PhD in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

The PhD degree is conferred in recognition of marked ability and scholarship in some relatively broad field of knowledge. The student must perform an independent investigation in the form of a thesis.

Programme Description

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Upon admission to and enrolment in the Kulliyyah of Engineering, all PhD students are eligible and given the option to sit for the Comprehensive Examination.

In the event that either (1) a PhD student sits and fails the Comprehensive Examination or (2) a PhD student chooses to defer his Comprehensive Examination and take some postgraduate courses, the Kulliyyah of Engineering, after recommendation from the relevant department, will assign three postgraduate engineering courses to be taken by the student.

With a minimum grade of B (CGPA of 3.0 or above), he/she will be allowed to sit for the Comprehensive Examination. The student can repeat the Comprehensive Examination only once. After passing the Comprehensive Examination, a PhD student registers for the thesis and starts in consultation with his/her supervisor, preparing his/her thesis.

All PhD students are required to submit a thesis that contains the findings of their research project which carries 0 credit hours. Students will select a research topic via consultation with their supervisors who will guide the students in the preparation and the progress of both research work and thesis writing.

The students will defend their thesis in front of a Thesis Examination Committee in a public seminar. All Master’s and PhD theses should be submitted according to the Thesis Format specified by the Graduate Studies Administration.

Other graduation requirements for the PhD programmes are (i) taking a Seminar Course for two semesters, and (ii) taking the course RKGS 6000 Values, Technology and Society. If it is deemed necessary to reinforce and/or supplement the engineering background of a PhD student, he/she could be asked by his/her supervisor to attend certain undergraduate or postgraduate courses as special-requirement courses and/or audit courses.

a. MEC 8999 Thesis (0 credits)

b. MEC 7995 Comprehensive Examination

c. MEC 8994 Research Proposal

d. MEC 7101 System Modeling and Simulation (3 credits)

Elementary mechanical and manufacturing systems, fundamental techniques for systems modeling, simulation of system response, general purpose simulation language, digital simulation of mechanical and manufacturing systems, statistical analysis of simulation results, probabilistic aspect of simulation; course project to model, simulate and evaluate the performance of specific system.

e. MEC 7102 Advanced Finite Element Methods (3 credits)

Applied functional analysis, mathematical setting of variational formulations of PDEs, examples of PDEs from diffusion, elasticity and plasticity and fluid mechanics, penalty method, boundary integral elements, basic error estimation in finite element analysis. Emphasis on the methodology for developing the finite element method by using calculus of variation.

f. MEC 7103 Design Optimization (3 credits)

Optimization methods, computational aspects of various optimization techniques and item application to design and manufacturing systems multi-objective and multi-disciplinary optimization, nonlinear integer programming, geometric programming, sensitivity analysis.

g. MEC 7104 Advanced Metal Forming (3 credits)

Analytical methods in metal forming processes including slab approach. Theory of plasticity, upper and lower bound methods, and their application to analysis of selected metal forming processes. Formality, metallurgy and hydrostatic stresses. Forming limit diagrams, calculations and experimental determinations. Stamping and super plasticity in sheet metals. Practical problems encountered in metal forming.

h. MEC 7105 High Speed Machining (3 credits)

Machine tool requirements, cutting tool properties, work material characteristics, machinability; cutting force and power consumption, heat generation, cooling methods, wear mechanisms, mechanical and thermal distortion compensations, dynamic aspects, high speed machining of hardened alloyed steel, heat resistant steel, titanium alloys and advanced composite materials.

i. MEC 7106 Advanced Micro-Manufacturing Technology (3 credits)

Principles of electronic manufacturing technologies. Processing of integrated circuits. Overview of IC processing. Advanced theory and practice : silicon processing, crystal growing, defects, diffusion mechanisms. Layer processing using IC fabrication. Integrating the fabricated steps. Soldering and solderability. Automatic soldering techniques. Automatic electronic assembly. Leaded components insertion. Surface mount technology. Design for assembly. Assembly and reliability. Life cycle engineering.

j. MEC 7107 Japanese Manufacturing Methods (3 credits)

Overview on Japanese approaches to manufacturing, organisation, working life, teams, religious influences, historical change points, fundamentals of the system, the Toyota Production system, Just in Time, Kanban, Jidoka, Heijunka system tools. Andon, Nagara and Poka Yoke, SMED, quality control principle, statistical methods, design of experiments, Taguchi techniques, Total Quality, purchasing and supply, business process reengineering.

k. MEC 7191 Advanced Topics in Manufacturing Engineering (3 credits)

This course will reflect current trends of research and development in the field of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

l. MEC 7197 Seminar (0 credit)

Research seminars on current topics.

m. MEC 7198 (0 credit)

Research seminars on current topics.


Entry Requirements


Study Mode Duration Tuition Fees Intake Date
Full Time
Minimum of 2 years
Normal of 3 years
Maximum of 6 years
MYR 3,200 per semester
Jul 2011
Nov 2011
Part Time
Minimum of 3 years
Normal of 6 years 
Maximum of 8 years
MYR 1,600 per semester
Jul 2011
Nov 2011

Students must have:

  • A relevant master’s degree with good grades from IIUM or any other institutes of higher learning recognized by the IIUM Senate in the relevant area, or
  • Any other certificates that are recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree and relevant professional experience that is recognized by the Senate in the relevant area.

Language Requirements

Applicants must present:

  • A score of 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or
  • 6.0 points in the test administered by the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Applicants who are unable to submit satisfactory results in any of the above test may take up language proficiency courses at the University to fulfill the admission requirements.