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Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences


Programme Code: G401
Medium of instructions: English and Malay
Duration of Studies:
- Full Time: 6-8 semesters
- Part Time: 8-10 semesters
Programme Option: By Research


Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences is offered by research mode only. It covers a broad social and behavioural sciences areas in Psychology, Sociology and Cultural Studies, Political Sciences and Civics and Economics.


The course is designed to enable students:

  • To apply advanced knowledge in specific areas of social and behavioural sciences.
  • To develop an advanced level of comprehension,  analytical thinking and research skills in the area.
  • To utilise the advancement of information technology in social and behavioural sciences research and the development of business opportunities in the field.
  • To utilise effective communication and to lead and engage in academic discourses.
  • To acquire interdisciplinary perspectives in addressing social and behavioural sciences issues;
  • To synthesise and promote Islamic, ethical and professional values in social and behavioural sciences researches.

Areas of research include, but not limited to, are as following:


Conversational Therapy

Development and Child Therapy




Sociology and Cultural Studies


Cultural Geography

Cultural Studies

Demography/Population Studies



Gender Studies

Geography (social)

Human geography

Regional Cultures

Social anthropology

Social conflict theory

Social geography


Women studies

Political Science and Civics


Human rights

International relations

Peace and conflict studies

Political histroy

Political science




Economic history


International economics

Macro economics

National accounts

Political economy

    1. A Master’s degree in the field or related fields accepted by the Senate; or
    2. Other relevant qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree AND with relevant professional experience recognised by the Senate; or
    3. Candidates without a related qualification in the field/s or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the Faculty.
    4. Incumbent Master’s degree Student who has fulfilled the requirement of Regulations 8.0 and is approved by the Senate to convert his/her study to a Ph.D. degree; or
    5. A Bachelor’s degree with the following conditions:
      i. a bachelor's degree in the field or related fields with first-class (CGPA of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent from an academic or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme;
      ii. undergo internal assessment; and
      iii. any other requirements of the JKPSU.

    Note: 1-year work experience is equivalent to 0.05 CGPA

    (1)  An applicant shall show evidence of proficiency in the English language based on the following criteria: 

    1. TOEFL minimum score of 180 (computer-based) or 64 (internet-based); or
    2. IELTS minimum score of Band 5; or
    3. MUET minimum score of Band 3; or
    4. graduated from institutions that use English as the main medium of instruction, AND will be required to seat for University English Proficiency Test (UEPT) with minimum score of Band 3; or
    5. graduated in the field of Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL), English Language Studies (ELS) and equivalent from a university recognised by the Senate; or
    6. a native speaker of English.

    (2)  Research-mode applicant who intends to write his/her thesis in Arabic will be required to fulfil the criteria as follows:

    1. TOEFL minimum score of 150 (computer-based) or 52 (internet-based); or
    2. IELTS minimum score of Band 4; or
    3. MUET minimum score of Band 2; or
    4. UEPT minimum score of Band 2.

    (3)  An applicant who does not fulfil any of the criteria under (1) & (2) will be allowed to register conditionally and is required to fulfil any of the criteria under (1) or (2), within 12 months (for Master’s students) and 24 months (for Ph.D. students).

    ProgrammeModeTotal Fees

    Local Full Time

    Local Part Time


    Doctor of Philosophy in Social Science


    14,462.00 MYR

    15,956.00 MYR

    23,290.00 MYR

    The fees that stated are subject to change from time to time without any prior notice by the University. Student are advised to check the CGS Website for any changes before the of each semester registration. All fees must be paid upon registration.

    1. Prof. Dr. Haslee Shahril Abdullah
    2. Prof. Datin Dr. Sapora Sipon
    3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Othman Ab. Rahman
    4. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Amin Al Haadi Shafie
    5. Dr. Dini Farhana Baharudin
    6. Dr. Mohamad Isa Amat
    7. Dr. Mohd Khairul Anuar Rahimi
    8. Dr. Mohd Zaliridzal Zakaria
    9. Dr. Nurhafizah Mohd Sukor
    10. Dr. Rezki Perdani Sawai
    11. Dr. Siti Nubailah Mohd Yusof
    12. Dr. Hamizah Abd Razak
    13. Dr. Roslee Ahmad
    14. Dr. Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz
    15. Dr. Farhana Sabri
    16. Dr. Ahmad Fuad Mohamad Amin
    17. Amnah Zanariah Abd Razak
    Sociology And Cultural Studies
    1. Dr. Siti Nor Azhani Mohd Tohar
    2. Dr. Wan Mohd Fazrul Azdi Wan Razali
    3. Dr. Mashitah Sulaiman
    4. Dr. Khadijah Muda
    5. Dr. Abd. Hakim Mohad @ Mohamad Ramli
    6. Dr. Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar
    7. Dr. Latifah Abdul Latiff
    8. Dr. Adibah Sulaiman @ Mohamad
    9. Dr. Mohd Azmir Mohd Nizah
    10. Dr. Noorfajri Ismail
    11. Dr. Farah Salwani Muda @ Ismail
    12. Dr. Tg Ainul Farha Tg Abdul Rahman
    13. Dr. Myra Aidrin Mohd Ali
    14. Siti Nor Baya Mat Yacob
    15. Nurfadhilah Che Amani
    16. Nor Adlyizan Theis
    Political Science And Civics
    1. Dr. Abd. Hakim Mohad @ Mohamad Ramli
    2. Dr. Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar
    3. Dr. Mohd Azmir Mohd Nizah
    4. Dr. Mashitah Sulaiman
    5. Dr. Siti Nor Azhani Mohd Tohar
    6. Dr. Norfadhilah Mohamad Ali
    7. Dr. Syahirah Abdul Shuko
    8. Dr. Dina Imam Supaat
    9. Dr. Hendun Abd. Rahman Shah
    10. Dr. Noorfajri Ismail
    1. Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghafar Ismail
    2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmaddy Haris
    3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nursilah Ahmad
    4. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zurina Kefli@Zulkefli
    5. Dr. Hartini Mohammad
    6. Dr. Mashitah Sulaiman
    7. Dr. Anita Ismail
    8. Dr. Farah Laili Muda @ Ismail
    9. Dr. Rossidi Usop


    The university has the right to withdraw this offer or to terminate you from your study if you are found to suffer from or to be a carrier of contagious/infectious diseases, or to suffer from a medical condition requiring continuous medical care that will adversely affect your study at USIM.

    (1) Communicable Disease

    Type of Disease / Problem Example



    • Contagious
    • Difficult and require prolonged treatment
    • Expensive treatment
    • HIV / AIDS
    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis C


    • Infectious
    • Treatable within certain period of time.
    • Tuberculosis


    • Infectious
    • Treatable within short period of time.
    • Malaria
    • Typhoid
    • Syphilis (VDRL)


    • Communicable Disease defined as epidemic by MOH
    • Japanese encephalitis,
    • SARS
    • Avian flu

    (2)   Chronic Non-communicable Disease 

    Type of Disease / Problem Example



    • Condition that can endanger to himself or others.

    • Recurring repeatedly and affecting his study

    • Epilepsy

    • Schizophrenia


    • Expected to be prolonged.

    • Obvious and serious symptoms.

    • Prolong treatment schedule.

    • Dialysis

    • Cancer


    • Addiction or drug abuse as stated in AUKU or Malaysian Law.

    • Drugs.

    • Drugs


    • Continuous medication.

    • No serious symptoms.

    • Treatment does not affect study

    • Hypertension

    • Diabetes Melitus


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