Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Overview of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Swinburne University of Technology Malaysia

The candidate is expected to conduct independent research of high originality and quality; independently conceive of, design, conduct and complete a research project; develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the research area and methodological approaches; and communicate convincingly with relevant audiences.


Admission requirement

A candidate must have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education in a relevant discipline at a high level of achievement, and must have been approved for the award of the degree(s) in that discipline.

A high level of achievement is defined as the equivalent of a four year Swinburne Honours degree that includes a significant research component in the fourth year, leading to an Honours degree class 1n (average grade between 80-100) or Class 2Ab (average grade between 70-79) level.

Four years of tertiary studies can be demonstrated by the completion of any of the combinations of qualification below, at the required standard of achievement:

  • a four year degree; or
  • a three year degree and a Masters by
    Research; or
  • a three year degree and an Honours year; or
  • a three year degree and a Masters by Coursework that includes a research component with a duration of at least one semester full time (or part time equivalent)


Applicants must produce evidence of adequate language capability in written and spoken English through one of the following:

  • obtain a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL equivalent no longer than 24 months before submitting your application
  • satisfactorily complete the Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced level certificate at the postgraduate level (EAP 5: PG-70%)
  • successfully complete a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.

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