Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Secretariat of Postgraduate Studies - Faculty of Medicine

PhD programmes offered by Faculty of Medicine UKM are classified as research mode. The programmes are conducted primarily through research works under supervision of academic faculty members to produce a full thesis at the end of the study. This mode of study is chosen by students who seek discovery of in-depth and novel knowledge, enjoy critical thinking and problem solving, and planning for career advancement. Various programmes are available, depending on the research areas. Ultimately, the programmes aim to produce graduates who are qualified and competitive for the workforce.

1. Doctor of Philosophy (Consolidation)
  • Anesthesiology & Intensive Care
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Medicine
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Parasitology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Center Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine
2. Doctor of Philosophy (Community Health)
3. Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Education)



Full-Time  : 6 – 12 Semesters (Maximum)
Part-Time : 8 – 14 Semesters (Maximum)

*** International Students : Full-Time Only


Throughout the Academic Year


  1. Master Degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or from other university recognized by the university Senate; OR
  2. Other qualifications professional/vocational-related or relevant experience equivalent to a Master’s degree by the university Senate; OR
  3. Students pursuing a Master’s Degree program (research mode) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee for conversion to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, with approval from university Senate; OR
  4. A Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or equivalent with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of not less than 3.67 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or other universities recognized by the university Senate (Fast Track Only); OR
  5. International students must have proficiency in spoken and written English with IELTS ≥ Band 6.5 or MUET ≥ Band 4 or TOEFL iBT ≥ 79 or Person Test of English ≥ 63 or Cambridge English Qualifications and Test ≥ 176 OR any equivalent qualifications, taken within the last two years prior to application; AND
  6. All international and self-financed applicants must produce an accepted written proof of financial status either in a form of an active bank/financial institution statement or accepted letter of guarantee.
  • Programme Structure

    The PhD programmes involves conducting original research under close supervision and producing a written thesis at the end of the study. All students are required to complete the ‘Research Methodology’ course in the beginning of the study. The Bahasa Melayu language course is compulsory for all international students which is handled by Pusat CITRA UKM .

  • Supervision

    Students will be supervised by appointed academic members of the faculty. Applicants are required to approach potential supervisors with matched research interest before applying for the study. Information regarding potential supervisors can be found at the faculty’s Secretariat of Research and Innovation website or the respective departmental websites.

  • Graduation Requirement

    Students are required to fulfill the following criteria within 12 semesters in order to be considered for graduation:

    1. Two accepted or published WOS indexed articles;
    2. Complete all compulsory courses;
    3. Research Methodology course for all students;
    4. Bahasa Melayu course for all international students;
    5. Pass viva exam and submit revised thesis;
    6. Present their research findings in at least one (local or international) conference.

  • Career Prospects

    Career prospects include but not limited to academic and research institutes, industry, and entrepreneurship.

Step 1
Application through Secretariat of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) website/ link at HCTM website/ or direct communication with the Course Director *Application need to be made a minimum of 6 months before the date of admission
Required process:
  • Candidate Details and selected programmes
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
*First medical degree needs to be checked whether it is recognised by Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) (a mandatory requirement if the candidate will do rotation outside of HCTM) An offer letter will be issued (by UKMSHAPE) to the candidate for the payment process Course Director
Step 2
Application will be reviewed by the Course Director
Step 3
  • Fill in and submit Application Form to International Affairs Unit (UPA)
  • Letter of Temporary Approval/ Letter of Rejection to applicants will be issued by SPS
  • For the accepted candidates, a copy of the Temporary Approval Letter will be sent to UKM Shape – for VISA’s application process
Step 4
Accepted candidates are required to complete the following documents:
  • Form 16 for Temporary Practicing Certificate application Click Here
  • Visa application (Professional Visit Pass (PVP) Click Here

  • *Since Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysian Immigration will only issued Professional Visit Pass (PVP) with Single Entry Visa for 1 Year. Candidate must go out from Malaysia before PVP expired and must re-apply new PVP from home country for next year's programme
    *All documents will be sent through the International Affairs Unit, Faculty of Medicine UKM
Step 5
Candidate enrolled and report to the Course Director
Step 6
An offer letter will be issued (by UKM Shape) to the candidate for the payment process
Step 7
Course Director will notify the candidate about privileging and credentialing to HCTM Credentialing Link
Step 8
ONE (1) month before programme ends, the Course Director are required to inform SPS and International Affairs Unit, Faculty of Medicine UKM
SPS will issue Certificate of Completion to the candidate

Flowchart of Credentialing and Privileging in HCTM for International Candidates


Credentialing: a process to set the standards and to do an evaluation for a person’s qualification in a field or procedure. It is recognition for the professional training done by a medical practitioner.

Privileges: the rights given by the hospital for a medical practitioner to give treatments or to do procedures on hospital patients based on the qualifications of the training, and the medical practitioner’s experience and expertise.

Step 1
Log in to this link: to apply for credentialing application.
*No payment needed for this application
Step 2
For new application, please fill in the details and update your profile.

* If you want to renew you application, please apply 6 months BEFORE your expiry date.
Step 3
Click Credentialing Form and complete all the required information.

*You need to fill in your Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) Registration Number, Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) Number and National Specialist Register (NSR) Number in the prerequisite field.
Step 4
Select Head of Department (HOD) to verify your application.
Step 5
Tick (√) and submit your application.
Step 6
Your Dashboard for the application status will appear. You can check the ongoing status by time to time.
Step 7
All applications will be reviewed in a meeting.

*The meeting will be conducted 4 times a year
Step 8
HCTM issue an Approval Letter (TWO weeks after the meeting)
HCTM issue Certificate of Credentialing (ONE month after)