PhD in Engineering Education
The PhD in Engineering Education is a full research mode program. For the completion of the program, candidates are required to complete six courses which award 12 credits. The courses provide candidates with the fundamentals of engineering education, as well as the basics in designing research frameworks and proposals. The graduate committee may also require candidates to attend additional courses throughout their studies in order to strengthen their foundation in a particular learning domain.
The programme is suitable for graduates who seek employments at universities, colleges, polytechnics, industries, consulting firms, publishers and government agencies. It is also applicable for engineering education researchers, engineers, educational training specialists and technical communication specialists. The programme is also relevant to directors of teaching or learning centers, diversity programs or outreach programs.
Engineering education is about how we can best educate future engineers. Therefore, the research areas for our PhD and MPhil programmes include the following components which can be investigated independently or integrated with other areas of inquiry:
• Engineering Learning Approaches – research on engineering learners’ developing knowledge and competencies in context.
• Engineering Teaching Strategies – research on the instructional design, and teaching methods
• Engineering Assessment – research on assessment methods, instruments and measurements to inform engineering education practice.
• Engineering Epistemologies – research on what constitutes engineering thinking and knowledge within a particular context.
• STEM Education Research – research on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in school and university settings as the talent pipeline for developing engineers of the twenty-first century.
• Engineering Education for Sustainable Development – research on developing and instilling sustainable development through teaching and learning, training and curricula through engineering approaches at all levels.
Due to its multidisciplinary nature, there is a wide variety of career options for graduates of this programme. Knowledge of the technical and social science aspects of engineering opens up opportunities for graduates to be well suited for both fields. This is especially when meeting the unique requirements of multidisciplinary knowledge and abilities demanded by both areas. Among the potential career for graduates are:
• Academics in engineering sciences, social sciences and education
• Academic administrators of engineering schools or departments in higher learning institutes
• Engineering and technology curriculum developers
• Higher education consultants and trainers
• Training designers and developers in industries
• Instructional designers
• Content developers in publishing companies
• Practicing engineers or administrators in industries
• Trainers and coach in industry