Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Pathology)

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USM – Universiti Sains Malaysia

ModeFull/Part Time
Duration2-7 Years
Tuition fees RM30,000-RM40,000
An applied programme in crop protection, plant pathology involves the study and understanding of the etiology, epidemiology and management of plant diseases with the aim of increasing agricultural production and limiting losses caused by pathogens and other predisposing factors. In addition to the traditional research on the various diseases of vegetable, ornamental, tree and fruit crops, other research disciplines include the study and use of microbial pathogens as bioherbicides and role of mycorrhizae in agricultural systems. The programme comprised of several fields including crop protection, fungal pathogens, soil science, mycorrhiza, biofertilizer, bioherbicide, entomology and plant pest management. Conventional and recent biological techniques, such as molecular tools, are adopted in research activities. Some areas of research are Fusariumdiseases on agricultural crops in Malaysia, the role of mycorrhiza in agricultural systems, composting and development of biofertilizer and bioenhancer by rhizobacteria.
Research Thrust Areas
Plant Pathology
  • Plant Pathogen
  • Tropical Plant Diseases
  • Plant Disease Management and Control
  • Mycoherbicides
  • Mycorrhiza
  • Plant Pathology


  • A Master’s or Bachelor’s (First Class Honours or CGPA 3.67/4)degree in a related area.
  • A minimum score of 550 (Paper-based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or
  • A minimum score of 213 (Computer-based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or
  • A minimum score of 80 (Internet-based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or
  • A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Results must be attached with the application form.

Other Courses Offered in Agricultural Studies

Contact Information

Universiti Sains Malaysia 
11800 USM
Pulau Pinang Malaysia

Phone +604-653 3888

Fax +604-658 9666

Email [email protected]


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