Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Sciences

JPT/BPP(N/545/8/0095)01/23, (MQA/PA9398)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Sciences is an applied, interdisciplinary research programme designed to develop the research capability and scholarly practice of those who aspire to become researchers in the field of Applied Sciences. The areas of study include but are not limited to Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Food Science, Health Science, Microbiology and Materials Science. Graduates of this programme can work as research scientists, academics, senior managers or directors in both the public and private sectors. This programme provides an opportunity for candidates to extend their development beyond scholarly understanding and practice to include the capacity to conduct research within an area of interest in the field of Applied Sciences. The programme is intended for academic or professional staff (or graduate students) who may be teaching/working in higher education institutions or those who are engaged in, or moving towards, leadership roles within the higher education or professional sector.


  • Part time 5 - 7 years
  • Full time 3 - 5 years
Intake Periods
Entry Requirements

i. A Master's degree in the related field that is accepted by the Nilai University Senate; OR

ii. Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree that are accepted by the Nilai University Senate.

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal which should comprise the following elements:

  • Field of research
  • Topic of research proposal
  • Statement of the research problem
  • Objectives of the research
  • Background or a brief literature review on the research topic
  • Methodology - explain the methods used in study such as library research, lab work, field work, etc.
  • Work schedule / Timeline / Gantt chart
  • References (at least TWO (2) core references)
  • Full name of proposed Supervisor (where applicable).
  • Full names, Tel. and Email contacts of TWO (2) Referees.
  • The research proposal should contain between 1,500 and 2,000 words or about FOUR (4) pages.

English Entry Requirements

(for international students)*

TOEFL 550 (PBT) / 79 (iBT)
Pearson 36
Programme Module

Phase I – Prerequisite Coursework 

EB5001 Research Methodology (3 credits) and EB5002 Statistics (3 credits)

Phase II - Comprehensive Examination

All PhD students are required to take a comprehensive examination in their respective areas of study. Only on passing of the comprehensive examination will students be allowed to commence on their research. Each student is only allowed two attempts to pass his/her comprehensive examination.


Phase III - Proposal Defence

Each student must publicly present and defend his/her research proposals.

The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase IV on passing of the defence of his/her proposal.


Phase IV - Thesis Preparation

The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and report writing.


Phase V - Viva Voce

After completion and submission of the thesis, the student is required to attend a Viva Voce to orally defend his/her thesis.

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Programme Pathway

3-7 years
Duration of Study

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