A Doctor of Philosophy is highly regarded as the highest postgraduate achievement you can earn.

A Doctor of Philosophy is highly regarded as the highest postgraduate achievement you can earn.

Doctor of Philosophy

Teacher Training and Education Science R/140/8/0014 | MQA/SWA0828 (18.05.2028)
Social and Behavioural Science    R/310/8/0016 | MQA/SWA0739 (18.05.2028)
Business and Administration    R/340/8/0688 | MQA/SWA0740 (18.05.2028)
Biology and Biochemistry    R/421/8/0032 | MQA/SWA0741 (18.05.2028)
Environmental Science    R/422/8/0015 | MQA/SWA0742 (18.05.2028)
Physical Science (Broad Programs)    R/440/8/0030 | MQA/SWA0743 (18.05.2028)
Mathematics    R/461/8/0008 | MQA/SWA0744 (18.05.2028)
Statistics |  R/462/8/0011 | MQA/SWA0745 (18.05.2028)
Computer Science    R/481/8/0756 | MQA/SWA0746 (18.-5.2028)
Computer Use    R/482/8/0116 | MQA/SWA0747 (18.05.2028)
Engineering and Engineering Trades (Broad Programs)    R/520/8/0088 | MQA/SWA0748 (18.05.2028)

PhD candidates are required to make a significant and original contribution to a discipline or profession by submitting one of the following, each equivalent to 70,000 – 100,000 words:

  • a written research thesis; or
  • a written research thesis including associated papers; or
  • an artefact, such as a creative work or design product, with an accompanying exegesis (critical explanation).

The candidate is expected to conduct independent research of high originality and quality; independently conceive of, design, conduct and complete a research project; develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the research area and methodological approaches; and communicate convincingly with relevant audiences.

The duration of a full-time PhD course is based entirely on the presentation of a major thesis to the satisfaction of the University’s Higher Degrees Committee.

Course details

Please consult the School of Research for information regarding course details.

Fees & scholarships


Malaysian students
RM31,000 per annum
International students
RM39,440 per annum

* The indicative course fees shown here applies to students studying on-campus in Malaysia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student’s study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.


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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A candidate must have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education in a relevant discipline at a high level of achievement, and must have been approved for the award of the degree(s) in that discipline.

A high level of achievement is defined as the equivalent of a four year Swinburne Honours degree that includes a significant research component in the fourth year, leading to an Honours degree class 1n (average grade between 80-100) or Class 2Ab (average grade between 70-79) level.

Four years of tertiary studies can be demonstrated by the completion of any of the combinations of qualification below, at the required standard of achievement:

  • a four year degree; or
  • a three year degree and a Masters by
    Research; or
  • a three year degree and an Honours year; or
  • a three year degree and a Masters by Coursework that includes a research component with a duration of at least one semester full time (or part time equivalent)

English Requirements

Applicants must produce evidence of adequate language capability in written and spoken English through one of the following:

  • obtain a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL equivalent no longer than 24 months before submitting your application
  • satisfactorily complete the Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced level certificate at the postgraduate level (EAP 5: PG-70%)
  • successfully complete a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.

Application process

Please consult http://www.swinburne.edu.my/research2/home/viewPage/10 for initial information regarding admission.

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