The aim of the PhD in Engineering program is to produce graduates able to conduct research independently at the highest level of originality and quality.

The PhD in Engineering degree is awarded for candidates who successfully complete the taught courses and research components of the program . The students are required to complete a program of advanced courses in engineering. The students are also required to carry out an independent investigation of a specialized area of engineering. Candidates for this degree are supervised by experienced researchers and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. PhD candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

A candidate applying to the program may opt to apply for a generic PhD in Engineering (with no one specialization) or for a PhD in Engineering with a specialization in one of the following areas: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Robotics

Program Chair  

Professor Mahmoud Al-Qutayri

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering



A candidate applying to the program may opt to apply for a generic PhD in Engineering (with no one specialization) or for a PhD in Engineering with a specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Systems and Management
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Robotics

Each of the above specializations may set specific constraints to be imposed on the discipline of the candidate’s Master degree to be acceptable for admission to the specialization. Disciplines acceptable for admission to each specialization are listed below:

  • Aerospace Engineering (AERO) Related Disciplines

Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering/Science.

  • Biomedical Engineering (BMED) Related Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Bio-engineering/science, Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering/Science.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECCE) Related Disciplines: Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology and Integrated Systems, Mechatronics, or Robotics.
  • Mechanical Engineering (MECH) Related Disciplines: Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering/Science, Nuclear Engineering, or Industrial Systems Engineering.
  • Nuclear Engineering (NUCE) Related Disciplines: Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering/Science, Chemical Engineering, Engineering/Medical Physics, or Materials Engineering/Science.
  • Robotics (ROBO) Related Disciplines: Robotics, Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering/Science, or Information Technology.

The list of disciplines related to a given specialization is an indicative list rather than an exclusive/exhaustive list. Candidates with Master degrees in other pertinent disciplines may also be considered. In such cases, candidates will be asked to submit course descriptions along with their transcripts.

A candidate applying to be considered for a generic PhD in Engineering (with no one specialization) must satisfy the admission requirements of at least one of the specializations.

In addition, candidates must have sufficient prior background to meet the prerequisites of the program. In particular, candidates must have achieved a minimum level of proficiency in mathematics in the form of a grade of B or better in at least one graduate-level mathematics course or an equivalent score on a university-administered mathematics proficiency test.