The MS by Research program offered by Kathmandu University (KU) is a research-oriented discipline that spans two years for full-time participants, while part-time students can expect to complete the program within three years. The course allows students to choose their field of study and requires them to take three to four subjects related to their chosen field with the approval of a supervisor. Enrolment in the circullum is contingent on securing a supervisor who agrees to supervise the participant.
Successful completion of the degree entails producing a research outcome, preferably in the form of published papers in national or international journals. The research outcome is evaluated by an evaluation committee based on the supervisor's recommendation. The degree is granted only if the research outcome satisfies the committee's requirements and participants meet the minimum CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) criteria.
As a research-based program, participants are given the freedom to choose their subjects of interest, but consultation with their supervisor is necessary. Participants are typically required to undertake three to four courses, each carrying three credits. While the dissertation is the major component of the program, it does not receive any credits.
The objectives of MS by Research course are as follows:
Admission to MS by Research is open throughout the year. Applicants interested in pursuing this level education must hold a degree in Electrical and Electronics, Electrical, Electronics, or any other engineering discipline relevant to the research area of the supervisor's interest. The applicant is required to submit a research proposal to the department, and admission is granted based on the recommendation of the supervisor.
The MS by Research degree opens up a range of employment opportunities for graduates. They can choose to enter the teaching field or join research and development (R&D) labs. The degree also prepares students for further education, such as pursuing a PhD, if they wish to continue their research and academic journey.