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3 Years (FT)/ 4 Years (PT)


Feb and Sept

Modes Of Study

Part/Full-Time Available

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)

Programme Overview

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science is a full research programme aimed to nurture scholarly graduates who are ready to become critical analytic researchers, academicians, consultants, specialists, entrepreneurs and top level managers equipped with in-depth expertise and research skills.

Our PhD programme is designed to hone graduates who are innovative and impeccably knowledgeable in the area of computer science particularly in artificial intelligence, machine learning, evolutionary computation and Big Data science. In line with the principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability, the programme is engineered to provide a holistic platform for individual success and professional development through high-quality research training and prudent guidance.
  • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in a related discipline accepted by the Senate; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications 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 an appropriate prerequisite course determined by HEP.
  • Candidates with excellent Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) based on the following conditions:
    I. A bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields with first-class (CGPA of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent; AND
    II. Subject to rigorous internal assessment (includes submission of 3000-word research proposal).

English language competency requirements for international students:
  • Minimum IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent
  • English language requirements can be waived if the international student EITHER comes from a country that uses English as the official language OR the entry qualification uses English as the medium of instruction
Phase 1
  • Coursework (Two core courses)
    • Research Process and Academic Writing
    • Research Design and Methodology
The Colloquium 
Allows students to gain public speaking experience, learn about student research from fields within and outside their academic discipline, and experience judging methods used by professional panels for national and international meetings.

Phase 2
  • Proposal Defence
    • Each student must submit the first three chapters of his or her thesis for internal assessment. They must then present and defend their PhD research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with the research to Phase 3 on the passing of the defence of their proposal.
Phase 3
  • Data Collection and Thesis Preparation
    • The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing
The Work Completion Seminar 
Serves as a moderation process to assess whether the work done by the candidate is sufficient for the PhD degree. The candidate must pass this before their thesis is allowed to proceed to Viva Voce.

Phase 4
  • Viva Voce
    • After submitting the thesis, the students is required to attend a Viva Voce to defend his/her thesis
PhD candidates are required to attend lectures/seminars for; Research Process and Academic Writing, and Research Design and Methodology. PhD candidates are expected to demonstrate their understanding through several forms of assessments, including critical review of published articles, research colloquium, proposal defence and research project (thesis writing) with viva voce.The minimum and maximum period of studies are as follows:-
PhD (full-time)345
PhD (part-time)569
Malaysian Students

Total fees: MYR39,460

International Students

Total fees: MYR53,100

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) programme are required to submit a comprehensive statement of the research that they propose to carry out. The proposal should comprise the following elements: 
  • Field of research
  • Topic of research proposal
  • Background or a brief literature review on the research topic
  • Objective of study – Explain the objectives that influence the research
  • The Methodology of study – Explain the methods used in study
  • Work schedule
  • Equipment required (where applicable)
  • Brief bibliography
  • The research proposal should contain between 1,500 – 2,000 words or about four to six (4 – 6) pages

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    • Flexible schedule to suit working professionals.
    • Benefit from working with accomplished scholars and researchers who are experts in their respective fields.

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