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Doctor of Philosophy ( Ph.D)

Aug 05 2014


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme is designed to produce skilled graduates with in-depth knowledge in their related area of research to work independently, competently, creatively, innovatively and professionally. Simultaneously these graduates are able to use their new specialized capabilities to contribute to the body of knowledge for the benefit of mankind.

The learning outcomes of this programme are as follows:

  • Apply in-depth knowledge, advanced theories and models related to the relevant research areas.
  • Possess the ability to comprehend the problems, design and execute the research at the highest level of scholarship.
  • Synthesise advanced multidisciplinary knowledge to improve the skills in decision-making and problem solving as well as having to ability to be creative and innovative.
  • Communicate with experts and peers in related areas to spearhead advanced knowledge through research.
  • Possess high values and ethics, excellent attitude and leadership capabilities in academic and professional contexts.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge through the production of quality dissertation and publications of international standards.

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Programme Structure

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme is offered by full research. However, students without sufficient research skills and knowledge are required to enroll and pass the following courses during the first two (2) semesters of their enrolment (i.e. before being allowed to defend their thesis proposal):

  a) SZRZ6014 Research Methodology
  b) SCLE6014 Academic Writing
  c) Any other course as determined by the supervisor or Academic Committee.


To complete the Ph.D. programme, students are required to:

  • Present and defend the proposed research/thesis to a committee;
  • Present progress reports of research work at colloquiums arranged by the Graduate School or College;
  • Produce at least two (2) articles, in (Option A or Option B):

Option A

  • at least one (1) article is accepted for publication in ISI Journal or Scopus; and
  • at least one (1) article is under review for publication in a refereed journal.


Option B

  • Two (2) articles are published in a refereed journal


  • Attend a viva session to defend the thesis; and
  • Submit a final thesis.

Please refer our research expertise section or search the staff directory (based on staff's research interest) for prospective supervisor and research area.


For international applicant, please click HERE for more info about English Language Requirement.  Meanwhile for Visa, Immigration, and Entry Requirement to Malaysia please refer to http://www.ciac.uum.edu.my.


 Estimated Fee [CLICK HERE]


How to apply

All enrolments for postgraduate program are offered by Awang Had Salleh Graduate School (AHSGS). Please refer to Awang Had Salleh Graduate School (AHSGS) directly or click HERE to submit your online application.

Alternatively, you may contact the Dean's office for further information:

School of Quantitative Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Universiti Utara Malaysia,
06010 Sintok Kedah Darul Aman,
Email: sqs@uum.edu.my
Tel : +6 04-928 6301
Fax: +6 04-928 6309