The University of Malaya academic staff is responsible for teaching and research. More than 2,000 academic staff teaches approximately 300 courses each year.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


Course Structure

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.

The candidate is greatly encouraged to carry out research in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities that is multidisciplinary and comparative in nature encompassing any country or region within Asia and Europe. 

Areas of research include, among others:
 • Globalisation, Regional Integration and Development;
 • Sustainability, Governance and Social Change;
 • Multiculturalism and Community Development;
 • Social Development and Ethnicity;
 • Business Network, Knowledge Management and Competitiveness;
 • Gender and Development; and
 • ASEAN Studies and ASEAN-EU Relations.

Language Requirement
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 dissertation in the English language shall be required:

     • to obtain a score of 550 for a paper-based total, a score of 213 for a computer-based total or a score of 80 for an internet-based total for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
     • to obtain a band of 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
Entry Requirement
The applicant should hold a recognised Master’s degree (CGPA 3.00 and above) or an equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline.

Note: Applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.7 and above can apply directly for the Doctoral programme
Intake Schedule
Applications for research programmes are open throughout the year. Candidate may apply anytime.
Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen
Last Update: May 06, 2019