1. What is a PhD?
    A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced research degree. It allows you to undertake an independent, in-depth study of an original topic in your field, under the supervision of an expert academic, and to write this up in the form of a thesis. This is assessed in an oral examination (viva), where you talk through and defend your work.
  2. Duration
    The PhD is a three- or four-year full-time programme, but it can also be completed part-time over five or six years.
  3. Thesis
    To obtain the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), the thesis should make a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding. The normal word length for PhD theses is 90,000 words.
  4. Supervision
    Your doctoral research will be normally be supervised by two designated supervisors, who will have the necessary expertise and experience to support you in your studies.  Your supervisors will
    • help you to shape your doctoral research project
    • guide you in determining what training you should undertake
    • advise you on establishing networks and developing your career
    • help you to complete a successful thesis within the requisite time period
  5. Field of study
    The University of Reading Malaysia offers full-time and part-time PhDs in the areas supported by our faculty here: Business & Management, Real Estate, Built Environment, Pharmacy and Psychology.
  6. Start dates
    Students can begin their PhD at any time of year, but is most common to commence studies at the start of the normal academic year in late September.
  7. Entry requirements
    The minimum requirement for entry to a PhD at the University of Reading Malaysia is an upper second-class (2:1) Bachelor's degree (honour) and Master's degree (relevant to the discipline). 
    Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to provide evidence of their ability in academic English. The normal entry requirement for research degrees is a score of 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test or an equivalent test accepted by the University. Exceptions to such a requirement may arise where the candidate has recently studied for another degree or worked in a country where English is the native language.
  8. What to do next?
    You must express your interest in studying for a PhD with us by sending your CV and an initial research proposal (about 500 words) on the topic that you are thinking of exploring in your PhD to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposal must address the following three questions:
    • What you are going to research: The main research question.
    • Why you think that an answer to this question is important: The relevance of the topic from an academic viewpoint.
    • How you will answer the question: The main methodology applied.
    Meaningful answers to these questions will enable us to put you in touch with any academic staff with interests and expertise in your subject area, and for you to work with them to develop your proposal into an original research project that will move your field forwards.
  9. How to apply?
    Once a supervisor and suitable research topic have been identified, we will encourage you to submit an application for admission to the PhD programme. You will be sent the application form and guidance on how to complete this, and details of the supporting documents required.
    *NB The online application form is under construction. In the meantime, you should return your completed application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  10. Deadlines
    There are no application deadlines. However, to allow time for us to process your application and ensure you have time to source funding if required, we recommend that you apply by the following dates:
    • Malaysian applicants: No later than two months before you wish to start the programme;
    • International applicants: No later than four months before you wish to start the programme.
  11. What happens after you apply?
    As soon as you have submitted your completed application we will send you an email acknowledgement. You will be asked to supply the names and contact details of two referees with your application. Please note that your application will be automatically rejected prior to interview if two references had not been provided within one month of submitting your application.
    We aim to reach a decision on your application as soon as possible. However, the length of time taken to reach a decision will vary as each application is considered on an individual basis according to your relevant strengths and merits, the availability of suitable supervisors, and the quality of your research proposal.
    Once your application has been considered you will receive an email from the Admissions Office informing you whether you will be invited to interview. If you are successful at interview, you will be sent an offer of admission, explaining any conditions attached to it, and giving further details of the fees and any other expenses associated with your course.
  12. Making an enquiry about your application
    Our team of experienced admissions staff is here to help you throughout the application process so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you need any help with completing your application or have a question about the progress of your application or about visa and immigration matters. You can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  13. What will my tuition fee be?
    The fees for 2018/19 are listed below.

    Full-time students

    RM27,000 per year

    Full-time students

    RM33,000 per year

    Part-time students

    45% discount on full-time fees

    Part-time students

    45% discount on full-time fees

  14. Are any scholarships available?
    We offer High Achievers' Scholarships of 25% discount on fees to students who have achieved a 1st class Bachelor's degree or Distinction at Masters.
  15. Where can I find out about external financial support?
    The Board of Yayasan Khazanah offers competitive scholarships to cover the tuition fees and living expenses of Malaysian students at UoRM, including postgraduate research students. To find out more about applying for a Khazanah scholarship, please contact Student Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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