PhD and MEng Programmes


Programme Overview


The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers the following graduate programmes by research:-

  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
  • ​Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

M.Eng and Ph.D. candidates may be admitted as full-time or part-time students. The minimum and maximum periods of candidature for both full-time and part-time are as follows: 

​Full-Time Part​ -Time
Programmes Minimum ​Maximum Minimum Maximum
Doctor of Philosophy ​2 years ​5 years ​3 years ​7 years
Master of Engineering ​1 year ​3 years ​1 year ​4 years

Research scholarships, or financial top-ups (for selected industrial projects only) are available to outstanding candidates.

Students may pursue their research programme in one of the following areas:
   Clean and Renewable Energy Systems
    Efficient Energy Conversion and Utilisation
    Energy Storage Systems
    Intelligent Energy Distribution
    Power Systems and Power Electronics
    Autonomous Robots and Intelligent Systems
    Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing
    Control Systems Technologies
    Machine Vision and Computational Intelligence
    Process  Instrumentation
    3D  Packaging,  System on Package and Printable Electronics
    Bio-inspired Integrated Circuits and Systems
    Energy Harvesting and Green Integrated Circuits and Systems
    High-Speed Signal Integrity Electromagnetic Compatibility and Reliability
    Mm-wave and Terahertz CMOS IC
    MEMS, Smart Sensors and Advanced Sensing
    Lightwave Communication and Photonics
    Microwave Circuits, Radar, Antennas and Propagation
    Modulation, Coding and Signal Processing
    Secure Communication and Networks
    Wireless Networks, Positioning and RFID
    Space Technology
    Vehicular Communication Networks
    Digital Media Processing and Applications
    Intelligent Computing and Information Security
    Internet of Things
    Pervasive Media and Interface
    Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    Big Data and Video Analytic
    Biomedical Devices
    Compound Semiconductor/ Opto Electronic Devices
    Display and Solid State Lightings
    Silicon/Carbon/Oxide Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology
    Integrated Photonics
    Specialty Optical Fibres
    Smart Railway Systems

To support advanced research, the School hosts twelve research centres which are well-equipped with sophisticated and state-of-the-art equipment. 

Programme Structure

Candidates enrolled for a graduate programme by research pursue an independent but supervised research in an approved topic based on which a thesis must be submitted for examination.

Candidates are also required to attend a number of graduate level courses and pass the examinations. Candidates are required to attend classes and pass the examinations to earn at least 9 Academic Units (for e.g. 3 3-AU courses) in MEng study and 18 Academic Units (for e.g. 6 3-AU courses) in PhD study. Candidates have to undergo a Qualifying Examination/Confirmation Exercise within a period stipulated by the school.

Upon the completion of the research, the candidate is required to submit a thesis on his/her research for examination.  For the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, there is also an oral examination on the subject matter on his/her thesis and other related subjects.