Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)

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Course Overview
Doctorate (PhD)
Tuition Fees
RM 42,333/ year (for Malaysian students)
Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Full Time: 4 years; Part Time: 8 years
Prior Study
Masters degree
Study Field

Course outline

Our PhD program allows you to complete extensive, independent research (100,000 words), including at the Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS), which is Monash University’s main institute for neuroscience research and an important part of our school.

We have recognised research strengths in the following four areas:

  1. Cardio-metabolism
  2. Infection and immunity
  3. Neuroscience
  4. Global public health

We also conduct extensive research under the following clusters:

  1. Psychology, health and wellbeing
  2. Oncology and therapeutics
  3. Therapeutics and drug discovery from natural products and bioactive compounds

Monash has a history of providing medical, surgical and health sciences research training that is recognised and respected worldwide for its excellence. The Monash PhD has an international reputation for excellence and relevance, with quality supervision at the heart of our success.

As a doctoral candidate, you will be supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout your candidature. Under their guidance, you will write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge or understanding of your field of research.

Areas of study

Our PhD program may be undertaken in the principal areas of research offered by the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences and BRIMS. These include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Epidemiology and preventive medicine
  • General practice
  • Health economics
  • Medical education
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychological medicine
  • Psychology
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology
  • Rural health

You will undertake your doctoral studies through the Monash doctoral program. At the core of this program is the completion of a substantial research thesis on an agreed topic under the guidance of a supervisory team. Your research training is further enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units designed to support you in your academic and professional development.

Upon completion of your doctoral studies at Monash, you will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully designed and executed a research project that makes an original and substantial contribution to your discipline. In your research journey, you will have also acquired the necessary skills and professional attributes to make an immediate and enduring impact on academia, industry, government, or community.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 10 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Successful completion of the program will signify that the student has successfully completed a course of postgraduate training in research under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the student's capacity to carry out independent original research.

You will also be able to:

  • Identify and define research questions
  • Identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions
  • Demonstrate mastery of their chosen research methodology/methodologies
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge at doctoral level in their chosen field of research
  • Communicate their research findings in a format appropriate to their academic discipline
  • Write up their research into a high quality thesis
  • Contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of research

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • Any faculty or program induction requirements

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policy and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy Bank for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of:

  • A research and thesis component
  • A coursework study and/or professional development training program, depending on the program


You must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

1. Carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in your chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

2. Submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 80,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. The thesis should embody the results of the student's investigation, which demonstrates independence of thought and the student's ability to carry out research in that discipline. Submission of a thesis including published works may be permitted.

3. Satisfactorily complete one of the following programs of coursework study and/or professional development training:

  • Medicine, nursing and health sciences PhD program
  • Public health and preventive medicine PhD program
  • Translational research PhD program

Entry requirements

To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.

To apply for the PhD program in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, you must have completed a:

  • A bachelor’s degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field
  • A course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field
  • A master’s degree that entails work, including a significant research component at least equivalent to an honours degree in a relevant field (a ‘significant research component’ in a master’s degree will vary from discipline to discipline). It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiner’s reports will be taken into account
  • A qualification deemed equivalent by the relevant department, faculty and committee

English language requirements

Sound English language skills are required for all academic programs at Monash. You can demonstrate your English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Studying English at Year 12 or equivalent
  • Studying at an institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English Proficiency Tests
  • Monash English Bridging

If you have achieved more than one of the English language requirements over a period of time, only the most recent demonstration of English proficiency will be considered.

Special requirements

You must meet specific English language requirements when applying for our master’s and doctoral research degrees.

Submission of evidence

You must submit full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency with your application for candidature. If your first language is not English, or where degree qualifications were not undertaken in the English language, Monash reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of English proficiency.

Open Day

  • 23rd March 2019
  • 29th June 2019
  • 17th August 2019
  • 14th December 2019

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
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General enquiries

  • Tel: +60 3 5514 6000
  • Fax: +60 3 5514 6001

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