A Master’s degree by way of research; or
A Master’s degree by coursework with CGPA of not less than 3.7; or
A Master’s degree by coursework with CGPA between 2.0 and 3.69 and a Bachelor degree with CGPA not less than 3.0; or
A Master’s degree by coursework with CGPA between 2.0 and 3.69 and a Bachelor degree with CGPA between 2.5 and 2.99 and one of the following criteria :
English Language for Non-Malaysians
TOEFL – score 600; OR
IELTS (Academic) – band 6.00
Bahasa Malaysia for Malaysians
Pass in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)
Bahasa Malaysia for Non-Malaysians
Required to attend at a satisfactory level and pass a course in Bahasa Malaysia conducted by the University before being conferred the Degree.
The PhD programme is a full research programme leading to the submission of a thesis based on an individually supervised research. All research proposals must be approved and research be supervised by the Faculty.
PhD candidates are required to register and pass a Research Methodology course (LVX8001) with 3 credits and complete the GLT7001- Bahasa Malaysia (for the Non-Malaysian candidates only). The Research Methodology class is compulsory and candidates are required to attend the Research Methodology class in person- physical class attendance in class.
For international students, you are required to make necessary arrangements and reside in Malaysia for at least six (6) months to be able to attend the Research Methodology class. Minimum attendance is at least 80% according to the visa requirement.
All international students are encouraged to reside in Malaysia throughout the duration of their PhD candidature although this is not compulsory.
At the end of the candidature, a candidate is required to produce a thesis not exceeding 100,000 words on the subject of his/her research.
Candidates are require to deliver three (3) Seminars
Faculty's Policy on the Academic Residential Requirement :
"Notwithstanding any other existing regulations, an international candidate shall comply with the academic residency requirement and attend the Research Methodology class in person (physically). This means that the candidate is required to be in Malaysia for a minimum period of one (1) semester or six (6) months (whichever is later)."
During this period of time, the candidate is required to have a face to face (physical/in person) consultation with the respective Supervisor, both at the beginning and at the end of the Semester. The Student shall also abide to the Role and Responsibilities of Candidate attached.
University of Malaya’s Research Ethics Committee (UMREC)
Please refer to the website of University of Malaya’s Research Ethics Committee (UMREC) below for guidelines and policies pertaining to research involving human participants & etc prior to the beginning of your research work if applicable.
Last Update: 08/12/2023