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PhD in Information Technology

(N/0611/8/0001) (05/29) (MQA/PA 15446)

The programme enables students to advance themselves in their career in computing and information technology. It offers flexibility in the choice of topic of research so it may be closely aligned with students' professional careers.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)


Computing practitioners who are competent with a firm grounding in computing fields to foster research and development of new knowledge in the fields of study


Computing practitioners who lead in their areas of expertise and able to communicate convincingly and interact effectively with diverse stakeholders


Computing practitioners having positive attitudes, actively engaging in lifelong learning activities and entrepreneurial mind-set for successful career


Computing practitioners who uphold and defend ethical and professional practices in advancing the profession while maintaining self and profession integrity

Programme Learning Outcomes

(Knowledge and Understanding - MQF Domain 1)

Integrate knowledge through a systematic comprehension and in-depth understanding in the field of study

(Cognitive Skills - MQF Domain 2)

Develop original research work that broadens the boundary of knowledge through in-depth thesis that has been presented and defended according to international standards

(Cognitive Skills - MQF Domain 2 & Practical Skills - MQF Domain 3A)

Develop innovative computing solutions that stand the tests of usability, efficiency and effectiveness

(Interpersonal Skills - MQF Domain 3B & Communication Skills - MQF Domain 3C)

Communicate and interact effectively with peers, scholarly communities and society at large through publishing and presenting technical materials

(Digital Skills - MQF Domain 3D & Numeracy Skills - MQF Domain 3E)

Select appropriate numerical techniques and research methodologies to acquire, interpret and extend, knowledge in computing

(Leadership, Autonomy & Responsibility - MQF Domain 3F)

Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, autonomy and responsibility in conducting research based on computing theoretical framework

(Personal & Entrepreneurial Skills - MQF Domain 4)

Exhibit capabilities to extend knowledge through life-long learning with entrepreneurs mind-set related to the fields of study

(Ethics & Professionalism - MQF Domain 5)

Uphold professional and ethical practices in conducting research and delivering services related to the field of study


Minimum 3 years (6 semesters)

Maximum 6 years (12 semesters)

(Full Time)

First semester: 

  1. Compulsory Courses


    i. Academic Writing and Seminar (UMU1013)

    ii. Research Methodology (UMU1023)
    iii. Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (UMU1033) (Non-Malaysian student only)
    iv. Research and Challenges in Modern Information Technologies (ITF1113)

  2. Proposal stage and thesis writing

Second semester:

  1. Proposal stage and thesis writing
  2. Proposal defend should be approved maximum in one year.

Third – Sixth semester:

  1. Research stage and thesis writing
  2. Viva-Voce of thesis defend examined by internal and external examiners.
  3. Prior to Viva Voce, at least two publications in SCOPUS indexed journal or conference proceedings.

A Master’s Degree or equivalent AND candidates must have completed at least ONE (1) of their earlier Degrees (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in Computing or related to computing.

International students must have proof of good proficiency in verbal and written English. If a student does not meet this requirement, the University must offer English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme.

Note for PhD by Research:

i. There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s Degree level to PhD level.

ii. Candidates registered for Master’s Degree by research programmes with a Bachelor’s Degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to the PhD programmes subject to having shown competency and capability in conducting research at PhD level and approval by the Senate.

Achieve a minimum Band 4 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET) OR any equivalent to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR (B2)

Master in relevant field, graduated from accredited university recognized by MQA, or should accredited by BAN-PT from Indonesia Universities

MYR 30,750
MYR 5,125/ Semester

Note : 

  1. Student pass fees for international students are subjected to a determination under the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  2. Student insurance fees are subjected to the statutory provisions of the University and local authorities.
  3. Student accommodation fees are determined by University rules and are available upon request.
  1. Researcher
  2. Academician
  3. Analyst in the related field
  4. Consultant in the related field