Doctorate of Philosophy (Science)

Application Dates
Applications Open
12 Mar 2018
Course Overview
Doctorate (PhD)
Tuition Fees
Total tuition fee (Malaysian Ringgit) Full Time Studies Malaysian: 36,200 International: 53,922
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Full Time & Part Time: 1 - 3 Years
Prior Study
Bachelor degree
Graduation Results
3.60 - 3.79 (Higher Distinction)
Study Field

Course outline

Our mission in research

Our academic staff realise the importance of sharing our research experience with students and building a partnership with students, while actively engaging and promoting research in diverse fields. The university has placed a great commitment and enormous efforts in (a) the fundamental research to understand the nature of science and (b) applied research leading to innovation and technology. 

Our research focus addresses the key areas of national importance as shown below.

  • Exploring the biodiversity of Malaysia for natural product development
  • Development of seed oil and fruits as functional food and nutraceutics
  • Study of anti-cancer, antioxidant and pharmacological properties of bioactive compounds from natural sources (eg. fungi, plants, seaweeds)
  • Nutritional and dietary aspects of patients in relation to metabolic disorders or cancers
  • Association study of genetic variants with obesity, myopia and other disorders
  • Production of recombinant antigens and allergens
  • Development of toxin therapy
  • Quorum sensing and gene discovery
  • Detection, isolation and characterisation of food pathogens
  • Extraction and purification of enzyme from plants and microorganisms
  • Optimisation of media formulation and growth condition of fungi for industrial purposes
  • Aquatic seed production of sea cucumber and giant freshwater prawn
  • Bioremediation of hydrocarbons and heavy metals

How do we enhance the student experience?

The programme aims to provide excellent supervision, quality project and adequate research facilities to students. Students will learn to develop professional capability, intellectual creativity, personal confidence, leadership skill and scientific skill sets, and become an independent researcher. Students are provided with:

  • Four research relevant subjects that assist in the management of research
  • A panel of supervisors to support the student throughout his/her academic programme
  • Conference funding that supports student presenting his/her research at national/international conferences
  • Access to online journals
  • Platforms such as journal club for students to improve review and presentation skills
  • A range of workshops on academic, IT and statistical analysis skills
  • Office of Postgraduate Studies that acts as a liaison between students and various departments

Research facilities

We currently have a total of 9 laboratories in our faculty equipped for different research needs. The laboratories can accommodate 20 to 50 students.

  • Biochemistry lab
  • Biotechnology lab (inclusive of Cell & Tissue Culture room and Fermentation room)
  • Chemistry labs 1 & 2
  • Food Science lab
  • Microbiology lab
  • Molecular Biology lab
  • Phytochemical lab
  • Physiological lab (inclusive of a separate animal house)

For the last 6 years, the university has invested more than 3 million ringgit to bolster the research capacity by purchasing high-end equipment. In addition of having a series of basic instruments required for a research laboratory, additional equipment have been bought in to upgrade the existing facilities. These include the Carl Zeiss Axo Vert. A1 Fluorescence Microscope, Applied Biosystem Real-time PCR system, Gel Doc XR+ system, Multi-mode Spectrophotometer, Nanodrop, High-speed Counter-current Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography, BioLogic DuoFlow System, Encapsulator B-390, Homogenizer, Freeze Dryer, Bioreactors, etc.

Research funding and scholarship

In 2012, our researchers have received over RM300,000 external grants (MOHE, MAKNA and FOSI) and RM500,000 internal research grants (RGS) from CERVIE (Centre of Excellence for Research, Value Innovation and Entrepreneurship). As our research capacity continues to grow, internal funding has increased to RM2 millions in 2013 and research clusters were formed to consolidate and boost research resources and strengthen national and international research collaborations.

In 2011–2013, the university has awarded the UCSI University Trust Graduate Fellowship to international and local postgraduate students with the approximate amount of RM500,000. In addition, our postgraduate students have also successfully secured MyBrain scholarships from the Ministry of Higher Education. All applications and enquiries can be made in writing to UCSI University Trust at or UCSI University, Office of Postgraduate Studies.

Course offered

Semester 1

  • Research Ethics & Academic Integrity
  • Research Design & Communication
  • PhD Research Project Planning & Proposal Presentation

Semester 2

  • Research Seminar
  • PhD Research Project
  • Elective: Choose One
  • Academic Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Project & Laboratory Management
  • Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation

Semester 3

  • PhD Research Project 

Semester 4

  • PhD Research Project

Semester 5

  • PhD Research Project

Semester 6

  • PhD Research Project

Tuition fees

Tuition cost for 3 years which is minimum 6 semesters

  • Malaysian students: RM 36, 200
  • International students: RM 53, 922

Additional charges will be implemented as well,

  • Thesis fee for both students: RM 2, 500
  • Semester extensions for both students, year 3 onwards: RM 5, 000
  • Resources fee for Malaysian students (ICT, library, student activities, facilities): RM 600.00
  • Resources fee for International student (ICT, library, student activities, facilities, medical plan): RM 650.00

Special case for international students

  • First time payment after application: RM 24, 600

Entry requirements

  • A relevant Master’s degree from institution of higher learning recognised by Senate
  • Other certificates that are recognised as equivalent to a Master’s degree or other relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognised by Senate
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree with CGPA 3.67 may convert their candidacy to the PhD programme after one year of studying at Master level and approval by Senate

English language requirements

As the programme’s medium of instruction is English, students must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • TOFEL: a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or a minimum score of 79 with no less than 17 in every four components (internet-based)
  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.0
  • An undergraduate degree with English as its medium of instruction 

Note: Candidates who fail to fulfil the above criteria may be required to take an English Proficiency Course at the University.

Application process for Malaysian students

All students must complete the Online Registration Form.

Submit by post the Online Registration Form and the following documents to the Student Enrolment Centre:

  • A certified true copy of actual / forecast / trial examination results. For instance: SPM / 'O'- Levels, STPM / A-Levels, UEC, SAM, CPU or other equivalent qualifications.
  • For exemption purposes - Diploma students (completed or currently still studying) must provide a certified transcript and Diploma Certificate (if applicable), together with the course syllabus.
  • A photocopy of your Identification Card (IC), both sides.
  • Three (3) copies of passport-size colour photograph.
  • Other supporting documents for your application (if any), eg. TOEFL, IELTS, MUET etc.

For Postgraduate Applications, kindly include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • A 2-3 page essay (i.e. your personal statement) in relation to your goals and objectives and how this programme will meet or enhance those objectives

A crossed cheque or bankdraft or Telegraphic Transfer (TT) for registration should be made payable to UCSI Education Sdn. Bhd. The Registration Fees are as follows:

  • RM400 (All programmes in UCSI University, Kuala Terengganu Campus)
  • RM650 (Postgraduate Programmes).

Application process for international students

Register online through the official website.

Important documents:

1. Academic Qualifications (PDF format)

For Postgraduate Applications, kindly include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • 2-3 page essay (i.e. your personal statement) in relation to your goals and objectives and how this programme will meet or enhance those objectives

2. Passport copy (Multipage PDF format)

  • Passport validity must not be less than 18 months from the date of admission/submission to the university.
  • All pages of the passport – including the cover pages – are required (in colour).
  • Kindly make sure that the page numbers of the passport are clearly visible.

3. Passport-sized photograph 

  • Coloured, with white background
  • Photograph measurement: Height (45mm) and Width (35mm)

4. Medical Report Form (PDF format)

5. Accommodation Application Form (if required)

  • Enclosed with non-refundable booking fee of RM1,000 (USD 340)

6. Additional Documents

  • Declaration Letter: discrepancy of name on passport & academic transcripts; to be issued by home country’s Ministry of Education OR by home country's commissioner of oath.
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC - Sudan): for students with Sudanese passport. To be issued by Sudan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malasyia.
  • Eligibility Letter (EL - Iran): for students with Iranian passport. To be issued by Iran Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

7. Telegraphic Transfer (TT) receipt of the Application Fee

  • Fee for this course: RM 2,790

Telegraphic Transfer (TT) receipt of the Application Fee (inclusive of EMGS payment) (receipt copies are to be uploaded during online registration or emailed to and

Then, Conditional Letter of Offer (CLO) is required after meeting the entry requirements and receiving the payment (Applications Fee and EMGS Visa Processing Fee), the University will email a scanned copy of the Conditional Letter of Offer (CLO). Then, UCSI University will proceed to apply for the Visa Approval Letter on behalf of the student. This process will take approximately 8-10 weeks.

When remittance of the Initial Fees and Miscellaneous Fees (as stated in the LoA including total rental and deposit for staying at the Residential Hall) have been credited into UCSI University's bank account via Telegraphic Transfer (refer to Step 1), UCSI University will courier the original LoA and the Original Visa Approval Letter (VAL) to the student upon request only.

Additonal 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.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage to find out local and international opportunities. 
  6. Encourage to visit for deeper and more information.


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