Our Doctor of Philosophy in Design Management programme is designed to foster research excellence and encourage the formulation of significant problem statements related to design processes within a broader research framework. Our Transdisciplinary Design Leadership PhD programme aims to equip you with the conceptual and methodological skills necessary to excel in the field.


We believe in the power of combining art and sciences with technology and business to drive innovation. Our programme emphasizes the integration of these disciplines to create impactful and meaningful design solutions. By embracing transdisciplinary approaches, you will gain a holistic understanding of design management and its potential to shape the future.


Intake Month

February, April, 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)

Practical input

From Industry Professionals

2 Modes

Normal and Prior Publication

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Key Highlights of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Design Management

FAQ for Prior Publication Mode

As you progress through the PhD in Design Management programme, you will have the opportunity to specialize in specific areas of design management that align with your research interests and career goals. Our flexible curriculum allows you to tailor your studies, selecting modules and electives that resonate with your research focus. You will be guided by experienced faculty members who are experts in their respective fields, providing mentorship and support as you navigate your research journey.



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.


Find out more about our research areas.

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


  1. A Recognised Master's Degree preferably in Art and Design or a relevant field
  2. Equivalent qualification and / or experience which is recognised by the Senate / institution
  3. Candidates are required to submit a research proposal; and A Pass in an interview.


International Students

  • Required to achieve a minimum Malaysian University English Test (MUET) with Band 4 OR its equivalent score of 6.5 in IELTS. (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.\


Bachelor to PhD Track


A Bachelor's degree with the following conditions:

  1. A Bachelor's degree in the field or related fields with first-class (CGPA of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent from academic or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme;
  2. Undergo internal assessment; AND
  3. Any other requirement of the HEP




  1. 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:
  2. 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, and approval of the Taylor's University Senate.
  3. Students without a qualification in the related fields or relevant working experience requires to undergo and pass a bridging module.
  4. Any of the condition of the above would require student’s research proposal to be approved.
  5. 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

  • 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 Design Management programme, you could advance to any of these exciting careers in design management and design innovation, including:

  • Transdisciplinary Design Leadership Academicians
  • Design Leadership
  • Creative Director
  • Design Historians
  • Design Journalist
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Sales and Promotion Manager
  • Senior Media Planner
  • Strategic Corporate Communication Director

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 Design Management

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 (Full-Time)
International Student
USD 15,321 (Full-Time)
USD 11,169 (Full-Time)

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