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Ph.D. Research Areas At the United Arab Emirates University

Ph.D. Research Areas At the United Arab Emirates University Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies

Ph.D. Research Areas at the Faculty of Engineering




Architectural Engineering

1. Architectural Theory and Criticism

2. Urban Planning and Infrastructure

3. Building Construction and Project Management

4. Sustainable Built Environment

5. Building Performance and Technology

Civil Engineering

1. Structural Engineering

2. Construction Engineering and Management

3. Highway and Transportation

4. Geotechnical Engineering

5. Water Resources Engineering

6. Environmental Engineering



Chemical Engineering

1. Gas separation and industrial wastewater treatment technologies

2. Polymer and membrane processing

3. Biotechnology and biochemical engineering

4. Food and pharmaceutical processing

5. Desalination and water purification

6. CO2 capture and environmental engineering

Electrical Engineering

1. Power Systems, Power Electronic and Control Systems.

2. Electronics and Microelectronics.

3. Communications, Signal Processing, and Communication Networks.

4. Computer Systems and Networks.

Material Science and Engineering

1. Polymer/Composite Materials

2. Energy/Superconducting Materials

3. Ceramics

4. Nanomaterials

5. Stress/Fatigue/Fracture Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering

1. Thermofluids

2. Dynamics and Control

3. Materials

4. Nanotechnology

5. Biotechnology

6. Energy and Environment

Petroleum Engineering

1. Reservoir characterization and engineering

2. Enhanced oil recovery and production operations

3. Fluid Flow in Porous Media

4. Modeling of Fluid Properties of Crude Oil and Natural Gas

5. Multiphase Flow in Wells

Water Resources

1. Fluid mechanics and hydraulics

2. Water resources management

3. Surface water hydrology

4. Ground water

5. Desalination and wastewater treatment

6. Coastal hydraulics

Ph.D. Research Areas at the Faculty of Science




Cellular and Molecular Biology

1. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (Helicobacter pylori, Streptococcal infections,

and Tuberculosis)

2. Molecular Genetics of Plant Immunity.

3. Neuroscience, embryology

4. Cancer Research.

5. Nanoparticles applications in preventive medicine.

6. MRI-based diagnostics

Ecology and Environmental Biology

1. Climate Change and Desert ecosystems.

2. Terrestrial plant ecology.

3. GIS/GPS and desert ecosystems.

4. Wildlife Disease Ecology

5. Tick ecology and tick-borne diseases

6. Conservation biology: especially seabirds.

7. Microbial Source Tracking and Water Quality.

8. Behavioral Ecology.

9. Behavioral Markers of Water Pollutants.

10. Aquatic Ecology research.

11. Marine Biology and coastal management.

12. Marine Ecosystem interactions.

13. Soil and Agriculture Microbiology


Organic Chemistry

1. Organic Synthesis

2. Green Chemistry

3. Natural Products Chemistry

4. Bioactive Compounds

5. Polymer Chemistry

6. Catalysis

Analytical Chemistry

1. Bioanalytical Chemistry

2. Chemical Sensors

3. Environmental Chemistry

4. Biological Mass spectrometry


1. Applied Geophysics (Development of interpretation techniques and modeling)

Engineering and Environmental



2. Stratigraphical, Micropaleontological Studies and Sequence Stratigraphy

3. Geochemistry and Petrology of the Ophiolites Rocks.

4. Environmental and Engineering Geology, Site Investigation, Soil and Rock Mechanics.

5. Groundwater quality using isotopic and chemical approaches.


6. Groundwater - Surface Water Interactions.

7. Petroleum Geochemistry

8. Fluid Inclusions and Ore Deposits

Mathematical Sciences

Pure Mathematics

1. Eigenvalue Problems

2. Combinatorial Number Theory: Additive Number Theory, Integer Partitions, Relation Algebras, Convolution Algebras.

3. Algebra: Torsion Units of Integral Group Rings ZG of Finite Groups.

4. Geometric function theory; particularly quasiconformal groups.

5. Knot Theory, Low dimensional topology, spatial graphs. Applied Algebra and Cryptography.

6. Functional analysis, operator algebras and C*-algebras, unitary groups of C*-algebras, K-Theory, Banach Spaces.

7. Complex Analysis in one variable.

Applied Mathematics

1. Wavelets theory

2. Passive Scalar Transport

3. Dynamical systems:

4. Numerical Analysis

5. Numerical Analysis & Numerical Mathematical Biology

6. Numerical Analysis: Bifurcation theory

7. Computational fluid mechanics, environmental mathematics, numerical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations.

8. Mathematical Modeling

9. Stochastic calculus


1. Experimental Condensed Matter Physics.

2. Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.

3. Medical Physics.

4. Mathematical and Computational Physics.

5. Atomic Physics.

6. High Energy and Elementary Particle Physics.

7. Nanostructures and Nano-devices.

8. Nuclear and Plasma Physics.

9. Laser Physics.

10. Astrophysics.

Ph.D. Research Areas at Faculty of Information Technology



Computer Engineering (Computer System Design)

1. VLSI/IC design

2. Nanoelectronics (beyond CMOS)


3. Testing and fault tolerance

4. Circuit and system reliability

5. Computer aided design / electronic design automation

6. Wireless sensor networks and communications

7. Neural networks

8. High performance computing

9. Parallel computing

10. Computer architectures

11. Embedded systems

12. Reconfigurable computing

Computer Science (Intelligent Systems)

1. Bioinformatics

2. Parallel and distributed computing


3. Computer aided learning

4. Arabic computing

5. Robotics

6. Artificial intelligence

7. Intelligent systems applications in smart cities, smart energy systems, etc.

8. Social nets and Web 2.0

9. Quality of service management in service- oriented architectures (SOA)

10. Mobile service provisioning and context management


1. Web services

2. Cloud/internet computing

3. Systems performance evaluation

4. Electronic/mobile government

5. Electronic/mobile commerce

6. Learning technology

7. Telemedicine

8. Social networks

9. Portal technology

10. Ubiquitous computing

11. Internet of things

Enterprise Systems

1. Web services

2. Databases

3. Strategic information systems

4. Data mining

5. Business intelligence

6. Enterprise resource planning

7. Enterprise architectures

8. Organizational information systems

9. Service oriented systems

10. Semantic web

11. Health information systems

Software Engineering

1. Software measurement

2. System evolution

3. Software testing

4. Software quality evaluation

5. Performance engineering

6. Project management

7. Rapid development of domain-specific software tools

8. Software architecture development and evaluation

9. Search-based software engineering

10. Software product lines

11. Software ecosystems

12. Adaptive and multi-device user interfaces

13. Enterprise applications

14. Embedded systems

15. Formal methods

16. Information transformation

17. Hybrid systems modeling

18. Computational linguistics

19. Design analysis

20. Cooperative distributed systems

21. Information integration for decentralized applications

22. Intelligence in decentralized applications

23. Agent-oriented modeling for decentralized applications

Network Engineering

1. Mobile and pervasive computing

2. Autonomic computing and communication

3. Network management

4. Wireless sensor networks

5. Mobile ad hoc networks

6. Vehicular ad hoc networks

7. Routing protocols

8. Quality of service

9. Video and voice over IP networks

10. Real-time and multimedia systems

11. Network modeling

12. Performance analysis

13. Radio frequency networks

14. Optical networks

15. Middleware

16. Radio resource management

17. Multi-hop wireless networks

Information Security

1. Network security and dependability

2. Intrusion detection, diagnosis, and mitigation

3. Firewalls

4. Virtual private networks (VPNs)

5. Computer networks and protocols

6. Broadband wireless networks

7. Authentication and access control

8. Secure network protocols

9. Security in emerging technologies

Ph.D. Research Areas at the Faculty of Food and Agriculture



Aridland Agriculture

1. Horticulture

2. Water use in Agriculture

3. Aquaculture

4. Animal Science


1. Natural resources and environmental policy

2. Food security strategies and policy

Food Science

1. Food quality and safety (Food composition and analysis)

2. Food technology and processing

3. Food innovation and functional foods

Nutrition & Health

1. Functional foods

2. Nutrition and chronic disease management and prevention

3. Sociocultural determinants of food choices and nutritional disparities

4. Community nutrition interventions to improve health

Ph.D. Research Areas at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



All Ph.D. research is centrally coordinated in this faculty

1. Arabic Language and Literature

2. English Literature,


3. World Literature,

4. Comparative Literature (Arabic/English)

5. Geography

6. History, with a focus on the Middle East

7. Linguistics, with a focus on neuro-linguistics, TESOL

8. Mass Communication

9. Philosophy, with a focus on the Arabic philosophical tradition, political theory

10. Political Science, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations

11. Psychology, with a focus on educational measurement, social psychology, and clinical psychology

12. Sociology, with a focus on rapid social change in a traditional society, family and gender

13. Social Work, with a focus on rapid social change in a traditional society, family and gender Translation Studies

PhD Research Areas - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Anatomy and Cell Biology

1. Gross and Clinical Anatomy

2. Tissue Distribution and Effect of Neuropeptides and Neurotransmitters in Diabetes Mellitus

3. Cell and Tissue Morphology in Health and Disease

4. Pancreas Transplantation

5. Neuroscience

6. Type 1 Diabetes and EAE-mechanisms Underlying MLD-STZ Induced Diabetes and Experimental Autoimmune Diabetes

7. Stem Cells

8. Carcinogenesis

9. Epithelial Cell Biology

10. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

1. Neuromodulation of the Immune Resonse

2. Neurodegenerative Diseases

3. Molecular Toxicology

4. Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetic Regulation and Cancer

5. Cell Signaling Mechanism in Cancer

6. Antimicrobial and Antidiabetic Peptides

Experimental Pathology

1. Molecular Mechanisms of Diseases

2. Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy

3. Early Detection of Cancer

4. Prevention of Cancer

Pathology (Human Genetics)

1. Identification of Disease Genes

2. Elucidation of the Cellular Mechanisms of Genetic Diseases

3. Development of Novel Therapies and Diagnostics for Genetic Diseases

Microbiology & Immunology

1. Immunotherapy of Cancer

2. Immunoregulation of Bacterial Infections

3. Molecular Epidemiology of Drug-resistant Bacteria

4. Molecular Typing of Nosocomial Pathogens

5. Oncogenic Viruses

6. Viral Tumor Biology and Pathology

7. Mechanisms of Inflammation and Autoimmune Diseases

8. Molecular Mechanisms of Retroviral RNA Transport, Packaging and Gene Regulation

9. Development of Retroviral Vectors for Gene Therapy

Pharmacology and Toxicology




Neurotransmitters and Receptors


Neurodegenerative Diseases






Effect of Herbs on Gastric Ulcer


Gastric Acid Inhibitors and Antiulcer Drugs


Effect of

drugs on inflammation in

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Identification of Ion Channels and Neuronal Networks


Identification of Ion Channels and Neuronal Networks


Modulation of Neuronal Excitability by

Neuropharmacologically Active Agents.



Pulmoneary Physiology


Cardiovascular Physiology


Smooth Muscle Physiology



Public Health / Occupational Health in Department of Community Medicine


Occupational Health and Occupational Medicine


Epidemiology and Control of Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease or Cancer or Injury or Infectious Diseases



Social and Family Factors that Influence Health Behaviour and Chronic, Lifestyle-related Diseases


Health of Migrant Workers


Refugee Physical and Mental Health


Health Systems Research including Cost of Health Care


Epidemic Disease and Air Travel


Disease Modelling, Including HIV Transmission and Control


Statistical Analysis of Epidemiological Data for Understanding Aetiology


Intentional Injuries (Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Bullying)


Epidemiology and Social Impact of HIV/AIDS


Road Traffic Crashes (Epidemiology, Social and Economical Impact)


Infectious Disease (Epidemiology and Prevention)

Genetics and Development Research Priority Group (Interdepartmental Program in Human Genetics)


Human Molecular Genetics




Population Genetics



Biochemical Genetics


Genetics of Complex Diseases


Cellular Genetics

Cancer Biology

1. Novel Therapeutics

2. Pathways of Growth, Survival, Invasion and Metastases

3. Cancer Stem Cells

4. Cancer Cachexia


1. Neurodegenerative Diseases include Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.

2. Neurogenetics include Genetic Basis of Developmental Brain Disorders and Age Associate neurodegenerative Diseases.

3. Developmental Brain Disorders includes Mental Retardation, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism and Neuro-psychiatry.

4. Gene-environment Interactions include Characterization of the Role of Intentional and Unintentional Exposure to Environmental Pollutants that are Relevant to the UAE Population (e.g. smoking, pesticides, insecticides, water and food pollutants etc.) in the Pathogeneis of Neurological Disorders. Moreover, the Interaction Among Genetic, Environmental Factors and Life Style on Human Susceptibility to Neurological Disorders.

5. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation includes Studies of Mechanisms of Brain Plasticity in Normal Subjects and Movement Disorders Across the Lifespan. The use of TMS in Non- invasive Modulation of Brain Plasticity and its Potential Applications in Therapy and Neurorehabilitation.

6. Effect of Spoken Language on Arousal, Neurophysiologic, Neuroendocrine Parameters.

7. Spoken Language Effect on Altering Self Perception, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Capacity.

Ph.D. Research Areas at the Faculty of Education




1. Mathematics Education

Curriculum and Instruction

2. Science Education

3. Language and Literacy Education

Special Education

Special Education

Foundations of Education

Leadership and Policy Studies in Education