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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by GSGSG


Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme must possess:

  1. A master’s degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate; OR
  2. Any other equivalent qualifications recognised by the University Senate; AND
  3. Fulfil the English language requirement as set by the University Senate.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered by full research. Students should have adequate research knowledge and skills as stipulated by the Academic Committee. Students who do not possess these criteria are required to register and pass the following two (2) pre-requisite courses with at least a B grade before they continue with their research:

  1. SZRZ6014 Research Methodology
  2. SCLE6014 Academic Writing; and/or
  3. Any other courses as determined by the supervisor or Academic Committee

Students are also required to:

  1. present their research work at colloquiums/symposiums set by the Ghazali Shafie Graduate School of Government/respective Schools;
  2. present and defend their research proposals successfully.
  3. produce at least two (2) articles, by choosing either (Option A or Option B):
    • Option A:
      at least one (1) article is accepted for publication in ISI Journal or Scopus; and
      at least one (1) article is under review for publication in a refereed journal.
    • Option B:
      Two (2) articles are published in a refereed journal
  4. attend a viva voce session to defend the thesis; and
  5. submit a written thesis


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