PhD in Medical Science

School of Arts

About The Programme

In this research-based programme, students are actively engaged in bidirectional translational medicine. The programme emphasises on the study that either brings the current issues from patients and medical care to the laboratory settings, or takes scientific discoveries made in the laboratory or the clinic and transforms them into new treatments and approaches to improve health and medical care in the community.

Along with the supervisory guidance, students identify the research question within the scope of medical science and work independently on the research project. Students are required to complete one taught module – Clinical Research Methodology which is designed to prepare students for their competency in project planning and management, and also becoming ethically literate and socially responsible. To graduate, students must produce a thesis based on their original research and subsequently pass the thesis examination and viva voce.




January, March, June & September



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


Programme Structure

An advanced study the management of a research project. The first part discusses the design of a scientific project in health and medical settings, including research questions, hypothesis, method selection, problem solving, and data collection and analysis. The second part consists of ethical theory and ethical issues related to clinical research especially the application of ethics for utilizing human specimens. The third part of this subject focuses on the statistical analysis and its methods.

Production of thesis is based on students’ original research throughout the PhD candidature. Students must submit a PhD thesis and obtain a pass grade in the thesis examination in order to be awarded a PhD degree.
  • Aging
  • Anatomy
  • Behavioral Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics Cancer Cardiovascular
  • Disease Cholesterol problems
  • Cell Biology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Heart failure
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Hypertension
  • Immunology
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nutrition Science
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Primary care geriatrics
  • Radiation
  • Radiotherapy
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Toxicology
  • Virology


Entry Requirement

Master’s Degree


A Master’s degree related to Medical Science


Other Qualifications Other qualifications that are equivalent to a Master’s degree or professional qualification related to the field of Medical Science and experience recognised by the University Senate



English Language Requirements:

IELTS  6.0
TOEFL    550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based)
PTE Academic    50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
Cambridge English (First)     75+
Cambridge English (Advanced)   Minimum 67
For International/Malaysian Applicants  Medium of instruction of previous degree in English or Competence in English language and a TOEFL score of 600 or equivalent for candidates from universities in non-English speaking countries outside Malaysia


Application Procedure

  1. Candidates can download the application form here 
  2. If you are busy with work and unable come to campus for registration, candidates can email to the scanned copy of the application form and academic transcripts to enable us to gauge eligibility to enrol for this programme & we will issue a conditional offer – subject to verification of original documents.
  3. You are required to bring and submit the certified true copy during orientation to the Registry. If the applicant has submitted their certified true copy of documents and met the entry requirement, an offer without conditions will be issued.
  4. For International/Malaysian students, all application forms are to be attached with the following documents:
  • Sun-U Postgraduate Application form
  • Research statement - The statement should briefly describe the research question that the applicant has discussed with his/her future MSc/PhD supervisor.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarship Application form (if any)
  • One (1) Passport-sized photographs (Passport size photos must be in white background and the measurement must be 3.5cm x 5.0 cm)
  • 2 Reference Letters (preferably, one academic and one professional)
  • *Please nominate TWO (2) referees who can provide reference letters about your suitability to undertake the programme (preferably, one academic and one professional). The letters must be printed on the letterhead of the respective referees’ organizations. Each referee is requested to seal and send the hardcopy of the letter to the correspondence address as stated below. Alternatively, referees may email a scan of the letter directly to
  • Letter from Sponsor (if applicable)

The following true copies of documents must be certified:

  • Copy of Passport (all pages including blank pages - for international students) / Identity Card (NRIC) (for Malaysian students)
  • English Language qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/MUET/Others) - for International students
  • Academic qualifications/results (certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree/Master Degree/Others)   
  1. Minimum payment of RM700 (Enrolment Fee) or full payment (For those who only made payment for enrolment fee, balance of fees will be have to be paid before or on the orientation day) 

  1. Payment can be made online 



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