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Our Doctor of Philosophy in Science programme is research-based, allowing students to engage in an immersive research experience and fostering a deep passion for discovery.


As a doctoral student in the School of Biosciences, you will have the privilege of working closely with esteemed faculty members who are leading experts in their respective fields. They will serve as mentors and guides, supporting you throughout your research journey. Our faculty members are committed to fostering a stimulating research environment, offering invaluable insights and expertise.


Intake Month

February, April, June, September and October

Study Options

Full time or part time

by MQA

2 Modes

Normal and Prior Publication

Study Programme

3 to 6-year (full time) or 4 to 8-year (part time)

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Key Highlights of Doctor of Philosophy in Science


Our PhD in Science programme is designed to develop graduates who possess a wide range of competencies. We are committed to equipping you with the skills and abilities to synthesize knowledge, adapt practical skills, conduct independent research, demonstrate leadership qualities, and critically appraise problems using scientific skills.


Throughout your studies, you will engage in advanced studies and research that will enable you to synthesize existing knowledge in your field of study. We emphasize the importance of staying abreast of the latest developments and trends in your discipline, allowing you to contribute to the expansion of knowledge in your area of expertise.



  • 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.

Research Methodology

Research Methodology

Students are required to pass the Research Methodology modules (6 credit hours) in the first year of their candidature.

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.


Interested to know more?


Infection Disease

The rich biodiversity of Malaysia enables the discovery of novel compounds to fight infectious diseases. At Taylor's University, the identified natural compounds will be examined for their bioactive properties as well as their mode of action. In addition to the antimicrobial research, the host-pathogen interaction research is focused to understand the disease manifestation in host cells.


Non-Communicable Diseases

Diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle and stress have contributed to greater incidences of heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, among others. Available drugs for these diseases are often accompanied by undesirable side effects, not selective enough or simply too expensive. Hence, this cluster targets the discovery of novel lead compounds and to scientifically validate natural remedies for lifestyle-related chronic diseases.


Environmental Research

Research conducted in this cluster focuses in bioremediation, taxonomic identification of marine flora and to facilitate the development of mechanisms or processes that are in compliance with environmental laws. It will target improvement in resources savings, waste disposal and resolving environmental stress issues. In addition, researchers in this cluster also provide consultation and training in environmental management systems.


Food Science And Nutrition

The broader aim of research in this cluster is to study the fundamentals and applied aspects of new functional foods, medical foods and nutraceuticals as well as new technologies that facilitate development of novel consumer products that enhance human health, food safety and functionality.

Hiring Graduate Students

Hiring Graduate Students

More than 300 postgraduates have chosen Taylor's to fulfill their research aspiration. Join us and contribute to our innovative and progressive research projects here.

We offered two entry pathway for this PhD programme, which is 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 recognize the value of your prior publications and include them as a significant part of your submission for the Doctoral award.

Normal Mode

Normal Mode

Master's Degree

Masters in the field of Science; OR


Bachelor's Degree

Passed Bachelor's degree in Science with min. CGPA 3.67 and registered as a Masters candidate and passed related qualifying assessment

Other equivalent qualifications

Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government or accepted by the Taylor's University Senate and Any of condition of the above would require student's research proposal to be approved.


For international students: IELTS 5.0 / TOEFL 40 (Internet Based Test) (May join IEN preparatory course and achieve the IELTS score) The validity of the IELTS or equivalent is within 2 years from the date of the examination.



[1] Bachelor's degree in Science candidates who are registered for master's degree programmes in Science 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.


[2]Any of the above conditions would require student's research proposal to be approved.

[3] All information is subject to change. The above entry requirements serve as a guideline. Readers are responsible to verify the information by contacting the university's Admissions Department.

Prior Publication Mode

Prior Publication Mode

You will need to fulfill one of the below:


[1] Obtain a master's degree in the field or related fields accepted by the HEP Senate

[2] 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.



All information is subject to change. The above entry requirements serve as a guideline. Readers are responsible to verify the information by contacting the university's Admissions Department.

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

  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Biotech Specialist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Academia
  • R&D Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs

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 in Science

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 35,968
International Student
USD 15,321 (Full time)
USD 11,169 

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Note: Fees will be reviewed annually. For the avoidance of doubt, Taylor’s reserves the right to revise the fee payable for any given semester.