Faculty of Architecture & Built Environment

Doctor of Philosophy in Built Environment

(N/0730/8/0002) (MQA/PA 16031) 09/2027

Programme Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Built Environment programme represents a key stepping-stone for further improvement and promotions in graduate’s career. Such will help increase the number of researchers and inventors in Architectural and Built Environment industry. As our Doctor Philosophy’s programme progresses and gains momentum, it will contribute to strengthening our nation’s international competitiveness in the above mentioned four key pillars and NKEA, which will in turn enhance Malaysia’s strong influence and leadership amongst ASEAN countries.

The proposed programme has received positive feedbacks from the participating organisations. The programme is assessed to have high relevancy to industries related to sports and recreation that would produce future graduates with the mettle, competency and qualification highly in demand. The participating industry span across from educational institutions, construction industry, research and design, sustainable design guideline, architectural firm, and urban planning industry.

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Programme Highlights

  • Mode: Full & Part Time
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Credit Hours: 80
  • Scholarships Available
  • Intake: Jan/Feb, May/June, Sept/Oct
  • Course in Petaling Jaya

Subjects offered*

  • Advanced Designer Urbanism & Architecture
  • Community Architecture and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Collaborative Design
  • Architectural Theory and Urban Studies
  • Professional Practice Architect and Law
  • Architectural Research Methods
  • Integrated Technology and Environment
  • BIM Coordination and Management


*(not limited to)


i) A Master’s degree (Level 7 MQF) or equivalent as approved by the HEP Senate: OR ii) Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) that are accepted by the Malaysian Government. iii) A Master’s degree (Level 7 MQF) or equivalent in a non-related field as approved by HEP Senate and does not have related working experience, can be accepted, subject to passing pre-requisite courses. Note for PhD by Research:  There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s Degree level to PhD level. Candidates registered for Master’s Degree by research programmes with a Bachelor’s Degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to the PhD programmes subject to the following conditions: a. application for exchange is within 1 year after registering for the master’s program for full- time candidates and 2 years for part-time candidates b. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at PhD level through rigorous assessment by the HEP, and c. approval by the HEP Senate. OR HEP may enroll Bachelor’s graduates (MQF Level 6) for direct admission to MQF Level 8 Doctoral programs (by research) with the following conditions: a. Students obtain a first-class Bachelor’s qualification or equivalent; OR b. Obtain a CGPA of at least 3.67 or its equivalent from an academic or TVET program; AND c. Thorough rigorous internal assessment by the HEP; AND d. Obtained approval from the HEP senate and was accepted as a candidate for the MQF Level 8 Doctoral program. Students need to show appropriate progress during the candidature period.

For International Students

The HEP Senate/Academic Board needs to set appropriate competency requirements. Senate minimum requirements: A minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS OR / Malaysian University English Test (MUET) with Band 3 OR its equivalent.


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