Doctor of Philosophy

School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (SBEHS) offers four Doctor of Philosophy programmes:

  1. Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science)
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering)
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering) – Double Degree

*Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Technical University Ilmenau (TUIL) Germany have started an International Double Degree programme in Biomedical Engineering. The doctorate double degree programme enables student to be awarded with 2 certificates, which are Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering from UTM and Doctor in Computer Science and Automation (Dr.-Ing) from Technical University Ilmenau, Germany (TUIL). The students are required to spend at least 9 months at the partner university.


Programme Features

SBEHS offers Doctor of Philosophy program by research. This program is offered as a full-time. A student will carry out research in any one of the areas of research chosen. Each research project is supervised by a lecturer of the Graduate Faculty. A Graduate Faculty member is an academic staff who has a doctoral degree qualification or an academic staff who holds an academic post at least senior lecturer and is involved directly or indirectly in the postgraduate programs. Co-supervisor may also come from a related industry.

Doctor of Philosophy – Programme Flowchart by Academic Office

This programme flowchart can be used as a guideline for students to ensure that they are well informed on action items which need to be fulfilled during their active semester. This is also to avoid any late subject registration at the beginning of every semester and to assist all students with their research timeline towards graduate on time (GOT).

General Information

1.   Awarding Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
2.   Teaching Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
3.   Programme Name Doctor of Philosophy

(Biomedical Engineering)

Doctor of Philosophy

(Health Sciences)

4.   Final Award Doctor of Philosophy

(Biomedical Engineering)

Doctor of Philosophy

(Health Sciences)

5.   Programme Code PMBE


6.   Professional or Statutory Body of Accreditation Malaysian Qualification Agency Engineering Accreditation Council
7.    Language(s) of Instruction English
8.   Mode of Study (Conventional, distance learning, etc) Conventional (Coursework)
9.   Mode of operation (Franchise, self-govern, etc) Self-governing
10. Study Scheme (Full Time/Part Time) Full Time
11. Study Duration Minimum :   3 years (6 semester)
Maximum  : 6 years (12 semester)

Entry Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering)

  • Master of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering), Master of Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry), Master of Medicine with CPA ≥3.0 will be considered for this program; OR
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree and experience in the relevant field recognized by the Senate; OR
  • Candidates who are currently registered in a Master’s Degree programme at Univeristi Teknologi Malaysia, and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the respective faculty and the Senate.
  • An International student candidate is required to have a minimum qualification of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 525 or TOEFL-IBT of 69 or International English Language Test System (IELTS) of band 5.5.


Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science)

  • Master Degree in Rehabilitation Technology, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Physics, Health Sciences, Sport Sciences with CPA ≥3.0 will be considered for this program; OR
  • Related fields with good honour from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other institution of higher learning recognised by the Senate
  • An International student candidate is required to have a minimum qualification of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 525 or TOEFL-IBT of 69 or International English Language Test System (IELTS) of band 5.5.

Award Requirements

Assessment is done by examining first assessment report and presentation (research proposal), each semester’s progress reports, second assessment report and presentation (mini viva) and thesis examination (viva voce).

All PhD students must undergo first assessment report and presentation by presenting their research proposal after completed General Elective University Course and Research Methodology Course. They also must undergo second assessment report and presentation (mini viva) at the middle of their study to present their progress. The first and second assessments are scheduled according to the student’s appropriate semester of study as follows:

Task Full Time
First Assessment  Semester 3
Second Assessment (mini Viva) Semester 3 or 4
Progress Report Week 12 (Every semester)

Additional Requirements

In addition to the university compulsory course, research students may be required to attend lectures related to their research fields. The courses to be taken shall be determined by the respective department graduate committee from time to time. As part of their training, students are required to present in seminars and conferences, as well as producing technical reports or papers for publications in proceedings or journals.

Thesis Submission Requirements 

Notice of Thesis Submission (NHT)

Students who are submitting the final draft of their thesis should send in the Notice of Thesis Submission to the Faculty at least three (3) months prior to the date of submitting their thesis. Notice of Thesis Submission valid period is for one (1) year from the date of JAPSU approval  

Publication Requirement for Thesis Submission

A doctoral candidate may submit his/her thesis for viva-voce provided that he/she has produced at least one (1)  indexed journal article or two (2) indexed conference proceeding accepted or published in SCOPUS/ERA or WOS