Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Why study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)?

A PhD involves extensive, continuous research in a selected field or topic of interest. Monash Malaysia School of Pharmacy prides itself in giving quality postgraduate supervision in an individual’s quest of pursuing their PhDs. A scholastic research environment and excellent facilities are offered to students, including access to important databases in the electronic resources. The programme will be culminated in the form of a thesis which contributes to the existing body of knowledge. A PhD develops an individual’s critical thinking skills and overall maturity. It gives an individual a better problem-solving skills, to be better equipped for numerous job opportunities including as an academic in future.

Areas of study

  • Anticancer therapeutics
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Drug delivery
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Health economics
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Organics and biomolecular chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Phytochemistry

Course structure

The Monash University Handbook has detailed information about the structure and requirements for the PhD program in the School of Pharmacy.

Entry requirements

To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.

To apply for the PhD program in the School of Pharmacy, you must have completed:

  • a bachelor’s degree requiring at least four years of full-time study, which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours degree at H1 or H2A level in a relevant field, or
  • a course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
  • a master’s degree that entails work, including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent year of work, including a thesis in a relevant field.  It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project.  Where ungraded, examiner’s reports will be taken into account; or
  • Qualification which in the opinion of the Graduate Research Office are deemed equivalent to the above.


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can be undertaken over four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.


In 2021, annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM42,333 for Malaysian students
  • RM46,556 for international students.

Once-only fees

  • Application - RM100
  • Registration - RM200

Per-semester fee

  • General amenities - RM100

Visa application fee for new international student

  • Indonesia - RM3,340 (2 years)
  • Other countries - RM2,330 (1 year)

Intake periods

You can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Monash Malaysia throughout the year, subject to availability of supervision.

More information

For more information this postgraduate research degree in the School of Pharmacy, contact:

Norhayati Abdul Malek
Senior Administrative Executive, Research
Phone: +60 3 5515 9629

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