Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)

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These programmes allow students to conduct an independent research in an area of Computer Science, under the supervision of a member of staff with related expertise. Assessment is by semester progress reports and a thesis examination (viva voce). A student will be expected to present his/her proposal to a panel of examiners in the second semester of registration for Master programme and in third semester for Doctoral programme.  At the end of every semester, students are required to report and present the progress of their research. Since 2005 students are required to present their research work at the annual postgraduate research seminar, organized by the faculty.  These would be used as a basis for assessment.



The objectives of the programme are as follows:

i.                To produce students who are experts in their related fields and are able to work independently with supervision from highly qualified supervisors.

ii.              To produce students who are very knowlegable and theoretically sound and are able to apply these for the analysis and solution of problems where these leads to new or substantially improved insights and performances.

iii.             To produce students who can think critically and creatively thus capable of generating and developing new knowlegde, products, materials or methods for the benefits of mankind.

iv.            To produce students with excellent communication skills, capable of communicating effectively both technically and theoretically in various context and with various related parties, thus sharing new knowledge  with other researchers from other institutions, universities and also industrialists.

v.             To produce students who can adapt to changes in environment and practice life long learning.

vi.            To produce students with high integrity  and who are ethically professional.



A thesis for the M.Sc. degree shall be either a record of original work or an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge in Computer Science area. There should be evidence that the field has been surveyed thoroughly.  A full bibliography and references will be required.


A thesis for the PhD degree must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality shown by the discovery of new facts and/or by the exercise of independent critical power. A full bibliography and references will be required.  There is no limit on the number of words for theses in Computer Science.


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Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer Science or a related discipline from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other institution of higher learning recognised by the Senate; or for those without a good honors degree, candidates must have substantial working experience in the area.

Doctor of Philosophy

Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other Institutions of higher learning recognised by the Senate.

International Student English Language Requirements

All students applying to UTM must have a valid two-year old TOEFL or IELTS certificate. Students with a TOEFL score of 550 (or 79 IBT) or an IELTS Band 6 will be enrolled in a faculty programme without undergoing UTM English Courses .

However, students with low or without IELTS (Academic) scores, students without IELTS/TOEFL or those who will sit for the UTM English Language Profiency Test (ELPT) will have these options :

1. Attend and Complete Intensive English Course (IEC) – Low Intermediate
2. Attend and Complete Intensive English Course (IEC) – Intermediate
3. Attend and Complete IELTS Preparatory Course (IPC)


Posted on

February 20, 2017