Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

School of Arts


About The Programme

This research driven programme aims to further develop your current research skills in one of a number of key areas of biology. Working with your supervisors, you will be exposed to the many aspects of research activities including critical analysis of literature, identifying an area of contribution, gathering information and communicating ideas through journal publications and conference presentations. 

Tutorials will be conducted in an exclusive, one-to-one manner and supervisors will be on hand to support you throughout the duration of the programme. Prior to enrolment, prospective candidates will have to consult Sunway’s qualified and experienced supervisors to ascertain the area of research.




January, March, June & September



3 Years (full-time)
4 Years (part-time)


Career Prospects

  • Entrepreneur
  • Lecturer/Science educator
  • Postdoctoral/Research scientist
  • Quality control/Health ad safety agencies
  • R&D (Senior researcher)
  • Senior laboratory manager
  • Scientific/Medical write
  • Scientific policy (government institutions)


Programme Structure

i) Research Design, Analysis and Communication

ii) Research Ethics and Biological Safety, and

iii) Directed Readings and Academic Presentations to enhance their knowledge in research, in addition to the research thesis.

  • Antimicrobials
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer biology and therapeutics
  • Cell biology
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Infectious diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Virology

The PhD is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.


Entry Requirements

Master’s Degree          A Master’s degree in biological sciences discipline or related field

Other Qualifications    Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis


English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS                 6.0;
  • TOEFL               550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based);
  • PTE Academic  50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)



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