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

<p><strong><u>BACKGROUND OF THE PROGRAMME</u></strong></p><p>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.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME</u></strong></p><p>The course is designed to enable students:</p><ul><li>To apply advanced knowledge in specific areas of social and behavioural sciences.</li><li>To develop an advanced level of comprehension,&nbsp; analytical thinking and research skills in the area.</li><li>To utilise the advancement of information technology in social and behavioural sciences research and the development of business opportunities in the field.</li><li>To utilise effective communication and to lead and engage in academic discourses.</li><li>To acquire interdisciplinary perspectives in addressing social and behavioural sciences issues;</li><li>To synthesise and promote Islamic, ethical and professional values in social and behavioural sciences researches.</li></ul><p>Areas of research include, but not limited to, are as following:</p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:604px"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="5" style="width:274px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Psychology</p></td><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Conversational Therapy</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Development and Child Therapy</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Psychoanalysis</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Psychology</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Psychotheraphy</p></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="15" style="width:274px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Sociology and Cultural Studies</p></td><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Criminology</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Cultural Geography</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Cultural Studies</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Demography/Population Studies</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Ethnology</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Futurology</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Gender Studies</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Geography (social)</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Human geography</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Regional Cultures</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Social anthropology</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Social conflict theory</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Social geography</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Sociology</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Women studies</p></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="7" style="width:274px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Political Science and Civics</p></td><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Civics</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Human rights</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">International relations</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Peace and conflict studies</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Political histroy</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Political science</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Politics</p></td></tr><tr><td rowspan="7" style="width:274px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Economics</p></td><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Econometrics</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Economic history</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Economics</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">International economics</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Macro economics</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">National accounts</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:331px"><p style="margin-left:40px">Political economy</p></td></tr></tbody></table><ul></ul>
  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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