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Faculty of Pharmacy, UKM

Advancing Pharmacy For Health

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science

Research mode programmes offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy emphasise on inter- and multidisciplinary research areas in pharmacy including, but not limited to, drug discovery, pharmaceutical product development, pharmacy education and quality management of medicine. These research-oriented programmes are, by nature, laboratory-based, a combination of laboratory- and survey-based, or survey-based in various areas of pharmacy such as:

Drug and Herbal Development: focuses on the identification of chemical leads from natural products for specific therapeutic efficacy leading to the development of new drug candidates against complex and challenging drug targets prior to clinical trials and evaluation of herbs and their products for quality, safety and efficacy as therapeutic agents. 

Drug Delivery Technology: focuses on contemporary drug delivery issues in order to build rational strategies to drug design resulting in advanced drug delivery. These include acquiring knowledge of the physicochemical properties of traditional and biotechnology-based drug moieties as well as understanding the mechanisms of cellular uptake and transport across biological membranes.

Quality Management of Medicine (QMM): focuses on patterns of drug usage, efficacy of treatment regimens, adverse drug reaction reporting, health awareness, patient education, pharmacoeconomics, national medicines policy and its implementation.

Our educational facilities are located at the UKM Jalan Raja Muda Campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Throughout the four-year journey with us, you will learn in our world-class laboratories, mock manufacturing plant, active learning & clinical pharmacy simulation suites, on-campus community pharmacy and modern teaching hospital (Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz). 

The city campus also locates other health-related faculties i.e. Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Dentistry. The campus provides a good platform for you to get to know students from other health-related programmes which may end up as life-long friendships. 

Other than the usual on-campus facilities such as the library and cafés, the city campus offers a great diversity with easy access to many interesting spots such as places to eat and drink, shopping malls, recreational parks, theatre halls, and art galleries. 

Although on-campus student accommodation is currently not an option for postgraduate students, you may uncover private off-campus accommodation prior to your arrival with a guide from the Faculty of Pharmacy Postgraduate Student Society.

Faculty Faculty of Pharmacy
Campus Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Degree Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science
Length of study
  • Master of Science: Full-time (2-6 semesters) or part-time (4-8 semesters)
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Full-time (6-12 semesters) or part-time (8-14 semesters)
Contact | +603-9289 8055 / 7783

Why this program

  • Discover your full potential as an independent researcher by working closely with our experienced faculty members who will supervise you throughout your study.
  • Participate in various projects ranging from laboratory-based or field research (hospitals or community) to inculcate genuine interest in your specialised research area.
  • Our graduates are equipped with research knowledge and skills to support their career development/improvement in every area of academic or fundamental/applied pharmaceutical sciences which requires professional research and development scientists. 
  • Opportunity to join the postgraduate society to take advantage of increased networking, career development, and learning opportunities.

What you will learn

  • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
  • Research related skills

Program requirements

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Submit a thesis not exceeding 100,000 words
  • Pass viva voce examination
  • At least TWO (2) journal articles accepted in WoS indexed journal
  • Obtain a minimum of grade B for the Research Methodology course
  • International students are required to pass Bahasa Melayu course 

Master of Science

  • Submit a thesis not exceeding 60,000 words
  • Pass viva voce examination
  • At least ONE (1) journal article accepted in WoS indexed journal
  • Obtain a minimum of grade B for the Research Methodology course
  • International students are required to pass Bahasa Melayu course

Doctor of Philosophy

  • A master’s degree accepted by the Senate
  • Other relevant qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree that are accepted by the Senate

Master of Science

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the Senate; or
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree not meeting CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.

English Requirement for International Candidates

  • International candidates must meet the English language requirement set by the Faculty and University:
  • IELTS: a minimum score of Band 6.0, OR
  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 60, OR
  • CEFR: a minimum level of mid B2, OR
  • MUET: a minimum of Level 4 (Band 4), OR
  • The Faculty may grant exemption to the conditions set forth above for international candidates from a country that uses English as their official language or who have academic qualifications obtained from any institution of higher learning that uses English as its medium of education.

For inquiry on study fee for Masters Degree / Doctoral Degree, please refer here.

For further inquiry, kindly contact :

Dr. Chua Eng Wee
Coordinator for Postgraduate (Research) Programme
+603-9289 7508

Mrs. Norlaili Nazarudin
Administrative Assistant
+603-9289 7487