Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences programme in Malaysia offers rigorous research training in a diverse range of scientific disciplines essential to the success of modern pharmaceutical scientists in various sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry, government, and academia.


As a PhD student, you will engage in advanced research within a highly multidisciplinary environment. This collaborative atmosphere fosters a rich exchange of ideas and perspectives, enhancing your research capabilities and broadening your scientific horizons.


Throughout the programme, you will develop a deep understanding of the scientific principles and methodologies necessary for conducting cutting-edge research in areas related to human health and disease. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including drug discovery, drug development, pharmacology, pharmaceutical analysis, drug delivery systems, and pharmaceutical biotechnology.


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 (PhD) in Medical Science

FAQ for Prior Publication Mode

As a doctoral student in pharmaceutical science, 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.

Research Methodology

Research Methodology

In their first year, students must complete the following modules (totalling 6 credit hours): Research Method for Science and either Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods.

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.


Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice


  • Community pharmacy
  • Digital Health and Innovation
  • Disease burden studies
  • Legislative and regulatory pharmacy
  • Medication safety and optimization
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoinformatics
  • Quality of life studies
  • Social and administrative pharmacy


Pharmaceutical Technology


  • Bioequivalence studies
  • Controlled-release drug delivery systems
  • Fast-dissolving drug delivery systems
  • Pre-formulation studies
  • Transdermal/Topical drug delivery systems


Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Phytochemistry


  • Analytical method development and validation
  • Computational medicinal chemistry
  • Design and development of herbal formulations
  • Extraction of herbal drugs
  • Isolation and characterization of herbal constituents
  • Medicinal chemistry (organic synthesis)




  • Antimicrobials
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Cancer Pharmacology
  • Diabetes Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology of herbal extracts
  • Stem cells and exosomes


Pharmacy Education


  • Interprofessional Education
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
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 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



  • Master's Degree in Pharmacy
    Master's degree in Pharmacy or relevant science discipline OR

  • Bachelor's Degree
    A Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or relevant science discipline with CGPA 3.67 and registered as a Masters candidate and achieve outstanding performance in research and conversion assessment with Senate approval; OR

  • Equivalent Qualifications
    Any other equivalent qualifications which is recognized by the Malaysian Government.



International Students

English Requirement: IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 60 (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 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:


  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 above conditions 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:


  • Minimum of 5 publications or equivalent works in alignment with the theme of the specialisation
  • An executive summary of the above publications to demonstrate the applicant’s contribution to knowledge in the field
  • A list of scholarly published work


The minimum language proficiency of the candidates must be determined by the HEP consistent with applicable programme standards or based on the needs of the programme, i.e., learning outcomes and the medium of instruction.


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

  • 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.
  • The publications must be published within a period not exceeding ten (10) years from the date of submission.
  • 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 Pharmaceutical Science programme, you could embark on any of these exciting careers, including:

  • Academic Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Regulatory Pharmacist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinary Pharmacist

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).

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Embarking on your journey towards a PhD in Pharmaceutical Science marks a pivotal step in advancing your scholarly expertise and research impact in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. We are here to guide you through the application process, ensuring it is as seamless and straightforward as possible. To discover more about the procedure and the documents required, please visit our Admissions website for further information.

Looking for more information?

If you require additional information about the programme, our friendly team is always on hand to assist and answer any queries you may have. Additionally, you can also book a 1:1 appointment with our team for guidance in structuring your preferences and understanding the entry pathways.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical 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 (Full-Time)
International Student
USD 15,321 (Full-Time)
USD 11,169 (Full-Time)

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