[N/481/8/0789] [MQA/PA 12390]

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computing

Intakes: March, June, September & December

Programme Overview

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computing is the highest level of academic qualifications one can achieve. This qualification sets you apart as having developed an exhaustive understanding of your selected focus area in the discipline of computing,   placing you at the cutting-edge of your chosen field of research. Our PhD program provides you with opportunities to undertake extensive investigation within your chosen computing field and you are expected to develop new ideas, findings or employ well thought-out methodologies to produce noteworthy theoretical and practical contributions. You will utilise the best-suited research methodologies to explore and/or test informed ideas. The outcome of your research should extend and advance the frontiers of knowledge and you will disseminate the scholarly findings to peers and   practitioners, through academic and professional networks, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, and even publications. UCTS has a dedicated team of academicians and fellow researchers to assist and mentor you along your research journey, as you investigate a topic of your choice. You may pursue a topic or an issue in which you are currently researching within your work place, in which case your PhD can also be of direct relevance to your current employment. Alternatively, you can choose  to  undertake research in any particular area you are passionate about.

Programme Mode


Research Specialisations

The research specializations for Ph.D. in Computing (by Research) are based on the MQA’s program standards. The main research areas are as listed:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Data Science
  • Cyber Security

Duration of Study

Full Time
Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 6 years

Part Time
Minimum: 4 years
Maximum: 8 years

Entry Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent AND candidates must have completed at least ONE (1) of their earlier Degrees (Master’s of Bachelor’s) in Computing or related to computing; OR
  • Candidates registered for Master’s Degree by research programmes with a Bachelor’s Degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to PhD programmes subject to having shown competency and capability in conducting research at PhD level and approval by the University’s Senate; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by Malaysia Government.

Additional Requirements

Submit a 1,000-1,500 word prospectus (Research Proposal) explaining the proposed research in the chosen field of study

English Language Requirements

Click Here for english requirement (International Student Only)

Application Process

The stu­dents should famil­iarise them­selves with the details of the pro­gramme they are inter­ested in before apply­ing for admis­sion; please see the School of Postgraduate Studies’ website or con­tact the programme coordinator for fur­ther information.
We rec­om­mend that where pos­si­ble, prospec­tive stu­dents make con­tact with a suit­able super­vi­sor before for­mally apply­ing for admis­sion. Your com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the poten­tial super­vi­sor will make the process of admis­sion eas­ier for you. Iden­ti­fy­ing an appro­pri­ate project and con­tact­ing a poten­tial super­vi­sor is the first step for a prospec­tive Post­grad­u­ate stu­dent. After that pre­lim­i­nary step has been car­ried out, the next step is to apply for admis­sion through the School of Postgraduate Stud­ies. The details of the admis­sion pro­ce­dure can be found at the School of Graduate Studies’ website at https://uts.edu.my/schools/school-of-postgraduate-studies/

Programme Coordinator

Associate Professor Dr Tariq Zaman
Email: tariqzaman
Tel : (+6) 084-367300 ext: 520

*please add @uts.edu.my after email name

Tuition Fees

Local students: ± RM 23,000.00

International students: ± RM 27,000.00

Programme Structure

The PhD program is purely based on individual supervised research. Candidates will be exposed to Research Methodology Course (3 Credits) to strengthen their research knowledge. At the end of the candidate’s study, a thesis must be submitted and upon successful defence, the candidate will be graduated.