Doctor of Philosophy

Entry Requirement

At least a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university in a relevant discipline In exceptional cases, subject to the relevant UBD regulations, an applicant with a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent qualifications from a recognised University will be considered as a PhD candidate. Subject to the relevant UBD regulations, and depending on the merits of each case, a MSc by Research candidate in a relevant field in UBD may be considered for conversion to PhD candidature. Applicants must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency of at least grade C6 in English Language at GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations or a grade ‘B’ in IGCSE English (as a Second Language) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL (excluding institutional TOEFL ITP) minimum overall score of at least 550, or Band B2 in UBD English Proficiency Test (UBD-EPT). Shortlisted applicants may be interviewed on a case by case basis.

Duration of Programme

  • Full-Time: minimum 36 months, maximum 60 months
  • Part-Time: minimum 48months, maximum 84 months

Start Date

August and January


  1. Applied Physics
  2. Biodiversity
  3. Biology
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Chemistry
  6. Geosciences
  7. Mathematics


The Universiti Brunei Darussalam introduced the Graduate Research Scholarship Programme in August 2010 to facilitate and promote research degrees in order to develop the University into a research-intensive university, and also to expand and enhance the quality of graduate programmes and graduates. Full details can be found here.