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Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
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Approval Code N/727/8/0062; 04/2020
Accreditation Code MQA/PA 5876
Classification Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Subject Area Pharmaceutical Sciences
Course Mode Full Research, Full time/Part time
Course Duration 3-5 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes February and August
UCSI’s Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate degree. It is designed for the development of safe and effective medications using various fields of scientific knowledge. This includes chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics and formulation science. These fields are highly in demand in the pharmaceutical industry, which is worth US$300 billion a year according to the World Health Organisation. In Malaysia, the government has identified the domestic pharmaceutical industry as one of the key areas to be developed under its new economic development plan, as reported in the Mega Science Report by the Academy of Science Malaysia.

The PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences) is flexible enough to be pursued by those with a pharmaceutical or science qualification. Graduates of this qualification will be equipped with advanced knowledge in research planning, experimental design and scientific analysis.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is driven by academic staff members who are respected researchers in their own right. Thus, candidates of this PhD have the opportunity to work with UCSI researchers on actual projects funded by grants received internally as well as externally. Positions as paid research assistants are also available, and with the wide range of research areas pursued by various staff, interested candidates have the freedom to discuss their affinities with the relevant staff member.


The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences consists of qualified and experienced lecturers to guide PhD candidates in their research projects. Among the research interests of our faculty members are pharmacology, physiology, bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry, drug formulation, clinical pharmacy, and pharmacy practice The constant availability of research funding, both internal and external grants, ensures the quality and continuity of research activities in the Faculty.
Qualifications Academic Requirements Admission Level
Master’s degree or equivalent only.

(Applicant with a Bachelor’s degree of first class or CGPA >3.67, to be referred to faculty for further discussion
A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant discipline, as recognised by the Senate Faculty to assess before admission
English requirement:

Minimum IELTS of 6.0 (overall & every section) or TOEFL 570/230/80. To be obtained before admission.

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.
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
Project Title Main Researcher Co-Researcher
Preparation and in-vitro evaluation of enteric coated oral sustained release formulation with mucoadhesive properties Dr Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar Associate Professor Dr Yeong Siew Wei
Formulation and in-vitro evaluation of protein drug Dr Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar Associate Professor Dr Yeong Siew Wei
Formulation and in-vitro evaluation of the capsule containing herbal leaf extracts Dr Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar Associate Professor Dr Yeong Siew Wei
Optimisation of processing variables for superior quality film coated-tablets Dr Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar Associate Professor Dr Yeong Siew Wei
Development and validation of FTIR and HPTLC methods for the determination of an anti-diabetic drug Associate Professor Dr Gabriel A. Akowuah Assistant Professor Dr Fatokun O. Oladuntoye
Development and validation of HPTLC and FTIR methods for the determination of an bisphosphonate drug Dr Shaik Ibrahim Khalivulla Associate Professor Dr Gabriel A. Akowuah
Pigmentation-related gene expression and histopathological changes in periorbital hyperpigmented skin Dr Lee Siew Keah Associate Professor Dr Cheah Shiau Chuen, Associate Professor Dr Irene Lee Chew Kek, Dr Lee Bang Rom, Dr Tan Chung Keat, Dr Tan Geok Puan
Perception and assessment of first year graduated pharmacy students in alignment to the programme’s learning outcomes Dr Ali Qais Jaafar Associate Professor Dr Yeong Siew Wei

Semester Courses
August Semester Research Methodology
February Semester Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Throughout the Study PhD Research

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