What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy Architecture course in UCSI University prepares the candidate to evaluate existing designs, education, building practices and policies on architecture and built environment.

The course trains the candidate to suggest design theories, ideas and framework that are culturally sensitive, energy saving and environmentally sustainable.

Candidates will also experience a new approach of team supervision that crosses the boundary of traditional fields as professionals like architects, engineers, and social scientists are invited to nurture a whole new crop of scholars that would incorporate various practices of designing and planning of buildings, complexes, towns and cities.

Career Opportunities

Academic experts, advisors to government policy makers, special consultant to architects, inventors of building products, expert architects in Public Works Department, specialist architects, top management in local authority.

Area of Focus:

  • History of Architecture
  • Theory of Design
  • Cultural Studies of Spaces and Forms
  • Behavioural and Perception Studies of Spaces and Forms
  • Heritage Architecture
  • Architecture Education
  • Interior Architecture
  • Building Typology
  • Housing
  • Urban Studies
  • Theory of Architectural Practice
  • Architecture Communication
  • Energy Conservation in Buildings
  • Thermal Comfort in Buildings
  • Sustainable Building Design and Cities
  • Construction Process in Building

Intakes: January - December

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering, Technology and Built Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 - 5 Years)

Tuition fees
RM 39,960 for the entire course (minimum 9 semesters)
Start date

Expected January 2022


UCSI University

Kuala Lumpur Campus,

No. 1, Jalan Menara Gading, UCSI Heights (Taman Connaught), Cheras,


Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

56000, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have relevant Master’s degree (M. Sc) from institution of higher learning recognized by Senate. Equivalent entry qualification: other certificates that are recognized as equivalent to a Master’s degree or other relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognized by Senate; or a relevant bachelor’s degree with first class honours and they may convert their candidacy to the PhD programme after one year of studying at Master Level and approval by Senate. For application to a course with Higher Entry Requirements: recognised MBA degree or equivalent with two years relevant working experience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: 550 (written-based) in TOEFL, or applicants holding a previous degree from a university where the medium of instruction is English, will be deemed to have fulfilled this criterion.

For international students

A relevant Master’s degree from an institution of higher learning recognised by Senate. or

Other certificates that are recognised as equivalent to a Master’s degree or other relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognised by Senate; or

Candidates registered for Master’s degree programmes with a minimum CGPA of 3.67 at Bachelor’s degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to PhD programme subjected to having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral degree level and approval by the Senate.

For students with a Master’s degree in architecture and its related fields such as interior design/architecture, planning, industrial design and landscape architecture, the minimum CGPA or equivalent is 2.50.

For students from the field of anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, religious studies, visual arts and communication, the entry requirement would be 3.00 CGPA or equivalent.

For students from the field of civil engineering, electronics engineering, electrical engineering and physics, the entry requirement would be 3.00 CGPA or equivalent.

Students from the requirements of (5) and (6) who has a CGPA of less than 3.0 but not less than 2.5 must demonstrate past experiences in practice or academic world deemed related to architecture.

IELTS score Band 6.0; TOEFL score of 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet Based test, IBT) or a first degree from a University where the medium of instruction is English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.