The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree is a research higher degree. This research postgraduate programme equips graduates with advanced knowledge of research methods and the skills to independently conduct research in many areas of behavioural science. Students conduct original research which extends the frontiers of knowledge in a specialised area of Psychology. As a result of acquiring the abilities needed to undertake independent research, graduates will also develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills which can be applied in their future learning and work environments.
The core domains of Psychology are: Biological Psychology (which includes the areas of hormones and behaviour, brain function, and genetics), Cognitive Psychology (which includes the areas of attention, perception, learning, and language), Developmental Psychology (which includes the areas of lifespan development, and the social and cultural contexts of development), Individual Differences (which includes the areas of personality, intelligence, motivation, and mental health), Social Psychology (which includes the areas of attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, and close relationships), and Research Methods (which includes the techniques for the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to answer a certain question or solve a problem).
Completion of the programme allows students to become experts who are able to facilitate and contribute to the advancement of Psychology. This is a required qualification for people who wish to go onto a career as an academic or independent researcher in Psychology.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Research Scientists
- Academics - University Lecturer
- Research Consultant
- Technical Consultant
- Technical Author
- Senior Analyst
for Malaysian students
for international students
English Language Requirements
Any of the following:
- IELTS: 7.0
- TOEFL: 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 95 (Internet-based)
- PTE Academic: 65
- MUET: Band 5
- Cambridge English: Advanced/CEFR 185 (Grade A)/C1
- SPM English 1119: 2A
Note: Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.