Our PhD in Architecture programme provides a platform for scholars to delve deep into their chosen research areas, pushing the boundaries of architectural understanding and practice.


It is important to note that while the Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture) programme offers extensive opportunities for research and scholarly exploration, it does not specifically prepare students for architectural licensing. Instead, our programme is tailored to individuals who are passionate about advancing the field through research, critical analysis, and the generation of new insights.


As a doctoral student, you will engage in a rigorous research process, working closely with your advisors to develop and execute a research project of substantial scope and significance. 

Architecture, Building and Design

Intake Month

February, March, June, September and October

Study Options

Full time or part time

Study Programme

3 to 6-year (full time)

4 to 8-year (part time)



2 Modes

Normal and Prior Publication

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Key Highlights of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture

FAQ for Prior Publication Mode

As a doctoral student in business, you will embark on a research journey that will deepen your understanding of the field and make significant contributions to knowledge. Our programme is designed to provide you with a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, allowing you to thrive as a researcher and innovator.



Full time

3 – 6 years 

Part time

4 – 8 years

Note: All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

Key Research Areas

Key Research Areas

At Taylor's University, we believe research can help shape the future. Our postgraduate research programmes cover a broad range of topics with the aim to help shape the future in the aspects of society, technology, economy, and environment.


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Hiring Graduate Students

Hiring Graduate Students

  • Research Methodology
  • Business Strategy Project

We offer two entry pathways for this PhD programme, which are normal mode and prior to publication mode. Our PhD by Prior Publication mode provides a unique pathway for you to achieve a Doctoral award based on your existing body of work. We recognise the value of your prior publications and include them as a significant part of your submission for the Doctoral award.

Normal Mode

Normal Mode


A Master's Degree (Malaysian Qualification Framework, Level 6) or equivalent (accepted by HEP) in Architecture or related field. Applications are admitted who meet the course requirements and whose research interests match those of an available member of the doctoral faculty.



Interview & Review

Candidates are required to submit a statement of purpose of their motivation for engaging in this programme of study. Qualified applicants may be invited to interview with a member of the doctoral faculty.



English Requirement

International students must have proof of good proficiency in verbal and written English: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or its equivalent. The validity of the IELTS or equivalent is within 2 years from the date of the examination.



Accelerated PhD Programme

Bachelor's degree candidates who are registered for master's degree programmes may apply to convert to the doctoral degree programmes subjected to the following conditions:


  • Within 1 year for full time and within 2 years for part-time candidates
  • Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral level through rigorous internal evaluation
  • Approval of the Taylor's University Senate



If Your Bachelor's Degree is from a Different Field

Students without a qualification in the related fields or relevant working experience are required to undergo and pass a bridging module.


  • Any of the condition of the above would require student's research proposal to be approved.
  • All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.
Prior Publication Mode

Prior Publication Mode

You will need to fulfill one of the below
  • Obtain a master's degree in the field or related fields accepted by the HEP Senate
  • Obtain other qualifications equivalent to a master's degree recognised by the Government of Malaysia


Candidates without a related qualification in the field/s or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the HEP



In addition to the above criteria, those who want to join Doctoral Degree by Retrospective or Prior Publication mode must include the below to the formal application:


  1. Minimum of 5 publications in alignment with the theme of the specialisation;
  2. An executive summary of the above publications establishing
  3. The theme that connects the published works to be submitted (up to 1,000 words);
  4. Contribution to knowledge in the field of the proposed area of study (up to 1,000 words)
  5. A list of scholarly published work;
  6. Curriculum Vitae (CV)


For international candidates, evidence of English Language Proficiency as determined by the intake standards approved by the Senate


A Selection Committee must be established to review the formal application for PhD by Retrospective or Prior Publication and recommend to the Senate to obtain approval.


Criteria for published works

  1. Published work must encompass high-quality journals, monographs, books, research-based chapters in books, electronic publications which have not been used to obtain other awards or deemed a part of those awards.
  2. The publications must be published within a period not exceeding ten (10) years from the date of submission.
  3. For the five (5) nominated publications, the candidate must be the principal author with the contributions of others clearly defined.

Note: All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

When you've successfully completed this Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture programme, you could embark on any of these exciting careers, including:

  • Architectural Critic
  • Building Conservationist
  • Historian
  • Professor/Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainable Design Consultant
  • Urban Designer

How long is the candidature?

How long is the candidature?

The minimum duration of candidature is 6 months and must not exceed 2 years.

What are the criteria for the award of the degree?

What are the criteria for the award of the degree?

The minimum requirement for the award of the degree is to:


  1. Pass thesis examination and viva-voce/ oral examination.
  2. Confirmation of meeting minimum candidature period (from the first day of intake commencement to confirmation of satisfactory amendment of thesis/dissertation by examiners).
How will progression tracking be done?

How will progression tracking be done?

Progression tracking is done by monitoring of research progress periodically through:


  1. Regular consultation with the supervisors (supervisor-supervisee log);
  2. Progress report; and Seminars (research seminar, thesis completion seminar).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture

I am Approximate Total Fees
(Normal Mode)
Approximate Total Fees
(Prior Publication Mode)
Local Student
MYR 49,050 (Full-Time)
MYR 39,400 (Part-Time)
MYR 36,168 (Full-Time)
International Student
USD 15,321 (Full-Time)
USD 11,169 (Full-Time)

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