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Doctor of Philosophy (Medical and Health Science)

Offered by: International Medical University (IMU)
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Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration3 years (full-time) 4 years (part-time)
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Fees (International Student)14050/semester
FacultySchool of Postgraduate Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDoctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Mode of StudyBy Research
Course Description

Research is very much dependent on grants and funding support. As a medical and health sciences university, IMU has built credible partnerships with government bodies and private foundations in collaboration with other elite universities to pursue meaningful research in the health sciences arena. Today, IMU Faculty attracts first-class teaching staff from Malaysia and abroad, fostering a broad range of active research programmes in its campuses in Bukit Jalil and Seremban. Much of its success stems from the Faculty’s capacity to attract external research funds via its strong national and international connections. IMU staff have a strong record of major international contributions in their respective fields and are very experienced in supervising postgraduate students. Some of our alumni have also been successful in securing placements as research fellows in various institutions in Malaysia as well as Germany, Taiwan and so on. At IMU, students will have access to the current literature including online databases to keep abreast with the latest development in research. Students will not only be exposed to the latest techniques and equipment but also be trained in using various tools, for instance software and algorithm in data analysis.


The areas of research expertise of the IMU faculty are as follows

  • Cancer / Oncology
  • Environmental Health
  • Toxicology / Molecular Biology / Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Psychology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Building-Related Illnesses
  • Human and Medical Genetics

The selection of supervisor(s) will depend very much on the research area and be based on mutual agreement between both parties. The principal supervisor must be engaged within IMU whereas a co-supervisor can be from any established institution. All supervisors are subject to the credentialling guidelines of IMU.



Both programmes are research-based and degrees will be awarded by IMU on successful completion of a thesis. Examination is by assessment of the thesis, and includes an oral examination of the contained research. For PhD, there is also provision for candidates to submit their theses in the form of published works resulting from their research projects during period of their candidature, subject to the evaluation by the Review Committee.

Entry Requirements
Applicants are required to have obtained:


  • A Master’s Degree accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree
    that are accepted by the University’s Senate.


  • There shall be no direct entry from Bachelors degree level to Doctoral degree level.
  • Candidates with Bachelors degree who are registered for Master’s degree programmes may apply to convert their candidacy to the doctoral degree programmes within ONE (1) year after Master’s degree registration, subjected to:
    a. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral Degree level
    b. rigorous internal evaluation by the University
    c. approval by the University’s Senate
For Malaysian Students


Not applicable

For International Students


  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (PBT) : Overall score of 410-413; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 160; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 180; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 36;


The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.
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Throughout the year

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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