Programme Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (by research) offered at IUKL has a greater emphasis on research compared with the Master degree and is geared towards mastering Civil Engineering knowledge in preparation for a higher career development. This degree is recommended for those who expect to engage in a professional career in research, teaching or technical work of an advanced nature.

Duration of Study

Full time : 3 – 6 years
Part time : 4 – 8 years

  • A Master's Degree in Civil Engineering or related fields from any Malaysian government accredited institution OR other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate of IUKL
  • For local applicants, sufficient mastery of the English language to satisfactorily complete the course
  • International applicants who originate from a country where English is the native language; OR are required to have a minimum score of TOEFL 550 OR IELTS 6.0.; OR have attained a degree from a university where the medium of instruction is in English.
  • To provide students with flexibility in research and develop students’ intellectual ability in specialised areas of Civil Engineering
  • To equip students with advanced knowledge, tools and techniques that will support their research capability and career development
  • To expose students to the research frontier in various fields of specialisation in Civil Engineering
  • The research project will be guided by an appointed supervisor.
  • Students will be required to attend seminars in their research area.
  • Students will be required to present and defend their research proposal at the end of their first quarter of study.
  • Students are required to submit monthly progress reports to their supervisors. Periodic consultations will be arranged as set by the supervisor.
  • Students are required to publish at least one paper in their research area in an international journal or present at a conference.
  • The Postgraduate Studies Committee will review the students’ performance on a quarterly basis.
  • Upon completion of their research, students will have to present and defend their thesis.
Construction Engineering
  • Construction of physical infrastructure design
  • Rural and low-cost housing
  • Small & medium industrial buildings

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Properties and behavior of soil and their application to design of foundation
  • Retaining structures, earth dams and slopes
  • Soil improvement and ground stabilization
  • Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering

Highway and Pavement Engineering

  • Transportation engineering and planning
  • Traffic flow theory
  • System management applicable to all modes with emphasis on highway and multimodal transportation

Structural Engineering

  • Earthquake resistant steel and concrete design applied to buildings and bridges
  • Structural dynamics
  • Structural mechanics
  • Finite element methods

Water Resources Engineering

  • Advanced hydraulics and modern hydrologic techniques
  • Flood forecasting
  • Groundwater flow modeling
  • Water resources management
  • Policy formulation
Tuition Fees RM45,825.00
Deposit (Refundable) RM300.00
Insurance RM70.00/year

To view complete fee structure for Malaysian Students, please click HERE
To view complete fee structure for International Students, please click HERE

Tuition Fees RM45,825.00
Caution Fee (Refundable) RM1,500.00
International Student Administrative Fee RM4,200.00
Medical Insurance RM500.00/year
Medical Examination RM250.00/year
Visa Processing Fee RM381.60/year

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