Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Science is a research-based programme in which students become actively engaged in bidirectional translational medicine. The programme focuses on studies that either bring current issues from patients and medical care to laboratory settings, or take scientific discoveries made in the laboratory or clinic and transforms them into new treatments and approaches to improve health and medical care in the community.

Along with supervisory guidance, students identify a research question or topic within the scope of medical science and work independently on a research project. Students are required to complete one taught module, Clinical Research Methodology, which is designed to prepare students for their competency in project planning and management, and also to ensure they become ethically literate and socially responsible. To graduate, students must produce a thesis based on their original research and subsequently pass the thesis examination and viva voce.

Rolling Intake
3 Years (full-time)
4 Years (part-time)
Career Prospects
  • Lecturer/Medical Educator
  • University Professor
  • Researcher
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Medical Science Consultant
  • Science Communication Journalist/Editor
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Health Informatic Provider
  • Medical Device Specialist
  • Public Health Policy Maker
  • Entrepreneur
Estimated Total Course Fee
  • RM69,460
    for Malaysian students
  • USD16,391
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

Programme Structure

Clinical Research Methodology

An advanced study the management of a research project. The first part discusses the design of a scientific project in health and medical settings, including research questions, hypothesis, method selection, problem solving, and data collection and analysis. The second part consists of ethical theory and ethical issues related to clinical research especially the application of ethics for utilizing human specimens. The third part of this subject focuses on the statistical analysis and its methods.


Production of thesis is based on students’ original research throughout the PhD candidature. Students must submit a PhD thesis and obtain a pass grade in the thesis examination in order to be awarded a PhD degree.

Areas of Research

The School has a dedicated team of Supervisors with expertise in areas of research including (but not limited to):

Aging and Geriatrics
Cardiovascular Research
Communicable Diseases
Genomics and Precision Medicine
Non-communicable Diseases
Public Health and Organisational Health
Student studying

Entry Requirements

  1. A Master’s degree in medical science or related fields accepted by the University Senate
  2. Other qualifications that are equivalent to a Master’s degree or professional qualification related to the field of Medical Science and experience recognised by the University Senate.
  3.  A Bachelor’s degree with the following conditions:
    • A bachelor’s degree in medical science or related fields with CGPA 3.67 or higher or its equivalent from an academic programme or a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme may direct progression to PhD programme and approval by the University Senate; OR
    • A relevant bachelor’s degree with CGPA 3.00 may convert their candidacy to the PhD programme after one year of studying at Master level and approval by the University Senate.

English Language Requirements

Any of the following:
  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based)
For International/Malaysian Applicants
  • English is the medium of instruction of previous degree for candidates from universities in non-English speaking countries outside Malaysia.

Application Procedure

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Sunway Postgraduate Application Form
  2. Research Statement - The statement should briefly describe the research question(s) that the applicant has discussed with his/her future MSc/PhD supervisor.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Scholarship Application Form (if any)
  5. One (1) Passport-sized photographs (Passport size photos must be in white background and the measurement must be 3.5cm x 5.0 cm)
  6. Reference Letters 

In addition, the following true copies of documents must be certified:

  1. Copy of Passport (all pages including blank pages - for international students) / Identity Card (NRIC) - for Malaysian students)
  2. English Language qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/Others) - for International Students
  3. Academic qualifications/results (certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree/Master Degree/Others)

All documents are to be sent to the contact/s stated below. 

Research Proposal

The research proposal should comprise between 1,000 and 1,500 words (excluding references), and covers the following structure:

  1. An appropriate title for the research project (designated supervisor if known)
  2. Introduction and justification of the study, which includes
    • Research background
    • Problem statement
    • Research objective(s)
    • Research question(s)/hypothesis
  3. Literature review
  4. Research methodology
  5. Proposed research schedule
  6. List of references


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Contact Information

For more information and to apply, please email: 

Programme Leader
Dr Chook Jack Bee
Email: [email protected]

Programme Administrator
Ms. Nurul Huda Abdul Rahman
Email: @email   

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Available

Eligibility Criteria for Bursary or Scholarship


Programme: Master by Research and PhD   
Mode of study: Full-time   
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 30% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 50% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes


Programme: Master by Research and PhD   
Mode of study: Full-time   
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 60% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes. CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent)


Programme: Master by Research and PhD   
Mode of study: Full-time   
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: Not eligible
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver including registration and resource fees. Cost of living allowance of RM3,000 per month for 36 months

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the PhD programmes.   
CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent). One (1) published journal article indexed in WOS/Scopus as first or corresponding author. Eligible applicants will be interviewed, and Studentship awards will be given on a competitive basis

*Bursary is only offered to Sunway graduates from Sunway Education Group higher education institutions.   
**Scholarship is open to Sunway and non-Sunway graduates


For more information about the scholarships and financial aid, please visit the SEG Scholarships website.

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