The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Science program is a Postgraduate by Research program and involves the development of a thesis through interaction with a Supervisor. This program provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of social science research. You will understand, study, and demonstrate your novelty in social science research and contribution to this knowledge through your dissertation.

It is a course that is suitable for those who wish to develop and prepare themselves with research knowledge and the professional aptitude for the social sciences. 


Doctor of Philosophy (Social Science) career opportunities

A Doctor of Philosophy (Social Science) provides deep knowledge, skills, competency, and research capability in professions in the social sciences. You will be able to find career opportunities in numerous sectors including education, finance, health, law, media, and public services. Popular careers among social science Ph.D holders include:

  • Historian
  • Geographer
  • Sociologist
  • Psychologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Professor
  • Anthropologist 


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Program information

Engineering may not be the easiest areas of study, but it is the subject areas that continue to be in demand, and the graduates are also more likely to find employment quickly and work their way up the career ladder with an engineering degree under their belt. As Malaysia strives towards a developed nation status, engineers have a key-role to play in enhancing the quality of life through the advancement of science and technology. With such a pivotal role to play, qualified and skilled engineers are in escalating demand and will remain to be throughout the world.

Studying engineering also brings prestige, wide variety of career progression opportunities, having the chance to improve the world, worldwide travel and employment opportunities, as well as career satisfaction. More importantly, it sets one up for professional success. Engineers can be Entrepreneurs; we call them “Technopreneur”.


With more than 30% academicians with PhD and industry specialists from leading global corporations, we provide access to real-world technology innovations and industry insights.


UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College delivers industry-certified graduates with professional certifications (e.g. MyTRIZ, Labview, SolidWorks, Mentor Graphics), experienced in handling and solving industrial related problems. This ensures a seamless transition to employment upon graduation.


We partner with a leading UK university to give you access to a world class education in Malaysia. Northumbria University is top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment.

3-5 years (Full-Time) / 4-8 years (Part-Time)
Program Location
University of Wollongong Malaysia, Utropolis Glenmarie


  • Students will systematically structure and develop their research by developing a research proposal, which would guide the student through the entire research process.

– Research Methods
– Qualitative Methods
– Quantitative Methods



  • A presentation session chaired by UOW Malaysia with invited panel of examiners to ensure the candidate is able to articulate their research ideas and plans, as well as having the necessary skills to carry out research activities as proposed.



  • Upon completion of their research, students will document the research project and process in a thesis. Typically, thesis for PhD should not be more than 80,000 words.



  • Upon completion of research and thesis, candidate will undergo an oral presentation, chaired by experts in the field.



  • Upon the approval of the research proposal, under the guidance of their supervisors, student will work independently on their research projects.
Areas of Research
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Science
  • Civics
  • Economics

Intake dates


12 January 17 May 6 September
Estimated fees
Local students


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*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

Master Degree :
Completion in Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field

English Requirement

Local Student :
Band 5 in MUET


International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60 (IBT) or 488 (PBT) in TOEFL; or score 59 and above for Pearson English Test


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia.