• Faculty of Creative Arts
  • creativearts@um.edu.my
  • 03-7967 3288


Research is the principal requirement and candidates will produce a dissertation.  Candidates also are required to attend Research Methodology course as prescribed by the Cultural Centre.  There are four (4) areas: Music; Drama and Theatre; Dance; Visual Arts.

Research Areas

Cultural Centre provides opportunities for candidates to pursue research in the following areas:

  • Music - Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Music Technology, Music Education
  • Drama and Theatre - Arts Management, Drama Ethics and Philosophy, Drama for Education, Eastern Drama, Modern Drama, Theatre Criticism, Traditional Theatre
  • Dance - Asian Dance, Choreography, Dacne Criticism, Ethnology, Indigenous and Malay Dance
  • Visual Arts - Malaysian Art, Thai Art and Architecture, Islamic Art, Comparative Study of 20th-century art in Southeast Asia, Topics in Southeast Asian Art (Pre-modern), Theories and historiographies of art histroy, Topics in curatorail and exhibition studies, Topics in contemporary Asian art, Topics in modern Asian art, Visual culture and design history.

A Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent in the related field*

* Note:

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a Master's Degree with CGPA 3.0 and above or its equivalent.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.7 and above can apply directly for the PhD programme.

English Language Requirement

International applicants must possess at least:

  • A band 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or
  • A score of 550 for paper-based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total, or a score of 80 for internet-based total for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The application for research programme is open throught the year.

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Last Update: 21/10/2021