Skip to main content
Please wait...
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
Modes of Study  Full-time/ Part-time
Duration 3 Years
Level Postgraduate
Course Code 10DRPE


The Doctor  of  Philosophy  (PhD)  in Engineering was  conceptualised against  the  back‐drop  of  the above imperatives and aims at 
producing scientific researchers in various sub‐fields of learning related to engineering. This PhD will be offered in all Departments 
in the Faculty of Engineering where the necessary capacity exists, or can be sourced.
Students  will  develop  a  thorough  understanding  of  relevant  methodological  approaches,  and  develop  competence  in  the 
application of qualitative, design, mixed‐mode and quantitative research methods through participation in research projects under 
supervision  of experienced  staff members. The  precise  focus  of the  research will  be  determined through  dialogue  between  the 
candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of Engineering.
The research output of students, in the form of a thesis, must be an original and substantive contribution to the existing body of 
knowledge in the relevant engineering sub‐field of learning/area of specialisation. 


Admission Requirements 

Applicants who hold qualifications from recognised institutions at NQF Level 9, or equivalent, in relevant sub‐fields of Engineering 
may  be  considered  for  admission  to  this  programme.  Applicants  need  to  provide  evidence  of  having  conducted  supervised 
research at master degree level, and may be required to make up specific deficiencies. In addition, applicants may be required to 
attend a  pre‐selection  interview.  The  final  selection  and  admission  of  candidates  will  be approved  by  the  Postgraduate  Studies
Applicants  from  other  institutions  must  submit  detailed  information  on  all  courses  in  their  previous  qualifications,  as  well  as 
contact details of three referees. The latter also applies to applicants who have been working in the field subsequent to obtaining 
their previous qualifications. Exceptions may be approved by  the Postgraduate Studies Committee, and all admissions are at the
discretion of the Postgraduate Studies Committee.
Registration prior to the approval of a research proposal is provisional and will be made official only when the proposal is approved 
by  the  Postgraduate Studies  Committee. These  procedures will  be  fully explained  to each  prospective  student  during his  or  her 
personal interview. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the PhD programme will be able to work as university academics and researchers, consultants, senior managers in both the public and private sectors, or take up applied and interdisciplinary research positions in governmental and / or non-governmental organisations where there is increasing demand for professionals with advanced academic and technical skills.

About Namibia University of Science and Technology

logo crest


A premier technological university known for knowledge creation, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


An engaged and responsive university, meeting the needs of stakeholders through excellent education, applied research, innovation and service.

Vist NUST website