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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (BY RESEARCH)

          

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Faculty of Design and Architecture conducts Doctor of Philosophy programs (by research) in several field of studies offered full time and part time. The program took between 2 to 5 years to graduate.

Doctor of Philosophy (by research) students will be supervised by a supervisory committee comprising experts in the field of study chosen by students. Faculty of Design and Architecture has many academic staff with PhD qualifications and experience in supervising PhD's students. The Faculty also has its own library shared with Faculty of Engineering (Engineering and Architecture Library). Universiti Putra Malaysia also offers limited financial assistance under the supervision of the School of Graduate Studies, UPM.

PhD Graduates get career opportunities at higher learning institutions, other educational institutions, research institutions, as well as senior positions in government departments as well as private.

The fields of study offered in the doctorate programme are as follows:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Landscape Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Architectural Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Urban Planning and Design)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Industrial Design Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated Design Studies)

 

1) LANDSCAPE STUDIES

The field of Landscape Studies covers the theory and application of landscape planning, design and management toward creating a quality, healthy and balanced environment for human needs. Research in this area includes environmental perception, socio-cultural, health and restorative environments, crime prevention, environmental design, outdoor thermal comfort and other related topics to support sustainable landscape development initiatives.

 

2) ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

The field of Architectural Studies includes the aspects of design application and process management that support functionality and use advanced technology to produce highly aesthetic designs. The study covers skills and knowledge in built environment design, including building design assessment systems, indoor environmental quality, industrial building system, universal design, visualization, design cognitive, socio-culture, humanity and other related topics to support sustainable development.

 

3) URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN

The field of Urban Planning and Design covers principles and processes that support urban sustainability. The research scopes include planning and design qualities for liveable and resilient cities. These include urban planning policies, urban economics, housing, transportation, environmental planning, urban regeneration and redevelopment, public spaces, local image and identity, and community participation in various urban geographies, scales and functions.

 

4) INDUSTRIAL DESIGN STUDIES

The field of Industrial Design Studies aims to fulfil society and environmental needs through sustainable, functional and high aesthetic artefact design using advanced technology. Studies include theories and design applications of various disciplines using Information Technology (IT) or Information and Communications Technology (ICT), visualization and design media, Computer-aided Industrial Design (CAID), model making and prototyping, and product design and fabrication, and other related topics to support sustainable product development.

 

5) INTEGRATED DESIGN STUDIES

The field of Integrated Design Studies aims to sustainably use natural resources in all phases of design cycle. Studies cover the theories and applications of collaborative design involving IT/ICT, visualization and design media, virtual design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), integrated design and green technology to support a sustainable built environment.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

 

Applicants must possess a master's degree in a related field with CGPA as below to apply for the Doctor of Philosophy Program (by research).

  • a Master's degree by research in a relevant field; or
  • a Master's degree by coursework in a relevant field with a minimum CGPA of 3.000; or
  • an outstanding Bachelor's degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.750 or equivalent to the first degree.

 

All international candidates who have graduated with a master's degree in which English is not a medium of study, must fulfil the English language requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies, University Putra Malaysia. Further information on English language requirements can be found on the following website:

http://sgs.upm.edu.my/content/english_language_requirement-40581?L=en

 

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

 

COURSEWORK

Students are required to register for 9 credits of coursework as follows:

  • 1 compulsory course (research method)- 3 credits
  • 2 elective course- 3 credits for each course

 

(International students are required to register for malay language course and need to fulfil English requirements during the beginning of the studies.)

SEMINAR RESEARCH PROPOSAL

Student must pass SPS6903 (Seminar Research Proposal) at the beginning of their studies. Student will have to present their research proposal through this course which will be evaluate by assigned assessors. Students are only allowed to continue their research to the next level after passing SPS6903 (Seminar Research Proposal).

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

 Student is required to take the Comprehensive Examination (CE) which aims to evaluate the student’s knowledge in the area of study, his ability to integrate knowledge of research and/theories pertaining to issues that are fundamental to the field of study and his understanding of relevant research design and methodology.

THESIS

 The student may proceeds to continue with his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing.

VIVA VOCE

After thesis submission, the student is required to attend a viva-voce to orally defend his/her thesis. The assessment at the viva voce stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge and ability to complete his/her research study to the satisfaction of the examiners.

 

 

FEES

 

Fees for Doctor of Philosophy Program (by research) can be refer at School of Graduate Studies website follow:

http://sgs.upm.edu.my/content/tuition_fees-40583 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated:: 29/05/2023 [m_syida]

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