Doctor Of Philosophy In Music

Course Duration
Full Time – 3 Years / Part Time – 7 years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full/Part Time (Local) / Full (International)
Approval Code
N/0215/8/0001 ; 07/2030
Accreditation Code


The Doctor of Philosophy (Music) programme is designed for extensive, self-directed research supported by a team of supervisors within the discipline of music. The programme aims to facilitate original contributions to knowledge and society through the submission of a written thesis.

About the Programme

Mode of instructions

The programme is conducted entirely in English. It is essential that all candidates are able to speak, read, and write fluently in English.

Area of Research

PhD candidates can undertake supervised research at the Institute of Music in a wide variety of areas of music including but not limited to:

  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Popular Music

Entry Requirements

Candidates may be admitted into the programme by meeting all the academic, language, music or audition, and proposal requirements below. Additional documentations such as prior experiences in the field and recommendation letters are required.

Academic Requirements

Master’s Degree in the field or related fields, or other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian government.

Research Proposal Requirements

Research proposals should be 1200-1500 words in length (excluding title and references) and include the following sections:

  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Background and Rationale
  • Review of Literature
  • Research Question(s)
  • Research Methods
  • Timetable
  • References

Please complete your proposal using this template and submit it along with your application.

English Language Requirements

For Local students
Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualification and Test
Pearson Test of English

* If your native language or the prior degree studies is not in English, proof of English language proficiency is required when submitting your application. If English language is the medium of instruction from previous institution, supporting document is required.
For International Students
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
(B1 Preliminary, B2 First, C1 Advanced C2 Proficiency, Linguaskill Online)
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Band 5.0
PTE Academic / Academic (online)
Band 3.5


    All applicants will go through an initial screening and only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

    Flow Chart

    phD Music-Flow Chart

    Courses Offered

    • Music Research Methodology*
    *It is compulsory for students to be in UCSI University campus for the first semester of the programme to undertake the research methodology course.

    Graduation requirements
    • A thesis that can take different forms such as:
      • 80,000-word thesis
      • Composition portfolio and a 40,000-word thesis
    • Successful defence of thesis in a viva voce.

    Programme Learning Outcomes

    PLO1: Able to demonstrate significant current knowledge in relation to all aspects in music
    PLO2: Able to employ self-directed study in relation to music theory and practices
    PLO3: Able to critically evaluate personal practices through reflection and self-organisation
    PLO4: Able to perform an independent practice as a researcher through critical engagement with theories and concepts
    PLO5: Able to communicate intellectually in the areas of music while applying appropriate investigation practices as researcher
    PLO6: Able to demonstrate digital literacy through analytical practices within all aspects of research
    PLO7: Able to perform scientific measurement accurately and efficiently within all aspects of research
    PLO8: Able to demonstrate effective organisational skills employing critical judgement through research
    PLO9: Able to demonstrate professional attitude to complete research projects independently and collaboratively
    PLO10: Able to demonstrate an understanding of intellectual property and value through research projects
    PLO11: Able to demonstrate a professional attitude to all aspects of work to engage in ongoing personal and professional development


    Local Students

    Approximate Total Fees:

    RM 57,340

    International Students

    Approximate Total Fees:

    RM 90,900

    Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

    All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.


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