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MSc by Research in Engineering

MSc by Research in Engineering

The MSc by Research in Engineering degree is awarded for independent investigation of specialised areas in Engineering.

Currently this degree is offered with an optional concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Candidates for this degree are supervised by experienced researchers and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. M.Sc. by Research in Engineering candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen topic.

Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Program Chair  

Dr. Jamal Zemerly

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Program Goals

  • To provide graduates with specialization in their field of study
  • To equip graduates with research skills and techniques
  • To equip graduates with research communication skills
  • To equip graduates with personal effectiveness skills
  • To produce graduates who will make substantial contributions to academia, industry, business, and the community
  • To undertake and publish research that is relevant to industry and business, and is highly regarded by the international community

Program Outcomes

A student graduating with an M.Sc. by Research in Engineering degree will be able to:

  • demonstrate a good level of understanding and specialization in his/her field of study
  • conduct independent investigation with rigour and discrimination
  • show an appreciation of the relationship of the area of his/her research to a wider field of knowledge
  • demonstrate a critical appreciation of the literature in his/her area of research
  • make a contribution to the body of knowledge in his/her field of study
  • demonstrate an ability to appraise critically his/her contribution in the context of his/her overall investigation
  • constructively defend his/her research outcomes
  • write clearly, accurately, cogently, and in a style appropriate to purpose
  • construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas clearly to a range of audiences
  • demonstrate personal effectiveness attributes including initiative, motivation, flexibility, self-discipline, self-reliance, and the capacity to work independently

Career Opportunities

The field of engineering and the wide range of disciplines it encompasses touch virtually  every aspect of human life. An MSc by research in Engineering opens a wide range of career opportunities, in which the graduate can have a leading role, that include: 

  • Communication Systems
  • Industrial Control
  • Electronic Systems Design
  • Aviation Industry
  • Computer Systems
  • Military and Police
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Information Security
  • Transportation Systems
  • Software Development
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Research and Development
  • Health-Care Systems
  • Multimedia and Entertainment

The university general graduate studies admission requirements apply for admission to the MSc by Research in Engineering program.

Bachelor degrees relevant for admission to the Electrical and Computer Engineering concentration of the program are Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Technology. Candidates with degrees in other pertinent specializations may also be considered. In such cases, candidates will be asked to submit course descriptions along with their transcripts.

Duration of study

The minimum period of study will be 1.5 years (3 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of full-time registration and 2.5 years (5 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of part-time registration. This study period includes the time taken to write-up the thesis. 

The maximum period of study will be 2.5 years (5 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of full-time registration and 4 years (8 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of part-time registration. This study period includes the time taken to write-up the thesis. In exceptional cases, an extension of registration may be granted. 

Program Structure

The MSc by Research in Engineering is conducted by a major research component and 9 credits of taught courses. Overall the program is equivalent to 36 credit hours.

The taught courses component includes a course on research methods (ENGR 695), a master's level course in advanced mathematics and two Master's level engineering courses. The advanced mathematics courses that students can select include MATH 601, MATH 602, MATH 603, and MATH 604. The engineering courses will depend on the particular discipline that the student selects to concentrate on during his/her studies. The academic advisor and the Program Chair provide advice to the student about the courses to enroll on to meet the taught course requirement of the program. 

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Progress induction and project selection

1st progress report

  • Review state of the art literature
  • Define the research topic 
  • Develop the research plan 

2nd progress report

  • Details of progress achieved
  • Description of major obstacles
  • Refine research plan  

3rd progress report

  • Details of progress achieved
  • Develop thesis outline
  • Refine research plan 

Final thesis 

  • Appointment of examinars
  • Conduct thesis examination
  • Approve examination outcome