The Ph.D. programme in Electrical Engineering is by full research only. However, the normal period of full-time study requires a duration of 3.5 years (7 semesters), or up to a maximum period of 8 years (16 semesters). The Ph.D. candidate is supervised by a graduate faculty lecturer (or by a panel of lecturers). Co-supervisors may come from industry.  Prospective graduate students should prepare themselves adequately, both in the fundamental subject matter necessary for advanced work and other branches of learning, so they may conduct quality research and successfully complete their programs.


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  1. PEO1: Mastery of knowledge and competency in advanced areas of electrical engineering field.
  2. PEO2: Professionalism and high standards of ethical conducts within organization and society. 
  3. PEO3: Responsive to changing situations by continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills.


Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. PLO1: Attain systematic comprehension and in-depth understanding in specialized knowledge on theories, methods and applications related in Electrical Engineering fields including electronics, communication, mechatronics, power, instrumentation and control.
  2. PLO2: Able to demonstrate proficiency with scholarly strength in analyzing and solving problems through relevant analytical methods, simulations, experiments and independent research
  3. PLO3: Able to synthesize original research that has broadened engineering knowledge through design and development.
  4. PLO4: Able to plan and perform research undertakings responsibly, professionally and ethically.
  5. PLO5: Able to communicate, and express knowledge and ideas effectively.
  6. PLO6: Able to continue life-long learning and apply technology for the betterment of humanity



Required Courses

Ph.D. students are required to register and pass the following courses

  • Research Methodology course (course code UKEP0010), to be taken once during study. Students are advised to take this course in the first semester of study.
  • One University Elective Course (course code U*** ***3), to be taken once during study.
  • Research (course code PKEE **00), to be taken every semester until the submission of thesis. The progress of a candidate in any particular semester is assessed through research progress reports submitted at the end of each semester.


Semester of study
Research Code
1 PKEE1100  
2 PKEE1200 For fast track students only: Directed reading assessment.
3 PKEE2100 Proposal defense. Est. on week 9-10.
4 PKEE2200  
5 PKEE3100  
6 PKEE3200  
7 PKEE4100  
8 PKEE4200  
9 PKEE5100  
10 PKEE5200  
11 PKEE6100  
12 PKEE6200  
13 PKEE7100  
14 PKEE7200  
15 PKEE8100  
16 PKEE8200  Students who did not submit thesis will be given termination of study status

Note:  Students are allowed to defer study for not more than 2 consecutive semesters due to medical reasons or otherwise. For deferment due to medical, the deferred semester(s) are not counted. For other reasons, the deferred semester(s) are counted. Assume that student A deferred one semester due to personal matter after completing the third semester, he/she would register for MEE3100 after returning to study.


Thesis Submission

The degree is awarded based on a comprehensive oral examination (viva-voce) of the thesis submitted by the candidate on the completion of study. As a part of thesis submission requirement, the candidate must have published an indexed journal or 2 papers in indexed conference proceedings at the time of thesis submission.


Fast-Track and Conversion Options

First class Bachelor Graduates (CGPA ≥ 3.67/4.00) may apply for fast-track PhD. M.Phil. students may also apply for conversion to PhD program when they have demonstrated excellent achievement in Master-level research and the project can be extended in scope for PhD-level research (terms & conditions apply).