Doctor Of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Approval Code N/727/8/0062; 10/2021
Accreditation Code MQA/FA5876
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 Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January and July

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.


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Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent only.

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.

Academic Requirements

A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant discipline, as recognised by the Senate.

Admission Level

Faculty to assess before admission.


English Language Requirements

Minimum IELTS of 6.0 (overall and every section) or TOEFL 570 (PBT) / 230 (CBT) / 105 (IBT). To be obtained before admission.

International Students

To sit for English Placement Test (EPT) and enroll into CETE programme until fulfil the above English requirement within 12 months upon arrival.

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.

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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.

Semester 1

Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Experimental Design

Throughout the Study

PhD Research

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Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 47,340

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 75,650

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