Doctor Of Philosophy In Built Environment


Programme Code: B401
Medium of instructions: English
Programme Option: By Research

<table align="left" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:709px"><tbody><tr><td style="width:561px"><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Programme Background:</u></strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is the primary faculty in USIM offering programmes and research in the field of science and built environment. This programme centres around research activities in various sub-fields related to the built environment that not only have ample potential to be explored, in fact is deemed a necessity for the development and future of the country and ummah.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment has already on offer a degree and Master programme on Built Environment. Thus, a Doctoral programme on Built Environment would certainly support the existing programme, especially in further enhancing and integrating elements of Naqli and Aqli which are identifiable and a niche of USIM. This programme would be in the form of academic research focusing on Built Environment and cross-related to other fields of research guided by rich expertise currently available within the faculty. This program is offered in research mode of study.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Main Objectives of Programme:</u></strong></p><ul><li>Acquisition of elaborate and advanced knowledge at Doctoral level and possessing professional status in research in Built Environment.</li><li>Achievement of Doctoral degree with ethical integrity, leadership capability and a high level of job and career responsibility plus significant contribution to the community.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><p>Field of Program:</p><p><strong>I) Sustainable Environmental Technology (SET) Research Group:</strong></p><ul><li>Sustainable Architecture</li><li>Renewable Energy</li><li>Passive Design</li><li>Daylighting</li><li>Indoor Air Quality</li><li>Glare Simulation</li><li>Facility Management</li><li>Project-Based Design Management</li><li>Therapeutic Architecture</li></ul><p style="margin-left:18.0pt"><strong>* Contact person for research group: Ar Dr IDr Elina Mohd Husini (</strong></p><p><strong>II) Islamic Urban Heritage (MICBAH) Research Group:</strong></p><ul><li>Urban Design</li><li>Architecture</li><li>Landscape</li><li>Conservation</li><li>Adaptive Reuse</li><li>Street &amp; Laneway Character</li><li>Housing</li><li>Islamic Built Environment</li><li>Environment-Behaviour</li><li>Community-Based Design</li><li>Beautification, Aesthetic and Rejuvenation Efforts</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="clear:both;">&nbsp;</div><strong>* Contact person for research group: Dr Nurul Syala Abdul Latip (</strong></div>
  1. A relevant Master’s degree by Coursework or Mixed Mode with a minimum CGPA of 2.75/4.00 or equivalent from the University or any other institutions of higher learningrecognised by the Senate; or
  2. A relevant Master’s degree by Research recognised by the Senate; or
  3. Other relevant qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree AND with relevant professional experience recognised by the Senate; or
  4. Incumbent Master’s degree Student who has fulfilled the requirement of Regulations 8.0 and is approved by the JKPSU and the consent of the Senate to convert his/her study to a Ph.D. degree; or
  5. In case the CGPA does not meet the requirement, the selection will subject to a rigorous internal assessment by the faculty along with an endorsement by the Senate.

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


1. All candidates need to show proof of fluency in Arabic. Candidates may apply for an exception if:

a) Upgrading from institutions that use Arabic as a medium of learning, OR

b) A Native speaker of Arabic; or

c)  Pass Arabic proficiency test (APT) run by USIM

2. If item (2) is not fulfilled, candidates can be registered but need to register, attend and pass Arabic language courses conducted by USIM as part of the graduation requirement.


(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).

  1. Ar Dr Wan Norisma Wan Ismail –
  2. Prof Madya Dr Mohd Zin Kandar –
  3. Dr Nurul Syala Abdul Latip –
  4. LAr Dr Noor Hayati Ismail –
  5. Ar Dr IDr Elina Mohd Husini –
  6. Ar IDr Fadli Arabi –
  7. Ar Abu Bakar Md Ali –
  8. Dr Nor Syahila Ab Rashid –
  9. Dr Wan ‘Iffah Wan Ahmad Nizar –
  10. Dr Madihah Mat Idris –
  11. Dr Azhani Binti Abd. Manaf –
  12. Ar Nasrudin Sharkawi –

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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