students’ choices of specialisation and thus it is encouraging for students who wish to have higher freedom in their choice of studies, as well as flexibility in terms of time management.

This program is designed to specifically fit the busy and hectic schedule of working professionals who wish to work and study simultaneously as it allows flexible study arrangement. The skills learned in the program are beneficial to practices in the marketplace as well as the academic field. Students who are highly independent in learning, committed to excel, and ambitious in their career progressions are strongly recommended for this program.


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Hands-on learning and real-world experience are crucial in ensuring our students, as future engineers, stay current and remain relevant when they begin their career. Actively engaging industry experts and exposing students to real-life practices, as well as the development of real-life projects are some of the ways we ensure our students set themselves apart and are more grounded from their exposure to the different challenges faced in the industry. Engineering courses at UOW Malaysia KDU emphasize on Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC), with Design Thinking as the grounding principle of teaching and learning. Students are required to engage in design assignments, Capstone projects and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to develop their skills in design, complex problem-solving, project management, teamwork, lifelong learning and complex communication.



Industry Advisory Panel:

  • Our Industry Advisory Panel is made up of various industry professionals and engineers, who provide valuable industry insights to enhance our curriculum and students’ learning. Panel members include those from ABB Malaysia, ProvenPac and YTL Construction, just to name a few.

Industrial Project :

  • Our students are required to complete Final Year engineering projects, which are collaborations with the industry, based on real-world challenges posed by selected organisations. These projects challenge and test students’ skill and creativity in solving complex, real-world problems.

Industrial Visits:

  • Students are provided with exposure to real-world work environment and processes through industrial visits to various plants, sites and organisations, such as MRT construction sites, Energy Commission of Malaysia, MEASAT Satellite Systems and Fraser and Neave, just to name a few.

Young Professional Experience:

  • Through the Young Professional Experience sharing sessions, our engineering students are able to gain insights on various engineering industries and learn more about the experiences of young engineers, some of whom include Mr Loo Ping Yew (R. Stahl Engineering & Manufacturing), and Chin Ze Wei (Schneider Electric).

Industrial Training Partners:

  • Industrial training not only enables our students to brush up on their engineering knowledge and skills but also strengthens their communication skills and emotional quotient. Some collaborative linkage that provide placements for UOW Malaysia KDU’s engineering students to undergo attachment to gain related experience as well as exposure to the engineering practice in an actual workplace settings.



Industrial Certification Partners:

  • Our Industrial Certification Partners are made up of various industry professionals and engineers, who provide valuable industry insights to enhance our curriculum and equip students with essential skills needed among graduates even before they graduate.



Industrial Project And Consultancy Partners:

  • Collaborative linkage that crafts a platform on joint technical initiatives and projects that integrates element of research that provide specific solution development and expertise to help solve partners challenges.



Minimum 3 years / Maximum 8 years (Full-time/Part-time)
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie


  • Students will systematically structure and develop their research by developing a research proposal, which would guide the student through the entire research process.
  • In order to enhance the rigor of their research proposal, students will also need to complete a semester of Research Methods in addition to participating in periodic research seminars and workshops.



  • A presentation session chaired by UOW Malaysia KDU with invited panel of examiners to ensure the candidate is able to articulate their research ideas and plans, as well as having the necessary skills to carry out research activities as proposed.



  • Upon completion of their research, students will document the research project and process in a thesis. Typically, thesis for PhD should not be more than 80,000 words.



  • Upon completion of research and thesis, candidate will undergo an oral presentation, chaired by experts in the field.



  • Upon the approval of the research proposal, under the guidance of their supervisors, student will work independently on their research projects.
Areas of Research
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Embedded System
  • Image Processing
  • Renewable/Sustainable energy
  • Advanced Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermo-fluids and turbomachinery
  • Manufacturing and system Engineering
  • Green manufacturing
  • IOT / Industry 4.0

Intake dates


30 January 26 May 8 September
Estimated fees
Local students


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*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

Master Degree :
Completion in Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field

English Requirement

Local Student :
Band 5 in MUET


International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60 (IBT) or 488 (PBT) in TOEFL; or score 59 and above for Pearson English Test


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.