DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D) – BY RESEARCH
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) is University of Malaya’s premier research training degree. The pinnacle of academic achievement here at University of Malaya, the Ph.D is awarded based on the examination of a thesis, prepared under supervision, which represents an original and significant contribution to knowledge and comprehension in the chosen field of study.
Judged by independent experts using current and internationally accepted standards, the University’s Ph.D programme aims to produce individuals who are not only intellectual and skilful in modern technology but also very versatile and capable of handling problems in real life situations. Ph.D. students will carry out focused research in their area of specialisation, which is of immediate relevance to local interest. Additionally, they will be keenly aware of the challenges faced in the international arena through the media, seminars, conferences and keynote addresses, and also through research attachments and collaborative exchange arrangements with international recognised research centres.
The Ph.D programme is more than just an academic distinction. The programmes are designed to ensure the fields of study remain relevant to the needs of today. At the same time, the candidates in pursuit of their Ph.D’s foresee the changes of societal & industry standards, trends and behavioural patterns; the very same qualities that make them brilliant and effective leaders.
The programme enables candidates to acquire the ability to think analytically and a broad understanding of his/her chosen field of study. At the same time, the candidate develops the ability to perform in-depth research into a specific issue. It also encourages networking with researchers internationally.
Diverse career opportunities are available in academia, research, industry, government and many other areas.
This Ph.D programme is purely based on individual supervised research. At the end of the candidate's study, a thesis must be submitted and upon successful defense of the paper, the candidate will be granted Ph.D status. All research proposals must be approved and supervised by the Faculty.
Ph.D candidates’ theses must not exceed 100,000 words. They are required to complete their studies within 12 semesters.
A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English language and where the applicant wishes to follow a programme and/or write his tesis in the English language shall be required:
Twice a year in Semester 1(September) or Semester 2 (February).