List of doctorate programme

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

• PhD students will carry out focused research in their area of specialisation, which is of immediate relevance to local interest. 

• Additionally, they will be exposed to new developments and challenges in their research topic in the international arena through media, seminars, conferences and keynote addresses and also through research attachments and collaborative exchange arrangements with international recognised research centres

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The Ph.D. in Built Environment is an interdisciplinary program offered by Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya (UM). The program provides students with a common core of extensive, integrated knowledge focused upon all the facets of the built environment specialization. The Faculty of Built Environment UM has an internationally renowned reputation. Its international focus and diverse body of students makes it a stimulating environment for ambitious PhD candidates who wish to obtain a doctoral degree from a leading design academy/research institute. PhD candidates benefit from close interaction with world-class researchers and educators and are well supervised throughout their education.

Career Opportunity

Students who have undertaken the PhD programme may pursue their careers in academia and industry related to the built environment.

Course Structure

Research is the principal requirement and candidates will produce a thesis, Candidates may be required to attend some pre-requisite courses as prescribed by the University.

The length of time required for the completion of a programme depends on the progress of the individual candidate. In general, the minimum, maximum and average durations are as follows:




4 semesters


12 semesters


(Average semester is the length of time when candidates usually complete their programme)

6 semesters

Language Requirement



  • A band 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic);or
  • A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213for computer-based total or ascore of 80 for internet-based total for Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL).; or
  • Band 4 and above in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  • A score of 42 and above in the Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic); or
  • A Grade C and above in English for General Certificate of Education (A Level), University of Cambridge; or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: First (FCE); or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: Advanced (CAE); or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: Proficiency (CPE)


  • Students are required to enrol in the Malay Language Programme prior to being conferred a degree.
Entry Requirement
  • Master’s degree by research; or
  • Master’s degree by coursework or mixed mode with a CGPA of at least 3.70; or
  • Master’s degree by coursework or mixed mode with a CGPA of at least 2.00 to 3.69 and Bachelor’s degree with CGPA at least 3.00; or
  • Master’s degree by coursework or mixed mode with a CGPA 2.00 to 3.69 and Bachelor’s degree with CGPA 2.50 to 2.99 can be considered if they meet at least one (1) of the following criteria;

    a) Relevant work experience;
    b) Produce publications in related fields;
    c) Scholarship recipient
    d) The University of Malaya alumni;
    e) A Government agency employee (for Malaysian)

  • Other qualification approved by Senate from time to time


  • Submit a 1,000-1,500 word prospectus explaining the proposed research in the chosen field of study
Intake Schedule

Application and admission are open throughout the year.

For online application, please visit https://pgadmission.um.edu.my

Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen
Last Update: March 13, 2019