Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Microbiology(R/421/8/0037) (12/28) (MQA/FA 6185)

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The PhD Medical Microbiology program emphasizes independence in scientific pursuit and critical thinking with an emphasis on quality research and life-long learning to bring the student to a higher level of competence in Medical Microbiology with special expertise in an area chosen for the thesis.

It considers all aspects of Medical Microbiology and incorporates all learning domains of Malaysian Qualifications Framework.

A Doctoral Degree is to provide further enhancement of knowledge, skills and abilities obtained at the master’s level. It generally provides the graduate with the abilities to conduct independent research.

The broad objective of the PhD Medical Microbiology programme is to produce high-quality graduates that are able to integrate knowledge and skills drawn from biological sciences and related technologies, taking into account the aspects of ethics, communication skills, leadership, professionalism and social responsibility.

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Programme Outline

Components of the Programme

The programme is fully research-based. Components of the programme are not subject-based but are divided according to the research areas/expertise: Medical Bacteriology, Medical Virology, Medical Parasitology, Medical Mycology, Immunology, Fermentation, Bioinformatics Genetic engineering, Molecular Pharmacology.


Successful completion of research project and defense of this project is required for graduation. Besides the thesis, there will be continuous assessments for monitoring the research progress.

The tools used may include proposal presentation, research progress eports, portfolio, journal club presentations, publication and conference participation. Continuous assessment of student is done through progress reports and research presentations every 3 months throughout the student’s candidature.

The final assessment is based on evaluation of doctoral thesis and defense of the thesis at the end of their candidature. The thesis will be examined by a panel of examiners including two external examiners and one internal examiner.


MQA requirement:
Masters by Research & Masters by Mixed Mode:
CGPA > 2.75, for 2.75 >CGPA> 2.5 can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.
Masters by coursework: Min CGPA of 2.5*Int Student- TOEFL Min Score 550 or IELTS Min Score 6.0 If No Language Criteria then need to pass Language Placement Examination at University Level.
Masters Masters Degree in Medical Microbiology (Level 7, MQF)
or a related field
Masters Degree in Microbiology (Level 7, MQF)
or other equivalent qualification in Life SciencesAll applicants are expected to have a reasonable command of the English Language and possess
a) TOEFL score 550, or
b) IELTS band 6, or
c) MUET band 4

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching careers in academia
  • Job opportunities in research
  • Institutions and industries
  • Post-doctoral fellowship/training
  • Scientist in research and development
  • Clinical Microbiologists in hospital