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Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Microbiology

Offered by: AIMST University
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Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course DurationMinimum 3 years (full-time) / Minimum 4 years (part-time)
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FacultyFaculty of Medicine
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDoctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Mode of StudyBy Research
Course Description

The PhD Medical Microbiology program emphasizes independence in scientific pursuit and critical thinking with an emphasis on quality research and life-long learning to bring the student to a higher level of competence in Medical Microbiology with special expertise in an area chosen for the thesis. It considers all aspects of Medical Microbiology and incorporates all learning domains of Malaysian Qualifications Framework. A Doctoral Degree is to provide further enhancement of knowledge, skills and abilities obtained at the master’s level. It generally provides the graduate with the abilities to conduct independent research. The broad objective of the PhD Medical Microbiology programme is to produce high quality graduates that are able to integrate knowledge and skills drawn from biological sciences and related technologies, taking into account the aspects of ethics, communication skills, leadership, professionalism and social responsibility.

Components of the Programme

The programme is fully research-based. Components of the programme are not subject-based but are divided according to the research areas/expertise: Medical Bacteriology, Medical Virology, Medical Parasitology, Medical Mycology, Immunology, Fermentation, Bioinformatics Genetic engineering, Molecular Pharmacology.


Successful completion of research project and defense of this project is required for graduation. Besides the thesis, there will be continuous assessments for monitoring the research progress. The tools used may include proposal presentation, research progress eports, portfolio, journal club presentations, publication and conference participation. Continuous assessment of student is done through progress reports and research presentations every 3 months throughout the student’s candidature.

The final assessment is based on evaluation of doctoral thesis and defense of the thesis at the end of their candidature. The thesis will be examined by a panel of examiners including two external examiners and one internal examiner.

Entry Requirements
  • A Masters degree in Microbiology or a related field
  • Masters degree in Microbiology or other equivalent qualification in Life Sciences.
  • All applicants are expected to have a reasonable command of the English Language and possess:
    • TOEFL score 550
    • IELTS band 6, or
    • MUET band 4;
    • or equivalent
  • All applicants who do not meet sufficient level of English Language may be required to attend and pass and English language course conducted by the University prior to being admitted into the postgraduate program.
Intake Months

All year around application

Career Prospects
  • Teaching careers in academia
  • Job opportunities in research Institutions and industries.
  • Post-doctoral fellowship/training
  • Scientist in research and development.
  • Clinical Microbiologists in hospital

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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