Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

The ambit of the doctoral programme in economics is to produce highly skilled economists capable of generating and disseminating knowledgein the field of economics. Taught courses, accompanied by either a thesis or a dissertation, will prepare candidates for in the field of economics. Taught courses, accompanied by either a thesis or a dissertation, will prepare candidates for future scientific research in the field of economics. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Economics) is therefore representative of the scope and depthof knowledge attained by the candidate, as well as the ability of the candidate to perform research in a specialized field.

Programme Goals

The goals of the programme are produce graduates that:

  1. possess a depth of knowledge and a wide range of skills in the field of Economics;
  2. possess an expanded competency and understanding of the selected area(s) of study; and
  3. are professional and ethical in fulfilling their responsibility to God and society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, graduates should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a systematic and in-depth understanding of economics;
  2. produce, develop, implement and apply research methodologies in a constructive manner;
  3. undertake research that yields original contributions and expands upon existing knowledge in the field of economics through the publication and defence of studies that reflect international standards and practices;
  4. critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas;
  5. effectively communicate ideas relating to the field of economics to peers within the field of study and to the general public; and
  6. disseminate research in the context of the knowledge society.

Admission Requirements

Entry requirements are as follows:

  1. Master of Economics or any higher learning institution recognized by the UKM Senate; or
  2. Other qualification(s) equivalent to a Master of Economics from UKM of any higher learning institution recognized by the UKM Senate; and
  3. fulfills other requirements prescribed by the programme or Faculty;
  4. An international candidate from a country that are not using English as official language shall obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS band 6 or other english proficiency examination recognized by the UKM Senate.

Type of Registration and Period of Study

  1. Full time studies (eight (8) to twelve (12) semesters)*
  2. Part time studies (ten (10) to fourteen (14) semesters)*

*All courses will be conducted on weekdays and during working hours.

Programme Structure

  1. Candidates must successtully complete the following components:
    Core Courses 20 credits
    Compulsary Modules Courses 12 credits
    Comprehensive Examinination
    Dissertation 28 credits
  2. The candidates must successfully complete three (3) comprehensive examinations in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and one (1) in area of specialization;
  3. The candidates must present and pass his research proposal;
  4. The candidates must present and pass his dissertation oral examination; and
  5. Candidates are also required to publish at least one (1) article in an indexed journal and at least one (1) article in a proceeding from a seminar/ conference/ workshop publish that approved by the Graduate Study Committee of the Faculty.

List of Courses

  1. Core Courses (20 credits)
    • EPPE6014 Microeconomics
    • EPPE6024 Macroeconomics
    • EPPE6034 Econometric Methods
    • EPPE7044 Macroeconomics Theory and Policy
    • EPPE7054 Advanced Microeconomics
  2. Compulsory Module Courses (12 credits)
    Candidates are required to select 4 course modules from the following categories of course modules:

    • Monetary Economics
      • EPPE6114 Portfolio Analysis
      • EPPE6124 Monetary Economics
      • EPPE6164 International Finance
    • Industrial Economics*
      • EPPE6134 Advanced Industrial Organisation
      • EPPE6174 Trade and Industrial Economics
      • EPPE6264 Advanced Labour Economics
    • Public Economics
      • EPPE6144 Public Finance
      • EPPE6154 Economics of Social Policy
      • EPPE6184 Political Economy of International Trade
    • International Economics*
      • EPPE6164 International Finance
      • EPPE6174 Trade and Industrial Economics
      • EPPE 6184 Political Economy of International Trade
    • Development Economics
      • EPPE6214 Advanced economic Planning
      • EPPE6224 Development Theory and Policy
      • EPPE6234 Trade and Development
    • Human Resource Economics
      • EPPE6244 Human Resource Development Planning
      • EPPE6254 Human Resource Management
      • EPPE6264 Advanced Labour Economics
    • Agricultural And Applied Economics
      • EPPE6304 Advanced Agricultural Economics
      • EPPE6314 Applied Resource Policy and Project Analysis
      • EPPE6324 Policy Analysis and Agricultural Programme
    • Environmental And Resource Economics
      • EPPE6314 Applied Resource Policy and Project Analysis
      • EPPE6334 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
      • EPPE6344 Dynamic Optimisation and Decision Theory
    • Econometrics
      • EPPE6414 Advanced Econometrics
      • EPPE6424 Time Series Econometrics
      • EPPE6434 Applied Econometrics
    • Islamic Economics
      • EPPE6514 Fiqh for Economics
      • EPPE6524 Islamic money and Capital Markets
      • EPPE6534 Advanced Islamic Economic Analysis
    • Specialization in Islamic Banking
      • EPPE6524 Islamic Capital and Money Markets
      • EPPE6554 Islamic Banking
      • EPPE6564 Risk Management in Islamic Banking
      • EPPE6574 Current Issues in Islamic Banking
    • Specialization in Islamic Finance
      • EPPE6524 Islamic Capital and Money Markets
      • EPPE6584 Islamic Financial Management
      • EPPE6594 Islamic Asset Management and Planning
      • EPPE6614 Theory and Practice of Takaful
    • *Course will be conducted in English.
  3. Dissertation (28 credits)
    • EPPE7928 Dissertation
  4. Malay Language Courses
    International candidates shall register and pass Malay Languange Courses as part of graduation requirement as prescribed by the UKM.

    • ZZZM1013 Bahasa Melayu as Foreign Language I
    • ZZZM1023 Bahasa Melayu as Foreign Language II

Requirements for Conferment of Degree

Requirements for Conferment of Degree are as follows:

  1. Pass all the required core courses with a final CGPA of ≥ 3.00;
  2. Successfully complete the required number of kredits for the programme;
  3. Pass the dissertation oral examination;
  4. Fullfils the publication requried ; and
  5. Fulfills any other conditions prescribed by the University


  • September (application is opened in April)
  • February (application is opened in October)


Online application via
*Application fees for Malaysian is RM30.00 / International applicant is USD30 or RM100.00

Tuition Fees

Full TimePart TimeFull Time Only
Registration (one time only)1,0108851,710
Services and Activities745525985
Tuition Fees1,8351,6354,100
TOTAL 1ST SEMESTER3,5903,0456,795
Subsequent semesters2,5802,1605,085
TOTAL FEES16,49018,16532,220
(6 semesters)(8 semesters)(6 semesters)

If you have further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Postgraduate Secretariat
Level 4
Faculty of Economics and Management
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel:+6038921 5775/ 5777/ 5776/5373
Email: sitinora[a]

Study Funding Assistance

Eligible candidates are invited to apply for study funding assistance below: