Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science


Program Description

In this research-based program, students are actively engaged in bidirectional translational medicine. The program emphasizes 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)

Program Structure

Clinical Research Methodology

An advanced study of 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 the thesis is based on students’ original research throughout the Ph.D. candidature. Students must submit a Ph.D. thesis and obtain a passing grade in the thesis examination in order to be awarded a Ph.D. degree.

Areas of Research

  • Aging
  • Anatomy
  • Behavioral Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cholesterol problems
  • Cell Biology
  • Counseling 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 recognized 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 the 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

The following documents must be completed and signed if necessary:

  • One (1) Passport-sized Photographs
    Please write the name at the back of the photographs
    Passport size photos must be in sky blue background and the measurement must be 3.5cm x 5.0cm
  • Postgraduate Application Form
  • Research statement/proposal (details are described in the application form)
  • A recent copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarship application form including one (1) page personal statement to support a request for a scholarship (if applicable).

The following true copies of documents must be certified :

  • Passport (All Pages Including Blank Pages - for International Students) or Identity Card (For Malaysian Students)
  • English Language Qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/MUET/Others for International Applicants Only)
  • Academic Qualifications/Results (Certificates and Complete Transcripts) (Degree/Master’s Degree/Others that are Certified)

Two (2) academic references. These should be from academic lectures under whose tutelage you would have been at some point during the duration of your postgraduate/undergraduate degree. The references must be signed and dated within the last 24 months and should be written with regard to your academic skills and your ability to successfully complete the Ph.D. program. The references will have to be sent from an official email address within the referees’ institutions or on letter-headed paper bearing the institutions’ names.

Hardcopies documents are to be sent to the correspondence address as below. Documents will be processed once the application is complete.

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences
No. 5, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Last updated Jul 2020

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