Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Why study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)?

Our PhD program allows you to complete extensive, independent research (100,000 words), including at the Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS), which is Monash University’s main institute for neuroscience research and an important part of our school.

We have recognised research strengths in the following four areas:

  • cardio-metabolism
  • infection and immunity
  • neuroscience
  • global public health

We also conduct extensive research under the following clusters:

  • psychology, health and wellbeing
  • oncology and therapeutics
  • therapeutics and drug discovery from natural products and bioactive compounds

Monash has a history of providing medical, surgical and health sciences research training that is recognised and respected worldwide for its excellence. The Monash PhD has an international reputation for excellence and relevance, with quality supervision at the heart of our success.

As a doctoral candidate, you will be supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout your candidature. Under their guidance, you will write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge or understanding of your field of research.

Areas of study

Our PhD program may be undertaken in the principal areas of research offered by the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences and BRIMS. These include:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry and molecular biology
  • endocrinology
  • epidemiology and preventive medicine
  • general practice
  • health economics
  • medical education
  • medicine
  • microbiology
  • neuroendocrinology
  • paediatrics
  • pharmacology
  • physiology
  • psychological medicine
  • psychology
  • surgery
  • toxicology
  • rural health


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can be undertaken over four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.


In 2021, annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM42,333 for Malaysian students
  • RM46,556 for international students.

■ Once-only fees

  • Application - RM100
  • Registration - RM200

■ Per-semester fee

  • General amenities - RM100

For more details on the student pass application fee, please click here.

Intake periods

You can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Monash Malaysia throughout the year, subject to availability of supervision.

More information

Please contact Ms Kong Li San (Research & Development Manager, Research Management Office) at or +603 5514 4903 (Direct Line) for more information about the Master of Biomedical Science.