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Doctor of Philosophy in Food Studies

Course overview

Qualification Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Duration 3 years
Intakes February, April, June, September, October
Tuition (Local students) $ 10,499
Tuition (Foreign students) $ 14,758


This Doctor of Philosophy programme is designed to equip both researchers and practitioners like you with the necessary tools to address critical issues encompassing the cultural, social, economic, and political dimensions of food.

As a doctoral candidate in Food Studies, you will engage in cutting-edge research, pushing the boundaries of knowledge in this interdisciplinary field. You will delve into topics that shape our food systems, exploring their impact on society and the environment. Whether your aspirations lie in academia, industry, government, or non-governmental organisations at the local, regional, or global level, our programme prepares you to make a meaningful impact in your chosen career path.





$ 10,499
Local students
$ 14,758
Foreign students

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Entry Requirements



Masters degree in the field or related fields (Level 7, MQF) or its equivalent as accepted by the Taylor's University Senate; OR

Bachelor’s Degree

Passed Bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields with min. CGPA 3.67 and passed related qualifying assessment.


For international students: IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 550 (May join IEN preparatory course and achieve the IELTS score). The validity of the IELTS or equivalent is within 2 years from the date of the examination.

*Bachelor’s degree candidates who are registered for master’s degree programmes may apply to convert to the doctoral degree programmes subjected to the following conditions:

i. Within 1 year for full time and within 2 years for part-time candidates;

ii. Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral level through rigorous internal evaluation.

iii. Approval of the Taylor’s University Senate.

*Students without a qualification in the related fields or relevant working experience requires to undergo and pass a bridging module.

*Any of the above conditions would require student's research proposal to be approved. 

*All information is subject to change. The above entry requirements serve as a guideline. Readers are responsible to verify the information by contacting the university's Admissions Department. 




Candidates must obtain a master’s degree in the field or related fields accepted by the HEP Senate; OR


Other qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree recognised by the Government of Malaysia; OR


Candidates without a related qualification in the field/s or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the HEP;

In addition to the above criteria, those who want to join Doctoral Degree by Retrospective or Prior Publication mode must include the below to their formal application:

Minimum of 5 publications in alignment with the theme of the specialisation;

An executive summary of the above publications establishing

o The theme that connects the published works to be submitted (up to 1,000 words);

o Contribution to knowledge in the field of the proposed area of study (up to 1,000 words)

For international candidates, evidence of English Language Proficiency as determined by the intake standards approved by the Senate


A list of scholarly published work; AND


Curriculum Vitae


A Selection Committee must be established to review the formal application for PhD by Retrospective or Prior Publication and recommend to the Senate to obtain approval.

*Criteria for published works

a) Published work must encompass high-quality journals, monographs, books, research-based chapters in books, electronic publications which have not been used to obtain other awards or deemed a part of those awards.

b) The publications must be published within a period not exceeding ten (10) years from the date of submission.

c) For the five (5) nominated publications, the candidate must be the principal author with the contributions of others clearly defined.



Full time:

3-6 years

Part time:

4 – 8 years



Students are required to pass the Research Methodology modules (6 credit hours) in the first year of their candidature.



At Taylor’s University, we believe research can help shape the future. Our postgraduate research programmes cover a broad range of topics with the aim to help shape the future in the aspects of society, technology, economy, and environment.

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This doctor of philosophy focuses on the diversity of food research in the following key areas: 

  • Food Cultures and Health
  • Food Security, Safety &  Risk
  • Gastronomies, Food Heritage and Tourism
  • Food Security & Sustainability



More than 300 postgraduates have chosen Taylor's to fulfill their research aspiration. Join us and contribute to our innovative and progressive research projects here.

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