Entrance exams and interviews

Entrance Exams

Faculty of Engineering

Entrance Examination

Students are required to pass successfully an entrance examination that focuses on the students’ academic background in the related program and on their analytical abilities.

Entrance exam will include two parts, one hour each. The first part is a general graduate examination and the second is a technical examination.

The first part is general Exam:

The general examination part (one hour exam) will mainly focus on assessing the student’s creativity required for him/her to make a transition to being a distinguished independent researcher; the exam would include both multiple-choice and essay writing questions to access the student’s ability to think outside of the box (lateral thinking), how well he/she can analyse ideas (mainly analytical and mathematical ability), and finally how practical he/she is to transform ideas into research/artefacts (logical reasoning and scientific arguing abilities).

The second part (Subject Exam):

The technical examination part (one-hour exam) assess the student’s basic scientific background in the following specialization   for each department as follows:

A- Programs Available for MSc and PhD degrees: (nine programs)

  1. Electronics and Communications Entrance Exam (Multiple-Choice Questions):
  • Analog and Digital Communications & Optics.
  • Digital Signal Processing.
  • Analog and Digital Electronics & Microwaves
  • Biomedical and Bioinformatics Engineering
  1. Computer Science and Engineering Entrance Exam
    1. Discrete Mathematics and Probability
    2. Algorithms and Data Structure
    3. Computer Programming
    4. Systems (Architecture, Operating Systems, and Networking)
  1. Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering Entrance Exam (Multiple-Choice Questions + Written Short Answers Questions):
  1. Automatic control
  2. Robotics
  3. Electronics
  4. Programming
  5. Mechatronics
  6. Dynamics
  7. Machine Design

4.Industrial Engineering and Systems Management

Industrial Engineering concentration:

  1. Linear programming applications (formulation -graphical solution-sensitivity analysis – simplex method- transportation models)
  2. Project planning
  3. Operations Management (forecasting- deterministic inventory models – line balancing- Operations Scheduling – Production planning – Material Requirement Planning).
  4. Network models (shortest path – minimum spanning tree – maximum flow problem)

Manufacturing Engineering Concentration:

  1. Traditional Machining Processes (Cutting Conditions – Tool Life)
  2. Non-Conventional Machining (EDM – ECM – Water Jet Machining – Plasma Jet Machining – Laser Cutting)
  3. Mechanical design, Mechanical Vibration, and Machine tool Dynamics
  1. Materials Science and Engineering Entrance Exam:
  1. Basics of metallurgy (Crystal structure, phase transformation, solidification, deformation, thermodynamics)
  2. Materials selection
  3. Basics of Electrochemistry
  4. Polymer and composite materials
  5. Basics of glass and ceramics
  6. Basics of organic and analytical chemistry
  7. Materials Properties
  8. Materials characterization
  9. Mechanics of materials (stress and strain)

6.Energy Resources Engineering Entrance Exam (Multiple-Choice Questions):

Energy Resources Engineering Entrance Exam (Multiple-Choice Questions) covers the following areas: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Combustion Engineering, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Heat Exchangers, Renewable and Alternative Energy systems

  1. Environmental Engineering (ENV) Entrance Exam:
  • Waste Treatment and Management
  • Natural Resources and Management
  • Environmental Assessment and Management.
  • Air quality
  1. Chemicals and Petrochemicals Engineering Entrance Exam:
  1. Basic Chemical and Petrochemicals Engineering Principles
  2. Thermodynamics and kinetics
  3. Physical Chemistry.
  4. Separation Processes.
  5. Environmental Chemistry and Corrosion.
  6. Process Control.
  1. Electrical Power Engineering Exam:
  1. Electrical machine
  2. Power electronics
  3. Electrical power system
  4. Distribution System
  5. Energy utilization
  6. Energy conversion

B-Programs Available for MSc degree only (eleven programs)

Data Engineering Exams:

  • algorithms and data structures,
  •  probability and statistics, logical thinking and reasoning, 
  • discrete mathematics, problem solving 

Cybersecurity Exams:

  • Computer networks
  • operating systems
  • algorithms and data structures, logical thinking and reasoning,
  •  discrete mathematics, problem solving 

Computational Neuroscience & Cognitive Robotics Program Exam:

  • Algorithms
  • programming and problem solving
  • probability and statistics,
  • discrete mathematics

Modelling and Simulation

  • Probability: Axioms and computations, random variables, distributions
  • Statistics: Descriptive statistics, sampling, estimation problem
  • Differential equations: First and second order differential equations, Laplace transform

Quantum Computing Engineering

  • Computing Systems
  • Programming
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Computer Networking
  • Discrete Mathematics
Personal Interview and Research Proposal Presentation

Personal Interview and Research Proposal Presentation Assessment Criteria

For M.Sc. candidates:

  1. Research ability and potential
    • Knowledge of basics principles in the field
    • Potential for conducting independent experiments/surveys
  2. Presentation skills
    • Originality of the presentation (Percentage taken from web sites, borrowed material)
    • Logic and clearness to expose ideas (looking to audience)
    • Answering questions logic, and consistently
    • Clear and concise spoken English
  3. Personal Character
    • Motivation and neatness
  4. Awards and publication
    • Awards


For PhD candidates:

  1. Research ability and potential
    • Experience in conducting independent experiments/surveys
    • Knowledge of the basics and advances in the major field
    • Capability to develop research tools (programming, software)
    • Clear plan & strategy
  2. Presentation skills
    • Originality of the presentation (Percentage taken from web sites, borrowed material)
    • Clear and concise spoken English
  3. Publications
  • Peer review journal (International)
  • Conference Proc.
  1. Personal Character
    • Team work capability (tracked cooperation)
    • Studying abroad (exchange program)
    • Motivation and neatness

The candidate conducts a 15-minute presentation by PPT (Power Point Presentation) for his/her research proposal in front of an evaluation committee. The presentation is followed by 15-minute discussion with the candidate to evaluate the main points given in the research proposal and to evaluate the candidate’s research potential.

Applicants are required to provide a copy of the research proposal report and a “six slides per page” handout on a white background for the Power Point presentation