PhD Programme

Areas of Study

The area of study is in the social sciences and humanities. The nature of the proposed research must be based on multidisciplinary and comparative studies encompassing any country or region within Asia and Europe.

Among areas of research include:

  1. Globalisation, Regional Integration and Development;
  2. Sustainability, Governance and Social Change;
  3. Multiculturalism and Community Development;
  4. Social Development and Ethnicity;
  5. Business Network, Knowledge Management and Competitiveness;
  6. Gender and Development; and
  7. ASEAN –EU Research Areas.

Mode of Study

The mode of study is by Dissertation/ Thesis only. Altough research is the principal requirement for attaining a higher degree, students are also required to pass a Research Methodology course, give seminar presentations, present papers at conferences and publish research articles in journals as part of the programme requirements.


Each candidate will be supervised by established and experienced academicians based on their fields of study. Please refer to for further information.


The PhD proposal should demonstrate a well-thought preliminary understanding of the chosen topic, and an indication of the parameters of the research. The length of the proposal should not exceed 2,500 words including an introduction on the topic, problem statement, research questions, methodology, a brief literature and list of references. The proposal is an integral and crucial part of the application process as it enables the institute to decide on suitable supervisors for the candidates.

Academic Year

The academic year commences in September (Semester 1) and in February (Semester 2). Registration for programmes by dissertation/ thesis is open throughout the year.

Admission Requirements

A good Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree (CGPA 3.00 and above) from local / international universities recognized by the Malaysian Government or other recognized professional qualification approved by the University’s Senate which is equivalent to the Master’s Degree.

Language Requirements

For international candidates whose degree is from a university where the medium of instruction is not English, a minimum score in one of the standard language tests is required:

  1. TOEFL (paper – based) – 550 or more
  2. TOEFL (computer – based) – 213 or more
  3. TOEFL (internet – based) 80 or more
  4. IELTS – Score of Band 6 or higher


Doctor of Philosophy:
RM12,498.00  (Local student) 
RM23,145.00  (International student) 

*Subject to change

How To Apply

International application is open all year.

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