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The PhD in Engineering (By Research) programme is designed to enable the students to develop a deeper knowledge, understanding, capabilities and attitudes in Engineering and to contribute to knowledge specifically in the area of Engineering research.

The programme aims to:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of appropriate research techniques in Engineering
  • Develop competence in independent investigation and advanced research in Engineering
  • Make a significant original contribution to the development of new knowledge in Engineering

The objectives of the PhD Engineering (By Research) programme are as follows:

  • To develop a thorough understanding of classical and modern theories, methodologies, practices and their implications in the selected topic of research in the Engineering field
  • Enhance students’ experimental knowledge and analytical ability to solve current issues and problems in the relevant field of Engineering
  • To develop relevant skills of research and apply them efficiently and effectively to suit various types of societal needs
  • Keep abreast of current issues and innovative advancements in Engineering taking into account relevant commercial, ethical, social and legal issues
  • Publish the research for broader promulgation and application
  • To train students as the future leaders who are knowledgeable and competent in the chosen Engineering fields of study
  • Developing an indispensable thirst for research strengthening the technical skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that contributes to society
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the PhD Engineering programme, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Synthesis knowledge in Engineering
  • Adapt practical skills leading towards innovative ideas in Engineering
  • Provide professional services to society in improving issues in Engineering
  • Conduct research independently and adhere to the legal, ethical and professional code of practice in the Engineering
  • Communicate and work effectively with peers, scholarly communities and stakeholders, while displaying leadership qualities
  • Critically evaluate problems in the relevant field of Engineering using scientific skills.
  • Integrate information to develop lifelong learning in the relevant field
  • Contribute original research that has broadened the boundary of knowledge through an in-depth thesis, which has been presented and defended according to the international standards, including writing in internationally refereed publications in Engineering
Career Opportunities

Your Masters and PhD qualifications from DRB-HICOM University will facilitate careers in the following:

As academicians
As Research and Development Managers
As senior business and engineering analysts
As industry consultants
As senior managers in all manner of automotive and engineering industries
As innovators, entrepreneurs and business founders

Entry Requirements

Master’s Degree in Engineering / Engineering Technology (Malaysia Qualifications Framework, MQF Level 7) with CGPA 3.0 or its equivalent from recognised University


Master’s Science or Technology (non-engineering or engineering technology) Malaysian Qualifications


Lulus Sijil Vokasional dan Teknikal / Kemahiran yang setara dengan tahap 3 MQF dengan mendapat PNGK 2.00 dan 1 tahun pengalaman dalam bidang berkaitan atau 1 semester program pengukuhan

Terms & conditions apply

Duration 3 years (minimum)
Local RM34,000
International RM37,470

Programme Overview

3 years (minimum)

Areas of Specialisation
Advance Machining and Manufacturing
CNC Programming and Machining
Next Generation Manufacturing
Sustainable Manufacturing
Machine Learning and Control
Artificial Intelligence in Machine
Open Architecture Control
Machining Processes
Manufacturing Technology
Welding and Metal Joining
Foundry Technology
Industrial Engineering
Quality Control
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA)
Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Engineering Economy
Principles of Management
Operations research (Some limitations)
Advanced Manufacturing Process
Materials, manufacture and applications
Engineering Inspection (Metrology)
Press tools-Die design-Jigs and Fixtures
Production Planning and Control (PPC)
Total Quality Management (TQM)
Quality Management Systems
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Design and Manufacturing
Product design and developing
Reverse engineering
System design developing and analysis
3D print
Elements of Mechanical Design
Transportation design and modelling