PhD (Social & Behavioural Science)

(N-DL/310/8/0037) (MQA/PA9818) (10/25)

PhD (Social & Behavioural Science)
The programme is specifically designed to prepare graduates with the ability to carry out scholarly applied research independently at the forefront of their specialised field in social and behavioural science, and become experts who facilitate and contribute to the advancement of new knowledge.
Graduates of this programme are able to independently conduct, manage, and lead advanced research which contributes to substantial, new and original knowledge, and/or professional practice in the field of SBS.



They are poised for upper-level positions whether in organisations, consulting or academia, and are expected to contribute towards improvement in their places of employment and to the nation.

Programme Highlights

  • Internationally benched marked, approved by the Ministry of Education and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
  • Supported with workshops, seminars, research colloquia and research clinics
  • Access to the physical and digital library comprising of around190,000 e-books, 95,000 e-journals, and 2.4 million e-theses titles accessible anywhere anytime,
  • Viva Voce for international students can be done on-campus or      off-campus via video conferencing.
  • No proposal needed at the point of entry but only brief research intent.
  • Transfer of candidature is possible, if compliant-requirements are fulfilled.

Learning Outcomes

  • Produce original research at the doctoral level.
  • Conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding.
  • Create, interpret and disseminate knowledge which extends the forefront of the social & behavioural science (SBS) discipline.
  • Make informed judgments on complex issues in specialised SBS fields, and create innovations in tackling and solving problems.
  • Appreciate research implications and effectively convey research findings according to SBS needs.
  • Disseminate the research findings by publishing, conducting and participating in academic journals, forums and seminars, etc.
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Programme Facts
MQA Code:

PA9818

Programme Code:

(N-DL/310/8/0037) (MQA/PA9818) (10/25)

Study Mode:
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
    • Fully Online
    • Blended Learning
Duration:

Full-Time: 3 years (9 semesters)
Part-Time: 4 years (12 semesters)

Frequency of Research Workshops/ Colloquia (Optional):

Once a month
Saturday & Sunday

Programme Delivery

Stage 1 : Proposal Development

Stage 2 : Data Collection

Stage 3 : Report Writing

Stage 4 : Thesis Examination / Viva Voce 

Research Fields

Psychology

  • Conversational Therapy
  • Development & Child Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy

Sociology & Cultural Studies

  • Criminology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Demography / Population Studies
  • Ethnology
  • Futurology
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography (social)
  • Human Geography
  • Regional Cultures
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Conflict Theory
  • Social Geography
  • Sociology
  • Women Studies

Political Science & Civics

  • Civics
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Political History
  • Political Science
  • Politics

Economics

  • Econometrics
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • International Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • National Accounts
  • Political Economy

Audit Subject

  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
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Programme Facts
MQA Code:

PA9818

Programme Code:

(N-DL/310/8/0037) (MQA/PA9818) (10/25)

Study Mode:
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
    • Fully Online
    • Blended Learning
Duration:

Full-Time: 3 years (9 semesters)
Part-Time: 4 years (12 semesters)

Frequency of Research Workshops/ Colloquia (Optional):

Once a month
Saturday & Sunday

For Malaysian and International Students:

  • A recognised Master’s degree in related fields; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications with a recognised Master’s degree.

Notes:

  1. There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s degree level to Doctoral degree level.
  2. Candidates with Bachelor’s degree qualifications who are registered for Masters programmes may apply to convert their candidacy to the Doctoral degree programmes within ONE (1) year after Master’s degree registration, subjected to:
    1. Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral degree level,
    2. Rigorous internal evaluation by the Senate of AeU.
    3. Get approval from the AeU Senate.

Additional Requirements:

  • A statement of research intent, describing what you have already done and what you hope to accomplish in your doctoral research
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

Minimum English Language Requirements for International Students:

  • IELTS 5.0 or its equivalent.
  • Those who have their tertiary education in English will normally be exempted from the above requirement.

*Any of the above conditions would require student’s research proposal to be approved.

*All information is subject to change. The above entry requirements serve as a guideline. Applicants are responsible to verify the requirements by contacting the university’s Admission Unit.

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Programme Facts
MQA Code:

PA9818

Programme Code:

(N-DL/310/8/0037) (MQA/PA9818) (10/25)

Study Mode:
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
    • Fully Online
    • Blended Learning
Duration:

Full-Time: 3 years (9 semesters)
Part-Time: 4 years (12 semesters)

Frequency of Research Workshops/ Colloquia (Optional):

Once a month
Saturday & Sunday

For Malaysian and International students:*

  • 10% discount on tuition fee available through student loyalty scheme

For Malaysian students only:*

  • 50% discount on tuition fee for senior citizens who are 55 years of age & above
  • 75% discount on tuition fee for the disabled
  • EPF withdrawal assistance

*Terms and conditions apply

For more details on the discounts and financial incentives, click HERE.

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Programme Facts
MQA Code:

PA9818

Programme Code:

(N-DL/310/8/0037) (MQA/PA9818) (10/25)

Study Mode:
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
    • Fully Online
    • Blended Learning
Duration:

Full-Time: 3 years (9 semesters)
Part-Time: 4 years (12 semesters)

Frequency of Research Workshops/ Colloquia (Optional):

Once a month
Saturday & Sunday