Take your Social Science to the highest professional level

Pursue an advanced research project in social sciences and expand your understanding of the social, cultural and political forces that shape and steer the world today.

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PhD in Social Science

(N/0310/8/0001) (05/29) (MQA PA/15618)

Create the best research environment for doctoral training. It covers the widest areas of social science research.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)


Produce graduates with relevant knowledge and skills in Social Science management and attain the level of middle management and social responsibilities


Produce graduates who are able to utilize and apply current Social Science principles and concepts to solve problems in contemporary field issues and challenges.


To produce graduates who are competent in decision making, human management and serving the industry based on contemporary principles and practical of Social Science management in relevant areas.


Provide a source of skilled manpower in the field related to Social Science who will be able to lead and engage in teams and observe cultural, ethical and professional values.


To inculcate in students the desire for life-long learning, so that they can keep themselves updated with current and advanced knowledge using contemporary technology and resources to promote and enhance for career development.

Programme Learning Outcomes

(Knowledge and Understanding – MQF Domain 1)

Mastering knowledge on the concept and principles of Social Science.

(Cognitive Skills - MQF Domain 2)

Synthesise rationale thinking at higher order and solve problems in organizational settings and nation building.

(Practical Skills – MQF Domain 3A)

Use tools of decision making in handling practical issues in the field of Social Science.

(Interpersonal Skill – MQF Domain 3B & Communication Skills – MQF Domain 3C)

Exhibit socially wise and responsible behaviour for the progress of the nation and to communicate wisely in a social context especially among Social Science management fraternity.

(Digital Skills - MQF Domain 3D & Numeracy Skills - MQF Domain 3E)

Apply digital & numeracy skills in collecting and managing related information and the distribution of information to users.

(Leadership, Autonomy & Responsibility – MQF Domain 3F)

Communicate effectively and to foster teamwork and leadership and cooperation.

(Personal & Entrepreneurial Skills – MQF Domain 4)

Demonstrate entrepreneurial tendency towards innovation, opportunity seeking, risk taking and penchant for results of new inventions.

(Ethics & Professionalism – MQF Domain 5)

Exhibit social responsibility, ethical and professional behavior in organizational settings and nation building.


Minimum 3 years (6 semesters)

Maximum 6 years (12 semesters)

(Full Time)

First semester: 

  1. Compulsory Courses

    Academic Writing and Seminar (UMU1013)
    ii. Research Methodology (UMU1023)
    iii. Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (UMU1033) (Non-Malaysian student only)
    iv.  Global Security: Theory and Issues (SSF1213)

  2. Proposal stage and thesis writing

Second semester 

  1. Proposal stage and thesis writing
  2. Proposal defend should be approved maximum in one year.


Third – Sixth semester

  1. Research stage and thesis writing
  2. Viva-Voce of thesis defend examined by internal and external examiners.
  3. Prior to Viva Voc

i. A Master’s degree (Level 7 Malaysian Qualification Framework, MQF) in the related fields accepted by the Senate; OR
ii. A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in the non-related fields as excepted by the Senate and without experience, subject to passing pre-requisite courses; OR.
iii. Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) recognised by the Government of Malaysia.

A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) with the following conditions:
a. A Bachelor's degree in the field or related fields with first-class (CGPA of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent from an academic or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme; and
b. undergo internal assessment; and
c. any other requirements of the HEP. 

A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) who are registered for Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) programmes may apply to convert to the Doctoral degree (Level 8, MQF) programmes subjected to the following conditions:
i. within 1 year for full time and within 2 years for part-time candidates; and
ii. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral level through rigorous internal evaluation by the HEP; and
iii. approval of the HEP Senate.


Achieve a minimum Band 4 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET) OR any equivalent to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR (B2)

Master in relevant field, graduated from accredited university recognized by MQA, or should accredited by BAN-PT from Indonesia Universities

MYR 30,750
MYR 5,125/ Semester

Note : 

  1. Student pass fees for international students are subjected to a determination under the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  2. Student insurance fees are subjected to the statutory provisions of the University and local authorities.
  3. Student accommodation fees are determined by University rules and are available upon request.
  1. Researcher
  2. Academician
  3. Analyst in the related field
  4. Consultant in the related field