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Doctor Of Philosophy (Science)

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Our academic staff realise the importance of sharing our research experience with students and building a partnership with students, while actively engaging and promoting research in diverse fields. The university has placed a great commitment and enormous efforts in (a) the fundamental research to understand the nature of science and (b) applied research leading to innovation and technology. 

Our research focus addresses the key areas of national importance as shown below.

  • Exploring the biodiversity of Malaysia for natural product development
  • Development of seed oil and fruits as functional food and nutraceutics
  • Study of anti-cancer, antioxidant and pharmacological properties of bioactive compounds from natural sources (eg. fungi, plants, seaweeds)
  • Nutritional and dietary aspects of patients in relation to metabolic disorders or cancers
  • Association study of genetic variants with obesity, myopia and other disorders
  • Production of recombinant antigens and allergens
  • Development of toxin therapy
  • Quorum sensing and gene discovery
  • Detection, isolation and characterisation of food pathogens
  • Extraction and purification of enzyme from plants and microorganisms
  • Optimisation of media formulation and growth condition of fungi for industrial purposes
  • Aquatic seed production of sea cucumber and giant freshwater prawn
  • Bioremediation of hydrocarbons and heavy metals

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Detailed entry requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A relevant Master’s degree from institution of higher learning recognised by Senate; OR
  • Other certificates that are recognised as equivalent to a Master’s degree or other relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognised by Senate; OR
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree with CGPA 3.67 may convert their candidacy to the PhD programme after one year of studying at Master level and approval by Senate.

English Language Requirements


As the programme’s medium of instruction is English, students must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • TOFEL: A minimum score of 500 (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS: a minimum score of 5.0
  • An undergraduate degree with English as its medium of instruction

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