PromISE Dr.Ing + Ph.D


UKM-UDE Double Degree Ph.D. and Dr.-Ing Program

PromISE is a bi-national and structured doctoral program between the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) in Germany and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Malaysia. Doctoral candidates are offered the unique chance to get a double degree as Dr.-Ing. and Ph.D, execute research in an international scientific environment and become familiar with different cultures between the UDE and UKM. This program is designed as a research project for 3 to 4 years, accompanied by course and colloquia.

The research projects shall be interdisciplinary by nature, combining different fields of science, either within faculties of Engineering or bridging to other faculties. All topics shall also combine strength and support both partner universities and societies. All projects will be supervised by two professors, one from each university; research is executed at both universities, following the so-called sandwich scheme. Such arrangements will be retained in a cotutelle agreement.

Supervisors – Supervisor 1 should be from UDE if candidate is currently studying at UDE, while Supervisor 2 should be from UKM. Vice-versa, Supervisor 1 should be from UKM if candidate is currently studying at UKM, while Supervisor 2 should be from UDE.

This program is structured in three stages with an overall duration of 3 – 4 years. It is compulsory to spend at least one year at each partner university, continuously or by several research visits. The stages for the program will be:

  • Stage 1 – Orientation and Preparation
  • Stage 2 – Research
  • Stage 3 – Writing

Actual Research Clusters

  • Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Modern Materials
  • Prefabricated Construction and Building Physics
  • Power system and Distribution
  • Communication (Technical systems – Human/ Intercultural aspects)
  • Engineering Education
  • Medical Engineering

Expected Qualifications: Applicants should hold a Bachelor and a Master degree in Engineering or related fields with excellent grades, have a strong quantitative methodological background and a genuine interest in carrying out active research in an international environment.

Application: The official application form with further details can be found on the PromISE website:

For more information on and to apply for PromISE, visit the website ( or kindly contact Mercator Office.