PhD (Full time and Part time)

Candidates may apply PhD in the following areas:


  • Communicative Competence
  • Cross-cultural Studies
  • Corporate Communication
  • Public Relation
  • Strategic Communication
  • Sociolinguistic
  • Genre Analysis
  • Corpus Analysis

Teaching and Learning

  • Instructional communication
  • Outcome based education
  • Competency based education
  • Innovative curriculum design
  • Professional Development in Higher education
  • STEM Education
  • Academic Literacy
  • Transformative Learning
  • Narrative-based research
  • Feedback in Higher Education
  • Teaching Pedagogies in Higher Education
  • Assessments in Higher Education

Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB)

  • Islamic Leadership
  • Cultural Studies
  • Brunei National Philosophy
  • MIB Values


PhD Entry Requirements

(either one of the following requirements):

A Masters degree, or equivalent, recognised by the Senate of UTB.


An upper second-class honours Bachelor degree, or equivalent, recognized by the Senate of UTB.


At least a credit or equivalent in English Language GCE O Level or a valid IELTS score of 6.0 or valid a TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language. Where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

Applications from mature candidates are encouraged. Admissions criteria for mature candidates are in place and such applications shall be considered on a case to case basis.

Additional admission requirements may be set by the programme area, such as having a required qualification in a relevant area, submission of a satisfactory research proposal and passing an interview.

A candidate will only be offered a place if the faculty is able to provide adequate supervision and facilities in the candidate’s proposed area of research.




PhD (Full Time)

3 years of supervised study inclusive of one year writing-up period.

The submission of thesis is before the end of the writing-up period.


PhD (Part Time)

6 years of supervised study, inclusive of one year writing-up period.

The submission of thesis is before the end of the writing-up period.