Research - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Engineering
Campus(es)Clayton, Malaysia
CoordinatorProfessor Emanuele Viterbo


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This program is also applicable to students studying externally.


This program provides doctoral (PhD) students with the opportunity to focus on developing knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline, as well as developing professional skills that will support their career ambitions.

Each student's research will be supported by the development of a range of skills that will help them to become more efficient researchers, ultimately improving the quality of the research and developing generic/transferable skills of value to prospective employers.

Program requirements

All research students will be required to undertake compulsory training in the following areas:

  • research integrity
  • student induction, including occupational health and safety (where required).

Coursework component

All PhD students must undertake and pass two coursework units, which will be marked to a pass grade only marking schema. One of these units must be completed prior to confirmation. In consultation with their supervisor/s, students choose two units from the following list. Students are encouraged to choose at least one unit which is outside of their chosen field of study and hence will provide a breadth of knowledge.

  • CHE6881 Advanced reaction engineering
  • CHE6882 Biomass and biorefineries
  • CHE6883 Nanostructured membranes for separation and energy production
  • CHE6884 Process modeling and optimisation
  • CIV6301 Traffic engineering fundamentals
  • CIV6314 Transport planning and policy
  • CIV6302 Road traffic: engineering and management
  • CIV6305 Transport modelling
  • CIV6881 Ground water hydrology
  • CIV6882 Flood hydraulics and hydrology
  • CIV6883 Surface water hydrology
  • CIV6884 Water sensitive storm design
  • ECE6881 Real-time system design
  • ECE6882 Advanced electronics design
  • ECE6883 Advanced signal processing
  • ECE6884 Wireless communication
  • ENG6001 Advanced engineering data analysis
  • ENG6002 Engineering entrepreneurship
  • MEC6881 Engineering systems performance analysis
  • MEC6882 Instrumentation, sensing and monitoring
  • MEC6883 Mechanical systems design
  • MEC6884 Sustainable engineering systems
  • MTE6881 Advanced materials characterisation and experimental methods
  • MTE6882 Advanced polymeric materials
  • MTE6883 Environmental durability and protection of metals and engineering materials
  • MTE6884 Materials for energy technologies

Students may also be directed or encouraged to attend and make presentations at various forums throughout their candidature.

Relevant courses

3291 Doctor of Philosophy