Postgraduate study – is it right for you

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Postgraduate study is right for you if:

  • you are keen to gain expertise in a particular subject
  • you are motivated to spend time and effort on a difficult and demanding course
  • you have a specific career in mind which requires a postgraduate qualification, such as research manager, academician, petroleum engineer
  • you are employed and your employer encourages both your participation and offers to sponsor you. Some integrated professional development schemes offered by employers include postgraduate study
  • there is clear evidence that it will enhance your career prospects
  • the cost is affordable in your circumstances

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If you are already working and want to pursue postgraduate study without quitting your job there is actually a good way to do it.

Notes from Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia click PhD Industri KPT1


Innovative knowledge for Industry and Academia

An Industrial PhD is a Doctoral Research Program which accommodates the range of activities that support original and innovative work that encompasses the academic, professional and technological fields and is not restricted or related solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’. Qualitatively, Industrial PhD is equivalent to all other types of doctoral programs, including the conventional PhD.

Industrial PhD is a doctoral program that provides opportunities for students/researchers to bridge the gap between two worlds. The objective of the program is to establish cooperation between the university, a company and student/researcher, on a specific research project that is of high value to the company and the participating parties.

There is researcher demand, workforce trends, industry needs and/or national priorities which give rise to the need for the development of such an industrial doctoral program, in transforming the country into an innovation-led economy (New Economic Model).

The development of such an industrial doctoral program is a clear strategic priority for the institution of higher learning, and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MyBrain15 Initiative).


Industry-based PhD Programme or Industrial PhD at UTM an attractive alternative to the conventional PhD, being better suited to the needs of the industry, and providing a more vocationally oriented doctorate with industrial relevance. It is highly flexible and able to accommodate candidates from all levels of management. It is a full-time postgraduate programme where candidates have the opportunity to spend most of their time carrying out the research at their respective organisations or industries.


  • Research focus based on industrial issues or problems;
  • Joint supervision by experts from the University and industry;
  • Research conducted in the industry and candidates do not have to leave their workplace.
  • A PhD program distinct from the conventional PhD degree in term of mode of research, but preserves the mark of original or innovative research and scholarship expected of a doctoral study;
  • The company benefits from access to new/innovative and valuable knowledge acquired by the student/researcher during his or her studies. In return, the University gains access to new knowledge and innovation provided by the private company.
  • PhD student/researcher is employed by a private company during the entire research work, while being registered as a PhD student at the university.


Full Time at the Industry (Candidate’s workplace)


The main aim of the Industrial PhD is to develop industry professionals not only to be skilled in research but also, capable of demonstrating innovations in the application of knowledge relevant to the industry.

  • Engineering Business Management
  • Building Management Technology
  • Process Plant Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Technology
  • Biotechnology


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification recognised by the University Senate; or
  • Candidates must be currently an employee in the industry in Malaysia as professionals, executives, engineers, researchers or equivalent;
  • Candidates must be a Malaysian citizen.


The study is only offered in full time mode. However, students/researchers are expected to conduct their Doctoral research in their respective companies throughout their registration period. Students are given a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 6 years to complete the Industrial PhD Program.


Each student will be assigned to a minimum of two supervisors: one from the university and the other, someone from the industry who has substantial experience or expertise in the relevant areas of the research topic.

Supervision and monitoring processes are to be undertaken by the appointed supervisors.

Supervision and thesis evaluation practices are similar to those practised in the conventional PhD program.

    Additional Notes

All students must undertake:

1. Research at the workplace;
2. Research with the topic and scope based on real problems at their workplaces, related to their jobs, and in their respective field of specializations;
3. Research projects that have the potential in improving the operation, products, services, business and management of the company.

Students shall also be subjected to the existing UTM regulations related to post-graduate studies for conferment of PhD

For industry executives/ researchers or students interested in the Industrial PhD, your first step should be to organize an employer and university representatives (or supervisors) for your PhD project. Once you have done this, your employer will send an application to the University and followed by application to the Ministry of Higher Education.


Applicants who fulfil the above requirements can apply Online at application should be submitted with a brief research proposal, and the approval/supporting letter from the employer.

The proposal should include background of study, problem/s to be addressed, research questions, research objectives, scope, significance of research, short review of the literature in proposed study area, methodology, and research schedule.

Upon successful selection, candidates will be issued with an offer letter from UTM/SPS to pursue the Industrial PhD Program.

For further information, please contact

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shreeshivadasan
School of Graduate Studies
Level 8, Menara Razak
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 54100
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 – 2180 5178
Fax : +603 – 2180 5188
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