Ph.D. Electrical Engineering

Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering

Program details

The Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering at UPES School of Advanced Engineering offers a comprehensive and structured curriculum designed to prepare candidates for leadership roles in academia, research, and industry. The program encompasses a balanced mix of teaching responsibilities, coursework, and original research. Teaching components play a crucial role in the program, with candidates participating in teaching assistantships, leading lab sessions, grading assignments, and eventually gaining independence in teaching undergraduate courses under faculty supervision. Mentorship is emphasized, involving candidates in guiding undergraduate and junior graduate students, fostering their development in coursework and research. Professional development workshops focus on effective teaching methods, classroom management, and communication skills, ensuring candidates evolve into proficient educators.

The coursework covers core areas of electrical engineering, advanced mathematics, specialised electives aligned with research interests, and interdisciplinary courses in related fields. Research methods instruction equips candidates with qualitative and quantitative research skills, while seminars and interdisciplinary courses provide exposure to current trends in electrical engineering and related disciplines. Ethics in research is a key component, instilling responsible conduct and ethical considerations specific to electrical engineering research.

The heart of the program is the research project and dissertation phase. Candidates engage in original research contributing new knowledge to the field, supported by courses guiding them through proposal development, literature review strategies, and dissertation structuring. The dissertation defense marks the culmination, where candidates present and defend their research findings before a committee. Overall, the UPES Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering ensures a holistic approach, blending academic rigor with practical teaching experience and cutting-edge research, fostering the development of well-rounded scholars and leaders in the field.

Program Highlights

  • The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering spans 3 to 5 years, providing a comprehensive research experience. Students benefit from a generous monthly stipend of up to ₹30,000, fostering financial support throughout their academic journey.
  • Exceptional students holding NET-JRF or INSPIRE fellowships are entitled to an annual cash grant of ₹2,00,000, further enhancing the program's financial backing for outstanding researchers.
  • The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program boasts a state-of-the-art Battery testing lab funded by DST-FIST, empowering students to conduct groundbreaking experiments in extreme charging, discharging, and Battery Management System (BMS) testing for their research pursuits.
  • The Electrical cluster is well-equipped with essential software tools such as PowerFactory, MATLAB, PSCad, ETAP, and a Thermal Power Plant simulator. These resources offer students a practical edge, enabling them to conduct simulations crucial for their research endeavors.
  • The Electrical cluster facilitates hands-on research through the Battery testing lab, providing students with a unique environment for experimentation and innovation, fostering practical skills alongside theoretical knowledge.
  • Students benefit from mentorship by world-class faculty in the electrical domain, drawn from prestigious institutions such as IITs, NITs, and top QS-ranking universities. This ensures a high-quality learning experience with guidance from renowned experts in the field.


The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program at UPES School of Advanced Engineering is designed to cultivate scholars who will make significant contributions to the field. The program's education objectives are multifaceted, aiming to foster advanced research skills, critical thinking, and innovation in electrical engineering. Graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of electrical engineering, contribute to the development of cutting-edge technologies, and engage in scholarly activities that enhance the global knowledge base in the field. Moreover, the program seeks to instill a commitment to ethical conduct, effective communication, and leadership, empowering graduates to excel in both academia and industry while addressing the evolving challenges in electrical engineering with creativity and expertise. Through a rigorous curriculum and research opportunities, the Ph.D. program at UPES School of Advanced Engineering aims to produce scholars who shape the future of electrical engineering through impactful contributions and leadership.

The future scope of a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering is promising, aligning with dynamic market trends. The surge in Electric Vehicles (EVs) necessitates skilled R&D engineers for advancements in EV technologies and transportation electrification. Additionally, the focus on Smart Grids and Power Systems, particularly in India's smart grid development, underscores the demand for electrical grid R&D and engineers. The global push towards sustainability fuels the need for researchers in Renewable Energy, exploring innovations in wind, solar, and energy storage systems. The integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) into electrical systems creates a niche for program graduates, preparing them for emerging roles in IoT and Connectivity. Furthermore, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in optimizing electrical systems and decision-making adds another layer of expertise. The program's relevance extends to Advanced Electronics and Semiconductor Technologies, crucial for innovations across industries. Finally, Energy Storage and Battery Technologies research becomes imperative for the integration of renewable energy, grid stabilization, and portable devices, solidifying the program's significance in shaping the future of electrical engineering.

Career Opportunities

Ph.D. graduates in Electrical Engineering unlock diverse career paths, including Research and Development (R&D), where they pioneer innovation and contribute to technology evolution. Academic roles beckon as professors or lecturers, nurturing the next generation of engineers. Opportunities extend to Electrical Design and System Integration, Renewable Energy, and Sustainability, addressing global demands for eco-friendly solutions. Specialised fields like Smart Grids, Power Systems, Electronics, and Semiconductors offer roles in optimization and cutting-edge development. The burgeoning Electric Vehicle (EV) sector seeks expertise in EV design, charging infrastructure, and batteries. Energy Storage and Battery Technologies present roles in enhancing storage solutions. Additionally, graduates can delve into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, applying their skills to optimize electrical systems across various industries.


In the competitive landscape of Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering placements, our program consistently achieves remarkable success. Over the past year, our graduates have secured prestigious positions in both academia and industry, reflecting the program's commitment to fostering versatile expertise. Graduates have assumed influential roles in cutting-edge research institutions, contributing to advancements in fields such as power systems, telecommunications, and microelectronics. Additionally, our strong industry connections have facilitated placements in renowned technology companies, where Ph.D. holders have excelled in innovative projects spanning from renewable energy solutions to semiconductor design. The program's emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, hands-on research, and industry-relevant skill development ensures that our graduates are well-prepared for the dynamic challenges of the electrical engineering landscape. As we celebrate our 1-year milestone, we take pride in the impactful contributions our alumni continue to make in shaping the future of electrical engineering.

Admission Details

July 2024 Intake
Key TimelinesImportant Dates
Last Date to ApplyJune 3, 2024
RET ExamJune 10, 2024
RET Result DeclarationJune 21, 2024
Submission of Research Proposal 
on - approx. 1000 
June 26, 2024
Online Interview Booking/SchedulingJuly 3th, 2024
InterviewsJuly 18, 19 & 22 July 2024
Interview Result DeclarationJuly 30, 2024
Last date to Pay FeeAug 4, 2024
Registration DateAug 8, 2024
Orientation DateAug 9, 2024
Commencement of SessionAug 12, 2024

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