What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy program also requires students to complete several academic courses and conduct an independent research project.

This field covers the management and conservation of forest ecosystems to ensure that they are managed in a sustainable manner based on the three main components: environmental, social and economic. Impact on the environment as a result of forestry activities such as climate change, forest fires, environmental pollution, forest and timber certification, and others are also emphasized. Related Sub-fields are: Forest Management, Forest Silviculture, Urban Forest, Forest Biotechnology, Forest Botany, Forest Engineering, Tree Physiology, Tree Improvement, Seed Technology, Policy and Forest Economics, Forest Ecology, Forest Measurements, Forest Soil, Watershed Management (Hydrology), Forest Protection (Pathology and Entomology), Social Forestry, International Forestry, Conservation and Biodiversity, Remote Sensing and GIS, Non-Timber Resource Management.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Forestry

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of two years and a maximum of five years)

Tuition fees
1st semester: RM 7,212.50; 2nd-4th semesters: RM 5,262.50; 5th-6th semesters: RM 4,700; 7th and subsequent semesters: RM 5,200; Cost for max 4 years: RM 42,800; Cost for max 5 years: RM 53,200
Start date

Expected February, September 2022


Universiti Putra Malaysia



43400, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The applicant should possess: a Master Degree (with coursework) in a relevant field with a minimum grade average of B, or a Master Degree with thesis in a relevant field, or an outstanding Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.750 (such an applicant may apply direct admission even without a Master Degree). Admission into the programme is subject to any other requirement specified by the Faculty/Institute. An applicant from a local public university who is in the final semester of his undergraduate study programme may be considered for provisional admission provided his current CGPA or its equivalent satisfies the graduate programme admission requirements. English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Band 6.0; Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), Paper Based - 550; 400 for Band 4.0 only for Malay language, Arabic, Chinese Literature, internet-based test (IBT)- 79-80.

For international students

Master’s degree recognized by UPM in forestry or related fields; or

Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of 3.75 and above or equivalent to a first class honors may be considered for fast track PhD.

For applicants with one of the following

550 for the TOEFL Paper-based Test (Academic Version); or

Band 6.0 for IELTS (Academic Training); or

79-80 for TOEFL Internet-based Test (Academic Version); or

Level 109 for CIEP at ELS Language Centre; or

Any English Language Test which is equivalent to B2 in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)