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Nurture your passion for education and pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, where you will embark on a transformative journey of academic and personal growth. Our doctoral programme is designed to empower you to develop an independent thinking approach and cultivate a unique expertise in your research interests.


As a doctoral student in education at Taylor's, you will have the opportunity to engage in advanced research, critical analysis, and scholarly inquiry in your chosen field of study. Our experienced faculty members, who are renowned experts in various areas of education, will guide and mentor you throughout your doctoral journey. They will provide valuable insights, support your research endeavours, and help you develop the necessary skills to contribute to the field of education through original and impactful research.


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)



2 Modes

Normal and Prior Publication

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Key Highlights of Doctor of Philosophy in Education

FAQ for Prior Publication Mode



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.


Find out more about our research areas.


Education Management and Leadership

  • Education Policy
  • Education Administration
  • Mentoring and Supervision in Education
  • Education Reform
  • School Leadership


Curriculum and Teaching

  • Curriculum Theory and Implementation
  • Mathematics Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teaching Approaches
  • Classroom Management


Technology, Innovation and Learning Design

  • e-Learning
  • ICT in Education
  • Instructional Design


Educational Assessment

  • Classroom Assessment
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Assessment in Higher Education

Teacher Development

  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Continuing Education


Language Education and Literacies

  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Teaching Literature
  • Teaching Reading


Education and Society

  • Multicultural Education
  • Gender and Education
  • Peace Education
  • Life-long Learning
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Sociology of Education
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.
Who Should Join This Programme?

Who Should Join This Programme?

A PhD in Education will greatly benefit Educationists and Administrators who are in the global or Malaysian education field, and who are interested in conducting research, furthering their knowledge, or advancing their career prospects.

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. Masters in the related discipline

Bachelor's Degree


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


Other Equivalent Qualification


  1. Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government or accepted by the Taylor's University Senate.
  2. Students without a qualification in the related fields or relevant working experience requires to undergo and pass a bridging module.


Any of the condition 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.


Accelerated PhD


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:

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




  • Any of the condition of the above would require student's research proposal to be approved.
  • 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 Education programme, you could advance to any of these exciting careers in design management and design innovation, including:

  • Academic Advisor 
  • Curriculum/Learning Designer 
  • Department Head
  • Educational Consultant 
  • Lecturer 
  • Principal 
  • Programme Director
  • Trainer 

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 Education

I am Approximate Total Fees (Normal Mode) Approximate Total Fees (Prior Publication Mode)
Local Student
MYR 49,920 (Full-Time)
MYR 36,576 (Part-Time)
MYR 35,700 (Full-Time)
International Student
USD 16,384 (Full-Time)
USD 11,997 (Full-Time)

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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.