Dual PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Dual PhD, Doctor of Philosophy,
Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM) Universiti Sains Malaysia and Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Western Australia.

The programme will provide candidates with the skills to carry out high quality research of international standard at two well recognised universities. The research project undertaken will be a collaborative effort under the supervision of two supervisors, one in each university. The highest standards of ethics and humanity will be incorporated throughout the research project. 

Curtin University will sponsor a stipend and the use of research facilities during the study period there, the minimum period being 12 months.

A successful graduate will receive two testamurs, from USM and Curtin University.

Programme Structure

The programme is carried out entirely by research, under the supervision of two supervisors, one in each university.

Students can directly contact INFORMM lecturers on research projects available. For expertise at INFORMM please visit http://www.informm.usm.my/

Admission Requirements

A candidate must meet the admission requirements of both institutions.

I. Admission Requirements at USM

* A Master’s or Bachelor’s (First Class Honours or CGPA >3.67/4) degree in a related area.

Language Requirement (International Applicants Only)

* A minimum score of TOEFL 550 (paper-based); or

* A minimum score of TOEFL 213 (computer-based); or

* A minimum score of TOEFL 80 (internet-based); or

* A minimum score of IELTS Band 6; or

* Official language of applicant's country is English; or

* Applicant graduated from an institution of higher learning where English is the language of instruction

For entry requirements at USM, please visit the Institute of Post Graduate Studies website at http://www.ips.usm.my/

II. Admission Requirements at Curtin University

International applicants must satisfy the enrolment requirements. After confirmation of enrolment, the student has to obtain a visa for entry into Australia.

A stipend will be offered while the student is studying at Curtin University. International students will be required to have reached an appropriate level of proficiency in English to complete your research. Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds must either provide evidence of previous tertiary studies conducted in English, or have received test scores on the listed tests in excess of the minimum standards outlined in the International Office’s English Entry Requirements.

Please note, at the discretion of the Head of Enrolling Area, you may be required to complete a bridging course in English as a condition of enrolment.

For any other enquiries related to postgraduate study, international applicants are encouraged to contact the International Office.

For details on entry requirements for international students at Curtin University, please visit http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/research/application/curtin-international/


* Full-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 10 semesters

* Part-time: Min 6 semesters / Max 15 semesters


Malaysian Applicants International Applicants:

Registration fee RM340.00

Tuition fee RM4,200.00/semester
(Full time)

Tuition fee RM3,585.00/semester
(Part time)

Examination fee:

Masters RM750.00

PhD RM1,000.00


Registration fee RM910.00

Tuition fee RM6,300.00/semester
(Full time)

Tuition fee RM5,700.00/semester
(Part time)

Personal Bond RM1900.00


Examination fee:

Masters RM1,000.00

PhD RM1,500.00


Contact person

Prof. Dr. Gurjeet Kaur
Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine
Universiti Sains Malaysia
T: +604 653 4802
Email: gurjeet@usm.my