The PhD degree is a 36-unit programme. Students will complete 12 units of core courses and 9 units of electives and a 15-unit research project. At least 21 units of study must be taken from courses taught at the Centre of Excellence in Marine and Offshore Engineering. The availability of the various options is dependent on the enrolment of students in such areas. The PhD candidate should be one who is physically and mentally stable to apply a substantial body of knowledge to analysis, research and development to evolve new hypothesis and technology in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice. At the Centre, students are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research, while they are being supported in the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.
The aim of the programmes is to impart state-of-the-art theoretical knowledge and practical skills to students for cutting-edge research, innovative design, and the development of safe, efficient and reliable maritime systems, processes, equipment and structures. The objectives of the programmes at the Centre of Excellence in Marine and Offshore/Subsea Engineering are to
Objectives of the programmes
Impart students with the principles of Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Offshore and Subsea Engineering that would reflect the requirements of ship and boat building firms; oil/ gas industries, security operatives and governmental agencies;
Train students to prepare and read technical drawings of engineering designs, manufacturing, and assembling of engineering structures and systems.
Furnish students with the state-of-the-art technologies for the optimal implementation of soft and hardware
Teach entrepreneurial skills that can facilitate human capacity building, for sustainable socio-economic development
To make professionals to be adequately trained to improve on indigenous technology with a view to enhancing local problem solving and resource optimization.
Develop students in critical reasoning, good professional judgment, and the ability to take responsibility when undertaking important tasks.
Train students to run, maintain, and repair ship power plants, instrumentation, and onboard equipment necessary for the propulsion and safety of the ship’s hull, and for the care, comfort, and safety of passengers and crew.
Equip them with tools and skills required to design reliable, efficient, and economically viable marine power plants and their control systems.
Help students with skills solve complex engineering problems related to shipbuilding, offshore and subsea systems using Computer-Aided Engineering software (such as CAE, CAD, CAM), mathematical analysis, and empirical procedures.
Make them to be proficient in maritime operations so as to carry out ship’s hull and equipment, offshore and subsea systems surveying for classification societies, and consultancy work.
At the end of their training, graduates of the PhD programme may find employment at managerial, supervisory or consultant positions in the following areas.
- Oil and Gas producing/Marine Service Companies.
- Engineering design, System modelling and Manufacturing establishments.
- Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and Parastatals.
- Research and Development (R&D) firms.
- Educational Institutions
- Ship and boat-building yards.
- Shipping and Fishing industries.
- Marine survey and Certification firms.
- Engineering consultancy
- Environmental consultancy.
A study reports that about 30% of the activities in 60% of all occupations could be automated. This means that many workers will find themselves working alongside rapidly evolving robotics, pushing human counterparts to keep pace. Hence in addition to the sound theoretical concept, the knowledge of artificial intelligence, allocation of more time for Practical, and the use of modern training software and simulators in core courses are emphasized in the course content. Furthermore, the PhD programme curricula emphasize the 21st Century skills as recommended by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The five Cs of curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. These prepare the student’s mind to easily adapt to and maximize the usage of resources within the contemporary work environment.
Information gathering; Objective analysis; Attention to details; Contrast between abstract and concrete facts; Sensitivity to uncertainties; Good validation procedures; and Technology literacy to enable the students to confidently decipher facts in the sea of information with minimal fear, errors, and doubts (FED), as well as guarantee the credibility of the source of information.
Self-discipline; moral rectitude; honesty & trustworthiness; proactiveness; self-motivation; leadership charisma; managerial acumen; being dynamic & resilient; productivity and good interpersonal skills are intangible but very crucial in preparing the student for a successful personal as well as professional life after graduation
Learning Outcomes and Skills
The Centre offers students the opportunity to acquire advanced specialist knowledge, research tools, practical training and confidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication, and expert handling of problems for cost-effective solutions. Thus, they aptly identify, model, and evolve veritable solutions to these problems using conventional scientific procedures or evolve novel but verifiable techniques. Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy should be able to:
- Make an original and substantial contribution to the knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice.
- Show a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of issues within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.
- Evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods, and processes in research projects.
- Independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice.
- Implement expert technical and creative skills appropriate to the field of work or learning.
- Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas.
- Work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people.
- Communicate orally and in written form sufficient to publish and present their work, and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Conduct research independently while applying appropriate judgement, adaptability, authoritativeness, and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
- Comprehend and implement research as to satisfy technical, socioeconomic and ethical factors while observing appropriate professional behaviour, rules and regulations.
In addition to the sound theoretical concept, the knowledge of artificial intelligence and allocation of more time for the laboratory is incorporated. This is done via the inclusion of: