Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Course Duration: Full-Time: 3-5 years / Part-Time: 4-7 years

Entry Requirements

​Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent
Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3.67 or its equivalent from relevant academic programmes recognised by Malaysian government or accepted by the UCSI University Senate and with research component in the final year, to be assessed by the Faculty. All applications must pass related qualifying evaluation with Senate approval.
A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant discipline, as recognised by the Senate.
For Local and International Students

Cambridge Linguaskill – 154
IELTS – Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests – 154
Pearson Test of English – 47
MUET – Band 3

International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test.

English Language Course Exemption:
Applicants who are pursuing Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in other universities that use English as the medium of instruction may be exempted from taking English classes at UCSI University if the alma mater’s Registrar issues an official letter indicating so to the University. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, conducted by UCSI’s faculty experts, or sit for a written test before they are accepted for admission. Prior to the interview, the applicant is also required to submit a research idea outline.

Course Outline

Core Courses

Research Methodology
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
PhD Research

The University may allow exemption for outstanding students to complete their studies within a shorter period.


Career Opportunity

The programme’s comprehensive design and delivery paves the way for careers in advance scientific research of various institutions including

(i) research institutes
(ii) drug regulatory agencies
(iii) academia.



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