Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)


Candidates should possess a relevant Bachelor degree with a very good academic record or its  equivalent from any institution of higher learning recognized by the IIUM Senate and a Master’s  degree from the IIUM or any other accredited institution of higher learning; or

Any other certificate that is recognized as equivalent to a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or  other relevant professional qualifications and experiences that are recognized by the Senate of  the University.


Candidates of PhD programme at Kulliyyah of Engineering, must present (as shown in Table 1)  a score of 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 5.0 points in the test  administered by the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Alternatively,  applicants may sit for the IIUM-administered English Placement Test (EPT) and obtain a minimum  of 5.0 points to fulfil the English language requirement. Applicants who are unable to submit  satisfactory results in any of the above test may take up language proficiency courses at the  University to fulfil the admission requirements. The language requirements presented here are  based on Postgraduate Regulations (Revised 2020). This language requirement is subjected to the  University policy and may be updated in the future.

Table 1: General English Language Entry Requirements 


Minimum TOEFL Score  (Academic)

Minimum IELTS  Score (Academic)

Minimum Score (EPT)

PhD in Engineering

Paper based :500

Computer based :173

Internet based :60

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The Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia was established  in March 1994. Beginning February 1997, the Kulliyyah started its postgraduate  programmes at the Doctor of Philosophy level (P_ENG). 

Kulliyyah of Engineering envisioned to be “A Global Centre of Innovative Engineering  Education and Research with Values and Professional Ethics” while the mission is “To be  a Referral Hub for Engineering Education and Sustainable Solutions Based on Islamic  Principles for a Better World”. The Kulliyyah strives to provide quality engineering  education, which encompasses fundamental and specialized knowledge; and practice in  engineering as well as a broad base knowledge in management, ethics, and humanities.  Through this INTERDISCIPLINARY approach, the graduates are nurtured towards  being well-rounded individuals who are professionally qualified and competent as well as  having sound moral, spiritual, intellectual, and ethical characteristics; ready to serve the  current and emerging needs of the society. 

The Kulliyyah also encourages interdisciplinary research for the P_ENG programme that  promotes collaboration between different departments. Four (4) new specializations are  added namely; Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Engineering Science and  Engineering Mathematics. The aim of the diversification process in the programmes is to  produce better P_ENG graduates, who are knowledgeable in advanced topics in  Engineering including other engineering specializations, particularly in those related to  other departments at the Kulliyyah of Engineering.