The student is required to submit his/her research proposal which need to be defended at the end of the first semester. Upon approval by the Supervisory Committee, the student will continue with his/her research.
The final thesis need to be submitted at the end of the study period. There will be at least two examiners to evaluate the final thesis, one of whom must be from another institution. The appointment of all examiners shall be recommended by the Kulliyyah Post Graduate Committee (KPGC) and endorsed by the University's Senate. An oral defense of the thesis will be arranged once agreed by the examiners.
A Doctoral's thesis is an important scholarly achievement which must maintain certain standard. The thesis should contain work of merit to be presented in satisfactory literary form (including references, notes and bibliography, as appropriate), should not be of unnecessary length and should provide evidence of training in and application of research methods appropriate to the particular field of study.
The thesis must show the originality of work. Students may not select an area of research for which a degree has already been conferred in IIUM or any other University. However they may incorporate any part of such work provided that the part of the work which has been so incorporated is clearly indicated in their thesis. Plagiarism is considered to be a serious offence.
In line with the vision and mission of the University, it is highly recommended that the thesis should reflect to some extent an attempt to incorporate some Islamic perspectives on issues explored.
Areas of Research
Students in the program may focus on specific area of interest:-
* Information Technology Management
* Information Systems Planning and Strategy
* System Development Methodology
* Networks and Telecommunications
* Internet and E-Commerce
* Knowledge Management
* Artificial Intelligence
* IT and Islam
* IT in Small Business
* IT in the Public Sector
* Societal and Ethical Aspects of IT