What will I learn?

About Faculty

Faculty of Design and Architecture conducts Doctor of Philosophy programs (by research) in several fields of studies including Landscape Studies, Architectural Studies, Urban Planning and Design, Integrated Design Studies and Industrial Design Studies.

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).

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.

Urban Planning and Design covers processes and principles that support sustainable urban and regional planning. Studies on urban planning and design include planning and design of urban and rural areas, policies, economics, housing, environment, social, recreational, transportation, local image and identity, place attachment, psychology, technology, urban geography, cultural theory and land assets in urban areas with various scales and functions.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Design and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (2 to 5 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 2021


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

Applicants must have master degree in built environment, property or equivalent in related field

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)