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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

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  • 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

Contact Person:
coordinator_pgres@um.edu.my

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.

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

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:

Program Duration
Minimum: 4 semesters
Maximum :12 semesters
Average   : 6 semesters (Average semester is the length of time when candidates usually complete their programme)

ENGLISH 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 213 for computer-based total or a  score 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).

BAHASA MALAYSIA REQUIREMENT

  • For Malaysian citizen, candidate shall be required to possess at least a Pass in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia at the level of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or a Level III in Sijil Kecekapan Bahasa Malaysia or a Level III in the Sijil Intensif Bahasa Malaysia of the University or an equivalent level before being conferred the Degree.
  • International candidate shall be required to attend at a satisfactory level a Bahasa Malaysia course that is conducted by the University before being conferred the Degree. However candidate can be exempted from taking the Bahasa Malaysia course if they possesses at least a Pass in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia at the level of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Level III in Sijil Kecekapan Bahasa Malaysia or Level II in the Sijil Intensif Bahasa Malaysia of the University or a Bahasa Malaysia course recognised by the University.

Non-University of Malaya Graduates

  • Master’s degrees 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 2.50 to 2.99. Can be considered if it meets one (1) of the following criteria
    • Have at least one (1) year of work experience in related field; OR
    • Produce publications in related fields; OR
    • scholarship recipient; OR
    • A Malaysian Government agency personnel; OR
    • Passed an interview; OR
    • Pass Special Assessment
  • Master's Degree by Course or mixed mode with a CGPA of 2.00 to 3.69 AND Bachelor with CGPA of 2.00 to 2.49
    Can be considered if it meets  two (2) of the following criteria 
    • Have at least five (5) year of work experience in related field; OR
    • Produce one (1) publication in related fields; OR
    • Passed an interview; OR
    • Pass Special Assessment

University of Malaya Graduates (UM Alumni)

  • Master’s degrees 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 2.50 to 2.99; OR
  • Master's Degree by Course or mixed mode with a CGPA of 2.00 to 3.69 AND Bachelor with CGPA of 2.00 to 2.49.
    Can be considered if it meets  one (1) of the following criteria
  • Have at least five (5) year of work experience in related field; OR
  • Produce one (1) publication in related fields; OR
  • Passed an interview; OR
  • Pass Special Assessment

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Submit a 1,000-1,500 word prospectus (Research Proposal) explaining the proposed research in the chosen field of study

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 Updated: 07/11/2019